Appium vs. Katalon Studio

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Appium
Score 8.4 out of 10
N/A
N/AN/A
Katalon Studio
Score 7.0 out of 10
N/A
Katalon Studio is provided by the vendor as a free and robust automation solution for API, Web and Mobile testing. It is designed to eliminate the complexities of building an automation framework by integrating all necessary test components with built-in keywords and project templates. Katalon Studio includes a full feature set for a complete test automation process covering multiple platforms and testing types. New users can get started with test automation using its easy-to-use…
$69
per month
Pricing
AppiumKatalon Studio
Editions & Modules
No answers on this topic
Node Locked License
$69.00
per month
Floating License
$1,529.00
per year
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
AppiumKatalon Studio
Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoYes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoYes
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsKatalon Studio was originated from KMS Technology R&D. It has been a successful solution for numerous automation projects ranging from small team to enterprise client. Katalon Studio is free for use, product development is funded by the testing services provided by KMS Technology. To support future releases, please consider subscribing to our business support services.
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Community Pulse
AppiumKatalon Studio
Considered Both Products
Appium
Chose Appium
Most of mobile testing tools which are available in the market are paid license tools. But Appium is Open source mobile testing tool. We can create customised automation framework using Appium. It also supports various languages such as Java, Javascript etc. And also supports …
Katalon Studio
Chose Katalon Studio
Ready API is one of the most popular and widely used tool for API automation. Data driven testing and reporting are some of the features which makes this tool very useful. but if we compare this tool with Katalon Studio, this is only useful for API automation where as Katalon …
Chose Katalon Studio
Katalon Studio is above both the tools is due to its codeless test automation feature and having API, desktop, web, and mobile automation in one place but obviously there is room for improvement when desktop automation is of primary importance in the automation.
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User Ratings
AppiumKatalon Studio
Likelihood to Recommend
7.1
(9 ratings)
6.5
(10 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
9.9
(2 ratings)
User Testimonials
AppiumKatalon Studio
Likelihood to Recommend
JS Foundation
1. It's open source which supports range of languages, operating systems and languages. Well suited for Android and IOS mobile automation. Supports all kinds of apps, which makes it flexible and robust mobile testing tool 2. It is less appropriate where we need intercept network call to verify the API calls. Extensive coding experience is required to work Appium
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Katalon Inc
Free trial version is fine but you don't get the adequate support and VFM for the licensed version. Customer service needs to be improved a lot and any QA's with less technical background or less time to troubleshoot issues in the software on their own would find it difficult to use.
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Pros
JS Foundation
  • It uses WebDriver API so it makes it easy to use for former web test automation engineers.
  • It can be managed via the command line via an extensive set of parameters.
  • It handles implicit waits at the server side that is especially valuable in distributed infrastructure.
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Katalon Inc
  • Codeless test automation
  • Integration with Web, Mobile, API and Desktop automation
  • Possibility of end to end test automation using CI tools
  • Assistance provided during the coding
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Cons
JS Foundation
  • Element browser sometimes is unreliable and has sporadic fails.
  • Appium running is a bit slow, compared to tests written with Appium and with Espresso or XCTest.
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Katalon Inc
  • Katalon Studio supports only grovvy language for now. It will be nice to see support for other scripting languages.
  • Performance issues; sudden crash of the tool.
  • Debug button is provided only to licensed owner since Katalon 7+ version.
  • New tool, few resources available to learn. So there is a mild learning curve here.
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Usability
JS Foundation
No answers on this topic
Katalon Inc
Due to the slowness, there is an intermediate timeout. There is no other problem.
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Support Rating
JS Foundation
No answers on this topic
Katalon Inc
I love the support. They have provided answers and solutions for most of our questions or doubts that could come up. They also have provided basic tutorials on how to get familiarized with the program.
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Alternatives Considered
JS Foundation
If you're an Apple developer, you use Xcode. It's practically a forced necessity. For system testing though, it doesn't have to be. You can have your development team focus on unit and integration tests in their platform and another team automate acceptance tests with a language they are more familiar with.
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Katalon Inc
Katalon Studio License cost is reasonable and it suits the budget where as other tools are expensive and its difficult to get right ROI. Capabilities are user friendly while using the Katalon Studio for api, mobile , web and desktop application automation where as expensive fails to provide certain basic user friendly factors
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Return on Investment
JS Foundation
  • Appium is open source, so it's free. That's budget friendly right there.
  • The ability to write mobile automation tests has saved considerable time for our manual test team, but that is true with most automation tests.
  • We use Sauce Labs with our other automation, but Appium works great with Sauce Labs, as well, if I needed to run on emulators and simulators.
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Katalon Inc
  • No License fee: it saves a license fee which has paid for other tools.
  • Able to create a Jenkins pipeline for DevOps saving sufficient time by running nightly.
  • The manual tester can also automate making testing becomes faster.
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ScreenShots

Katalon Studio Screenshots

Screenshot of Project setup - fast start with pre-built templates and scriptsScreenshot of Run Single Tests or Suites on multiple configurations and data sets
Multiple Platform Support so you can run your automation tests on Windows, OSX, Android, and iOSScreenshot of Maintain TestsScreenshot of View Reports