12 Best Cross Browser Testing Tools to Ease Your Browser Compatibility Testing Efforts


Cross Browser Testing can be the biggest pain for Software testers. But thanks to all cross browser testing tools available online which help to minimize testing efforts.

I’ve written this post mainly for software testers but designers can also refer crossbrowser testing methods and tools mentioned in this post.

Here’s a handy cross browser testing checklist you can refer while testing your web project on different browsers and operating systems:

1) CSS validation
2) HTML or XHTML validation
3) Page validations with and without JavaScript enabled
4) Ajax and JQeury functionality
5) Font size validation
6) Page layout in different resolutions
7) All images and alignment
8 ) Header and footer sections
9) Page content alignment to center, LHS or RHS
10) Page styles
11) Date formats
12) Special characters with HTML character encoding
13) Page zoom-in and zoom-out functionality

And obviously you will have to repeat these tests on:
14) Different Operating Systems like Windows, Linux and Mac
15) Different browsers (with different versions) like Internet explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari and Opera.

There are many free and paid cross browser testing tools available in the market. You need to select the browser compatibility tool depending on your needs. If cross browser testing is critical part of your web project then you must allocate considerable time, resources and budget testing your website on different web browsers. Paid cross browser testing tools can be also a good option for projects having browser dependent functionality. But for most of the projects, free cross browser testing tools are sufficient to verify cross browser functionality

Check out below list of all cross browser testing tools available online for testing website in multiple browsers:

Free Cross Browser Testing Tools:



1) Spoon Browser Sandbox:


The Spoon Browser Sandbox allows you to use almost all web browsers without installing on your machine. You can run all popular browsers including Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, and Opera on your machine directly from the web. (Note: Currently Internet Explorer is removed temporary from the list of this sandbox)

Spoon Browser Sandbox is a free service currently supporting following browsers:

Mozilla Firefox versions:
Firefox 2, Firefox 3, Firefox 3.5, Firefox 3.6, Firefox 4 beta

Internet Explorer versions:
IE6, IE7, IE8

Google Chrome versions:
Chrome, Chrome 5 and Chrome 6 beta

Opera versions:
Opera 9 and Opera 10



2) Browsershots


Browsershots allow you to test website in any browser and operating system. This is widely used cross browser testing tool because of its features and available customizations.

You can run cross browser compatibility tests with great customization options like browser type, operating system, screen size, color depth, JavaScript status and Flash enable/disable settings. Just put your website url, select compatibility test parameters and submit the test request.

You need to repeat the steps for every test. This free browser compatibility test service can be used for taking website screen-shots almost in 61 browsers and various operating systems.

Main drawback of this service is the time taken to display the result when you select many browsers and many times it shows timeout error.

Supported browsers:
IE, Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera, Safari, Minefield, Netscape and many more browsers with all versions.



3) IE NetRenderer


This is a free online browser compatibility check tool to test website on almost all versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer. Just select the Internet Explorer version from drop down list and put your url to start rendering website. You can instantly verify the screen-shot of the page under test.

There is also a “IE NetRenderer” Firefox add-on available that allows you to render the web page that you are currently reading.



4) IE Tab


A Firefox and Chrome add on to simulate IE browse with a single click of a button. This is a best tool for software testers and developers, since you can easily view how your web page displayed in Internet Explorer with just one click using Firefox or Chrome browsers. Unfortunately this add-on is not available for Firefox 6.0 and above versions. But again a good tool to quickly start your testing on Internet explorer when you have either Firefox or Google Chrome browsers.



5) IE Tester


There are many options available online if you want to check browser compatibility on Internet Explorer versions. IE tester is one of those options that allows you to test your website on multiple Internet Explorer versions at the same time using one application.

IETester, a free cross browser testing tool can be used to test website on IE 5.5, IE6, IE7, IE8 and IE9 preview browsers on Windows 7, Vista and XP operating systems.



6) Microsoft SuperPreview


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Microsoft Expression Web SuperPreview free cross browser testing software allows you to test and debug layout issues across different IE browsers and platforms. You can check websites in different browsers simultaneously. Also check how a page renders in a browser and compare it with other standard screen-shots you have.

