The whole point of cross-browser testing is to deliver consistent user experiences across various browsers. When we build websites or web apps, some of their features aren’t compatible with some browsers; with cross-browser testing, we can ensure uniform experiences.
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While performing cross-browser testing, we generally check for the following:
i. Is the website/app responsive across multiple browsers?
Are there any UI inconsistencies?
ii. Are any specific browsers reporting code bugs?
iii. Is the website/app performing uniformly across various locations?
iv. Are all UI elements functioning?
v. Is the website slow or crashing?
vi. Are all form fields of dialog boxes functioning?
When we perform cross-browser compatibility testing, it’s easy to discover such bugs and fix them before our product goes into production.
Automated testing tools are what makes cross-browser testing effective. In this post, we’ll discuss the top three tools for automated cross-browser testing and their features. Before we proceed, we recommend reading: when should automation of cross-browser testing be done?
1. Testsigma: Testsigma is a cloud-based automated testing tool that supports cross-browser testing. It hosts around 2,000 real devices and thousands of browser-OS combinations in its cloud and gives us the flexibility to create test suites for multiple browsers and versions.
This is a codeless testing tool maintained by AI, which means we can write our test cases in plain English and AI translates it into code. This tool aims at making test creation and maintenance very easy by the uniqueness of the test creation strategy it offers.
Convenient for both beginners and experts — Testsigma allows prioritizing and scheduling tests, which means our tests can run all round the clock and without much human interference. It also supports visual testing to ensure our websites or apps deliver pixel-perfect UI without any changes across the browsers.
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i. Automate for web, mobile, and APIs from the same place: The same test case creation strategy(in simple English) lets you automate your web tests, mobile tests and APIs easily from the same place.
ii. Simple Scenarios: Automate using codeless approach via simple English
iii. Complex Scenarios: Automate using a codeless approach via simple English and for customization, JAVA and Selenium can be used too.
iv. Parallel test execution: Testsigma lets us accelerate our testing with parallel test executions in multiple platforms.
v. Bug management: It generates screenshots, logs, and comprehensive videos of bugs and crashes and reports them through exhaustive reports via email, Slack, Teams, etc. Besides, AI auto-heals at least 70% of error-prone areas or patterns.
vi. Shift-left: We can adopt the shift-left testing approach and start testing our website/app right from the design phase without much knowledge of the app/site.
vii. Set-up: Zero set-ups are required. We can sign up and start using their tools from day one.
viii. CI/CD integrations
ix. Geo-location testing: We can configure geo-location on a real device or GPS to perform geolocation-based testing.
x. Customizable Reports and analytics dashboard: Testsigma has a highly customizable reports and analytics dashboard that offers insights into test efficiency and team productivity and suggests how to improve these aspects. It also tells us how our tests are performing in several test environments.
xi. Remote accessibility
xii. 24×7 support
Price: It begins at $249 monthly when billed annually;
Also, you can read more about Testsigma here: When to use Testsigma as a cross-browser testing solution for your organization?
2. SauceLabs: Trusted and used by many industries — Sauce Labs is one of the top tools for automated cross-browser testing. It is a low-code testing platform that lets us write our tests in simple English, and the platform’s AI capability translates it into code.
However, do note that this is limited to uncomplicated test scenarios only, and if your testing involves complex or advanced scenarios, you should be comfortable with programming. Sauce Labs comes equipped with over 2,000 Android and iOS mobile devices, and it also lets us connect emulators and simulators for testing.
It also allows testing our apps or sites from behind the firewall without configuring VPN. Besides, it manages and delivers browsers to the cloud within 48 hours of a release.
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i. Simple Scenarios: Automate using a codeless approach via plain English.
ii. Complex Scenarios: Automate via Selenium, Espresso, Appium, XCUItest, Cypress, TestCafe, Playwright, and Puppeteer.
iii. Parallel test execution: We can set up parallel test execution to run our tests simultaneously on Sauce Labs’ cloud. The tool also states that we can accelerate our test run time by up to 10x.
iv. Bug management: Sauce Labs comes with an extended debugging feature that generates browser console logs, screenshots. It also shares Selenium log files and metadata for developers to debug efficiently.
v. Shift-left: It supports the Shift-left testing approach and allows us to begin testing from the design phase.
vi. Set-up: No additional downloads or configurations are required. We can simply create an account with Sauce Labs and connect our tests with their browser cloud.
vii. CI/CD integrations
viii. Geo-location testing: With Sauce Connect Proxy, we can perform both manual and automated testing of geo-locations.
ix. Reports and analytics: With Sauce Labs, we can generate extensive performance and analytics reports on our test efficiency. Also, even before the app or site goes live, we can gather front-end user experience feedback with this tool. It’s not customizable but comes with several plug-ins.
x. Remote accessibility
xi. Email support
Price: When billed annually, it’s around $199/month. This plan gives access to the real device cloud and only one parallel test. The cost rises if you prefer more parallel test executions. However, Sauce Labs offers its tool at no cost for open-source projects.
3. Perfecto: Perfecto is a cloud-based automated testing tool that supports cross-browser testing. Enabled with AI, this tool comes with hundreds of real devices with various browser and OS combinations.
This testing tool is equipped with AI, and it’s capable of generating Selenium test scripts when you record your test actions via its record and playback tool.
With this tool, we can perform a combination of automated tests and interactive live tests to measure how our website or app is performing when it comes in contact with an end-user. It also allows testing right from the starting stages of development.
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i. Simple Scenarios: Automate using a codeless approach via record and playback.
ii. Complex Scenarios: Automate via Cypress.
iii. Parallel test execution: We can execute tests in parallel in various platforms and environments.
iv. Bug management: Bug reports and crashes are reported via logs and screenshots; Perfecto sends recommendations for bug fixes too.
v. Shift-left: It supports the shift-left testing approach, and allows testing from the earlier stages of development.
vi. Set-up: Simply sign up and start accessing the device cloud and the tool without any additional downloads.
vii. CI/CD integrations
viii. Geo-location testing: Perfecto allows us to test from various locations against factors such as geofencing, time zones, etc.
ix. Customizable reports and analytics dashboard: Perfecto’s customizable reports and analytics dashboard fetches full test reports, heatmaps, etc. It also sends detailed reports after every run.
x. Remote accessibility
xi. Form support
Price: It starts at $125/month, and offers only basic features. However, if you are looking for no-code automation, they customize the pricing accordingly; you can contact Perfecto for a quote.
At a glance, let’s observe the features these three tools offer:
Now that we’ve discussed the best-automated testing tools for cross-browser testing, do let us know which one caught your interest and why in the comments section below.
In case you’d be interested to know about more tools for cross-browser testing, check the exhaustive list here: An exhaustive list of the most popular cross-browser testing tools