Top Automation Testing Tools for Desktop Applications


By Parteek Goel

Top Automation Testing Tools for Desktop Applications

When you need to find the most suitable and reliable web test automation testing tools, the process could turn out to be extremely exhaustive. Especially, when you do have not much exposure to test automation, landing on a perfect tool could be a daunting task to pursue.  

However, the ever-changing and ever-evolving digital landscape needs developers to work on the most sophisticated legacy systems, that even need diving through highly typical enterprise environments. And since we have been associated with web application testing services for a long time, we felt it necessary to talk about the top automation testing tools that have extensive features and benefits to offer.  

Though the demand for desktop applications has significantly jumped compared to mobile and web apps, it is extremely necessary to perform desktop app automation testing for the most complex environments. It is not only important to strengthen the most complicated legacy systems but streamline the entire task of installing, configuring, and executing the desktop apps.  

All in all, automation testing is vital to cutting the costs surrounding desktop applications and even helps to meet the operational goals related to desktop applications. Besides, desktop app testing helps to ensure that apps made are completely operational and could offer sufficient performance on all available hardware resources.  

In this blog, we bring you a quick list of the 7 most effective and highly reliable desktop automation tools that are made to empower desktop applications.  

Let’s dig in to explore them in detail. 

1. Katalon Studio 


Pricing: Free — $76/license/month 

  • Katalon Studio is an all-in-one solution  

  • Supports web, API, mobile, and desktop app test automation. 

  • Enabling cross-functional operations for product development teams at scale. 

2. Selenium 


Pricing: Paid 

  • Free open-source web testing tool. 

  • This automated web testing tool is compatible with quite a lot of programming languages.

  • Multi-browser (Chrome, Firefox, safari, internet edge) and platform compatibility (Window, linux, Mac) 

  • Selenium supports Java, C#, Ruby, and Python languages.

3. Appium 


Pricing: Free  

  • Open-source automation mobile testing tool 

  • Appium allows native, hybrid and web application testing and supports automation tests on physical devices as well as an emulator or simulator on both 

  • Appium supports all languages that have Selenium client libraries like- Java, Objective-C, JavaScript with node.js, PHP, Ruby, Python, C#, etc. 

4. Cucumber 


  • It is the leading collaboration platform for BDD. 

  • Cucumber supports other languages Ruby like Java, Scala, Groovy etc 

  • Various types of automation testing frameworks:

  1. Linear Scripting Framework 
  2. Modular Testing Framework 
  3. Data-driven Framework 
  4. Keyword-driven Testing Framework 
  5. Behavior-driven Development Testing Framework (BDD) 

5. HPE Unified Functional Testing (UFT) 


Pricing: Paid 

The UFT platform from HPE allows users to create and execute automated functionality and performance tests on native and cross-platform mobile apps developed for Android, iOS and Windows devices; on web applications that execute on today's most popular browsers; and on desktop apps for Windows-based machines.

6. JMeter 


Pricing: Free 

  • Open-Source testing software 

  • JMeter is designed to cover various categories of tests such as load testing, functional testing, performance testing, regression testing, etc. 

  • JMeter supports other languages like Java. 

  • Different server types − Web - HTTP, HTTPS, SOAP, Database via JDBC, LDAP, JMS, Mail - POP3, etc.  

  • It is a platform-independent tool. 

7. Winium 


Pricing: Free 

  • Open-source tool based on Selenium.  

  • Selenium, the widely used open-source tool for web applications, provides support for Mobile applications using Appium 


Since the tech world is expanding at a very fast pace, automation testing has complemented the modern development lifecycle in all ways. From adding speed to accuracy, tools made to streamline desktop application testing offer all the precision required to empower enterprise initiatives.  

Nevertheless, it is extremely necessary that developers and testers must get discretionary with the selection of right desktop application testing tools to complement the objectives of desktop apps. With this being the very use case, we at BugRaptors always ensure our clients experience the highest level of satisfaction when creating tech solutions.  

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Parteek Goel

Parteek Goel is a highly-dynamic QA expert with proficiency in automation, AI, and ML technologies. Currently, working as an automation manager at BugRaptors, he has a knack for creating software technology with excellence. Parteek loves to explore new places for leisure, but you'll find him creating technology exceeding specified standards or client requirements most of the time.

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