Expression Web SuperPreview for Internet Explorer shows your web pages rendered in Internet Explorer 6 and either Internet Explorer 7 or Internet Explorer 8, depending on which version you have installed on your machine.

Currently beta version of SuperPreview for Internet Explorer is available for free for download.

If you can’t rely on these free online cross browser testing tools then using Virtual Desktop is the best solution for you. Using Virtual machine you can simulate live environment for multiple browsers and different operating systems. You can use virtual machine software or can setup a virtual machine in your office network with different operating system images and browsers which can be accessed remotely for browser compatibility testing.

Paid Cross Browser Testing Tools:



7) Browsera

This is an automated browser compatibility testing tool used to test website and its elements in multiple browsers. You can use this service to test website and all web pages for layout and scripting errors.

8 ) Adobe BrowserLab

You can preview web pages across multiple versions of Internet Explorer (Windows), Firefox (Windows and Mac OS X), Safari (Mac OS X), and Chrome (Windows). You can quickly view full screen-shots with multiple view options and customizable test settings. You can also test web page content by zooming particular sections and comparing those with different browser screen-shots for alignment and other layout issues.

9) BrowserCam

BrowserCam is a paid online service that allows you to view your web pages across different platforms and browsers, either by automatically taking the screen-shot or manually navigating web pages in different browsers. Free trial is available for 200 screen captures in a day.

10) Browserseal

BrowserSeal cross browser testing tool allows you to capture an image of your website under different browsers with a single click of a mouse. You can navigate images to spot layout and UI issues. Browserseal tool support almost all major versions of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera and Safari.

Free Trial version of Browserseal is also available, limited to two browsers (Firefox and Internet Explorer) and one screen-shot per session.

11) Cross Browser Testing

Test your website live on different operating systems and browsers. You just need to login to Cross Browser Testing platform, select operating system, browser and start testing your website for Ajax, JavaScript and flash functionality. You can also check your website design using automated screen-shot tool to view website’s design across every browser. Free trial of this cross browser testing software is available for one week.

12) Cloud Testing

Cloud Testing tool allows you to check website look and feel and the functionality on Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari. Opera and Google Chrome browsers on real operating systems in the cloud.

Update:
Many testers find screen capture browser testing little time consuming to test multiple pages. The solution to this is using  Interactive Cross Browser Testing tools.

There are some tools like Browserling and BrowserTap for interactive cross-browser testing.

Browserling:
It’s a live Cross Browser Testing tool to test your website in different browsers like Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Opera.

One more in the list:

13) Rapise

There are many free and paid cross browser testing tools available in the market. Tools range from automated software testing tools to tools that will combine multiple testing tools, which will speed up the QA process.

Over to you!

As of now you should have clear idea of many free and paid cross-browser testing tools available online. Obviously selection of a good cross browser testing tool depends on your requirements as each browser compatibility checking tool comes with its own advantages and disadvantages.

Which cross browser testing tools/methods you use to test browser compatibility? If you have your own way of testing browser compatibility, please let us know in comments below.


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92 comments ↓

#1 Poorab Sinha on 11.30.10 at 7:46 pm

simply super!
great compilation, really helpful for me.

We manual verify website in different browsers which are mostly used by our customers and we get that data from google analytics.

#2 Abdul Haq Khan on 12.01.10 at 5:07 am

Great Work mate! Excellent article and really helpful.

Cheers!!

#3 Rohit Kumar on 12.01.10 at 5:13 am

Very Useful!!!!!!
Thanks a lot….

#4 Aman on 12.01.10 at 5:29 am

Excellent!!!
Thanks alot

#5 jebb on 12.01.10 at 5:50 am

Some of the free cross browser testing tools are not reliable

#6 Cathy on 12.01.10 at 6:16 am

This is a wonderful list. It will be of great help to my work.

#7 Vijay on 12.01.10 at 6:33 am

thanks Poorab
Actually it took me almost 4 hours to compile this list. I personally used most of the free tools and tried free trial versions of paid tools. So no doubt this is the best comprehensive list to check for cross browser testing tools.

Getting browser data from Google analytic can work to some extent. But it’s always safer to cross check website in all major browsers available in market.

