Open source can be a developer’s best friend. When it comes to app testing, open source solutions can give developers a cheap and effective means of performing basic quality assurance.
Why open source testing tools? Apart from the fact that you always want to make sure that your hard work is moving towards the right direction, you also want to make sure that you’re releasing the best possible product. In the world of mobile apps where countless new pieces of software are being released on a daily basis, you can’t just have an “OK” or even a “good enough” launch and hope to survive in the marketplace. You need a great one to get people’s attention in the quickest way possible.
Open source testing tools are just one way in which you and your team can accomplish that goal. Here are five open source testing tools in particular that are more than worth your time.
1. Monkey Talk
Monkey Talk bills itself as “the worlds greatest mobile app testing tool.” When you take a look at the feature set being offered, it’s easy to see why. Monkey Talk works for both the iOS and the Android platforms and can test a variety of different platforms including native apps, mobile apps, hybrid apps and more. You can perform data-driven tests, smoke tests and nearly anything else to make sure that your software has the launch that you need.
Appium is a tool used to perform automation tests for native, web and hybrid mobile applications. Like Monkey Talk, it also works for both the iOS and Android platforms. The tool is an incredibly valuable one for both SDKs (meaning apps that were written specifically for Android or iOS) and applications that are tested via some type of mobile web browser (like the mobile Safari web browser that comes natively installed on all iPhone devices).
Frank is an open source mobile application testing utility designed specifically for the iOS operating system. The great thing about Frank is that it allows you to write specific structure text tests based on exactly what it is that you’re trying to accomplish. In addition, you can also create detailed acceptance tests based on a list of pre-defined requirements that will then be used to test your iOS app so that you can have actionable information about what works, what doesn’t and what still needs to be done.
Robotium is a testing automation utility designed specifically for mobile apps that run on the Android platform. Not only does Robotium give users the ability to conduct regular unit tests based on a pre-existing library, but developers can also write essentially any test that they’d like for quality control purposes based on Java. The GUI is sleek and clean and the application itself is incredibly easy to use.
One of the most important aspects of your mobile app will always be the graphical user interface. You can lay in all of the features in the world and create a truly “one size fits all” piece of software, but if it’s cumbersome or otherwise difficult to use it won’t be able to get any type of traction.
Sikulu aims to fix all of that. It’s a completely open source tool used to automate the process of testing the graphical user interface of your apps. You can create scripts that, when used in conjunction with the built-in screenshot feature, allow you to easily control every last aspect of the GUI. Screenshots can be added into your test with just the click of a single button, allowing you to completely automate the testing process and accomplish a significant amount in a very small period of time.