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Automation testing is a buzzword in the software industry, organizations are adopting automation tools to accelerate their delivery and reduce errors. Manual testing consumes a lot of time and there are times when same tests are executed repeatedly. It is during these times that test automation proves useful.  There are many automation tools in the market such as Katalon, Testsigma, Selenium, etc. In this article we will discuss about the test automation tool Katalon and its alternatives.

What is Katalon Studio?

Katalon is an automation platform for mobile, API, and, web testing. Katalon Studio offers a variety of features such as recording and playback, low code testing, and supports programming languages. It has a feature-rich UI which comes in handy while developing automation scripts. The Katalon can be used for almost all types of testing including functional and non-functional testing.

Katalon Feature Analysis

FeatureDescription
Functional TestingKatalon supports different types of functional testing such as API, Mobile, and Web testing. Using this you can create smoke, regression, and sanity test suites.
Non-Functional TestingKatalon supports a range of non-functional tests like security testing, load testing, and pen testing.
ReportingKatalon supports granular level rich reports for test coverage, and pass/fail percentage. It also supports a dashboard to track the health of your tests
Third-party software integrationsIt supports third-party software integrations such as Jira, Slack, Jenkins, etc.
CI/CD SupportIt supports CLI execution, so tests created through Katalon can be executed using any CI/CD tools
Test ManagementKatalon can be used as a Test management tool as it allows us to organize the tests as test suites, test cases, and test objects.
PlatformIt is not a cloud-based or SaaS tool, you need to install the desktop client to work with Katalon
License TypeKatalon comes with a commercial paid license

Reasons to Consider an Alternative to Katalon

Though Katalon is feature-rich, there are many reasons to consider the Katalon alternatives.

  • Pricing: Katalon’s license comes at a price. 
  • Community Support: Compared to other tools, Katalon’s community support is not that good. If you consider Selenium, most of the questions in your mind are already answered on forums. However, Katalon has a smaller community base.
  • Performance Issues: The Katalon desktop client has performance issues. As Katalon tools bundle many features on UI, it has become heavier for computers to run. Users are facing challenges while running the application on lower configuration systems.
  • Low Code Feature Issues: Katalon offers low code features with record and playback, However when your application has a lot of dynamic content test cases become flaky and reports become unreliable.
  • It is not open source: Katalon is not open source, you should continue to invest every year once you shift to Katalon. Furthermore, the license cost also increases considerably as the year passes, which may eventually cause overhead to the organization.

What are the Factors to Consider while Selecting a Katalon Alternative Tool?

As mentioned earlier there are many automation tools in the market – users can easily get confused when trying to choose the right tool. It is a known fact that before choosing the automation tool, you should evaluate your organization’s requirements. There are general features that you should consider while choosing the automation tool. Below are some of the factors to consider while choosing the right automation tool.

  • License Cost: You should consider the license costs. There are open-source tools, that support similar features as the commercial tool. In such cases choosing the commercial tool and paying heavy license fees may not help the organization.
  • Testing Type Support: The tool must support all different types of testing such as API Testing, Web testing, and mobile Testing. Based on the organization’s requirement the list may be extended.
  • Report: The success of the automation is measured by the metrics of the test execution, so it should provide all relevant metrics. Furthermore, the test report should provide granular level logs which help to identify the testscript issues easily.
  • Low Code Testing: Low code testing can help an organization to adopt automation testing faster. Also, via low code test automation, manual testers are able to contribute to the automation testing.
  • Third-party Integration: You may not want to manually take input from one to update to another. Third-party integration helps to automatically update the data or trigger the event based on the outcome. 
  • Support: The tool should provide either dedicated technical support at a low cost or it should have good community support. Support plays a major role if you are new to the tool.

Top Katalon Alternatives

Here, we have made an effort to find alternatives to Katalon and curate the best alternative tools that share similar features as Katalon. Below are the top Katalon alternatives (Not ordered by ranking).

Testsigma

Testsigma - The Best Katalon Alternative

Testsigma is an AI-powered low-code/no-code tool. It is a SaaS-based tool so it works on any machine which supports a browser. Interestingly, Testsigma doesn’t require any coding knowledge for test automation. This feature made Testsigma gain a user base like never before.

Features

  • In-depth reporting
  • Low-Code Automation
  • Integration of third-party software
  • SaaS tool and operating system are not a barrier

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Smartbear TestComplete

TestComplete
TestComplete

Smartbear offers many tools, Testcomplete is the most popular commercial automation tool offered by Smartbear. It comes with Rich IDE for ease of use. Testcomplete supports many programming languages. It also supports record and playback. Testcomplete can be used for Desktop, Web, and Mobile applications automation.

Features

  • Rich IDE helps to create and debug test scripts
  • Support Javascript,  VBScript, and Python programming languages
  • Supports Cross browser testing and API Testing
  • Windows users can easily install and set up Testcomplete package

Selenium

Selenium
Selenium

Selenium is an open-source and popular test automation tool. Selenium is highly customizable and supports various programming languages. Selenium has released a 4.X version to compete with modern web automation challenges. It also offers the Selenium IDE which helps record and playback testscripts.

