Top Test Automation Tools to Choose

by Helen Johnson | March 27, 2018 6:31 am

Development of own framework for test automation can be rather a challenging task. But, fortunately, there is a number of tools and framework that provide a wide functionality and are able to satisfy different testing objectives. Among the variety of available tools for test automation, the most popular and widely used ones are Selenium WebDriver, Appium, TestComplete, and Ranorex Studio.

Selenium WebDriver

Selenium WebDriver, also known as WebDriver, is a software library for browser management. It is a family of drivers for different browsers, including a set of client libraries in various languages, that enable the work with these browsers.

Advantages of Selenium WebDriver

But using Selenium WebDriver for test automation projects, you can face several disadvantages that limit the tool functionality and complicate the testing activities.

Disadvantages of WebDriver


Appium Framework is an open source test automation[1] framework written in JavaScript and designed for test automation of mobile applications[2] of various types. As the sphere of mobile test automation is at the very start of its progress and development, the framework does not provide wide functionality and capacities.


Apart from that, the test automation engineers define several limitations in the framework functionality. Development of autotests and additional libraries connection should be done manually for adding tests to scripts and generating reports. When automating some applications, the interaction between the framework and UI may cause some problems. Appium has a slow operation speed in comparison to other tools that support mobile automation. Mobile game automation is impossible as the framework does not support the interaction with Unity3d and similar technologies.


TestComplete is a platform developed by SmartBear for automated functional and UI testing. It supports UI tests automation for different desktop and package applications, web and mobile solutions. TestComplete has three modules – each designed for testing particular application types.

Advantages of TestComplete

But some features behavior is not documented. For example, tester cannot hover the UI element by mouse, and in some cases it is impossible to convert the returned objects to array. TestComplete provides a limited test flow handling, e.g., no opportunity to set handlers for start / finish events of the test suite. Also, the functionality of IDE script editor is limited. It does not provide such features as a smart renaming of code entities, quick navigation, objects’ properties name autocompleting.

Ranorex Studio

Being designed for automation of GUI testing[3], Ranorex Studio ensures a smooth workflow and effective checking. It has “script recording” function if it is unnecessary to write the code manually. Using program interface, it is possible to set test data receiving from external file / spreadsheet or database. Ranorex has an in-build functionality for report generation and script execution. The framework does not require high programming skills for autotests development.

Disadvantages of Ranorex Studio

Using Ranorex Studio for automated GUI testing, you can face the following disadvantages:

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