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Deva Veluchamy
Real User
Test Automation Lead/Consultant at Aspire Systems
Jan 02 2018

What is most valuable?

- Most importantly, it is an open source tool. - Parallel executions (same browser in parallel, different browser in parallel). - Remote executions using Node and Hub. - Integration with CI tools like Jenkins - Multi-platform support (for details have a look at… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Web-based application automation are mostly done using Selenium. It's the right automation tool as a replacement for manual regression testing that indispensably reduces the testing time due to its cross-browser, parallel, and remote executions.

What needs improvement?

It has extensive support for Chrome and Firefox, but more is needed for IE, Edge and Safari.

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

It's an open source tool.
Real User
Senior Automation Test Developer/Automation Test Architect at a software R&D company with 51-200 employees
Nov 09 2017

What is most valuable?

* Selenium is a good tool to do UI testing * It works with many popular programming languages such as Java, JavaScript and etc. * It supports most of the mainstream browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, IE and etc. * It supports mobile local application as well and work with Appium. * It is free. * Selenium grid is a wonderful tool. * BrowserStack and Sauce Labs work with Selenium. * Headless browser… more»

How has it helped my organization?

* We have automation tests (API, UI, unit, integration tests, and etc.). It saves on our manual QA time. * It reduces our manual QA repeatable works. * It saves our manual QA's energy. * The QA time move from manual QA to automation QA, and improve the relationship between developer and QA, Since automation tests make them work closer. * QA becomes more technical and love to know more about… more»

What needs improvement?

* Stability. * Documentation, the Java doc description for most of the API is almost empty. No example with no detail. * It is not easy to make IE plus Selenium work good as other browsers. Firefox and Chrome are the best ones to work with Selenium. * Java gets a lot of supports. Python as well. However, it seems not PHP. It is amazing, and Selenium can work with a lot of programming languages. *… more»
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Saurabh Chauhan
Consultant
Project Engineer at Mathworks India Pvt Ltd
Aug 25 2017

What do you think of Selenium HQ?

What is most valuable?

Selenium web driver - Java.

How has it helped my organization?

As traditional load testing we use some expensive tools available in the market, but with the help of Selenium we started automating the browser and done load testing for light application.

What needs improvement?

Handling frames and windows needs to be improved.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using it for one year.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

No issues encountered.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No issues encountered.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No issues encountered.

How is customer service and technical support?

9/10

How was the initial setup?

Straightforward by using…
Real User
Senior Software Quality Assurance Engineer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 24 2017

What is most valuable?

* Support for UI Automation * Language support - since it supports Java and other programming languages it is easy to integrate with other systems * Multiple browser support * Selenium Grid supports the execution of test case in distributed… more»

How has it helped my organization?

* It's open-source, so there's no need to pay for a license * Support different programming language hence DevOps and QA work together to built better test suite * Since it is a lightweight tool, hence it helps in running test cases fast

What needs improvement?

There is no good tool to find the Xpath. They should provide a good tool to find Xpath for dynamic elements and integrate API (REST/ SOAP) testing support.

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

I used SilkTest and QTP before using Selenium

What other advice do I have?

You just need to choose the solution which best suites for you.
Vendor
Selenium Automation Engineer at a individual & family service with 10,001+ employees
Aug 24 2017

What do you think of Selenium HQ?

What is most valuable?

All the features in Selenium to automate the UI.

How has it helped my organization?

Reduced license cost

For how long have I used the solution?

I've used it for four years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

There were issues.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

There were issues.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

There were issues.

How are customer service and technical support?

5/10

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

5/10

How was the initial setup?

Selenium Grid set-up is bit complex.

What other advice do I have?

I would advise you that it's a good tool to automate UI. There have been issues in the product.
AlexSchikora
Real User
Software Development Engineer in Test (SDET) at KUKA Robotics
Nov 12 2016

What is most valuable?

It's free and continuously improved e.g. support for mobile, and new browsers. Also special services allow remote cross-browser testing on desktop and mobile browser (such as BrowserStack or SauceLabs). Also the automation of Microsoft Edge… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Regression tests for multiple browsers are now automated robustly across all main browsers.

What needs improvement?

* Video controls of an embedded HTML5 video * AJAX/web 2.0 dynamic web content (though there is a framework called Protractor for Angular) * Better detection if a page has indeed finished loading

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

Don’t forget the maintenance that is required to keep the framework running, therefore I would suggest the Page-Object-Model, to separate the test logic from the test object. Also you might wanna start on Chrome, it’s better supported.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Ranorex, Sahi, TestComplete, TestWhizz, QF-Test, WatiR, Squish, CodedUI
Saraswathi B
Real User
Test Automation Project Lead at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jul 04 2016

What is most valuable?

