Tools Most Used By Software Testers
This is another article written by a Software Tester based on results of a survey of Software Testers. It covers tools used in the industry.
A short while back, I asked our lovely LinkedIn community which tools they used in their Software Testing. It was a short and free format survey, like all the others I have done before.
The tools could be anything you deemed useful to your work and need not be the household names we pay thousands for.
LinkedIn tells me there were more than 3,000 views of the post and I collected just short of 300 responses in the survey. Don't be so shy next time, please :-)
The Respondents' Working Landscape
I like to know a little, not too much though, about my respondents. So I asked which kind of development Lifecycle they work in. Turns out it was a very unequal split between Waterfall and Agile:
Open Source Fans?
With the growth in the use of Open Source tools, I wondered what the respondents' opinion on these in general were. I heard all sorts of stories where companies are too tight to pay for tools and others like the support they get from the paid tools. Anyhow, the respondents were heavily in favour of Open Source tooling:
Which Tools Are You All Using?
The below pie chart is the top 12 tools on the list compiled entirely by the respondents. (The full list is at the very bottom).
They're all well known 'tools' to seasoned testers.
Postman is really thriving these days and signals the testing required due to the growing trend towards internet facing end customer software.
The respondents 'said' they were Agile and that they are keen on Open Source tools.
This was reflected in the results with Jira and Selenium dominating.
For Functional Automation, I was surprised not to see mention of CodedUI as I know it is in use in many places. Perhaps the tendency is for programmers to use it for Unit tests and they did not partake in my survey.
It surprised me too that Slack was not higher on the list but the responses come in over a 2 week period usually, based on my network and others it spreads to. Dare say I'd get different answers if I repeated it.
Comments showed there's still much love for HP's old Test Director / Quality Center / (Micro Focus) ALM but many were suffering the less intuitive flows of Jira.
The Full List of Tools:
Issue & Project Tracking Software from Atlassian
Web Browser automation from many Committers
Application Lifecycle Management software from Micro Focus
Microsoft Spreadsheets for many purposes
Software development tools from Microsoft
Version Control System - free and open source
Test API requests from Postdot Technologies
Automated Test tool from Micro Focus
Load and Performance testing from Apache
REST and SOAP Testing Tool from SmartBear
Test Management with JIRA and Confluence
Define and manage automated tests
Relational Database Management System
Test Case Management Tool from SmartBear
Free Web debugging Proxy from Telerik
Collaborative specification and testing
Free Source Code editor
IDE for Oracle Databases from Allround Automations
Note taking application from Microsoft
Web Debugging Proxy application
Native Browser driving tool
Project Content Collaboration from Atlassian
Presentation Slide creator
Static Analysis of C/C++ code
Computer Operating System
Unix-like Operating System
Linux-like tools on Windows
End-to-end Browser test framework for Angular
Free email application from Mozilla
Test automation framework for native, hybrid and mobile web apps
Simulator for HTTP-based APIs
Database management and analysis tool from DbVis Software
Microsoft Test Manager
Test Management Tool
Automated website tests from the Cloud
Web-based defect management from Mozilla
Rational Test Manager
Test Management tool (no longer available?) from IBM
Version Control repository hosting service
Automation of software Build, Test and Deploy
Integrated Development Environment
GUI for Gcov - source code coverage analysis and profiling
Java Integrated Development Environment
Test Case Management from Gurock
Counts lines of source code
Scripting language for automating Windows GUI
Software containerisation platform
Internet search engine
Requirements, Test and Defect Management
Screen Capture software
Official IDE for Android
Performance Testing software from Micro Focus
Testing Framework for Java
Integrated Development Environment from Microsoft
Yes, a physical computer trackball mouse
Network Protocol Analyzer
Test Case Lab
Test Case Management tool
Unix Bourne Again SHell
Often the best way to communicate
No Website Link required!
Website to arrange Usability testing
Real-time answers from your machine data
Framework for testing websites and apps
Accelerate Agile and DevOps deliveries
(Now CA's Agile Central) Agile Development software
Treat everything like Application code
TCS MasterCraft DevPlus
Agile and DevOps product for Delivery, Test, Release, Deployment
Team Communication tool
Robot Framework Foundation
Test automation framework for acceptance testing and acceptance test-driven development
Continuous inspection of code quality
Xray for JIRA
Test Management add on for Jira from Xpand IT
Test REST services in Java from Johan Haleby and Parkster.
RSpec driven API testing framework
HTML, XML, SAX, and Reader parser.
Black Box test automation