Katalon Studio Reviews

Katalon Studio is the #4 ranked solution of our top Test Automation Tools tools. It's rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, and is most commonly compared to SmartBear TestComplete - Katalon Studio vs SmartBear TestComplete

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Real User
Lecturer and Researcher at a non-tech company with 10,001+ employees
Jan 22 2020

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features for me are that Katalon Studio is powerful and yet easy-to-use. This solution — even in comparison to Selenium, which we were using previously — is a little bit more simple… more »

How has it helped my organization?

fast learning curve tool (and profesional) for students new at the subject

What needs improvement?

I really do not know what every user who is using this product might need to make it better for them. I do not think this is an easy question to answer for users globally. I do not think there are any… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Within the department, we were previously using Selenium a few years back for teaching testing. We actually switched to Katalon from student suggestions. In the future, we may change again. The most… more »

What other advice do I have?

In looking at Katalon Studio and comparing it with Selenium, I think Katalon is better. The capture and replay functionality for sure sets Katalon ahead. As far as the API testing, we have not tried… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

One of my colleagues is in charge of teaching software engineering testing issues. When the students are tackling the testing project, they sometimes suggest using different tools. Some years ago it… more »
Khurram Jamil Khan
Real User
Head of SQA, Project Manager at Vroozi
Jul 11 2020

What is most valuable?

There is a free version of the solution. The best thing about the solution is that there is a record and playback functionality. The solution allows for specific object files. The solution has great… more »

What needs improvement?

The free version of the solution is not user friendly at all. The solution's most valuable aspect is related to the record and playback. However, they need to improve the record and playback facility… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

There is a free version of the solution. That said, companies should be aware that if they do go ahead with the freemium version, the effort required to do the work is extremely high and might negate… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We actually started with a solution called Selenium. However, the Selenium GUI was not as comprehensive and the solution itself was not easy to use. We moved to Katalon due to the fact that it was… more »

What other advice do I have?

We're using the solution as a customer and don't have any sort of relationship or contract with Katalon. The company gave us a demo to try that includes approximately seven or eight sessions of… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We've since looked at both UFT and TestComplete. Katalon is cheaper, however, it doesn't offer everything we need and its features aren't as robust as the other two.
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Deepanshu Joshi
Real User
Software QA Test Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Mar 15 2020

What is most valuable?

The most important feature is the Jenkins integration; it is pretty straight forward and allows us to run nightly builds. The integration with Slack is very helpful. The… more »

How has it helped my organization?

Katalon Studio is useful because it helped us to generate reports to see which test cases passed versus which ones failed. It gives a good graphical representation of the… more »

What needs improvement?

We found that Katalon Studio crashes a lot of the time and it would be very good if it were more stable. When it crashes, the tests are not always saved and this means… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We were using the free version of this tool.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Prior to this solution, we were using TestNG. It is more about writing automation code as opposed to using an automation tool. Using it means that you have to write a lot… more »

What other advice do I have?

Products such as this one are a byproduct of artificial intelligence. It comes up with very nice code snippets that we can use, and it is good to see the industry moving… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated Postman and SoapUI along with Katalon Studio. Ultimately, we chose Postman because it has been in the market for a while, it has good open-source… more »
Phil Ward
Real User
Senior Test Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Jul 31 2019

What is most valuable?

This solution is written in Groovy, which means that we can write Groovy scripts that work with it. We can write code in Java and it is easy to link to other JARs that we find on the internet, which… more »

What needs improvement?

At the moment, this solution only works for web-based products. It's sort of like a Selenium wrapper, which is quite well done. The Object Spy is rather frustrating to work with, so I tend not to use… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

This product is freeware, so there is no charge for using it. There is a paid service available that offers a cloud database where you can store your test cases, pull your test executions, get… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We are trying to get away from Micro Focus products because they're extremely expensive. For functional testing, we're migrating to Katalon Studio, for example. In the organization as a whole, people… more »

What other advice do I have?

My advice for anybody who is considering this project to have some familiarity with Groovy and Java. If you don't like coding then it will not be the product for you. Otherwise, in our experience… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I was recently tasked with looking at different testing tools, and I evaluated several including Katalon. Once I tried it, I liked it, and so far we've been happy with it.
Real User
Test Lead at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jan 17 2020

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the capability of doing end-to-end testing for both web and mobile apps. The basic framework and project organization is very good. Data design testing capabilities are… more »

What needs improvement?

The maintenance of the tools can be improved. We have had some issues when it comes to stability i.e when project has lot of items in workspace, which is something that needs to be improved.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

There is a free version of the tool to use and support is available through the community forums, but there is a licensed version as well.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Prior to Katalon Studio, we were using UFT for our testing. We switched because Katalon is free and doesn't cost any money. It works in the meantime, and they have the capabilities that we need. The… more »

What other advice do I have?

It is a good product. I would recommend it because they are promoting that they will update it for free, for life. We have had issues with stability but it might be better with the licensed version. I… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did not evaluate other options. We needed certain capabilities and we found Katalon to be acceptable.
Real User
Testing Lead at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Jul 30 2020

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is that the browser and the API testing is available in a single tool, and I don't have to look at other options. The flexibility that it offers is something that I like. It supports the Cucumber BDD framework.

What needs improvement?

There is not much support offered for the free version, which is something that could be improved. Support for more frameworks would be a really good addition to this tool

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We are using the free version of Katalon Studio at this point.

What other advice do I have?

With respect to the free version, it is a product that I would recommend. However, at the enterprise level, I would have to evaluate the support and see what they have to offer with the licensed version. Overall, this is a good tool but at… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Prior to choosing Katalon for testing, we were looking at Selenium and Telerik Test Studio. Katalon offers the free version, which allows us to play around with it. Also, the API and the mobile features are attractive.
Oussama Ben Taher
Real User
Étudiant at Ensibs
Aug 28 2019

What is most valuable?

The functionality of the data is very good. You can upload and disperse data using the solution. The reporting is excellent as well.

What needs improvement?

The browsing is messy. The solution tends to rush the tests on multiple processes. That doesn't work in most cases. They need to write a different script for the same test case on the cloud and another script to run the test on Firefox, for… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The tool is free to use.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We previously used Selenium HQ.

What other advice do I have?

We are using the cloud deployment model. I would recommend the tool. For a free solution, it's very good. I would rate the solution eight out of ten.
Vijay Singh Bhadouriya
Real User
Business Analyst at a consultancy with 10,001+ employees
Oct 07 2019

What is most valuable?

The Keyword feature is very good to use in your test cases. There are lots of inbuilt Keyword features already there to use, and one can write their own for use in… more »

How has it helped my organization?

Manual testing requires a lot of manual processes and time to complete the test cycle. With the help of Katalon, the process is running more smoothly and is less… more »

What needs improvement?

My recently-updated Katalon studio version hangs a lot and is not a stable version. The support system should be improved in many areas such as Katalon Studio forums and… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It is freeware software, so start using it.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I used Selenium, but Katalon is much more user-friendly.

What other advice do I have?

Great tool to start automation, easy to learn and doing.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I did not evaluate other options.
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What is Katalon Studio?


Katalon Studio is a simple and powerful automation solution built by KMS Technology for testers everywhere. The tool provides features comparable to popular commercial solutions while eliminating the hassle of building an automation framework from open sources. Best of all, we are committed to keeping Katalon Studio free.

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