Popular Cross Browser Testing Tools

When clients have a vision of their application, they think of the different browsers that would be supported for it. They list down the different browsers that their customer would be able to use to access their application from around the globe. That’s not all; they also have to take into consideration the device used for browsing. Customers or viewers can use desktop browsers or mobile device browsers to view their application. Now with the advent of smart TV, gaming consoles, ebook readers and other web browser supported devices, clients need to be very specific about the list of supported browsers. And to ensure that these web-applications are rendered properly on the compatible browsers the QA team must prepare and checklist and ensure that the application behaved properly in all browsers i.e. Cross Browser Testing. In this post, we would talk about the 16 popular cross-browser testing tool that you can to thoroughly test a web application.

Cross Browser Testing Tools

1. Spoon Browser Sandbox 

Using Spoon cross browser testing sandbox you can test your application on different versions of Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Opera without the need of installing them on your local device. It is a free service and lets you select the browser type and version on which you want to test your application. Using this cross browser testing tool, you can achieve complete test coverage of cross-browser testing on leading desktop browsers. It is very easy to you. All you need to do is create an account and start testing without downloading or installing any software package.
2. IE NetRenderer
IE NetRenderer is a free online cross browser testing tool which allows you to test your web application on almost all available version of Internet Explorer. Internet Explorer generally faces some compatibility issues while you install an older version of more recent Windows OS. Also, you can’t install any version of IE on a non-Windows devices or PCs. For this reason, IE NetRenderer becomes really handy. Using this tool you can click screenshots of the pages that you are testing or use a Firefox add-on to check how the web page renders on IE.
3. Browser-Stack
Browserstack is a cloud-based platform that allows you to test your web application on a spectrum of different browsers. You can even select the device on which you want to test your application. That’s not all, Browserstack allows you to perform cross-browser testing on mobile applications as well. It is easy to use and doesn’t require any additional installation of any software. Paid users can use this platform to remote test their applications on different browsers parallelly using this cross browser testing tool.
4. Browsershots
Browsershots provides you free browser compatibility testing service. Using Browsershots you can test your web application on a number of different browsers namely Opera, Chrome, Firefox, Netscape, IE, to name a few. You can also select the operating system of your choice and select different test configurations. You can select the resolution, screen depth, JavaScript status, Flash enabled/ disabled e.t.c. While cross browser testing using any of these browsers you can even take screenshots and use it for defect reporting or for further analysis.
5. IE Tester
As the name suggests, IE Tester is a free cross browser testing tool which allows you to test your web application on different versions of Internet Explorer. You can select from different versions of the browser and different versions of Windows Operating System (XP, Vista, Windows 7, e.t.c.), and select the one that matches your application’s requirements and test specifications. This cross browser testing tool even allows you to test on different versions of Internet Explorer simultaneously, thus saving you a lot of time.
6. Browsera
Cross browser testing generally helps us to pinpoint the alignment and layout issues which surface when accessing the web application from different browsers. But manually testing each and every UI component would require a lot of effort. With the help of Browsera, you can automate your application over different browsers and find any layout issues that might be present. It can also be used to find JavaScript errors and for automating cross-browser testing of dynamic pages as well. It is a paid tool, and you can get started without installing any software packages.
7. IE Tab
As we have earlier mentioned, Internet Explorer faces a number of system compatibility issues, so this tool is a smart cross browser testing tool. And IE Tab can help you get around such problems. IE Tab is a plug-in for Chrome and Firefox. By installing this plug-in in your browser, you can check how your web application renders in Internet Explorer. Installing the plug-in is relatively easy and allows you to check your website on IE at the click of a button. It is a free plug-in but is not supported in Firefox 6.0 or other newer versions.
8. Browserling
Browserling is a paid cross browser testing tool which allows you to test your application across different browsers and devices. You can select any browser version of your choice and start cross browser testing. It even allows you to test your local code for cross-browser testing using SSH tunnels. The environment in which you test your application is completely safe and secure. You can click screenshots for comparison or use Bug Hunter, a feature to quickly trace design issues and quickly create bug reports. Using Browserling you can test your application on browsers of Windows and Android devices.
9. Microsoft SuperPreview
Microsoft SuperPreview allows you to test the different layouts in your web application when they are rendered in different browsers. Once you install SuperPreview, you can simultaneously check how different page layouts are rendered in different browsers. You can compare these layouts with an ideal screenshot version to find out the underlying layout or alignment issues. The cross browser testing tool also allows you to debug different layout issues. You can download Microsoft SuperPreview for Internet Explorer for free.
10. Cross Browser Testing
Cross Browser Testing is a paid tool that allows you to test your web application on different browsers, devices, and operating systems. All you need to do is specify the Operating System, device name, Browser name, and version. After you log into this tool, you would be able to test the application for layout and UI issues and also able to track down inconsistencies related to AJAX, javaScript or Flash related issues. You can even use an automated screenshot tool to view screenshots across different browsers. This tool provides you a free trial for a week.
11. Rapise
Rapise is a robust automation tool which allows you to perform cross browser testing as well. This tool has a record and playback feature, using which you can record your test cases and page navigation on one page and gather screenshot at every step. Then you can playback this script on different compatible browsers and later compare screenshots from both browsers to find out if any alignment issues exist. Using Rapise, you can integrate you cross browser testing in the automation suite itself, and speed up the overall testing process.
12: Ghostlab
Ghostlab is a powerful cross browser testing tool which allows you to test your web application on all major browsers, operating systems, and devices. This tool can be used on Windows and Mac OS without requiring any installations. Ghostlab synchronized different user events like click, scroll, form inputs and reloads on all connected devices, and uses an inbuilt inspector to trace any underlying issues. It can be used for free on a trial basis for a week.
13. Sauce Labs
Sauce Labs is a leading cross browser testing platform for testing your web applications on different browsers and platforms. No software packages or installations are required to start testing with Sauce Labs. It is a cloud-based service and allows you to create breakpoints so that you can closely monitor your tests when they fail. It also provides detailed report and information of every test execution so that you can find details about run-time, steps passed and the build and device configurations due to which the test failed.
14: Turbo.net
Turbo.net is an open source tool which allows you test different browsers or multiple versions of the same browser parallelly. Turbo.net doesn’t require any virtual machines and runs your web applications in isolated sandboxes so that one version of the browser is not affected by the other browser running the same application. It is a very powerful tool and quite simple to use. The only drawback of this tool is, it is not supported for Unix systems.
15: Webshot by Mobile Ready
Webshot is a beta feature by Mobile Ready which allows you to grab different screenshots of your web pages and then compare them to layout or alignment issues. Webshot is only meant for mobile browser testing. You need to select the mobile device of your choice, and operating system version and enter web app URL, to gather screenshot and start comparing. It is a free service, and you can start testing my simply registering at their site.
16. Microsoft Edge
Using Microsoft Edge you can test your application on different web browsers and mobile devices. For IE testing, the tool allows you to access different virtual machines, to test your application on different versions of Internet Explorer. Using the Azure remote app, you can test your local code remotely on different versions of Internet Explorer as well. You can grab screenshots of the different page of your application for comparison later on. In case you face any hurdles, their phenomenal support would be there to help you out.
If you are still not convinced with the above-mentioned tools, due to your application’s limitations, pricing issues or security reasons, you can always go for virtual machines. By setting up different instances of virtual machines on your local machine, you can test your web application in real environment by setting up different browsers in them.
While for mobile browser testing, you can either opt for OS specific emulators or use the inbuilt mobile emulator present in Google Chrome browsers.


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