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We performed a comparison between Ranorex Studio and Selenium HQ based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Functional Testing Tools solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
To learn more, read our detailed Ranorex Studio vs. Selenium HQ Report (Updated: November 2023).
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"Data security was prime for us. Being able to download and run tests on our local machines was a big plus. The flexibility Ranorex offers in terms of customization is outstanding.""The solution is fast and includes built-in libraries that record and playback.""The solution is stable.""I like the recording function and Ranorex Spy.""The most valuable feature of Ranorex Studio is the capture and replay tool. You don't need to do script testing. When you launch any application from Ranorex Studio it automatically captures these test case steps. The next time you can replay the tool the flow automatically happens again. For example, when you do the logging and all the activity will be captured by the tool, and re-execute the same step by using automatization.""The most valuable feature of Ranorex Studio is its user-friendly interface.""Object identification is good."

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"Due to its popularity, you can find pretty much any answer in open discussions from the community.""The most valuable feature of Selenium HQ is the ability to create automatic tests that can replicate human behavior.""The most valuable feature of Selenium HQ is it provides support for third-party tools, such as screenshots, and automates Windows-based applications.""Selenuim helps us during testing. We are able to reduce the number and frequency of manual efforts by using scripts.""Selenium HQ has a lot of capabilities and is compatible with many languages.""The main characteristic that is useful is that the tool is completely free.""We found the initial setup to be straightforward.""The most valuable feature of Selenium HQ is the ability to configure a lot of automated processes."

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"The solution does not support dual or regression testing.""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.""When we have updated the solution in the past there have been issues with the libraries. They need to make it clear that the libraries need to be upgraded too.""We are mainly working for manufacturing OEMs but the integration is not available. It would be a benefit if they built one integration tool for all the Teamcenter home servers and software as the main PLM data source. It is a simple process at this time, the integration could be made easier.""The automation of the SAP application could perhaps be improved to make it much simpler.""The solution's technical support team could be responsive.""There were a lot of issues we faced. One notable improvement would be better API integration within the tool itself, as we still rely on external tools like Postman."

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"I would like for the next release to support parallel testing.""There are some tiny issues with SeleniumHQ. For example, with respect to the scraping tests. Sometimes, a website will have some hidden items or blockages that inhibit us from extracting data directly. It would be beneficial if Selenium could extract that information.""The initial setup of Selenium HQ is difficult in many areas, such as the framework.""You need to have experience in order to do the initial setup.""Selenium HQ can be complex. The interface requires a QA engineer or an expert to use it.""Selenium HQ doesn't support Windows-based applications, so we need to integrate with the third-party vendor. It would be great if Selenium could include Windows-based automation. You need to integrate it with a third-party tool if you want to upload any files. When we interact with a Windows application, we usually use Tosca.""There's no in-built reporting available.""We do not have enough resources or enough people to employ and hire. So, I'm hiring whoever I find, and they don't always have enough technical knowledge to operate Selenium."

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  • "Licensing fees are paid on a yearly basis."
  • "Our company has one license per user with each costing two lakh rupees."
  • "This solution is a more expensive solution compared to some of the other competitors."
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  • "This is an open-source product that can be used free of charge."
  • "It's open-source, so it's free."
  • "Selenium HQ is a free solution."
  • "Selenium HQ costs around $1000 per month, which is a bit high based on what they're offering."
  • "It is an open-source product, it is free for anyone to use."
  • "Currently, Selenium HQ is free for customers."
  • "Selenium is an open-source product. It is free."
  • "The solution is open source."
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    Top Answer:Data security was prime for us. Being able to download and run tests on our local machines was a big plus. The flexibility Ranorex offers in terms of customization is outstanding.
    Top Answer:I'd rate it around five out of ten, where one is cheap and ten is expensive, not too cheap but not overly pricey.
    Top Answer:There were a lot of issues we faced. One notable improvement would be better API integration within the tool itself, as we still rely on external tools like Postman. Additionally, expanding language… more »
    Top Answer:Selenium HQ’s biggest advantage is that it is customizable. Its other most valuable feature is that the driver interface is really helpful and user-friendly; Selenium HQ makes it easy to navigate… more »
    Top Answer:Since Selenium HQ has multiple plug-ins, we can use it with multiple tools and multiple languages.
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    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.

