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Open source Tools very useful to Testers

Software Testing Open Source Tools

Now through the  innovations of some super intelligent softwares and applications we can now get complex testing processes done in minutes whilst maximizing the functionalities within. It is only because of these tools that testers can get their testing process done with ease and rest assured of the working of  applications evolving.

So to this effect,  we thought to list down some open source tools that can make the testing processes better and which we as testers should be proud of:

1. Selenium (Web Application Testing)
I use this tool a lot for my web automation. But you have to understand JAVA to use Selenium web driver. The Selenium IDE version is very good also for people who are just getting started to automation as you can record and playback. Selenium is one of the highly used frameworks for testing web applications. It is primarily used for web UI and functionality testing since it has the support of the largest browser vendors. It comes as several tools  such as Selenium IDE, Selenium RC, Selenium Web Driver(My Favorite) and Selenium Grid that provides different solutions for catering to different test automation requirements.

2. TestLink (Test Management)
TestLink is a web-based test management tool. It  supports test cases,  test suites, test documents and projects management all at one place. It can then be integrated to defects management tools like like Mantis, JIRA, Bugzilla, FogBugz, etc. to ease the test execution process.  It can be used for both manual and automated testing.

3. JMeter (Load Testing)
JMeter is considered as one of the best Java-based tool designed for load testing. This is used to test  the behavior of the application under specific load and measure application/web performance over time . It works by simulating real users and then  load on the server to analyze the overall performance of the application/website under test.

4. Jenkins (Continuous Integration Testing)
Jenkins is powerful continuous integration tool to kick-off continuous testing and build integration through automation.  Selenium Tests can be deployed on Jinkins to schedule run time and also for continuous integration once code changes. It provides testers and developers a simple  way to manage code changes, testing, and deployment lifecycle, along with managing build releases, accelerating the overall software development lifecycle. Today, Jenkins offers support for over 1,200 plugins that allow it to integrate with any technology.

5.Appium (Mobile Testing)
Appium test automation framework is used for testing native, hybrid and mobile web apps for iOS, Android and Windows platform on both real devices and simulators. This is also a very good tool because it supports cross-platform apps. This is the main reason while  it allows testing apps across different platforms using the same API. Appium allows users to choose the language that has Selenium client libraries like- Java, Objective-C, JavaScript with Node.js, PHP, Ruby, Python, C# etc. for creating tests.


6. Mantis (Bug-Tracking & Project Management)
Mantis is a defect management toolby testers for tracking bugs raised in the software during the testing process. It also provides project management and issue management functions that help achieve faster and effective collaboration between teams and clients. This can be integrated with different test management tools

7. Postman (API Testing)
Postman is a powerful tool we testers use for testing APIs. This works like SoapUi and Testers and developers can use this free tool as a Chrome extension or cloud collaboration product to develop, test and document APIs faster.

8. RazorSQL (Database Query Tool)
Razor SQL SQL Query and Database Editor ia a  tool for Windows, Mac OS, and Linux. It allows testers to import, export and convert database in various formats such MySQL, Oracle, DB2, PostgreSQL, SQLite, MS SQL Server, and MS Access. With Razor SQL, users can also browse database objects and perform database comparisons.

9. GitHub (Project & Source Code Hosting)
GitHub is a great web-based repository service to host and manage software projects, versions and source code. GitHub provides features like task management, in-line editing, ticketing, feed, wikis, that help millions of developers and testers to work in a collaborative manner.

10. Bugzilla (Defect Tracking & Collaboration)
Bugzilla is yet another defect management tools ool that is widely being used by testers to  track of outstanding bugs raised during test execution, Defect workflows, fields , status, priority and reporting  can be configured on BugZilla

11.Firebug / Firepath (Online Debugging)
This is a web browser extension that helps testers in online debugging, editing and monitoring of web application’s CSS, HTML and JavaScript. Firebug along with Firepath is used for identifying XPath of any element. Both Firebug and Firepath can be installed as an extension for Mozilla Firefox while Firebug Lite can be added as a Chrome extension that provides a rich presentation of HTML and DOM elements for live editing.


12. FileZilla (FTP Solution)
This is a  cross-platform FTP application for both client and server. It allows users to upload and download files to and from users  FTP site, server as well as perform multiple file transfers and navigation simultaneously. FileZilla helps transfer in FTP, SFTP, encrypted FTP such as FTPS and SFTP

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