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Best Websites for Practicing Test Automation

February 10, 2023

Why use demo websites for test automation practice

Before investing time in learning and building out a test suite against a new automation framework it is a good idea to try it out against different kinds of websites to ensure the framework performs reliably and is easy to work with. For example, if you are using Selenium currently, but are interesting in trying Cypress, Nightwatch, WebDriverIO, or Playwright try doing more than just the basic example against these sites. This way you don't get too invested to find out your chosen automation framework doesn't work on some important area you need to write automation for.

You'll want to try out your test automation framework against things like:

  • iFrames
  • Modal dialogs
  • New tabs
  • Multiple windows
  • Asynchronous loading of content
  • File upload dialogs

You may not have one or all of these scenarios in your current automated software testing project. These demo sites become useful to provide somewhere to practice skills around these harder scenarios if you don't get exposure in your normal everyday feature testing.

I've compiled a list of the best websites I've come across to practice or demo test automation frameworks against in the list below. They include the harder to automate scenarios just mentioned.

  1. "The Internet" github or live site

This GitHub repository is a collection of common test automation scenarios including hard to automate situations; nested frames, shadow DOM, keypresses, and complicated DOMs.

  1. The Automation Exercise clothing store

This example clothing storefront has both a web front end to test against and APIs. The site even includes test cases to guide you.

  1. LetCode

This site isolates examples around common DOM elements letting you practice on specific examples of web elements like inputs, tables, alerts, slides, calendars, and more.

  1. UI Test Automation Playground

Smaller site, but it contains edge cases for load delays, mouse over behavior, dynamic IDs, and automation issues arising from hidden layers.

  1. SwagLabs

Another demo web storefront useful for testing login and shopping cart flows. A key distinction on this site is that it has 4 different logins you can use for different experiences for the same site; normal, locked out, problem user, and performance glitch user. Maintained by the folks at SauceLabs.

  1. Angular Banking Site GlobalsQA

Very small example bank website written in Angular for testing your automation framework against a website written in Angular. The site has login scenarios as well as transaction listing, deposits, and withdrawl behavior workflows.

  1. Forms sandbox AutomateNow

Small, straight-forward single page site for practicing interactions with typical form controls, search, pop up dialogs, and a map.

  1. Automation Practice QA-Practice

Clean site that combines several different testing exercises; common web elements, an API with Swagger documentation, small ecommerce site, and a buggy web form you can use to challenge candidates to see how many bugs they can discover.

If you are learning SuperTest + Mocha for API Test automation or learning Postman the following sites are handy REST APIs to practice tests against.

  1. Swagger Petstore

Manage an example pet store inventory through this API. This site shows off the usefulness in Swagger when documenting REST APIs, but you can also practice API testing with it.

  1. Restful Booker

Test all kinds of CRUD (Create, Update, Delete) REST API scenarios using this example booking API.

  1. FakeRestAPI

More practice REST endpoints around a book store inventory API. This one lacks Auth operations so you can't practice token creation. However, Restful Booker (above), does support this.

  1. Star Wars API SWAPI

A well-documented public API for Star Wars data that can be used for practicing building your own Postman collection or automated API test suite.

Other Lists / More Reading

  1. Awesome Sites to Test On

Butch Mayhew maintains a list of more sites categorized by security, mobile, performance, and web.

  1. Automation Panda

Recommended sites by Andrew Knight.

  1. API Testing in Nightwatch.js

If you know of any other good sites I should include please reach out through my social links below 👇

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