Features

  • Open source, no set-up cost
  • Offers test script creation with Python, Java, Javascript, C#, Ruby, Perl, etc.
  • Highly customizable and extensible automation tool
  • A big community to answer all your questions
  • It is available on all different platforms.

TestGrid

TestGrid - Katalon Alternative

TestGrid is an end-to-end testing platform. It offers AI-based intelligent automation execution. It also offers no code automation that helps to accelerate the automation coverage. In addition to functional testing, it also supports non-functional and device testing. However, it is a commercial tool users, need to purchase a license in order to use it.

Features

  • It offers no-code testing
  • Testgrid can be used to test Mobile and Desktops both
  • It also supports non-functional testing such as Performance and Load testing
  • Supports API Testing and Cross-browser testing
  • Testgrid can be used for Real Device testing

Ranorex Studio

Ranorex Studio
Ranorex Studio

Ranorex is a commercial tool developed by Idera, Inc. Ranorex is built for functional UI Test automation. Ranorex can be used as an automation suite. It has an intelligent test design feature that helps to generate more powerful scenarios.

Features

  • It supports test automation for applications made for desktop, mobile, as well as web
  • Ranorex can be easily integrated into CI/CD pipelines using DevOps tools
  • It can be used in small, medium, and large organizations regardless of your application being simple or complex
  • Ranorex supports third-party software integrations like Xray, Jira, Jenkins, etc.

QAWolf

QAWolf

QAWolf is an end-to-end testing tool. The team claims that 80% automation can be done in 4 months. A faster parallel testing feature is a big plus. The tool can be used for both large enterprises and start-ups. It is a SaaS-based tool. The script can be written in Javascript/Typescript.

Features

  • Easy to set up and run the test
  • Good reporting and dashboard
  • Offers Zero Flaky test guarantee
  • Flexible pricing
  • Uses playwright in the background

Playwright

Playwright

Playwright is an open source tool managed by Microsoft. Playwright offers great flexibility in programming language. Playwright is comparatively faster than the other automation tools. Playwright can be used for different types of testing such as API Testing, UI Testing, Visual Testing, and accessibility testing. Playwright is a highly customizable framework. Playwright is easy to start as it offers good documentation.

Features

  • Playwright supports all major browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, Edge and Webkit
  • Playwright can be integrated into CI/CD pipelines
  • It is highly customizable and extensible
  • It supports in-built HTML reporters. It also supports line, spec reporters
  • Playwright  supports record and playback tests

Cypress

Cypress
Cypress

Cypress is an open-source automation framework, that comes with testrunner GUI. It is more developer-friendly and supports programming with Javascript. Cypress tests are more stable and it executes test commands directly on the browser hence it is faster.

Features

  • It comes with automatic waiting hence easy-to-write tests
  • Cypress supports API Testing, UI testing, etc.
  • It provides good documentation so it is easy to start
  • It provides Cypress Dashboard as a commercial feature
  • Cypress supports Chrome, Firefox, and Edge browsers

WebdriverIO

WebdriverIO - Katalon Alternative

WebdriverIO is an open-source automation framework. Under the hood, webdriverIO uses Selenium and Appium to provide support for Web and Mobile automation. WebdriverIO is highly customizable and easy to extend. It supports many reporting features. Third-party extensions are a big plus for WebdriverIO

Features

  • Community-driven automation framework
  • Highly extensible, lot of community plugins
  • Supports JSON, HTML, and many more reporters
  • Supports both web and native mobile applications
  • WebdriverIO can be extended to integrate with CI/CD pipelines
  • It also supports BDD-style automation

Appium

Appium

Appium is an open-source mobile automation framework. It supports native and browser-based mobile applications. It is difficult to find an alternative for Appium as it is feature-rich. Both iOS and Android mobile applications can be tested. There are many frameworks built on top of the Appium which shows the power of Appium.

Features

  • It is platform-independent
  • Supports both native and browser-based mobile automation
  • It allows parallel execution which helps to execute tests faster
  • Appium supports C#, Python, Java, Ruby, PHP, and JavaScript programming languages
  • It is an open-source framework so no need to pay the license fee

Pros and Cons of each Katalon Alternatives

The below table shows the Pros and Cons of each tool mentioned above.

