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The Best and Worst Side of Katalon Studio Automation

Katalon Studio Automation helps people with automated testing. You can use it to test Web interfaces, APIs, Windows desktop and mobile apps, and create analysis reports.
In everything, there is always the good and the bad side. In this article, we’ll look at the best and the worst side of Katalon Studio Automation.

The Best side of using Katalon Studio

Katalon Studio is a new tool that has gained popularity. Lots of companies use it, and it was picked by Gartner Peer Insights. It is good because there are many advantages to using Katalon Studio.

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CI/DevOps workflow and other tools can be integrated into

Katalon doesn’t need extra extensions to run tests. It has a lot of different ways to do it. For example, you can connect with qTest. That is a tool for QA teams and helps them communicate. You also can use other programs like JIRA, TestRail and TestLink.

Intuitive analytics dashboard and reports

This software helps you test. You can playback recorded scenarios and see the results on a report. The reports are easy to make with PDF, HTML, Excel, or CSV files that Katalon displays.

Supports multiple types of testing

In Katalon Studio, you can run the following types of tests:
Keywords-driven. This approach works for people who do not know how to write scripts. The test is based on the keywords that represent what a person does in the AUT. You can customize the keywords too.
Data-driven.A test execution strategy that features reading test scripts from various data sources. The data is taken from different types of databases.
API-testing. It can use XLS, XML data sources, and databases. It also has dynamic mapping with Cucumber.
Cross-browser. Katalon supports all popular browsers. You can do automated testing in Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, Edge and Remote.

User-friendly GUI

Katalon has a user interface that is easy to use. It provides good graphics and has tables and menus. Testers find it easy to work with and they like how it looks nice and clean.

Free version available

Katalon has a free version that is good for most people. But if you are working with a team or need many features, the Enterprise version is best.

The worst side of using Katalon Studio

Let’s take a look at the drawbacks of Katalon Studio.

Lack of scripting languages

Katalon only supports one scripting language, Groovy. Users that know Java can use it. You would like to see more languages supported in Katalon.

Small community

Katalon was made in 2015. It is smaller than older test automation tools. This means you will have less support from people testing with it, but Gartner and Capterra say that Katalon is more popular than other tools.

Not open source

All of the code for this tool is closed, so there are fewer people who can see it. Selenium is an open-source tool that lets you change what it does.

Performance issues

Users report that some bugs in the tool make testing go slowly. For example, sometimes the tool might freeze or lag. You have to use a keyboard and mouse – which takes a lot of time on a mobile phone.