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16 Open-source Tools Testers Should Be Thankful for This Thanksgiving

November 21, 2016

16 Open-source Tools Testers Should Be Thankful for This Thanksgiving

As the holiday season is all set to get into swing, many of us are super busy finishing up piles of work lying on our desks before we could head for our holidays. When it comes to software testing, we know, many of software testers like you would be struggling to ensure appropriate functioning of websites and applications, especially when thousands of people would be flocking them this holiday season.

Thanks to some super intelligent softwares and applications that we can get complex testing processes done in minutes utilizing the amazing functionalities they offer. It is only because of these tools that testers can get their testing process done with ease and rest assured of the working of websites and web applications.

So, this Thanksgiving, we thought to list down 16 open source tools that make the testing processes smooth for which testers should be thankful:

1. Selenium (Web Application Testing)
Selenium is one of the highly used frameworks for testing web applications. It is primarily used for web UI and functionality testing since it has the support of the largest browser vendors. It comes with a suite of tools such as Selenium IDE, Selenium RC, Selenium Web Driver and Selenium Grid that provides different solutions for catering to different test automation requirements.

2. Appium (Mobile Testing)
Appium is test automation framework for testing native, hybrid and mobile web apps for iOS, Android and Windows platform on both real devices and simulators. Since it supports cross-platform apps, it allows testing apps across different platforms using the same API. Appium allows users to choose the language that has Selenium client libraries like- Java, Objective-C, JavaScript with Node.js, PHP, Ruby, Python, C# etc. for creating tests.

3. JMeter (Load Testing)
JMeter is a Java-based tool designed for load testing the behavior of the application and measure website performance. It can test both static and dynamic resources which include SOAP/REST web services, HTTP & HTTPS websites, Databases, FTP & Mail Servers as well as PHP, ASP.NET and Java languages. It works by simulating and mocking load on the server to analyze the overall performance of the application/website under test.

4. Jenkins (Continuous Testing)
Jenkins is a continuous integration tool to kick-off continuous testing and build integration through automation. It provides a powerful way to manage code changes, testing, and deployment lifecycle, along with managing build releases, accelerating the overall software development lifecycle. Today, Jenkins offers support for over 1,200 plugins that allow it to integrate with any technology.

5. TestLink (Test Management)
TestLink is a widely-used web-based test management tool. It provides support for managing and maintaining test cases, test suites, test documents and projects all at one place. It can be hosted on a server and integrated with bug tracking tools like Mantis, JIRA, Bugzilla, FogBugz, etc. to ease the test execution process. TestLink can be used for both manual and automated testing.

6. Mantis (Bug-Tracking & Project Management)
Mantis is a leading bug-tracking tool used by testers for tracking bugs encountered in the software during the testing process. It also provides project management and issue management functions that help achieve faster and effective collaboration between teams and clients.

7. Postman (API Testing)
Postman is a great tool for testing APIs. Testers and developers can use this free tool as a Chrome extension or cloud collaboration product to develop, test and document APIs faster. It lets users check the history of sent HTTP requests, customize scripts, autocomplete URL, preview images, test production, staging or local setups with a wide range of features and functions.

8. Firebug / Firepath (Online Debugging)
Firebug is a web browser extension that helps testers in online debugging, editing and monitoring of web application’s CSS, HTML and JavaScript. Firebug along with Firepath is used for identifying XPath of any element. Both Firebug and Firepath can be installed as an extension for Mozilla Firefox while Firebug Lite can be added as a Chrome extension that provides a rich presentation of HTML and DOM elements for live editing.

9. GitHub (Project & Source Code Hosting)
GitHub is a web-based repository service to host and manage software projects, versions and source code. It provides features like in-line editing, ticketing, bug tracking, task management as well as social networking features like feed, wikis, that help millions of developers and testers to work in a collaborative manner. It fosters fast and flexible project development with over 14 million users and more than 35 million repositories.

10. Bugzilla (Defect Tracking & Collaboration)
Bugzilla is yet another defect tracking and testing tool that is widely being used by testers to keep track of outstanding bugs. It comes with a variety of features such as an integrated email system, advanced query management, permissions system, the inbuilt reporting system as well as editable user profiles to ensure smooth and effective testing process.

11. RazorSQL (Database Query Tool)
Razor SQL is an SQL Query and Database Editor tool for Windows, Mac OS, and Linux. It allows testers to import, export and convert database in various formats such MySQL, Oracle, DB2, PostgreSQL, SQLite, MS SQL Server, and MS Access. With Razor SQL, users can also browse database objects and perform database comparisons.

12. PhantomJS (Headless Browser)
PhantomJS is a headless browser used for automating page interactions for testing purpose. It helps users to enable navigation and user behavior on a page without loading graphical interface. PhantomJS mimics and manipulates a web page for carrying out test automation which ultimately saves a tremendous amount of time for testers.

13. UIAutomator (Android Testing Framework)
UIAutomator is a framework for functional UI testing for Android applications. It allows testers to test Android apps by creating multiple test cases that can run on multiple devices with different resolutions. UIAutomator can also be used for testing pre-installed apps such as Phone Settings and well as third-party apps.

14. Notepad++ (Source code Editor)
Notepad++ is a text editor that allows users to edit the source code of 27 programming languages under Windows environment. It also supports syntax highlighting and folding, synchronized edits, zoom in and zoom out, multiple views, bookmarking, macro recording and playback along with customizable GUI.

15. FileZilla (FTP Solution)
FileZilla is a cross-platform FTP application for both client and server. It allows users to upload and download files to and from your FTP site, server as well as perform multiple file transfers and navigation simultaneously. FileZilla helps transfer in FTP, SFTP, encrypted FTP such as FTPS and SFTP. It also includes a site manager that can store all the connection details in an Explorer-like interface.

16. AutoIT (Language Automation)
AutoIT is a tool to automate Windows GUI and general scripting using a combination of keystrokes, mouse movement and window/control manipulation. It is used to automate tasks that are otherwise difficult to perform with certain languages. It is highly used by testers to create automation scripts for Windows environment.

As we wrap up, we also thank the creators and founders of these amazing tools who have made tester’s life awesome.

We also thank you in advance for sharing this article with your fellow peeps.

If you think we have missed any tool in the above list, feel free to add it in the comments section below.




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