    Selenium HQ is an umbrella project that includes a number of tools and frameworks that allow for web browser automation. In particular, Selenium offers a framework for the W3C WebDriver specification, a platform- and language-neutral coding interface that works with all of the main web browsers.

    Selenium is a toolset for automating web browsers that uses the best methods available to remotely control browser instances and simulate a user's interaction with the browser. It enables users to mimic typical end-user actions, such as typing text into forms, choosing options from drop-down menus, checking boxes, and clicking links in documents. Additionally, it offers a wide range of other controls, including mouse movement, arbitrary JavaScript execution, and much more.

    Although Selenium HQ is generally used for front-end website testing, it is also a browser user agent library. The interfaces are universal in their use, which enables composition with other libraries to serve your purpose.

    The source code for Selenium is accessible under the Apache 2.0 license. The project is made possible by volunteers who have kindly committed hundreds of hours to the development and maintenance of the code.

    Selenium HQ Tools

    These three main Selenium HQ tools have powerful capabilities:

    • WebDriver: If you are just starting out with desktop or mobile website test automation, you will be using WebDriver APIs. WebDriver controls the browser and executes tests using the automation APIs that browser vendors provide. This gives the impression that a real person is using the browser. Because WebDriver's API does not need to be compiled alongside application code, it is not intrusive. As a result, you can test the same application that you push live.

    • IDE: Develop your Selenium test cases using an IDE (integrated development environment). The most effective way to create test cases is to utilize this simple Chrome and Firefox extension. IDE uses Selenium commands that are already in use to record user activity in the browser with parameters set by the context of the element. This is an excellent approach to learning Selenium script syntax and will save you time.

    • Grid: You can run test cases on several machines and operating systems with Selenium Grid. The local end controls how the test cases are triggered, and the remote end automatically runs the test cases after they are triggered.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Selenium HQ stands out among its competitors for a number of reasons. Two major ones are its driver interface and its speed. PeerSpot users take note of the advantages of these features in their reviews:

    Avijit B., an automation tester at a tech services company, writes of the solution, “The driver interface is really useful. When we implement the Selenium driver interface, we can easily navigate through all of the pages and sections of an app, including performing things like clicking, putting through SendKeys, scrolling down, tagging, and all the other actions we need to test for in an application.”

    Another PeerSpot reviewer, a software engineer at a financial services firm, notes, “Selenium is the fastest tool compared to other competitors. It can run on any language, like Java, Python, C++, and .NET. So we can test any application on Selenium, whether it's mobile or desktop."

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    Siemens, TomTom, Adidas, Canon, Lufthansa, Roche, Cisco, Philipps, Dell, Motorola, Toshiba, Citrix, Ericsson, sage, Continental, IBM, Credit Suisse, Vodafone
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    Computer Software Company30%
    Manufacturing Company17%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Computer Software Company23%
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    Financial Services Firm26%
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    Manufacturing Company8%
    Company Size
    Small Business28%
    Midsize Enterprise26%
    Large Enterprise46%
    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise62%
    Small Business30%
    Midsize Enterprise26%
    Large Enterprise44%
    Small Business18%
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    Large Enterprise68%
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    Ranorex Studio vs. Selenium HQ
    November 2023
    Find out what your peers are saying about Ranorex Studio vs. Selenium HQ and other solutions. Updated: November 2023.
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    Ranorex Studio is ranked 12th in Functional Testing Tools with 7 reviews while Selenium HQ is ranked 4th in Functional Testing Tools with 35 reviews. Ranorex Studio is rated 7.8, while Selenium HQ is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Ranorex Studio writes "Good data security, allowing local installations to prevent data from going to the internet". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Selenium HQ writes "Continuously being developed and large community makes it easy to find solutions". Ranorex Studio is most compared with Katalon Studio, Tricentis Tosca, SmartBear TestComplete, OpenText UFT One and Eggplant Test, whereas Selenium HQ is most compared with Eggplant Test, Tricentis Tosca, Telerik Test Studio, Worksoft Certify and Katalon Studio. See our Ranorex Studio vs. Selenium HQ report.

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