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Question: Which would you recommend to a colleague, Katalon Studio or Ranorex?
Answer: Katalon Studio is much better as it is open source and based on Selenium. So it gives you the power of designing your customized solutions.
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Katalon Studio vs. Ranorex Studio
July 2022
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"It has been good so far for API testing on Mac. It is not that hard to learn and use. There is so much support out there, so if anyone wants to start using it, there is enough help.""The best thing about the solution is that there is a record and playback functionality.""The automation is very fast and you don't need to be overly proficient in coding.""User-friendly and a good solution.""The scalability of the product is good.""The most valuable feature is that the browser and the API testing is available in a single tool, and I don't have to look at other options.""One of the features that I like is Object Recognition. It worked very well, and it allowed me to create a dynamic expert based on my requirements.""Our clients have requested by all types of testing, including mobile, desktop, and API testing and all of those are covered by Katalon. I find that very valuable, very complete."

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"I like the recording function and Ranorex Spy.""I'm from a UFT background, so Ranorex Studio has a similar feel in terms of how it handles objects. It just felt familiar even though I'd never seen it before. However, it doesn't have all the bells and whistles of UFT, but it's a pretty good start, and it's cost-effective.""The solution is intuitive and pretty self-sustaining. You don't need a lot of help with it in terms of setup or assistance.""This is a powerful, reliable and versatile all-around application testing suite.""Code Conversion is one of the great features because sometimes, the automation tool doesn't have the capability of maneuvering around two specific evaluations.""Object identification is good."

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"There could potentially be more reporting within the solution. We need more issue reports, for example.""Now we are having difficulties in using it and had to limit our automation experts to the features that Katalon allows us to use for free. It was free access and they claimed that it would be free for all time.""It would be helpful if they can integrate a feature for performance testing.""It seems to lack a few requirements that a typical customer would want. Compared to other solutions, this product is lacking.""Katalon Studio should improve its usability, it still needs some improvement where users can easily use it to build their automation suite. It requires some initial work to set it up. There should be more keywords in the library to limit the coding requirements, this will allow a non-technical person easily start using it, which would be better.""The price of the solution is a bit high. It's one of the reasons we decided not to continue using the product.""One aspect that can be improved is testing for desktop applications. I would like to see them support more technologies in this area.""Currently, I'm the only one who can use it because I have a Mac. It is giving a hard time to my team members who are on Linux. My team members are using Linux, and Katalon doesn't support Linux very well. It keeps on crashing. It crashes and shuts down almost every time they save their work, so they are not able to use it. It should have good support for Linux. We don't know what the problem is. If the Katalon team can pick up this issue, it will be very helpful."

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"I'd like to know their testing strategies and to know what they can automate and what they can't. It can become pretty frustrating if you're trying to automate something that changes on a monthly or weekly basis.""The object detection functionality needs to be improved.""The automation of the SAP application could perhaps be improved to make it much simpler.""I would like to be able to customize the data grids. They are currently written in Visual Basic and we are unable to get down to the cell level without hard-code.""For our purposes it requires integration with other products to get out the results in the format we want them. Adding this to the product could improve it.""Part of the challenge is that Ranorex's support is over in Europe, so we can't get responses on the same day. If we had support in the United States that was a bit more timely, that would be helpful."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "We are using the free version of Katalon Studio at this point."
  • "The price is not high it's good."
  • "We are using the free version. We plan on getting a paid version because there is a limitation in terms of the number of users. We want to maximize it."
  • "I am using the free version."
  • "Its pricing is quite reasonable. If you require their help in getting started, then there is a professional services fee on top of the product license cost."
  • "In terms of pricing, Katalon, Selenium, and Cypress all represent a similar level of investment. The software for these tools are either true open source or almost open source (because they charge a small fee), so pricing is a neutral point for me."
  • "The cost of Katalon Studio is expensive but it is less than some of the other solutions, such as Micro Focus UFT or SmartBear TestComplete. The cost is the main reason we are using Katalon Studio."
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  • "The licensing fees depend on the number of users."
  • "There are several types of licenses and you need to choose depending on your needs and level of usage."
  • "Licensing fees are paid on a yearly basis."
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    Answers from the Community
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    Srividya-Nagaraju - PeerSpot reviewerSrividya-Nagaraju (Aujas Networks Pvt Ltd)

    In case if its a Web application and also if you are having many freshers in your team, Katalon is the ideal tool. Yes we have couple of challenges when its comes to React js UI automation

    Rajni Singh - PeerSpot reviewerRajni Singh (Nagarro)

    Ranorex as we are facing challenges in Katalon.

