Open Source Functional Testing Tools – Part 2

A Look at Some Open Source Functional Testing Tools-blog-1

In continuation of the previous blog – Open Source Functional Testing Tools – Part 1 – let’s know more about some of the other open source functional testing tools. These open source testing tools could be a great choice for any team, whether you follow an agile or a traditional approach. They can be used effectively by a team of any size as you can develop the test cases with ease to verify your applications functionality and requirements. Some of the tools can be used for test automation while others support manual testing. Open source tools help to accelerate your test life cycle, enable you to increase test coverage, and most of these tools have proved to be more effective in most enterprise environments. Let’s read in detail about some more Open Source Tools.

Selenium: Selenium is the most widely used open source tool to perform functional testing for both web applications and desktop applications. It is highly efficient in automating browser events and for recording and replaying the script. The script used is webdriver and though it comes with a test domain specific language (Selenese), other programming languages like Java, C#, Ruby, and Python can be used to script tests with it. Tests made in other languages communicate with Selenium via calling methods in the Selenium Client API and thus it can be configured as a client language neutral.

SoapUI: SoapUI is the world’s leading Functional Testing tool for Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and Web Services testing. It is highly useful while performing functional, regression and load tests as it has an easy to use graphical user interface. It provides complete test coverage from SOAP and
REST-based Web services to JMS enterprise messaging layers, databases, Rich Internet Applications (RIA) and more. It has powerful and innovative features that help to validate and improve the quality of services and applications. It is amazingly easy to write functional tests, create new test suites, add test cases or add assertions to existing test cases. Moreover, it is also easy to drag and drop tests, perform smooth test debugging, and further facilitate data driven testing with its multi environment support.

CubicTest: It comes as an eclipse plugin and is most commonly used to write Selenium and Watir tests. Using this tool, effective, robust and most importantly re-usable tests can be written easily that save testers time. The Cubic test editor and overall model is highly useful for Ajax and other traditional web applications. This tool specifically supports most user interaction types. Compared to other open source functional testing tools, this tool features an innovative test recorder that is most useful for test recording. It also has a test runner that is based on Selenium RC and is fully integrated with the graphical test editor.

Robotium: This is an open source tool used to test native and hybrid android apps. It is used to write powerful and robust automatic black box test cases for Android applications. As it is an automated acceptance testing framework, the tests, thereby developed can be used by the developers. They can directly use the name of the main class and the path that links to it. With the support of Robotium test cases, developers can write function, system, and acceptance test scenarios, spanning multiple Android activities. There are various advantages with Robotium as it can be used to develop powerful test cases with minimal knowledge of the application under test and reduced time consumption. Moreover, the readability of the test cases is greatly improved compared to standard instrumentation tests. It integrates smoothly with Maven or Ant to run tests as part of continuous integration.

DataGenerator: It is a library designed to produce big data, with tool assured scenario coverage. The DataGenerator uses state of the art distributed frameworks and can produce terabytes of data within minutes. It generates test data using combinatorial coverage techniques like “pair wise combinations” and graphical coverage techniques like “all paths”. It is useful to automate test maintenance and allows to work smarter and quickly respond to changes that occur in an agile environment.

There are many functional test automation tools like Unified functional testing tool (UFT) and Lean Functional testing tool (LeanFT) that have been released by HP in the market. There is a need for migration accelerators to convert UFT scripts to LeanFTTo cater to this business-critical need, Gallop’s R&D team has innovatively developed a migration tool named QuickLean.

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  • Ranjana Sisodia

    Thanks for this useful list.

    I’d like to add a free functional testing tool Web Test. It’s a fully automated functional and regression testing tool with easy to use UI.
    You can take a look at the Web Test at

  • Adrian Theodorescu

    Good list of tools, thank you. Please consider including the OpenTest functional testing tool for web, mobile and API: Other notable tools are Karate (API) and Robot Framework.