Recently I got a task to find a tool that can be used to test web UI. I found Selenium IDE and also used to it. But the problem is that I have to test on Chrome and IE as well. I tried Selenium WebDriver - it works but needs long time to code. Can you guys suggest me any other tool like Selenium IDE or any plugin I can use to test?

If I am doing anything wrong kindly guide me as well.

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    WebDriver "takes long time to code", but your code is more flexible (can do stuff which IDE never could), less brittle (better deals with page changes), and after you developed base, you can add new functionality faster and in more flexible way. Of course you need to be decent programmer to be able to use incredible benefits of WebDriver - that's why it is becoming W3C standard. – Peter M. Jul 9 '15 at 13:56

Could you please specific your kind of test? You want to do regression testing or ... If selenium web-driver is taken a long time, I think you should consider to :

But before you get approach to automation, please discuss with your team or your upper manager about:

1 - Project Scope
2 - Budget
3 - Human Resources
4 - AUT characteristics
5 - Your working process

Those metrics will likely affect:

1. If the project should have automation or not.
2. If yes, which tool to support. 
3. When have tool, which resource to prepare. 
4. When have tool and team, how to adjust the working process to best optimize the automation

To be honest, automation(web-driver) takes time and effort to fully see its value, so take your time :-).


You can use

  1. BadBoy

  2. WatiR or WatiN (it has WaitN test recorder and supports IE 6, 7, 8 & 9 and Firefox 2.x & 3.x)

tools too for testing Web UI.

But, are you looking for free tools only? There are number of paid tools which provide multiple browser support and very easy to use and implement. But again you have to discuss this thing first within your project, even if your client is not willing to pay for this, you can still share the cost within multiple projects (if that's possible in your organization).

From your side as a proactive action, you can create a DAR (Decision Analysis Report) for both Free and Paid tools considering the below mentioned parameters and thus share your report with the management and show your findings. Whichever tool you choose you need to learn it a bit and then you can use it.

  1. Platforms, Technology and Types supported
  2. Features provided and required
  3. Manual and Automatic Test creation
  4. Change Management/Maintenance of Test cases
  5. Results Management and Reporting
  6. Data In, Data Out
  7. Training required and Tester skillset
  8. Integration with the Test and task management tool (you would like that failed test cases should get reported automatically to your bug tracker)
  9. Ease of use
  10. Online support, discussion forums and service

Telerik test studio - licensed iMacro Applitool - UI based automation (pxl to pxl verification, layout, content etc)

Let me know if you need a help on above things.


I can recommend Ranorex. It works both with coding and without (just by capturing the actions). It also supports cross-browser web test automation (Chrome, Firefox, IE and Safari) as you can read here.


If your company has some cash, buy Telerik Test Studio. It will do IE, Firefox, Chrome, and soon mobile. It is way easier than Selenium. The only drawback is no OSX, which means no Safari. I use a Mac as my main machine so I manual test on that and then automate.

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