SoapUI is an open-source API testing tool billed as the “World’s Most Popular”. It has a graphical interface that helps to build tests easily. But every feature described in the SoapUI documentation is like a teaser. Premium features get attention while free features pale in comparison. This is used to get people to pay for ReadyAPI (the paid version of SoapUI). This brings up the idea of looking for SoapUI Alternatives.
The full comparison list makes SoapUI look very unappealing compared to ReadyAPI. For example, why bother with a testing tool which does not support Data-Driven testing?
In contrast, MySQL is billed as “Worlds Most Popular” open source database. But in the developer zone the parent company Oracle is only listed in the fine print and the footer. In the documentation for MySQL, there is not a constant comparison with Oracle.
The pricing for SoapUI is $685 for a one year ‘fixed’ license or $4358 for a one year ‘floating’ license. A fixed license means one user and one computer. A floating license means many users and computers. The floating license can work for teams as long as they don’t all need it at once. A floating license can only be used on one device by one user at a time.
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1. RapidAPI API Testing
First, let’s review the API Testing product offered by RapidAPI. API Testing offers Comprehensive Testing, Global Monitoring, and Seamless Integration. The main differences between the free version and paid plans are these two features:
- Number of API calls allowed
- CI/CD integration. Paid plans include a dedicated webhook to run API tests from 3rd party CI/CD pipelines. The webhook works with Jenkins, CircleCI, GitHub, Travis CI, and GitLab.
Also, Data-Driven Testing is an integral part of the Global Monitoring of RapidAPI Testing. The global performance monitoring and execution reports provide valuable data. You can feedback this data into test development.
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There are three ways to create tests:
- Automatic test creating using API Definitions. This is very powerful. RapidAPI Testing’s Automatic Testing Generation tool infers the properties of an API. It then lets you create a test based on the properties in just a few moments.
- Drag and Drop visual test editor. This visual test editor reminds me a bit of Scratch with the context clues and ease of use.
- Code-based test editor. For times when you know exactly what you want but it’s too complex to visualize easily.
REST, SOAP, and GraphQL test types are all supported. Security testing includes authentication and authorization using OAuth 2.0 and OpenID Connect. Also, there is header validation, commands to prevent SQL Injection, and more.
Second, we will review the features and pricing of Paw. Paw is an all in one tool for API design, development, and testing. It has some similarities to Guzzle in making it easy to send and receive HTTP requests. But it is developed within a native Mac interface (Update: Beta now available for Windows & Linux). This provides anyone in that environment a familiar interface. The features include:
- Authentication handling out of the box, with custom extensions possible
- Cookies and Session management to allow chaining requests
- Environment control with dynamic variables
- Exporting APIs to other common formats like Swagger, Postman, or RAML
- Use credentials from your OS X keychain
- Save request and response history as repeatable commands called Pawprints
- Build your own extensions
- and more!
Pricing for Postman is fairly complex with 23 items compared between 4 plans. For example I had to google why there is an item called Public API documentation (monthly page views). At first I thought it referred to pageviews of Postman documentation itself. With the documentation in a public GitHub repository that is meaningless. What I found is that this refers to how many page views of your hosted API documentation are allowed:
However, API monitoring and Mock Servers are add-on services in Postman that you pay for in blocks.
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Next, let’s look at Katalon. Above all, Katalon bills itself as an all-in-one test automation solution. However, a review of their pricing page reveals a different situation. The Runtime Engine license is sold separately from the Katalon Studio product. It is the runtime engine that is important for automated API testing from the command line.
Some of Katalon’s key features (if you buy everything) are as follows:
- Robust test generation on all platforms
- Smart execution engine with auto-heal and auto-wait capabilities
- Orchestrate tests, connect DevOps, and act on insights in reports
In addition, Katalon Studio has many of the test generation features of other tools. One thing I noticed was you can import APIs from Swagger, WSDL, Postman, and SoapUI:
This means that most of these alternative tools we are reviewing can be used with the same APIs. First, you can create one tool and then transfer it to another to run tests. Then you can transfer to another to integrate with CI/CD.
Finally, we will discuss Karate. Karate is a free open source framework. Their main focus is on simplifying the process of test automation. One key point is that Karate is written in Java. But it also has a standalone executable that allows people to use it without knowing Java.
Karate’s unique feature which I like the most is that tests are written in the Gherkin syntax. That syntax is inspired by Behavior Driven Development. This language helps to enable nontechnical stakeholders to understand what is going on. Some of the other main features are as follows:
- API Testing
- Test Doubles – similar to API Mocking
- UI Automation
- Performance Testing
Also, you can clearly describe what you expect to happen for each test. This is because of the Gherkin syntax used by Karate. That syntax vastly speeds up not only test development but also debugging processes. Additionally, support for data-driven tests is built in.
Another out of the box feature is the ability to switch environment parameters. There is a seamless integration into CI/CD pipelines. The multithreaded parallel execution of tests is a great time saver.
Finally, Karate is free, which means there is no paid support option. In addition, because it is written in Java it helps to be familiar with that language. In other words, Java knowledge is critical to use Karate in any mode other than the standalone executable.
Summary: SoapUI vs RapidAPI vs Paw vs Postman vs Katalon vs Karate
|RapidAPI API Testing
|Three options for creating tests allow for great flexibility. Global monitoring and reporting are very important for testing location-sensitive applications.
|It's hard to keep up with all the new features sometimes.
|$708 per year for full functionality and 250k API calls. Above that costs are for more API calls and/or paid support.
|Only for Mac, but they have a cross-platform app coming soon. No paid support or training options.
|$49 one time license fee
|The documentation is enormous. There are 110 contributors to the public repo for documentation. There are many 'voices' in the writing. This can make it difficult to follow. Even the price comparison page is complex.
|$0-$1388 per year per user
|Robust test generation on all platforms. Smart execution engine with auto-heal and auto-wait capabilities.
|You have to pay separately for the 2 main features in different products. You need Studio for test generation. And Runtime Engine for automating tests and CI/CD integration.
|$1298/license per year per machine id for both main products.
|Gherkin Syntax makes tests and results easy to understand. Karate has many premium features from other tools built-in.
|No GUI, no paid support option, and familiarity with Java is important. This is a "hands-on" or DIY option.
What is the best tool for API testing?
The best tool depends on a variety of factors. In this article, we've discussed 5 great alternatives to SoapUI. You can use all of them for API testing. Review the details above to see which one is best for you.
Which is better SoapUI vs postman?
What is the difference between SoapUI and ready API?
SoapUI is the free version of ReadyAPI. There are many valuable features left out of SoapUI to entice people to pay for ReadyAPI.
Is postman open source?
Yes, Postman has a strong open-source philosophy with several open-source projects.