ToolsProsCons
TestsigmaCloud-based platform, no installation neededRequires internet connectivity for cloud platform
Beginner-friendly with visual script creationThere is a noticeable difference in the level of community support compared to similar tools.
Data-driven testing and parameterization featuresIt may not be suitable for highly complex test automation needs
Smartbear TestCompleteExcellent object recognition and cross-platform supportHigh cost, especially for small teams
Powerful scripting capabilities and record-and-playback featuresSteeper learning curve compared to some alternatives
Extensive integrations with CI/CD toolsThere is a limited free trial and limited features in the free version
SeleniumOpen source and highly customizableRequires programming knowledge for script creation
Vast community support and readily available resourcesIt can be time-consuming to set up and maintain
Supports a wide range of web browsers and platformsIt may require additional libraries for mobile and API testing
TestGridCloud-based parallel testing platformLimited test case management features
Cost-effective for small and medium-sized teamsPrimarily focused on web testing, not ideal for mobile or API
Easy integration with CI/CD pipelinesIt may not be suitable for complex test automation scenarios
Ranorex StudioPowerful image and object recognition capabilitiesHigh learning curve and complex licensing model
Excellent for desktop application testingLimited support for mobile and web testing
Robust reporting and analytics featuresIt can be resource-intensive for large test suites
QAWolfAI-powered test automation and self-healing capabilitiesA relatively new tool with limited community support
Easy integration with CI/CD pipelines and cloud environmentsIt may not be suitable for highly customized testing needs
Cost-effective compared to some alternativesLimited documentation and resources compared to established tools
PlaywrightHeadless browser automation with high execution speedRequires knowledge of JavaScript or Python for script creation
Excellent cross-browser and cross-platform supportLimited support for desktop application testing
Easy API integration and built-in accessibility testing featuresNot as mature as some established alternatives
CypressEasy to learn and use, especially for beginnersPrimarily focused on web testing, not ideal for mobile or API
Excellent debugging and reporting featuresLimited object recognition capabilities compared to some alternatives
Good for testing single-page applicationsIt may not be suitable for complex test automation scenarios
WebdriverIOOpen-source framework with extensive community supportRequires programming knowledge for script creation
Highly customizable and flexible for advanced usersCan be complex to set up for beginners
Supports a wide range of testing typesLess user-friendly interface compared to some alternatives
AppiumOpen-source framework for mobile app automationRequires knowledge of mobile development concepts
Supports various mobile platforms and devicesCan be challenging to maintain test scripts due to frequent changes in mobile APIs
Good for basic mobile app testingIt may not be suitable for complex automation scenarios

Comparison Chart of Top 5 Katalon Competitors

ToolType of applicationOperating System SupportProgramming language supportLow Code/Codeless Automation SupportCloud-based infrastructureLicense Cost
TestsigmaWebsite,  Mobile Browsers, Native Mobile AppsWeb-based SaaS application No operating system dependencyFollows low code automation, No programming language requiredYesYesContact the support team for pricing
SmartBearTestCompleteWebsite, MobileWindowsJavaScript. Python. VBScriptSupports record and PlaybackNoPricing starts from $3,655
SeleniumWebsite.The mobile application requires Appium IntegrationMac, Windows, LinuxC#, Java, Javascript, Python, RubySelenium IDE offers a recording script optionNoFree – Open source
CypressWebsite, Mobile BrowserMac, Windows,LinuxJavascript, TypescriptNoNoThe basic version is open-source and free.Premium version is Paid
PlaywrightWebsite, Mobile BrowserMac, Windows, LinuxJava, Python, Javascript, Typescript, C#Supports record and PlaybackNoOpensource- Free

Limitations of Katalon

Though Katalon offers many features, there are some limitations which may upset its users. 

  • High License cost: The License cost is high compared to similar automation tools.
  • Not a SaaS-based tool: The tester needs to install the desktop client in order to develop the script. In comparison with Testsigma, there is no operating system dependency, and no desktop client required.
  • Lowcode feature issues: Though Katalon offers low code with record and playback features users are facing flakiness with dynamic websites
  • Cloud-based testing: Katalon offers cross-browser testing but for cloud-based cross-browser testing you need to rely on other vendors. This increases the tooling cost to the organization.
  • Community Support: Nothing can replace the community contribution from writing the custom plugins to answering all your queries. When it comes to Katalon, the community base is considerably low. Due to less community support, some of your questions may remain unanswered.

Conclusion

Automation is no longer an option, it is a necessity. However, the success of the automation relies on the automation tool. The market has both open-source and commercial automation tools. The open-source automation tools may demand more skilled resources as a commercial tool like Testsigma offers no code automation, which helps anyone to automate. Earlier Katalon was the most popular automation tool, however, with recent developments users are switching to other tools due to its various limitations. There are many alternatives to Katalon, considering the migration effort Testsigma is faster to migrate and it provides many more additional features. 

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Frequently Asked Questions – FAQs

Which is the best Katalon Alternative?

Best always depends on your requirements. That said, Testsigma is one Katalon alternative that doesn’t require any setup and installation. It offers no code automation, so even non-technical users can contribute and make the migration faster

Which is better, Katalon vs. Selenium?

Both Katalon and Selenium have pros and cons. However, Selenium is open source, no cost involved to use. The Katalon is a commercial tool and you need to pay for the license. 

Is Katalon built on top of Selenium?

Yes, Katalon is built on top of Selenium and Appium.

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