Katalon Studio Overview

Katalon Studio is the #4 ranked solution in our list of top Test Automation Tools. It is most often compared to Tricentis Tosca: Katalon Studio vs Tricentis Tosca

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.

Katalon Studio Buyer's Guide

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What users are saying about Katalon Studio pricing:
  • "We were using the free version of this tool."
  • "This product is freeware, so there is no charge for using it."
  • "The price is not high it's good."
  • "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."

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Lecturer and Researcher at a non-tech company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 20
Powerful yet easy-to-use and focuses on the end-user as well as interface testing

What is our primary use case?

We are using this product as a tool to teach students about testing. We are not teaching them how to use this specific tool. We are helping the students to understand how to find the right tools to do the testing on what they develop.

Pros and Cons

  • "This is a product that is well ahead of its immediate competition in features and functionality."
  • "They need to work on documentation to make it more centralized and easier to find what you are looking for."

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 to explore that part. I have only heard that Katalon is very powerful in that capacity. Katalon is easier to work with and to integrate. Those are the main strengths and the differences we have found between the products. I would rate Katalon Studio as an eight-of-ten overall on a scale from one to ten where one is the worst and ten is the best. It should be considered that we are not very…
Khurram Jamil Khan
Head of SQA, Project Manager at Vroozi
Real User
Top 20
Great record and playback functionality but isn't user-friendly and needs better technical support

What is our primary use case?

We have an application that's for secure point management. There are different values on it, starting from PR creation to PO, etc. We log into the application and then create a PR and then a PO, and from there we can run functional test cases. We use it to identify important areas for regression testing.

Pros and Cons

  • "The best thing about the solution is that there is a record and playback functionality."
  • "The free version of the solution is not user friendly at all."

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 training to all 15 resources. However, Katalon also has lesson fees associated with the solution. That means we have to spend money, and we need to be strategic and careful now when considering which tool we need to invest in. That's why we are basically working on different tools, including UFT and TestComplete. We are working with the 4.0 and 5.0 versions, however versions 7.0 and 8.0 have also…
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Software QA Test Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Good reporting as well as integration with Jenkins and Slack, but it crashes often

What is our primary use case?

We evaluated Katalon Studio along with Postman and SoapUI to be part of our testing framework. We used it mainly for microservices, API automation, and testing API endpoints. We click one button to have it run all of the tests and generate a report.

Pros and Cons

  • "The most important feature is the Jenkins integration; it is pretty straight forward and allows us to run nightly builds."
  • "It would be helpful to have an automatic save feature."

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 forward in this aspect. The future is AI and Katalon is a part of that. When it comes to testing RESTful APIs, this is a good solution but in the alternative, Postman is out there. That is the one that we ultimately chose to implement. I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.
MA
Senior Quality Assurance Analyst at a educational organization with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
A simple installation with good video tutorials and great stability

What is our primary use case?

For Katalon Studio we tried using it for record and play tasks. We could test it on Windows and different operating systems, such as macOS.

Pros and Cons

  • "The scalability of the product is good."
  • "The price of the solution is a bit high. It's one of the reasons we decided not to continue using the product."

What other advice do I have?

On Katalon I didn't work much. I did a small POC and it was just for one month. After that, I switched back to our native and our custom in-house automation tool. We didn't deploy it on the cloud due to the fact that initially, it was freeware, and then it got paid. At that point, our company was not interested in investing that amount of money into a new product when they had their own custom-built solution. They were parallelly building the automation framework in Java and Selenium. They're using test engines for reporting. Going forward, we will be using this framework and not Katalon. I…
Phil Ward
Senior Test Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 10
Provides cost-effective functional testing for web-based GUIs

What is our primary use case?

We use this solution for functional testing on some backends, APIs, the ServiceNow GUI, and other web GUIs. We have it running on a few machines, in-house. Each developer downloads it to their machine, and we also have it running on a test server.

Pros and Cons

  • "We can write code in Java and it is easy to link to other JARs that we find on the internet, which is very handy."
  • "The Object Spy is rather frustrating to work with, so I tend not to use it."

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, it's a good product. It is well thought through and continues to improve. This solution semi-automatically updates to the latest version, so it is always up to date. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.
Faranak Adinehzadeh
Software Test Engineer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
User-friendly with good object recognition, and priced well

Pros and Cons

  • "One of the features that I like is Object Recognition. It worked very well, and it allowed me to create a dynamic expert based on my requirements."
  • "Now we are having difficulties in using it and had to limit our automation experts to the features that Katalon allows us to use for free. It was free access and they claimed that it would be free for all time."

What other advice do I have?

Once we developed a new solution, Katalon was no longer free, and we had to pay for all of the features. Katalon has provided me with a solution to the issues and limitations that I was experiencing. I have many limitations and issues with automating their application. I did not use the mobile features offered by Katalon Studio. I would recommend it for anyone who doesn't want to be involved in developing a lot. some people want to use some resources to automate the application of their data system. I think that if you have some knowledge of development and using Python in addition to Robot…
Tinnaphan Wibullanon
Professional Services Manager at a non-profit with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 10
Good testing framework with a straightforward setup but needs more features

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution according to customer requests. We don't use it for a specific feature; we tend to use it when and if we are requested to. The client dictates that on their end. It's largely used as an automation testing tool. That's how it is meant to be used.

Pros and Cons

  • "The initial setup is pretty straightforward and easy enough to complete."
  • "It seems to lack a few requirements that a typical customer would want. Compared to other solutions, this product is lacking."

What other advice do I have?

We are just end-users and use it according to our client's requirements. We don't have a specific business relationship with Katalon. Some customers use ALM, and we use Jira, due to the lower price. These help us with project management aspects. This solution isn't well known, as it might be in other countries. This solution is very useful for companies, such as banks or insurance organizations, that need something that can be used for commercial purposes. It's a good solution for enterprise-level companies. I'd rate the solution at a seven out of ten. It's okay, however, if it offered more…
KP
Test Lead at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Good end-to-end UA, Web,API, and mobile app testing capability

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use this solution for user acceptance testing, web testing, regression testing, and mobile app testing.

Pros and Cons

  • "The basic framework and project organization is very good."
  • "We have had some issues when it comes to stability, which is something that needs to be improved."

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 would rate this solution a seven out of ten.
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