Google Chrome offers a wide range of extensions that can be incredibly useful for software testers. These extensions can assist with various aspects of testing, from debugging and accessibility testing to automation and performance analysis.
Here are some popular Chrome extensions for testers:
Check My Links is a link checker extension that helps testers identify broken links on a web page. It can be handy for testing website integrity.
EditThisCookie allows you to view and edit cookies for the current website. It's useful for testing user sessions and authentication mechanisms.
Some of the features available with this are below
Add a new cookie
Protect cookies (read-only cookies)
Block cookies (cookie filter)
Export cookies in JSON, Netscape cookie file (perfect for wget and curl), Perl::LPW
Import cookies in JSON
Limit the maximum expiration date of any cookie
Improve the performance, remove old cookies
WAVE is a web accessibility evaluation tool developed by WebAIM.org. It provides visual feedback about the accessibility of your web content by injecting icons and indicators into your page. No automated tool can tell you if your page is accessible, but WAVE facilitates human evaluation and educates about accessibility issues. All analysis is done entirely within the Chrome browser allowing secure valuation of intranet, local, password-protected, and other sensitive web pages.
Click on Details to get in-depth details
Click on References to know what and why and how to fix it.
User-Agent Switcher allows you to change your user-agent to mimic different browsers or devices. It's useful for testing how websites behave on various platforms. We can select various user-agent values and see how a particular page loads on different browsers/mobiles.
BrowserStack Local is an extension that helps you test your locally hosted websites on the BrowserStack cloud platform, covering a wide range of browsers and devices.
Instantly test your webpage on any desktop or mobile browser.
Launch a new test session in any browser using the BrowserStack Quick Launch Extension. Set up to 12 browsers for quick access and minimize the time spent in switching browsers. Review changes immediately and make cross-browser testing an integral part of development. To use the integration: 1. Install the extension. 2. Open the webpage you want to test and click on the BrowserStack logo on your extension toolbar. 3. Select the browser & device combination you want to test on. Your webpage will be launched in the combination selected. Test this webpage using BrowserStack’s Dev Tools, check page behavior in real user conditions and file bugs directly.
XPath Helper assists testers in generating and evaluating XPath expressions, which are commonly used in web automation and testing.
Lighthouse is a performance testing tool from Google that audits web pages for performance, accessibility, SEO, and more. It's valuable for optimizing website performance.
Selenium IDE is an integrated development environment for Selenium automation scripts. It helps testers create and run automated tests directly in the browser.
Selenium Record and Playback tool for ease of getting acquainted with Selenium WebDriver.
The new Selenium IDE is designed to record your interactions with websites to help you generate and maintain site automation, tests, and remove the need to manually step through repetitive takes. Features include: * Recording and playing back tests on Firefox and Chrome. * Organizing tests into suites for easy management. * Saving and loading scripts, for later playback. * Support for Selenium 3.
Bug Magnet is a handy extension that provides a variety of test data combinations (e.g., emails, dates, URLs) for quickly populating form fields during testing.
Right-click context menu to help with exploratory testing
Exploratory testing assistant for Chrome. Adds common problematic values and edge cases to the context menu (right-click) for editable elements, so you can keep them handy and access them easily during exploratory testing sessions.
These Chrome extensions can significantly enhance a tester's workflow by providing tools for various testing tasks, from functional and performance testing to accessibility and API testing. When selecting extensions, consider your specific testing needs and goals to determine which ones are most relevant to your projects.
Keep an eye on Chrome Web Store for new extensions.