    Thangavel Sundaram - PeerSpot reviewerThangavel Sundaram (Aspire Systems)

    My vote is for Katalon compared with Ranorex. As Katalon is open source and you can do a combination of service and UI testing. The UI looks pretty good (even if its open source). It will be simple and good to use.

    it_user891201 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user891201 (Sr Consultant at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees)

    Katalon isn’t a real competitor in the market being opensource but here is the info which I’ve listed below based on my experience.

    · No desktop test support (theoretically through the WinAppDriver)
    · Clumsy UX
    · Takes a while to get into the tool
    · Everything is table based (This is confusing)
    · Really long XPaths
    · Spy "complicated" (unusable)
    · Shadow DOM support
    · No remote test execution viewing possibility
    · Very few information in the report – mostly just failed/passed
    · Limited Integrations
    · Generated code is not good
    · No "direct" iOS testing from windows – but works through Kobiton devices.

    Hwansung Kim - PeerSpot reviewerHwansung Kim
    Real User

    I’m sorry but I use TestComplete tool.

    I checked the automation tools Katalon, Ranorex and the others.

    But there have some problems.

    For example, Katalon is useful in web application only.

    Ranorex is very cheap but the features are too hard.

    TestComplete is a little expensive but the function is good and the usability is excellent.

    Brian Le Suer - PeerSpot reviewerBrian Le Suer (Zeenyx Software, Inc.)

    We're a little biased towards AscentialTest ;-)

    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:User-friendly and a good solution.
    Top Answer:The cost is on the high side and it would be helpful if there were two packages available with a distinction made between the standard features most companies are looking for at a cheaper cost and a… more »
    Top Answer:Katalon lacks integration ability with other software, including integrating other languages like .NET and PHP. I've also had issues with new releases as the system often crashes and the previous… more »
    Top Answer:I don't have those numbers, but it's under $10,000. I think it's around $6,000 or something like that. We have, I believe, four floating licenses and one console license, so it's a pretty small… more »
    Top Answer:The automation of the SAP application could perhaps be improved to make it much simpler. The way objects are identified and how easily they can be identified, are areas that have room for improvement.
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    Katalon Studio is a simple and powerful automation solution built by KMS Technology for testers everywhere. The tool provides features comparable to popular commercial solutions while eliminating the hassle of building an automation framework from open sources. Best of all, we are committed to keeping Katalon Studio free.

    Ranorex is a leading software development company that offers innovative test automation software. Ranorex makes testing easy, saves time in the testing process and empowers clients to ensure the highest quality of their products. Its flexible tools and quick ROI make it the ideal choice for companies of virtually any size – and this is why thousands of clients in over 60 countries trust in its excellence.

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    Small Business43%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise39%
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    Large Enterprise64%
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    Large Enterprise44%
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    Large Enterprise64%
    Buyer's Guide
    Katalon Studio vs. Ranorex Studio
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Katalon Studio vs. Ranorex Studio and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
    610,518 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Katalon Studio is ranked unranked in Regression Testing Tools with 13 reviews while Ranorex Studio is ranked unranked in Regression Testing Tools with 6 reviews. Katalon Studio is rated 7.4, while Ranorex Studio is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Katalon Studio writes "Great record and playback functionality but isn't user-friendly and needs better technical support ". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Ranorex Studio writes "We can quickly add service agents wherever we need to so we can run multiple scripts in parallel". Katalon Studio is most compared with TestProject, Tricentis Tosca, SmartBear TestComplete, Postman and Apache JMeter, whereas Ranorex Studio is most compared with SmartBear TestComplete, Tricentis Tosca, froglogic Squish, Selenium HQ and Micro Focus UFT One. See our Katalon Studio vs. Ranorex Studio report.

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