When we write scripts for one browser, they may not necessarily run on all browsers. It’s a no-brainer. And, we all know that a few browsers can limit certain features.
For instance, if we design features that run on Safari on Mac OS, those features may not function across other browsers. To ensure the features run uniformly across various browsers and OS versions that our users have, we should perform multi-browser testing. Multi-browser scripts require stringent maintenance and updates to support niche and latest features too.
Let us understand the importance of multi-browser testing before we proceed. As per Kinsta’s study on global browser market share, Chrome (77.03%) holds a steady share of followers, with Safari trailing next; the difference in percentage is, however, huge. with Safari at 8.87%.
Plus, there are multiple versions of operating systems and screen resolutions that our users browse content on.
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According to Sweor, users take only 0.05 seconds to form an opinion on a website — and whether they’ll use it or not. The same report also states that 57 percent of the population won’t recommend a non-responsive website.
In short, user experience can take a massive hit, thereby affecting the business, if websites or web apps are not thoroughly tested before shipping. You can also check out our post on the most common issues one can face while performing browser compatibility tests.
For proper multi-browsing testing, it’s imperative to list out which browsers and OS versions we intend to test. To increase test efficacy, we must prefer testing on real-time devices as they can fetch accurate results.
Adding to all of this — picking the right tool for testing solves nearly half the problem. To help you pick the right tool, we’ll discuss the best multi-browser testing tools to check out in 2021 in this post.
Best Multi-browser Testing Tools
Testsigma: Testsigma is a cloud-based automation testing tool that supports continuous testing of browsers, native, and hybrid apps. With over 2000 desktop browsers, real iOS and Android devices — it comes with a highly flexible platform that lets us create test suites for diverse browsers and versions.
It’s cloud-based and great for remote teams as they can access it from any location, device, and at any hour. Plus, it supports responsive and visual comparison testing. Testsigma is a code-less testing tool — test scripts can be written in simple English, making this tool convenient if you have no programming knowledge too.
- Testsigma can be seamlessly integrated with CI/CD tools
- It automatically generates screenshots and logs, which are then sent to you via exhaustive reports via email, Slack, Teams, etc.
- Supports multi-browser testing to ensure all websites and web apps are visually uniform across various browsers and versions
- Tests can be run on local test machines, locally hosted apps, or apps that are hidden behind a firewall on cloud devices
- Tests can be run in parallel on multiple environments
- As it’s cloud-based, it’s scalable. Based on the project requirement, you can scale up or down. This is quite cost-effective too because you pay for what you use.
- Offers 24*7 support
Price: $99 upwards (for startups), enterprise solutions involve $249 monthly if billed annually.
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MultiBrowser: MultiBrowser is an automated web testing tool that runs offline or locally on our desktop environment. Offering testers the flexibility to test on standalone browsers and mobile browser emulators — this tool lets us write functionality tests through web browsing on its Test Recorders.
Besides, no programming experience is required to test on MultiBrowser. Like most tools in the market, this one can generate screenshots but takes it a notch up and above with its responsive design screenshots feature.
MultiBrowser supports testing on all versions of Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and Internet Explorer 11. Also, we can run tests in parallel across various browsers that are available on the local machines.
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- Comes with an inbuilt screen and video recorder
- The inbuilt recorder can also help display the bugs, step by step
- We can debug the site on iPhone, iPad, and Android emulators
- Automated tests can be integrated with server builds
- Supports testing on landscape and portrait toggles
- Custom devices can be added for testing, thereby increasing test coverage
Price: $199 per user, paid one-time
Rapise: Rapise is a desktop automation testing application that supports testing on the web, mobile, desktop, and APIs. What makes this tool trustworthy is it allows us to handle tests across multiple technologies and that too parallelly.
This is a scriptless testing tool that aids both beginners and testers without programming knowledge to get familiar with it. Rapise follows an object-based approach, which lets you generate and filter tests using a simple drag and drop feature.
Besides, it supports Selenium and Appium. Rapise supports multiple versions of Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Chrome; plus, the test scripts can be executed across different browsers that you have on your local machine.
