TestProject Test Automation Tool Hands-on Review Tutorial

Hands-on Review Tutorial for the TestProject Test Automation Platform:

Test automation is essential in the world of continuous deployment and short release cycles. We all as software testers come across many challenges when it comes to automation testing.

Today, we are going to review one of the popular test automation tools – TestProject. It’s a community-powered, free end-to-end test automation platform designed to simplify automation testing efforts for mobile and web applications.

TestProject Test Automation Tutorial

TestProject tutorial

What Is a TestProject?

TestProject is an end-to-end framework for test automation of mobile and web apps. It aims to simplify your test automation experience while offering infinite customization through a gallery of add-ons.

What makes this tool really cool is that it’s a first-of-its-kind free community-powered cloud platform that can be used to record, develop and analyze test automation.

Another cool thing about TestProject is that it easily supports so many platforms like Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android, and Webservices.

With TestProject, you get a complete test automation framework that allows you to

  • Record tests with a beautiful cloud-based recorder for web and mobile applications
  • Schedule tests for execution on any browsers or devices you own
  • Integrate tests to your CI/CD pipeline with out-of-the-box integrations with Jenkins and other tools
  • Extend TestProject with a coded test SDK, REST API, and numerous community Add-Ons
  • Analyze results with complete analytics and drill-down reports

This wealth of features empowers the entire team where non-technical users can record tests and developers can complete them with their code. This way, it is very helpful for the agile teams as it allows them to easily collaborate and share the test artifacts.

TestProject is built on top of standard open-source automation tools like Selenium and Appium. Unlike those open source tools running on their own, it removes all the complexities of installing and managing drivers for each platform and browser that you use.

With the installation of a single executable, you get the ability to use all the browsers on the machine and any attached mobile devices to record, execute, debug and develop your test.

This tool has been built in stealth for almost two years and is already being successfully used in more than 2000 organizations worldwide. Tricentis has recently acquired TestProject and is committed to further accelerating development while keeping TestProject free test automation tool for everyone.

Features of TestProject

#1) In-browser Smart Test Recorder

We would say that this feature is the unique selling point of this tool. To create automated tests, you do not need to write a single line of code. With TestProject’s Smart Test Recorder feature, you can create automated tests just by recording the steps performed on the browser.

Wherever you need to perform complex steps that go beyond a traditional recorder, you can lean on any of the existing add-ons built by the community.

For each step that you perform, it will be recorded as a test and automatically a Selenium or Appium code will be generated in the background. You can explore more about this feature in the latter part of this tutorial where we have demonstrated how this tool works.

Test Recorder

This feature makes test automation simple for anyone. You can effortlessly create automated tests for Web, Android, and iOS applications.

Let us go in-depth into this recorder functionality and explore more about it.

#1) Mobile Screen Mirroring:

This option allows you to mirror your mobile screen in the browser, seeing exactly what is on the device in real-time. Just connect your mobile device to your machine through a USB cable and you are good to go!

Mobile Screen Mirroring

#2) Element Inspector:

You can test any element in your app. You can select from different built-in or suggested actions, validations, attributes, and save elements.

element-inspector new

#3) Element Explorer:

Another feature is element explorer. This can be used to simply view and examine the structure of your mobile application screens. You can analyze the element hierarchy, select from different locator strategies, and see all available properties of UI components.

Element Explorer

#4) Test Editor:

This is the most helpful feature of a test recorder that aids in creating, editing, and organizing your tests. At each step, you can add comments, select elements, create parameters, perform certain actions, define failure behavior, take screenshots, set timeouts and do much more.

You can change the order of steps, insert steps in between, add or delete steps.

Test Editor

#5) Other features making the recorder even more powerful:

The recorder automatically suggests add-ons that can be helpful for your tests. TestProject does AI-based matching, analyzes the elements in your application, and then based upon this analysis, recommends add-ons that can enhance your tests. You can instantly add these add-ons and extend your tests.

Suggests add-ons

Another powerful way to extend your tests is nested tests. For the complex scenario, you can record an entire test as a single step and fit that into your complete test. This reduces the amount of maintenance required when any of these test steps change.

Furthermore, you have the code export feature. You can generate the source code for your recorded test, have a developer modify it, and then upload it back to TestProject. I have explained in detail this code export feature in the latter part of this article where I have demonstrated how to use this tool.

