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Jan Schröder

Also checkout testproject.io for free automated testing.

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Liviu Lupei

It's worth mentioning that TestProject doesn't offer any cross-browser grid, you still need a separate BrowserStack or Sauce Labs subscription.

My company has a similar product (Endtest), one of the differences is that it includes a cross-browser grid, so you don't need other subscriptions.

And there are many other similar products out there.

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Jan Schröder

Alright, thanks for pointing that put.

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Kyle Luke Author

Thanks Liviu for your input. It looks like Endtest also requires a subscription, but offers a 7 day free trial. I tried to only keep the free options on my list of tips for this round.

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Liviu Lupei

Hi Kyle, I never said that Endtest does not require a subscription.

Like most cloud solutions that offer access to some kind of infrastructure, it has a price tag.

I simply mentioned that it includes a cross-browser grid and you don't need to purchase an additional service for that.

TestProject is free, but it does not include a cross-browser grid, so you still need to pay in order to get that.

I know the article is about free options.

Keep up the good work!

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Kyle Luke Author

I appreciate you adding it to the conversation! And if you know of any additional free options for people please let me know. I am sure because of the technology/infrastructure involved and the need/demand that this is a difficult thing to keep free.

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Liviu Lupei

Libraries are free.

Cloud solutions which involve a lot of resources aren't free.

I always investigate closely if something is advertised as being "free".

I don't know if you follow the news, but the company behind the Robinhood trading app got a huge $65M fine because they made false advertisement, claiming that their trading app is completely free, without any commissions.

It turns out they were actually increasing the prices of the stocks that users would buy and users ended up paying more than they would have paid if they just used other solutions that charged commissions.

Here is the article.

In other cases, that "free" package is only there so the company can get more users and flood them with marketing emails.

There ain't no such thing as a free lunch

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Kyle Luke Author

No, but beginner Devs who are learning to create well rounded projects, or want to learn by creating an open source project may not have the budget for paid services when there are free options. That is why I wrote this blog post, and am open to additional resources that are similar to those I have included. I was hoping to not turn this blog post into yet another LambdaTest promotional post, but rather to introduce new devs with learning options.

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Kyle Luke Author

Thanks Jan for that! I also saw Selenium as a similar free automated testing option, though the cross-browser grid support for both seem to still require a subscription to BrowserStack or a similar service. I would love to know if there are any of these automated testing services that provide FREE cross-browser testing.

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Jan Schröder • Edited

Selenium is a great option for End-to-end tests. One great feature is that it allows to write in various languages, so the tests fit the project.

We’re using the WebDriver for our tests, so I don’t know about the grid. WebDriver supports different browsers, at least FireFox and Chrome, but yeah, it wouldn’t scale well.