The interest in API testing has been increasing over the past few years, which is not a surprise given that API was the fastest-growing data type in 2021 with a +21% growth. APIs are being used extensively in different industries, such as banking, telecommunication, and retail. To have APIs that:
- Function correctly,
- Have adequate security,
- Provide desirable performance,
- Developed within the budget,
API testing must be done. However, there are many API testing tools available. In this article, we will review the top 5 API testing vendors based on our data driven list.
Executive summary of reviews
Sponsors are listed at the top
|Types of API tests that can be done
|Documentation driven testing
|REST & SOAP
|Load testing, Functional testing,
|REST & SOAP
|REST & SOAP
- Integrate with CI/CD pipeline,
- Enable shift-left testing,
- Decrease expense, cycle time & effort maintenance by 50%.
Leading companies such as Amazon, Vodafone and BMW use Testifi services.
The unique feature of Pulse is:
Test generation based on the documentation
PULSE automatically creates API tests according to the details of the API documentation. The steps required are:
- Provide the documentation URL.
- Provide the URL of your system.
- Provide the authentication details.
After completing these steps, PULSE will analyze the results validate the documentation and show the results in a user-friendly dashboard based on the:
- API tests,
- Errors identified.
Postman initially was a browser extension for API validation but now it has become a very well-known API testing and developing platform. Different types of API testing can be done on Postman such as :
- Fuzz testing,
- Penetration testing,
- Regression testing,
Postman offers many functionalities such as:
Postman API allows the standard create, read, update, and delete(CRUD) functionalities on the data stored on your Postman account.
SOAPUI, which is supported by Smartbear, is an open-source API testing platform. SOAPUI offers the traditional API testing types but with unique features, for example :
SOAPUI API load testing tool provides:
Scriptless load testing
Written functional test cases can be modified with a few clicks to load tests, removing the need for writing and maintaining test scripts for many APIs.
Load testing templates
There are different types of load testing that analyze the API under different circumstances. SOAPUI provides ready templates for different types of load tests that can be configured easily. ( see Figure 1)
Figure1. SOAPUI load test templates
Scriptless Functional Testing
Functional testing can be done by simply dropping, dragging, and clicking.
Sometimes the components required for testing might not be ready or developed yet. A mock component can be used to start the effort for testing. Mocks can be used for :
- Identifying operations that need testing,
- Developing first test scripts,
- Planning test execution
Mocks can be used for both functional and non-functional testing. However, mocking is not a simulation so it has limitations on the types of tests that can be used, but it should be enough for starting the testing process.
ACCELQ is a vendor that utilizes no-code & cloud in API testing for achieving API test automation. Its unique attribute is:
No code test automation
ACCELQ provides a platform where API tests can be developed without the need for writing complex syntax. This can be a good fit for QA teams that lack advanced knowledge in programming. ACCELQ Test automation can be done for:
- Element identification,
- Data definition,
- Test case generation.
You can watch the following video for a guide on how to use ACCELQ for testing REST API:
Katalon is a quality management platform that provides API testing as part of their solutions. Their autocomplete feature enables easier scripting(see Figure 2). Additionally, the autocomplete feature alongside code inspections, debuggers, and dual interface can optimize the debugging and maintaining tests.
Figure 2. Katalon autocomplete feature
Cem has been the principal analyst at AIMultiple since 2017. AIMultiple informs hundreds of thousands of businesses (as per similarWeb) including 60% of Fortune 500 every month.
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Throughout his career, Cem served as a tech consultant, tech buyer and tech entrepreneur. He advised businesses on their enterprise software, automation, cloud, AI / ML and other technology related decisions at McKinsey & Company and Altman Solon for more than a decade. He also published a McKinsey report on digitalization.
He led technology strategy and procurement of a telco while reporting to the CEO. He has also led commercial growth of deep tech company Hypatos that reached a 7 digit annual recurring revenue and a 9 digit valuation from 0 within 2 years. Cem's work in Hypatos was covered by leading technology publications like TechCrunch and Business Insider.
Cem regularly speaks at international technology conferences. He graduated from Bogazici University as a computer engineer and holds an MBA from Columbia Business School.
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