Best Automation Testing Tools for Android and iOS


In today’s mobile world, compatibility across different platforms is a must for high performance and impactful user performance. Mobile apps are running everywhere on each and every platform. Most of the platforms have conflicting requirements which makes testing tools very important. There are several open source automation testing tools for Android and iOS which help organizations to streamline productivity while reducing errors and costs.


Developed and maintained by Xamarin, Calabash allows to write and execute automated acceptance tests of mobile apps. It’s open source and free cross-platform, supporting Android and iOS native apps.

Calabash helps automate and test any iOS or Android app, native or hybrid, from the user interface level. Xamarin provides both the automation framework, as well as the device cloud. As a result, you can enjoy perfect integration and improvements to Calabash that will help you improve a response to your customers’ needs.


Appium is a cross-platform automation tool for running tests for Android and iOS applications. This tool automates native, mobile, web, and hybrid applications on iOS and Android platforms. An open source test automation framework, you can write your tests in multiple languages such as Java, PHP, Ruby, C#, Python. You can also write your tests using WebDriver library.


Robotium is an exclusive Android test automation framework providing complete support for native and hybrid applications. Robotium makes it very fast to write power packed and robust automatic black-box UI tests for Android applications. With the support of Robotium, test case developers can effectively write function, system and user acceptance test scenarios, which span across multiple Android activities.


Selendroid is a robust test automation framework which drives of the UI of Android native and hybrid applications and the mobile web with Selendroid. It can interact with multiple Android devices at any given time and with different OS support such as Mac, Linux and Windows.
Selendroid can also be used on emulators and real devices. It can integrate as a node into the Selenium Grid for scaling and parallel testing.


Considered one of the most popular open source automation testing tools, MonkeyTalk is available for the mobile applications build in Android and iOS. Its main task is to automate real and functional tests for iOS and Android apps. It creates smoke test very easily and smoothly in a matter of few seconds as well as captures and records test script by providing the same commands for both Android and iOS apps.

The MonkeyTalk tool is available in Pro version with subscription-licensed product from CloudMonkeyMobile. It offers a great cross-platform recording/playback option, integrated environment, and rich API support for Java or JavaScript.


Ranorex is a tool for tests automation not only for the latest, but also for early versions as well as sub-versions of Android. The main advantage of Ranorex is that it comes with detailed reports and screenshots.

Ranorex Studio lets an automated test engineer to create tests easily, by just clicking the mouse. It allows elaborating additional program modules which may be utilized during later stages of development cycles for rather complex test scenarios.


Today’s businesses need open source automation testing tools to save on costs and improve performance. Businesses don’t want to waste resources and time on fixing bugs. These recommended robust testing tools help organizations to gain advantage of cost-effective testing solutions with absolute focus on quality.

We hope that our list helps you in making strategic business decisions in an effective manner.

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