Regression Testing Tools

We want to discuss the regression testing tools. Test Automation is a key for regression testing. Manual regression testing tends to get more expensive and time consuming with each new release. Test Automation always complements the regression test process. Automated Regression Testing is the testing area where one can automate most amount of the regression testing efforts. All the previously executed test cases can be run on new build. This means that the test cases are set and running these test cases manually is time-consuming. Automating these test cases is time-saving and is an efficient regression test method. Having said that, the magnitude of regression test automation depends on the number of test cases that are going to remain applicable during the regression cycle time. If test cases are varying time to time as application scope is increasing, then automation of regression procedure will be tedious and the waste of time.

Most of the regression testing tools are record and playback type.  One can record the test cases by navigating through the AUT (application under test) and verify whether expected results are as expected or not.

Regression of GUI Application:

It is difficult to perform GUI regression test when GUI structure is modified. The test cases written on old GUI will become obsolete and are required to be modified. Reusing the regression test cases means GUI test cases are modified according to new or modified GUI. But this task becomes cumbersome if there are the large set of GUI test cases.


Here are some of the most popular regression testing tools

  1. QTP
  2. Selenium
  3. Ranorex
  4. Regression Tester
  5. vTest
  6. Watir
  7. Rational Functional Tester
  8. SilkTest
  9. Winrunner
  10. actiWate
  11. AdventNet QEngine
  12. TimeShiftX

Most of these are both functional and regression testing tools. Adding and updating regression test cases in automation test suite is a tedious task. While selecting automation tool for regression tests, it should be checked if the tool allows to add or update the test cases easily. In most cases, we have to update automated regression test cases frequently due to frequent changes in the system.

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