#8 Vijay on 12.01.10 at 6:43 am

@ jebb
All tools come with their own advantages and disadvantages. It depends on individual requirements whether to rely on those or not. I agree for in-depth browser compatibility tests, free tool is not a good choice.

#9 viknesh on 12.01.10 at 7:18 am

u have just proved ur experiance… thank u..

#10 raghu on 12.01.10 at 7:22 am

It’s a very good information to the test engineers .

Thanks for providing information.

#11 Tejaswini on 12.01.10 at 8:36 am

Very useful, thank you for sharing this.

#12 Magesh Thomas on 12.01.10 at 11:27 am

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#15 RK on 12.01.10 at 2:55 pm

Awe some contribution on this topic. Very rare u can find such topics

#16 SJ on 12.01.10 at 5:29 pm

When you want to check more than just how the page renders and look at static JPGs of it, for example testing JavaScript functionality then there is NO substitute, certainly in the case of IE, for VMWare images for each copy. For other browsers such as Opera and Firefox then side by side installs are straight forward without the need for VMware images – unless of course you’re also testing other OSs…

#17 Kesav on 12.02.10 at 5:29 am

This is an excellent work!! Very much helpful !! Thanks a lot and keep up!!

#18 Pratap Singh on 12.02.10 at 12:41 pm

Good Good & Very Good article, but its copied, because i have already read this 5 months ago, & now u just copy edited it & then pasted.

sorry sir i m not criticize,just sharing my experience & now i do not remember that link :(

one thing more u can use above tools very well but these are not 100% reliable,because u have to manually check each & every page(putting URL).
so i think manual testing is much better than all above tools.
Thank You

#19 Pratap Singh on 12.02.10 at 12:45 pm

@SJ:- very well said SJ, and another thing is that you cannot preview your webpage at high or low resolution i.e. 95% or 90 etc.

#20 Gourav on 12.02.10 at 7:09 pm

Actually no tool is full proof and reliable, but you get best idea where to focus more on.

#21 Pratap Gusain on 12.03.10 at 12:04 pm

@Vijay: Man You seem very clever….lol
But finally i need your help…currently i m working on a downloading portal with strong SEO & content…plz help me how to test a website which having a 100% influence of SEO..& how to test this kind of site..Manual or Automation.

Waiting for your feedback.

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#23 shivali on 12.06.10 at 6:17 am

i am purely in software development, but i want to switch to software testing. Is it possible. I do know about software testing, with no practical experience. Can i do that????

#24 mohan mishra on 12.06.10 at 1:07 pm

Great Work Sir! I’m really thankful to you for sharing this information………..

#25 jeeva on 12.07.10 at 7:16 am

very useful forme…..

Thank you very much

#26 Gundurao on 12.08.10 at 9:17 am

hw to download these tool

#27 Swastika on 12.10.10 at 1:05 pm

Its very informative..great work!

#28 SAM on 12.10.10 at 4:56 pm

Thanks for all that.

#29 Disk Cleaner on 12.12.10 at 12:44 pm

I usually use browser shots to check my site for bugs in different browsers. For me it is the best tool till now. I will give Spoon a chance.

#30 shailu on 12.13.10 at 7:49 am

Very useful, thank you for sharing this.

#31 Ethies on 12.14.10 at 10:04 am

This article is very useful to the testers, thanks bob.

#32 Suraj on 12.15.10 at 7:18 am

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#33 Sreenivasa Rao M on 12.15.10 at 12:12 pm

Excellent piece of information. Thank you very much.

#34 cheya on 12.17.10 at 4:22 am

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#36 FUBICO.com on 12.19.10 at 11:16 am

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#37 mereaux Dominique on 12.19.10 at 4:41 pm

Hi,

Very useful post, I didn’t figure that’s so much tools exist.
Thanks a lot.
Dominique

#38 Sakamoto Kazuma on 12.20.10 at 5:55 am

Have you looked at Selenium? I’m not sure if it is truly valuable as I have only used it with Firefox, but I would think that if you could output that script, you could tweak it to run with other browsers. I use it for Sanity checks ALL the time.

