Test Automation Geek
While we consume content via apps, we use browsers too. From reading articles, bookmarking our favorite websites to sometimes booking tickets or shopping—browsers play a crucial role in how we spend time on the internet.
According to Statcounter, people primarily use six browsers that include Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. But this is not as straightforward as it sounds. When you consider browser versions, there are different versions for mobile, web, and also OS. For instance, let's look at the following graph on Browser Version Market Share by Statcounter.
Globally, around 35.06% of users use Chrome for Android, whereas 15.2% use Chrome 89.0. As you can notice, there are multiple other versions, which brings us to a pivotal question — how important is it to perform browser testing?
Well, it's quite important if we take into account the fact that our users consume content via browsers on the web, mobile, and on devices with various versions of OS, including outdated versions. For our product to perform uniformly and as intended across different browsers and their versions, browser testing is performed.
In this article, we'll explore the best tools for performing browser testing. Before we proceed, please check out our article on browser testing and when to start.
Testsigma is a cloud-based end-to-end automation testing ecosystem that offers thousands of real-time devices for you to run tests on. It supports parallel testing, and remote teams can access the tool from anywhere, any time. It can be easily integrated with CI/CD tools.
It generates screenshots and logs automatically, which are then sent to you via exhaustive reports — you can tag teams and accelerate bug fixing. Besides, it supports responsive and visual comparison testing. Testsigma's tool is codeless and test scripts can be written in simple English, making this tool convenient for even beginners and QA testers without any programming skills.
$99 upwards (for startups), with enterprise solutions revolving around $249 monthly when billed annually. At the moment, you can access Testsigma for free with its 30-day free trial solution. You can give it a spin here.
Smartbear's CrossBrowserTesting is perhaps one of the most popular tools out there. It supports manual and live testing on over 2,050 browsers and real mobile devices. It can run automated tests using various frameworks like Appium, Selenium, etc. and it can be integrated with CI/CD tools too.
From Windows XP and Microsoft Edge Mobile, to Maxthon Mobile and Samsung Browser — this tool supports thousands of browsers and its versions. In fact, it gives you access to Mozilla Firefox’s earliest browsers such as 12, 13.
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It begins at $39 monthly for live testing and around $169 for unlimited testing.
MultiBrowser is an online browser testing tool that offers mobile browser emulators and standalone desktop web browsers. Testing on MultiBrowser is quite straightforward; it supports testing on various versions of Chrome, Edge, Firefox, and Internet Explorer 11. Tests can be performed on local machines eliminating the need for VMs. While tests can be automated, you can also add custom devices to the tool.
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$199 per user (for professional use); you can access it for free for the first 14 days.
BrowserStack offers over 2,000 real-time devices and browsers for you to run tests on. Developers and testers can seamlessly test and automate browser testing on this tool; debugging and shipping becomes effortless as it supports real-time debugging. Besides, tests can be performed on internal dev and staging environments, behind firewalls, etc. Also, this requires zero set-ups and maintenance.
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$29 upwards monthly, if billed annually.
Mabl is a cloud-based test automation tool that supports parallel test execution. This tool comes in-built with browsers like Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari, and Internet Explorer.
While the tests can be run on emulators, Mabl allows picking desktops or mobile devices, based on the requirement. There's flexibility to choose screen orientation and devices (for instance, Nexus 6P, iPhone 12, etc.) that you'd like to perform tests on.
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Mabl offers a custom plan; get in touch with them for a quote.
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$39 upwards for 14 days; monthly subscription is $49 upwards.
Functionize is a cloud-based test automation tool that supports online browser testing via its own test cloud. It comes equipped with an intelligent visual comparison feature that lets even beginners analyze test results via screenshots and logs. This tool also supports parallel test executions and you can schedule tests, based on priority.
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Functionize has a custom pricing plan; please contact for a quote.
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