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Top 10 Automation Testing Tools

By Kate Punova

Increasing test automation is one of the main trends in the software testing. To make your life easier and to help you to move with the times, we will tell you what tools can be useful for you. Our automation testing tools list contains the most frequently used frameworks among QA engineers.


It’s one of the most popular frameworks with an open-source license. Selenium can give you flexibility and an ability to write advanced scripts, which will help you to meet diverse levels of complexity. However, advanced programming skills are an absolute must. Besides, you may have to spend time on building special libraries and frameworks – they may be essential for implementing specific functions.

Unified Functional Testing (UFT).

This is a popular tool with a commercial license, which provides a full set of functions for testing API and web-services. It also allows testing GUI of mobile, web, and desktop apps on any platform.

Katalon Studio.

This one is the most suitable for web and mobile apps among other automation testing tools. Web-services are also on this list. It is suitable both for experienced testers and beginners. The license is free.

IBM Rational Functional Tester (IBM RFT).

This is a platform for regression and functional testing, which allows testing diverse apps (Java, SAP, .Net, etc.) IBM RFT is different from other tools because of its unique feature – Storyboard testing. Thanks to this feature, all your actions will be recorded as screenshots. This QA automation tool is commercial, so you won’t be able to get it for free.


This is an open-source tool, which main mission is web automation testing. It is based on Ruby libraries and allows cross-browser testing (including Opera, IE, headless browsers, and Firefox). Apart from this, it supports data-driven testing.


This commercial tool is suitable for testing desktop, mobile, and web applications. It supports different scripting languages: Python, JavaScript, VBScript, and C++Script. A special feature allows recording and playing back the process of testing.

Tricentis Tosca.

The name of this tool may sound a bit weird, but this doesn’t mean that it’s not useful. Tricentis Tosca is a commercial model-based tool, which features ensure continuous testing and helps to optimize the usage of test assets. Besides, there are special features for risk analysis, distributed execution, and integration management.

TestPlant eggPlant.

This is a commercial image-based tool for performing AUT (Automated Functional Testing). It’s suitable for testers who can’t boast outstanding skills – it models users’ point of view, so a tester can apply the tool viscerally. Other features of TestPlant eggPlant include CI integration and lab management.

Robot Framework.

This is an open-source tool with the keyword-driven approach – this feature ensures acceptance test-driven development (ATDD) and acceptance testing. Moreover, you can extend its test capability if you implement additional libraries (use Java and Python).


This is another commercial tool for testing mobile, desktop, and web apps. The list of its notable features includes usage of reusable test scripts, codeless test creation, recording and playing back phases of testing, and advanced capabilities for GUI recognition.

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