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- The same script can be executed across various browsers
- Rapise is a desktop application that has to be downloaded to our workstation
- Supports testing across multiple versions of Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome
- Supports Data-Driven Testing
- Supports parallel execution
- We can run several multi-browser tests simultaneously and Rapise also supports HTML5 controls and Ajax frameworks
- Fully supports hybrid web pages that include Java applets
- Generates screenshots, video records, and playback
Price: $3,999.99 for three machines for the first year; $689.99 annually from the following year
BrowserStack: BrowserStack is an online cloud-based automation testing platform and provides access to a repository of over 2,000 real-time devices and browsers. It’s always recommended to test on real devices for accuracy and BrowserStack even supports real-time debugging.
We can perform the tests on internal dev and staging environments, behind firewalls, etc. BrowserStack’s Automate is an apt fit for agile teams as it expedites build verification with parallel execution of the tests; plus, it supports UI testing, functional testing, and regression testing.
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- Fetches video recordings, automated screenshots of errors, text logs, console logs, and network logs
- Supports CI/CD integrations
- Offers native browser experience due to which test results are quite accurate
- It’s cloud-based and can be accessed from anywhere, any time
- Supports testing on a wide range of screen resolutions, for instance, 800×600 to 2048×1536
- Supports Selenium
Price: $29 upwards monthly, when billed annually
EndTest: EndTest is a scriptless testing tool that supports end-to-end web and mobile testing. Apart from video recording the test results, it lets us schedule our tests, and also sends out API requests in our tests.
In EndTest, we can run our tests by manually adding test suites, test cases, and steps or via an Endtest Chrome Extension. EndTest’s engine is powered by Selenium and it can easily find elements within the web apps.
At the moment, on Windows, it supports testing on Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer 10 & 11, and Edge; on Mac, it supports Safari, Chrome, Firefox, and Edge. Plus, it’s a cloud-based testing platform that supports testing on both real devices and virtual devices.
This is connected to a cloud-based lab that comes equipped with browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge, and while testing, you can choose the device, operating system, and screen resolutions on the test suites. For testing on real devices, EndTest can be integrated with Sauce Labs, BrowserStack, Kobiton.
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- It can be integrated with CI/CD tools
- Extensive documentation is provided, every step of the way
- Comes with a Computer Vision feature that visually checks elements, pixel by pixel, against various screenshots
- Sends out emails with test and performance results
Price: $138 per month, when billed annually
Browsera: Browsera is yet another sought-after cloud-based browser testing tool because it acts like a human when it comes to analyzing and comparing screenshots.
This is how Browsera works: we have the option to pick which browsers (supports only Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer) we want to run tests on; after the URL of the website is added, Browsera takes screenshots, compares layouts, and then, generates reports. Equipped with an algorithm that detects any layout issues, no design errors can escape this tool when you utilize it to its optimum.
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- Requires no extra installations as we can run tests on the cloud
- Supports testing multiple web pages
- Can take screenshots and analyze them
- Generates comprehensive reports that state problem areas; this helps in quick bug fixing
- Supports testing behind the login page and supports HTTP Basic authentication and app-based logins
Price: $39 for 14 days; monthly subscription is $49
Mabl: With Mabl, we can offer our customers a seamless user experience across multiple browsers. After test creation, we can schedule them to run in parallel or sequence.
The tests can be run across browsers without making any changes; we can scale the number of browsers up or down based on our test plan because Mabl is a cloud-based automation testing tool.
Mabl’s cloud comes equipped with Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer; the tests can be run on emulators and Mabl lets you pick a desktop or mobile device along with screen orientation and devices (for instance, Nexus 6P, iPhone 12, etc.). Also, this tool has a desktop tool that’s currently in beta, and tests can be run on emulators on it too.
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- Mabl supports unlimited parallel tests
- Doesn’t require any additional configurations or set-up as it’s cloud-based
- It can be integrated with CI/CD tools
- Offers test coverage reporting which lets us analyze test reports, statistics, etc.
Price: Custom plan; get in touch with Mabl for a quote