#2) Powerful Add-ons

TestProject gives lots of awesome add-ons that help make your tests very powerful. Add-ons allow you to greatly expand on what you can do with your tests. This is a set of reusable coded actions that can be integrated into any test.

You can create your add-ons using TestProject SDKs or you can use add-ons that have been created and shared by the test automation community. They will save a lot of valuable development time for you.

Creating new add-ons:


Use existing add-ons:

New Addons 

Add-on actions can be used seamlessly in your test. You can create and use them in the same way you would interact with built-in actions. If you look at the list of add-ons, you will find that there are a lot of really useful add-ons provided by the community.

For example, the jRand add-on gives you instant access to random data generators for a wide variety of test data.

Existing Addons

There are many add-ons available based on your needs. For example, if you are working with jquery, this tool offers you 4-5 jquery addons that you can use. If you want to generate random email ids and passwords for testing, you can use Generate Random Credential add-ons.

Some of the featured add-ons are Advance Element Finder, JS Actions, Element Extensions, and Generic Extensions. As the TestProject community continues to grow, the number of possibilities will continue to increase, making the possibilities of what this tool can do truly endless.

Suppose you have some scenario where you want to call an API directly in your test instead of sending a request to the web page. By adding a RESTful API add-on, you can simply do this action in your test.

For example, you can create a user by sending the request to the API, then in the very next step log in through the UI using that exact user’s credentials.

Below is a screen print demonstrating how to use RESTful API in your test:



With a single click on the install button, you can get any add-on you want in a snap. Store it in the test project repository and it is ready for anyone on your team to use.

#3) Code Generation Feature

This feature allows you to generate Java code from recorded iOS, Android, and Web tests. You can make any modifications to the code, extend your tests and reupload them as coded tests to TestProject. This allows developers to engage in developing and maintaining the tests created by non-technical testers.

For those who do not want to use the recorder but first want to code their tests, TestProject offers SDK for Java and .NET core. The SDK provides a convenient, standardized wrapper around Appium and Selenium that is 100% compatible with TestProject. You can go to the developer’s tab and generate the developer key.

This key is used for debugging and debugging TestProject coded tests and add-ons locally. You can also start coding your test with TestProject.

Code Generation

Using the mix and match of both the ‘record & playback’ feature and code development features helps greatly in achieving the test automation goals.

TestProject Pricing

While the tool historically had both a free and paid pricing plan, we have heard that after the Tricentis acquisition of TestProject, they have committed to all current features of TestProject to be available for free.

From our conversation with TestProject CEO Mark Kardashov, we have learned that the only feature of TestProject that will cost money will be access to live support that can be added to the app.

Pros of TestProject

#1) FREE end-to-end test automation platform: The biggest advantage of this tool is that it offers a free forever plan. You get so many exciting features that typically cost thousands of dollars at no cost!

#2) Highly collaborative environment: You can easily add an unlimited number of team members to your project and enjoy a great collaboration experience. All you need to do is add their email addresses and access permissions and then they can immediately start contributing to the project.

This makes TestProject very useful for Agile teams and CI/CD-based projects.

Testing Repository

Agents installed on local machines are allowed to set up and run tests on any browser or device, but these tests are stored in a shared cloud-based testing repository where team members can work together to run and maintain them.

#3) Ultimate user-friendliness: Both the user interface and user experience of this tool are just awesome. At every step, you will be guided with tooltips and short tutorials that will guide you through working with this tool and exploring its features.

#4) One to One customer support: Just a day after I created my account on TestProject, I got an email from the customer success team to ask about my progress with the tool so far and to tell them about my test automation needs so that they can help me make the most out of TestProject.

They can also schedule a 1:1 online meeting to demonstrate TestProject’s features and capabilities or even help you start creating tests.

Additionally, in the support section of the website, you can also submit a ticket for any issues or problems you face while using the tool. We also learned that TestProject is launching a community forum and enhanced online documentation in the coming months.

TestProject ticket

Let me share my experience with their customer support. Once I was having a technical issue with the tool. I logged a ticket at the support center and I got the response within an hour.

That response gave a very detailed and perfect solution for my issue. This quick acknowledgment and response by the TestProject team is appreciable.

This level of customer support is rarely seen in free-to-use tools.

#5) Great community support: The community support for this too is also great. You can access the forum and the blog where you can go through the general announcements and commonly asked questions.

In TestProject’s blogs and forums, you will get tutorials for creating coded tests using TestProject’s SDK and you will also get tutorials for using and developing add-ons.