#39 Pratik on 12.20.10 at 9:40 am

My 2 cents in this forum. Appriciate the effort of compiling the details. Evenif it was copied, I don’t mind as ultimately it’s a knowledge spread.
My concern here is, most of this free tools are remote machines and there is definately a serurity risk when you want to test interactive web sites. For example we don’t want to publish our sales web site(having senstitive data) to outside virtual computers
The solution to this is to use paid tools. Now those paid tools also can give you the snap shot resuls only. What about the pages having reference data from somewhere else. For example your page have search utility and the search results can be anything? How to test the browser compatibity for different kind of results?
Now the solution of above problem is to use scripting tools(Test Automation tool) it means Actually we are looking for combination of Automation scripting tool and Browser compatibilty tool where we record the cases and run the scripts with different browser. Again we have an issue that the scipt recorded with IE can not be run in Other browser and vise versa. Any thoughts?

#40 Vishal on 12.26.10 at 6:17 am

Very knowledgefull article. thnx

#41 Jaya on 12.27.10 at 6:49 am

Hello Poorab,
can you please explain ” we get that data from google analytics.” how does we get dat from google analystics , i know the GA ( google analytics) I am working on that ,

thanks,

Jaya

#42 sriknath on 12.31.10 at 5:46 am

hi
this information provided in the site is really helpful and the cross browser testing explained nicely

#43 Mugil k on 01.11.11 at 4:36 am

This topic is really very good and useful for all testing people….

#44 test on 01.13.11 at 6:00 am

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#45 Rashed on 01.16.11 at 8:31 am

Want to know about load test process.

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#47 Vitthal Gore on 01.20.11 at 4:36 am

Hi, I’m a regular reader of this site. This is very useful information for brower testing.

#48 anu on 01.20.11 at 9:16 am

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#49 Manish on 02.14.11 at 5:24 am

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#50 testing interview questions on 02.19.11 at 9:36 pm

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#52 Balaji on 02.22.11 at 7:05 am

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#53 ravi on 02.25.11 at 11:14 am

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#54 Torrents on 02.26.11 at 5:38 pm

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#55 Saurabh on 03.22.11 at 10:58 pm

Great site. I also think open source testing tools based on Selenium project are great for cross browser testing. I have tried PushToTest’s tool called TestMaker, and found it to be really useful.

#56 filiz on 04.09.11 at 11:01 am

thank you so much …

#57 pradeep on 05.11.11 at 11:13 am

It’s a very good information to the test engineers .

Thanks for providing information.

#58 pradeep on 05.11.11 at 11:14 am

It’s a very good information to the test engineers .

Thanks for providing information.and also can u provide manual testing

#59 Amita on 05.12.11 at 10:03 am

Hi,

My project is a web based project and it supports for different browsers: IE(6,7,8 & 9) and Mozila Firefox and operating Systems: WinXP, WinVista, Win2003 & Win7.

I am doing compatibility testing manually. This time i have gone through some free tool for this type of testing in the website. It is difficult for me to decide whic his good for our project as i am new to all the tools.

Can anyone please help me out of this problem.
Thanks in advance
Contact: amitamohapatra@gmail.com

#60 gaurav saral on 05.20.11 at 7:54 pm

great and very nice piece of work.
Very nice compilation.

I am making a application to monitor web traffic and need to make a report on the scalability and performance of the UI .

Can you please help me with the parameters i should test and points which should be considered in testing a UI which should display a lot of data.

contact: saral.gaurav@gmail.com

#61 Ehab on 06.07.11 at 8:35 am

This is very helpful
thanks

#62 kirankumar on 06.08.11 at 5:52 am

thanks for giving this information.

#63 ajay kumar on 06.21.11 at 6:56 am

very helpful….

#64 prasanna on 06.24.11 at 6:33 am

plz send me the download link to download a software testing browser

#65 shraddha on 06.24.11 at 9:35 am

it’s vry useful information… thanks

#66 Viplav Anand on 07.01.11 at 9:18 am

The current approach thatw e employ for the cross browser testing is that, we employ OATS on the test suite and then do the regression testing in just one browser. Then we do just link validation of the application in various other browsers, for which we employ several link checker tools such as the xenu tool.Request your inisghts on the adopted approach.