* It's open source tool (cost effective) * More Test Coverage through Multiple browser support(Chrome,FF,IE9,10,11,Opera,Safari and Edge(recently) * Scalable to extend and integrate with other Automation tools like Jmeter & OWASP ZAP, thus enable team to perform Fuctional, NonFunctional test(Performance, Security) * Can be integrated with CI tools like Jenkins * Can be integrated with builder… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It is an awesome tool to use with great ROI, we have been using this tool extensively in most of our projects to reduce the manual regression efforts and to prevent production defects. Another beauty of this tool is to extend and integrate with other functional & non functional tools(Jmeter, OWASP ZAP, Appium ..etc.) Recently we have implemented the Extended Reporting to support rich reporting… more»

What needs improvement?

Compatibility issues with newer versions of browsers (IE & Firefox) and latest server versions, but this can be addressed with some workarounds. Handling Windows based dialogs (or) performaning Non browser action can bit challenging, so far we are using AutoIT tool to perform this. Rather QTP or any other Commercial tools, Selenium expects more Techinical(Prograaming) expertise, but other end this… more»
Vendor
QA Automation Engineer with 501-1,000 employees
Feb 18 2016

What do you think of Selenium HQ?

Selenium is an open-source browser automation suite consisting of three parts: WebDriver, Server/Grid, and IDE. The IDE portion s useful for doing quick recordings of steps, but the resulting scripts are extremely fragile. This portion is also slated for deprecation with the upcoming release of Selenium 3.0. The remaining two-thirds of the suite are the most useful parts of this product. The WebDriver API is the interface used to control browsers. Most popular browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera, etc.) are supported either directly or through secondary server interfaces that are available via the SeleniumHQ.org website. The ability to write tests that can be used cross-browser and cross-platform is one of the most valuable aspects of this product. In addition to being a…
Vendor
Software Quality Assurance Engineer at a comms service provider with 501-1,000 employees
Jan 11 2016

What is most valuable?

When using Selenium WebDriver you will find that most valuable feature is integration with other technologies and frameworks. Selenium can test almost any kind of web application and it supports many types of technologies. You can write… more»

How has it helped my organization?

If used in right way (you can build your own test automation framework) it provides great test automation coverage and boosts time spent on writing automated test scripts. It can cope with almost any commercial tool in test automation area.

What needs improvement?

It would be nice to see more frequent releases and more bug fixes. Selenium has good support, but sometimes it seems that they mark some issues to easily with "won't fix" label. Internet Explorer webdriver has some issues and should have… more»

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

I used a few commercial solutions in my career and Selenium offered me (almost) everything that this products did, in some cases even more. I chose it because it's open source, easy to integrate with other technologies/tools and offers… more»

What other advice do I have?

It's an open source product, (probably) the most popular one in a whole software test automation industry. Although it's free and open source it has good support and great integration with different technologies. If you have a good QA team… more»
Real User
Founder & CEO at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Oct 08 2015

What is most valuable?

* Supports many scripting languages (Java, .NET, Php etc) * Great functional testing tool with short learning curve, and this makes it easy for someone coming from programming background * Supports multiple web browsers/OS * Distributed (remote) testing

How has it helped my organization?

Selenium is not just a one tool. It has a collection of tools.Selenium IDE can be used for creating the smoke tests quickly. Then export the test cases to your favorite programming language and run against different browsers. Once test cases are exported to the programming language the power of… more»

What needs improvement?

Integrating test reporting with WebDriver directly Support for major browsers directly.

What other advice do I have?

If you don’t have a budget, go with Selenium because it has a huge community and the versions are constantly updated. Also, it supports latest browers most of the time, and major competitors are using it. It’s reliable and extendable. When it comes to performance testing, you can use the same code… more»

What is Selenium HQ?

Selenium HQ is a suite of tools to automate web browsers across many platforms. Selenium runs in many browsers and operating systems and can be controlled by many programming languages and testing frameworks. Selenium consist of two types:

  1. Selenium WebDriver - create robust, browser-based regression automation suites & tests and scale & distribute scripts across many environments.
  2. Selenium IDE - create quick bug reproduction scripts and create scripts to aid in automation-aided exploratory testing.
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