Automation Testing of Mobile & Web Apps with Katalon Studio

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What is Katalon Studio?

Katalon Studio is a well-known tool for automated testing. As more testing engineers choose Katalon over Selenium, Ranorex, TestComplete, and Apache JMeter, it’s worth discussing. The platform enables the execution of automated tests for Web interfaces, APIs, Windows desktop and mobile apps (both iOS and Android), as well as the creation of analysis reports.

Initially released as a free solution, Katalon Studio Enterprise and Katalon Runtime Engine were introduced in October 2019 to provide flexible options for various needs. However, the basic Katalon Studio for individual users is still available for free.

This solution is simple to set up and comes with a number of pre-installed templates that allow you to repeat some testing patterns. Katalon Studio is a cross-browser testing tool for Web, mobile, Windows desktop, and APIs. These solutions are accompanied by analytics and recording modules. Let’s take a closer look at each Katalon product.


API Testing

Unlike Selenium and Ranorex, Katalon Studio allows you to test APIs without the need for additional integrations. This built-in module enables testers to perform end-to-end API testing, automate scripting, and keep track of their tests. This module’s main features include code auto-completion, code inspection, code snippeting, references, and a debugger. The software supports all REST, SOAP/1.1, and SOAP/1.2 requests, as well as multiple data sources (XLS, XML, databases with dynamic mapping to maximise test coverage).

Web Testing

Katalon provides a comprehensive web testing solution that includes Continuous Delivery/Continuous Integration and DevOps integrations. The tool is Selenium-compliant and includes code-assist features such as built-in object spying, code refactoring, and in-context references. It also includes an intelligent XPath location mechanism and a variety of reporting options. Furthermore, native plugins integrate easily with Jenkins, Git, JIRA, and qTest.


Mobile Testing

Users can use this module to test mobile Web, native iOS and Android apps, and hybrid apps. The module supports testing for the most recent mobile platforms and devices with native integration via Appium, a test automation tool for mobile applications. Katalon facilitates mobile testing by detecting and storing objects.


Desktop testing

Katalon supports automation testing (both locally and remotely) for desktop apps written in

Universal Windows Platform (UWP)

Windows Forms (WinForms)

Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF)

Classic Windows since Katalon Studio 7 (Win32).


TestOps Katalon (formerly Katalon Analytics)

TestOps is a web-based app for orchestrating tests and DevOps. Test management, test planning, and test execution are its primary modules. It integrates seamlessly with other Katalon products, testing frameworks, and CI/CD tools.


Katalon Recorder

Katalon includes a Selenium recording module for Chrome, Edge, and Firefox. It can record tests, debug them, automate test management, and export testing scripts to C#, Java, Ruby, Python, Groovy, and Robot Framework. For testers without programming skills, Katalon Recorder has a record and playback feature that saves previously used testing methods.


Prerequisites for installing Katalon Studio:

1.Create a [] account.

  1. Download and install Katalon Studio ( (Version-7.0.6)
  2. Download older Katalon Studio versions from its Github repository [].

Requirements for the Environment:

Operating System: macOS(10.14.3)

Memory: 8 GB

Browser: Firefox 70.0.1 (64-bit)

Mobile: Android: 8.x, 9.x (Mac OS), Appium: 1.13.0


To launch Katalon Studio (macOS), navigate to Applications and select:

Activate Katalon :

Make an account. If you already have an account, sign in with the following credentials:

Start a New Project:

Click FileNewProject, fill in the blanks, and then click Ok.



Congratulations, you now have the basic knowledge of Katalon and its functionalities. We also now have the understanding of the various testing carried out with katalon.


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Rutwik Surjuse

Rutwik Surjuse works in Quality Assurance at Perficient, based in Nagpur, India. He is experienced in automation, AEM, and manual testing. Rutwik likes to learn and explore different types of technology and share his findings with the world.

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