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10 Free Cross Browser Testing Tools – for the Perfect Web Performance

You have a website or web application and you want to know how they function or perform in different browsers such as chrome, internet explorer, opera, Mozilla Firefox etc. so what should you do? Well, I must say, that you are fortunate for being in this era as there are such amazing tools like BrowserStack, Sauce Labs, TestingBot, Browserling, Multi-Browser, Microsoft Super Preview, Ghostlab and many more. This kind of cross browser testing tools will help save your time and also money in comparison to the old traditional cross browsing testing where you load your website or web applications on computers and mobile devices and test it in the combination of browsers but there is a catch, the success of this method depends on the number of computers, mobile devices, browsers and operating systems you can purchase or install.

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When selecting a cross browsing testing tool you may need to consider certain criteria like,

  • Some cross browser testing tools are free of cost and some are paid with different payment plans.
  • A number of browsers supported by the tool.
  • Types of languages supported like Python, Ruby, Java, C#, Perl, PHP, NodeJS etc.
  • Types of integrations like Jenkins, Travis, Circle etc.
  • Mobile browsers supported or not.
  • A possibility of screenshot testing.

So without further due, let me tell you about these mind-blowing tools in addition to more details for making your selection much more easy and precise. Though there are a number of cross browser testing tools out there, I have picked 10 of the finest tools for you. Some of the tools on my list are free and some are paid. Let’s start with the free cross browser testing online tools first.

A roundup of 10 Free Cross Browser Testing Tools

Microsoft Super Preview

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When testing web pages for cross-browser compatibility, Microsoft super preview is a standalone tool for the best free cross browser testing tools. With multiple remote and local browsers, you can test multiple pages and as well as compare them side by side. Additionally, Microsoft super preview comes with debugging tools for the DOM and onion skinning. It mainly works on Internet Explorer and Firefox for Windows but also provides online browser testing services on  Internet Explorer 8, and Internet Explorer 9, Chrome, Safari for Mac, and Firefox. But this tools also has some cons along with the pros like, it supports only one kind of language that is .NET, it does not support mobile browsers and integration is not specified. The number of browsers varies with this tool.

Browsershots

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This cross-browser compatibility testing tool provides support for very rare browsers like SeaMonkey, Rekonq, Luakit, Epiphany, Iceweasel, and Konqueror. This tool works by the mechanism of testing web pages layout by taking screenshots rendered in real browsers on different operating systems. Additionally, it allows you to customize screen resolutions, colour depth, JavaScript and Flash options. This tool supports 60+ browsers except for mobile browsers. The language is not specified as the previous tool and even it does not have any integration.

Browsera

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This is another interesting tool for browser compatibility, it allows you to identify errors and differences with ease by comparing websites across different browsers. It has an amazing feature, this tool allows you to test page backend without the need to install it. You can also test entire websites containing links as well as dynamic content. It performs its action by crawling like a spider on the pages of your website and checks on any inconsistencies along with the comparison of screenshots. It supports 16+ browsers but lacks mobile browser support. The language is not specified as the previous tool and even it does not have any integration.

Spoon

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This browser compatibility tool does not require browser installation on your devices and provides mobile and virtualized browser environment. It is a robust and powerful tool for cross browser test and backward compatibility. The disadvantage of this tool is, it does not have screenshot testing feature, also the language is not specified and no integration. But it supports a number of browsers which is 120+ than the above tools. Spoon supports giant browsers such as chrome, firefox, safari, opera and IE. Browser components and plug-ins like Java applets, ActiveX controls, Firebug, CSS, Java applets, and JavaScript debugging consoles are also supported by this tool.

Now let’s see some paid tools along with their features, pros and cons.

Multi-Browser

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It is one of the most expensive tools and starts with $139/License. Multi-browser provides you 80+ browsers along with Visual Studio and Selenium integrations plus it supports mobile browsers, which was not available with the free tools above. But the programming language is not specified in this tool. It comes with standalone web and mobile browsers. You can test your apps without installation with the help of on-the-fly browsers and browser launcher. Moreover, with an easy record and playback feature, it allows you to perform functional testing. You may not need to install any other tools for spelling check as multi-browser provides spell check in four different languages- English, Spanish, German and French. This tool also provides side-by-side testing functionalities.

Sauce Labs

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This tool is 7 times cheaper than multi-browser and provides 700+ number of browsers along with different programming languages like Java, Ruby, Python, PHP, Node.js, and C#. Sauce labs support mobile browsers plus have many integrations such as Jenkins, Travis, Selenium, Bamboo, Circle, and TeamCity but it does not provide screenshot testing. The way it works is different as it is based on cloud technology. It allows you to test the web and mobile application’s compatibility with different browsers and operating systems by setting up a dedicated VM instance. If you are looking for a cheap and reliable tool, then I think sauce labs is a good choice.

Browserling

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Without the necessity to install Flash, Java, or plugins browserling provides a great testing experience, Powered by HTML5 and JavaScript. It provides the facilities of comparing screenshots and pinpoint design issues with interactive browsing. It is an online cross-browser testing tool with dedicated servers and great API support. It also supports local testing and ensures great security through SSL encryption. This tool is about the same price as sauce labs but provides only 120+ browsers along with Android mobile browsers. Also, it does not have any integrations.

TestingBot

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You can do cross-browser testing by this tool in two ways- manually and automatically. This tool is suitable for testing both web and mobile apps. Through powerful reporting by this tool, you can judge the rate of success and failure of the tests. Plus it also provides parallel testing and security.

BrowserStack

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This is a combo browser compatibility testing tool because you will find all the criteria I asked you to look for when selecting a tool for testing your site or applications.  This is a cloud-based tool and allows you to check the compatibility of your applications or site on different mobile browsers, desktop, and web. BrowserStack gives you a comprehensive environment for cross-browser testing and debugging by providing features like screenshots, APIs, local testing and responsive testing along with the support for proxies, firewalls, and Active Directory.

Ghostlab

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Ghostlab has many unique features, above all is the master built-in inspector which inspects the root of any problem quickly. It also provides the feature of synchronized testing of all your connected devices. This tool effectively fixes the code on any device by connecting to the DOM and JavaScript output. With no setup required, this tool is available for both Mac OS X and Windows.

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Raul
Grant Scheffel is one of the original management trios at Netgen.co.za, together with Hardy Esterhuizen and Matthew Vreenegoor boast a combined experience of over 50 years in the IT industry! Netgen specializes in custom website design, Wordpress design and Application development with offices in Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa.
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