What is web application testing?
It’s a testing methodology focused on web applications i.e. applications hosted on the web.

With web application testing, issues such as website functionality, security, accessibility, usability, compatibility and performance are uncovered before the web application is released in public.

Web application testing tools:
Today, in this tutorial we have tried to list almost all popular web application testing tools which are useful to find issues present in any web application.

Note – The list contains free open source as well as licensed web test tools. Almost all licensed tools mentioned here have free trial versions available, so you can get chance to work on these before deciding which is the best tool for your needs.

Here is the comprehensive list of most widely used web application testing tools grouped by web testing types:

  • Load, stress and Performance testing Tools
  • Web Functional, GUI or Regression testing Tools
  • Link Manager testing tools
  • Web Site Security testing Tools
  • Cross-browser testing tools
  • W3C CSS validator
  • W3C Link Checker

Load, Stress and Performance Testing Tools:

Here are some important tools used to test the performance, load and stress of the web application. These tools ensure that your web application will run under high performance and less load & stress.

  1. Apache JMeter
  2. NeoLoad
  3. LoadRunner
  4. LoadUI
  5. Loadster
  6. Load impact
  7. Wapt
  8. Qtest
  9. Telerik test studio

#1. Apache JMeter

It is an Apache Open source load testing tool, written in Java 6+ and supports all platforms. Recently, Apache released the stable version of JMeter “v2.11” that supports all platforms.

Basically, JMeter is used for load testing and to analysing and measuring the performance of system/application.

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Also, this tool is helpful in testing JDBC database connections (FTP, LDAP, Web services, JMS, HTTP, HTTPS, TCP connections) and OS Native processes. It analyses overall performance under different load on a server, group of servers & network place.

Capability to check the performance of the SOAP, LDAP, Message-oriented middleware (MOM) via JMS, Mail (SMTP(S), POP3(S) and IMAP(S)), MongoDB (NoSQL), and Native commands or shell scripts. Its strong GUI design helps in fast building of Test Plan and debugging process.

Official Website: http://jmeter.apache.org/
Download link: JMeter download

# 2. NeoLoad

It is a Neotys load and stress testing tool for Windows, Linux, and Solaris, available in English and French with the latest version 4.2, designed to measure, analyze and improve the performance of the website.Although, load increases on the website due to simultaneous access of many users, this tool will be helpful in checking the performance of the website under heavy load.

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Testing process by using this tool will be very fast, efficient, and frequent. By using this tool we can get very fast result. Give surety that your website will be accurate and reliable to fulfill the business and user expectations

Official Website: http://www.neotys.com/product/overview-neoload.html
Download Link: Neoload download

#3. LoadRunner

It is a load testing tool for Windows and Linux, given by HP to test the web and other applications very efficiently before it goes to end user hands. It is available in stable version 12.0 in many languages.

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LoadRunner is very much helpful in determining the performance and result of the web application under heavy load (load due to thousands of users accessing the web application at a same time).

It handles various protocols for load testing: .NET Record/Replay, Database, DCOM, GUI Virtual Users, Java Record/Replay, Network, Oracle E-Business, Remote Access, Remote Desktop, Rich Internet Applications, SAP, SOA, Web 2.0, Web and Multimedia and Wireless.

Official Website: http://www8.hp.com/in/en/software-solutions/loadrunner-load-testing/
Download Like: LoadRunner Download

#4. LoadUI

A load testing tool “LoadUI” latest version is 2.7, written in Java, JaveFX, and Groovy language, and supports all platforms. Mostly,support web services and SopaUI 5.0 (functional testing tool).

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This latest version corrected some issues that were there in the previous version (v2.6) of LoadUI, issue: “File “.bat, .sh and .command” line ending issue” and the About LoadUI dialog box does not display always.

Now, it is available in Pro version. LoadUI Pro drag-and-drop powerful interface facilitates you to test the overall load efficiently in real-time environment.

Official Website: http://www.loadui.org/
Download Link: LoadUI download

#5. Loadster

A commercial load testing tool to test websites, web applications/services (HTTP web services) and to simulate and guess how web applications will perform under heavy load, given by Loadster, supports Linux, Mac, and Windows. This full-features tool works on actual web applications/services cookies, sessions, custom header, dynamic form of data, etc…

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Loadster is used to test the performance, stability, and scalability of web applications/services and websites. It simulates numbers of users, networking with the site and collects stats for each virtual user distinctly. Load testing assists to determine performance bottlenecks, expect and avoid crashes, and confirm your application can handle high traffic events.

Official Website: http://www.loadsterperformance.com/
Download Link: Loadster download

#6. Load impact

An online load testing tool used to test websites, web applications, mobile applications and APIs under heavy load for all platforms.

Load impact uses to test all applications/services and websites online, instead of setting-up offline to test the application. Testing process is very fast and simple. You can also repeat the test very easily in very less time.

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Official Website: http://loadimpact.com/
Download Link: LoadImpact download

#7. Wapt

A load and stress testing tool works on all Windows, provides an easy and cheapest way to test websites, like; business applications websites, mobile websites, web portals, etc.Testing requires 500MB of free disc space, browsers (Microsoft IE 6 or higher, Firefox 3.0 or higher, and Google Chrome), and OS of 64 bit version. It works on secure HTTPS websites, dynamic content and RIA applications under data-driven mode

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Official Website: http://www.loadtestingtool.com/index.shtml
Download Link: Wapt Download

#8. Qtest

A web load testing tool analyses the application completely and accurately, given by Quotium Technologies SA, supports all Windows platforms. Its original User interface (UI) is easy to use and understand, and used as an OnDemand hosted solution or an OnPremise application.

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Official Website: http://www.quotium.com/qtest/qtest_overview/
Download Link: Qtest Download

#9. Telerik Test Studio

A software testing tool is to test web and desktop applications of all Windows OS, developed by Telerik. It tests the functionality, performance, and load of web, desktop, and mobile applications. The tool offers a plugin for Visual Studio and a standalone app that used to test the cross-browsing issue and have the same file-format.

Test Studio supports, languages; HTML, AJAX, Silverlight, ASP.NET MVC, JavaScript and WPF andrun test on browsers; Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari and Chrome.

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Official Website: http://www.telerik.com/teststudio
Download Link: Telerik Test Studio Download