#6) Compatibly with various Platforms: The smart test recorder allows you to effortlessly create automated tests for web, Android, and iOS (in fact, iOS on windows).

#7) Saves time and effort: There are a lot of features in this tool that save you time and effort to a great extent. For example, the automatic code generation feature saves you from struggling to manually develop the code. Similarly, automatic test document generation and manual test generation save the time and effort that you would have put into creating documents.

Cons of TestProject

We did not find any cons as such in this tool. But there are certain limitations that can be addressed:

#1) Currently, it supports code generation only in the Java programming language. More programming languages should be added. Furthermore, it seems like the TestProject team is already working on this. I saw under the code generation functionality that the C# programming language is coming soon.

#2) If your agent gets stopped, it does not show any warning signs or notifications. It would be better if a message pops up informing the user so the user can look into it and restart the agent.

Having discussed enough about this tool, its features, pricing, advantages, and limitations, let us now proceed with the practical demonstration of using this tool.

Getting Started with TestProject: Installation and Setup

TestProject is very easy to install and set up. The installation wizard guides you very smoothly through every step required for setup. The best part is that you just need to download one single exe and follow some easy steps to get started. There are no prerequisites or dependencies to install anything else to get started with this tool.

Let me walk you through the installation and setup steps:

Step #1) You can do a free signup on their website TestProject

Sign Up

Step #2) Upon signup, you will receive a confirmation email. Once you complete the confirmation from your email account, it will sign you in and take you to your TestProject account homepage.

Confirmation email

Welcome page

Step #3) What we liked about this tool is its user-friendliness. The signup is very smooth and once you are logged in, it will take you on a quick tour of a few necessary steps that will be helpful to start your first automation project.

First, you need to install the TestProject agent. I am using the Windows machine here, so I am going to install the agent for Windows.

TestProject Agent

Just click on “Download and Install” and then the agent exe will start downloading


This agent incorporates all the drivers and SDKs you would need for test automation.

Step #4) Once the exe download is complete, click on it and start the installation wizard.

Click on Next and just follow the Agent setup steps as directed through the wizard.

Installation wizard 1

Installation wizard 2

Installation wizard 3

Step #5) Once the agent installation is finished, you need to click on the “Agent is installed” button.

Agent Installed

Step #6) Once you click on Agent is installed, you will be asked to register your agent. Send any alias name to your agent, check for its availability, and then click on Register and Finish:

Register Agent

Step #7) Then you will get a message saying “Waiting for Agent to complete registration’.

Register Agent next

Step #8) Finally, you will get the success message and you are now ready to go to the testing dashboard.

Success message

Hands-On With TestProject

Let us start working on TestProject and share our experience with it.

The green icon highlighted in the screenshot below (next to the bell icon in the top bar) shows that your TestProject agent is up and running. You will also get your first demo project created under the ‘My Projects’ section.

My First Project

Once you click on Next on your first project, it will ask you to add team members. You can simply do so by entering their email IDs, setting up their access, and clicking Finish. They will receive an invitation link and join immediately to start collaborating.

Add Team Member

Manage Access

Now, click on Open Projects to get started:

Open Project

You will now see the list of Tests:

Test Lists

On the left side of the navigation pane, you will see options like Test & Jobs, Elements, Applications, Data sources, and Parameters.

Test Folders

The Test Folders section displays folders that can be used to easily organize your tests.

The Elements section contains UI elements that are mapped during the creation of tests, so you can manage and update elements that are used throughout tests for easy maintenance.

Under the Applications section, you will have Web and Mobile test targets. All tests are associated with a specific app.

Data sources contain external data files to allow data-driven automation.

Under the Parameters section, you can manage global parameters for the tests.

Under the Demo Project (My first Project), there will be a demo test that performs some basic operations and validations on the TestProject login page.

On the top menu bar, you will see the option to create a new test from where you can create your own test for the app you want to test.

New Test

Let us first explore this simple demo test to see what all functionalities this tool offers.

As you can see below, there are many steps in this step which are testing validating the Login and Logout functionality. First, navigate to the test project app URL and then click on the username textbox, enter the username, similarly do it for the password, then click the Login button, validate if the login is successful, perform some other steps and validations, and then log out.

Clicking on each step gives complete details about that step. For example, below here I clicked on the first step i.e. to Navigate to app URL, and then it gives me complete details about the steps.