#67 Stephen Joseph on 08.02.11 at 4:22 pm

This is very usefull for testers who have to test in different browsers….Great info thanks :)

#68 Rajeev on 08.06.11 at 5:25 pm

i faced a question in an interview ” can u write negative test case for GUI ?”…..i need answer of this question with example

#69 Roberto on 08.16.11 at 6:30 am

This summary is really helpul for me. Bix Thx.

Hoewer I have a question which is becoming critical for me.
The web sites we are using is available for dedicated users only. Means, that you have to be logged on to use the web sites to ba able to use them.
How can test this kind of web pages? how can I log in within browser test tools?

Thanks in advance.

Robert
email: roberto@webdream.hu

#70 yuvraj on 09.21.11 at 12:06 pm

can v automate security related testing

#71 Joey on 12.04.11 at 7:58 pm

We recently launched a service where you can test your website on multiple browsers at once, automatically. At http://testingbot.com you can easily test your site on dozens of browsers via Selenium.

#72 narap on 12.15.11 at 12:54 pm

new topic for me and i learn something

#73 Srikanth on 01.09.12 at 1:54 pm

Thank You very much Friend. its very use full to whom become a good tester in society.

#74 anoop on 02.02.12 at 6:24 am

thank you so much for the article, good job

#75 Himanshu on 03.13.12 at 7:23 am

Thanx vijay sir! for share this list…

#76 pabitra mohan pradhan on 05.15.12 at 12:57 pm

a. How can we implement these test cases in our projects in real scenarios?

b. Which test cases should be tested by developers and which test cases should be added by the testers?

c. I am very much interested in knowing about Stess testing part as our project Roam4Less.com is having many issues related to this. Please let us know more about Stress Testing.

#77 pabitra mohan pradhan on 05.15.12 at 12:59 pm

Basically, how can i do stress / Load testing manually. plz inform me ASAP.contact me:pabitra_pradhan@rediffmail.com

#78 kartiki mahadik on 05.26.12 at 7:48 am

Hi i just now started mannual testing in web testing i want to know the what is the career in web testing?
is their difference betn software testing & web testing?
minimun exp and skills require switch to automation testing.
please reply me

#79 mahendra singh on 05.30.12 at 6:32 pm

thank you………for helping us!!!!!

#80 Ranjith on 06.18.12 at 11:41 am

thanks sir,,,is realy help full for freshers,,,,,,,,

#81 Gopinath on 01.09.13 at 10:49 am

Very useful website.

#82 Sachin on 03.11.13 at 1:07 pm

Thanks a lot. I was looking for IE tester. Very useful site

#83 SsSsunil on 03.28.13 at 8:11 am

nice one . .. thank you…

#84 Jorge on 03.31.13 at 11:25 pm

***** (5 stars) thanks

#85 Netaji on 04.02.13 at 5:58 pm

Hats off to you mate !! Brillient article. Thanks for sharing.

#86 Nareshesh on 06.04.13 at 7:53 am

Thanks … Really helped me.

#87 Kavita on 07.30.13 at 6:23 am

i am a fresher in testing so can some1 help me in getting a job as a trainee also if possible in good companies

#88 Kavita on 07.30.13 at 6:35 am

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i am a fresher in testing so can some1 help me in getting a job as a trainee also if possible in good companies

#89 Brian Knight on 12.18.13 at 7:06 pm

Can anyone suggest a good tool that will allow me to do crossbrowser testing and supports mobile testing. I’ve piloted a Sauce and Browserstack but my security team will not allow tunnels. Is there a good software available for purchase/download?

#90 Thomas Johansson on 01.17.14 at 5:24 am

http://gridlastic.com, a new selenium cross browser testing service that provides an selenium grid in the cloud.

Check out the LIVE selenium grid demo, the only one in its kind where you can launch a fully functional selenium grid in any Amazon region in the world with 1 click.

#91 Harsha on 04.02.14 at 12:14 pm

HI,

Can anyone let me know how i can test particular scenario by using any free testing tool.I have tried with browsershot tool .BUt it only provides the screenshot with diffrent browser.

e.g:

Login to gmail –>Enter username/pwd->login

How i can test these 3 pages navigation .

Please help me out ASAP.

Thanks in advance!

#92 Harsha on 04.02.14 at 12:17 pm

Please update me on my aaangel97@gmail.com.

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