Navigate to app URL

The best thing is that it’s so easy and fun to play around with the test. You can easily customize it by changing the parameter values, adding your own parameters, disabling any steps, adding new steps, etc.

As you can see in the below screenshot, you can define the failure behavior, the number of step reattempts, and a lot more. Inside the input parameters, you can click on the +icon and see, add or edit the parameters and their values.

Add parameters

You also get the option to secret parameter values to store sensitive information such as passwords and tokens.

Parameter values Secret

If you click on the three dots corresponding to the test, you will find many options like a copy to project, move to folder, change input parameters, duplicate test, view data source template, generated code, manual test, test document.

Test Document

I just loved the Test Document option here. As a tester, this option is very useful and a great time saver. I just had to click on the “Test Document” and it auto-generated very well-defined test documentation in excel where I got all the test details and test steps details documented perfectly.

So, with TestProject you do not need to spend time on documentation. If you have an automated test, you can simply click on this option and generate a test document. The image below shows what an autogenerated test document looks like:

Autogenerated Test Document

Similarly, you can use the “Manual Test” option, what it does is convert the automation test to a manual test document which contains all the steps, inputs, and actions enlisted. If you want to perform the test manually, you can simply refer to this manual document and go ahead.

All you need to do is fill out the test results in the doc. This way, it saves so much of the time which otherwise would have been put into converting the automation test to manual test and creating the document from scratch.

Manual Test

See below the manual doc generated. It contains all the test step descriptions, test data, expected results, and comments. All you need to do is just fill in the actual result and pass/fail status when you perform this test manually.

Test Details

Another very useful option here is the Generated Code. You can generate source code corresponding to any automated test and can use it for further development or modifications. Currently, it generates code in Java language. You can choose among different browsers as seen below:

Generate Code

Once you click on the ‘Generate’ button, you will receive a source code emailed to your account.

Source Code email

Download Code

As we discussed earlier in this article, the tool also gives you a powerful recording feature. You can use that to modify an existing test or create a new test.

Start Recording

Let us now see how to create a new test with TestProject.

Test Type Selection

Add Test Details

Then it will ask you to add the web application to the testing list

Web Application

Once you click on Finish, it will ask you what you would like to do with the recording. You can create a test using TestProject recorder functionality, edit the test manually, or create a manual test. I selected the record option to explore the recorder functionality of this tool. Let’s see how it works:


Once I selected “record” and clicked “Start Testing”, it opened the Google Chrome browser in a new window and took me to the application URL i.e. Google search page. The recorder records all the actions performed and automatically creates test steps. As you can see below, a total of 7 steps are created. Once you cancel the recording, the test will be saved.

Application URL

The best part is that at every step, you can select and freeze any element using double shift and then select the actions or validations that are required to be performed. For example, at step number 5 in this test, I select the below highlighted div and then performed an action to validate if it contains the text ‘Software Testing Help?’.

Validate element

Verify test

Let us also see if the code has been generated for this test. I used the “generated code” option and got the code in an email:

Generated code

Also, below is how the code looks in Eclipse:

Eclipse code

At any point in time, I can modify this code and reupload it in TestProject to be executed again as a coded test.


In this tutorial, we discussed the main features of the TestProject automation tool along with its pros and cons. We also saw a practical demonstration of the functionalities.

We have explored a lot!

We are sure that now you will be excited to use this cool tool. If you are someone who works or wants to work in test automation, this tool is worth trying.

Check it out here and let us know if you have any queries regarding the process!

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6 thoughts on “TestProject Test Automation Tool Hands-on Review Tutorial”

  1. First, I would like to say, Thanks for this article…
    Perfect explanation of the automation tool’s features with the pros and cons.
    And Now me and My automation team of Testrig Technologies very excited to use this…

    Again Thanks, Keep sharing this type of articles

  2. Thanks for this wonderful informative article.

    I’m so excited to use this tool…
    Amazing Tool features

    Once again Thanks, keep sharing

  3. Great artice. Thanks for a very detailed document

  4. Thanks for this article.
    one query i have..
    How can I test a private or internal server, which is only accessible via VPN or behind a firewall?

    • Try using any tunneling software like ngrook , it will generate a Public URL which you can use to access outside firewall.

  5. Sorry to have to break the bad news…. Tricentis announced they will end TestProject coming 31 March. It was a great tool indeed, but Tricentis wants us to switch to their (less mature) paid tool TestIM…..


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