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Browserling Tutorial for Beginners

There are many different ways to browse the web and interact with software today; mobile devices, tablets, full-size computers. As a result, the list of available web browsers keeps growing... Chrome, Internet Explorer, Edge, Firefox, Safari, and Opera.

So, with all of these variables, software teams must make sure their software functions across each platform in a consistent manner, and that’s no easy feat. Cross browser testing can be done by installing a number of different browsers on many operating systems, or you can use a tool like Browserling. Continue reading this Browserling tutorial to learn more.

What is Browserling?

Browserling provides testers and designers access to multiple browsers and operating systems so they can conduct effortless cross-browser testing. Using their own servers and virtual machines, Browserling’s users connect to real browsers that are fully interactive. Browserling effectively embeds a browser into your existing browser, so that you can see how your website looks and functions on, say, Internet Explorer 9.

In addition to providing access to multiple browsers, Browserling has other helpful features for testing, including the ability to take screenshots, adjust the screen resolution, save bookmarks, and conduct local testing using SSH tunnels.

This Browserling tutorial will show you how to get started with cross browser testing in minutes, without setting up multiple machines, or installing additional browsers. In fact, Browserling works without installing anything.

Beginners Guide to Browserling

Getting Started With Browserling – A Browserling Tutorial

This getting started guide will help you get up and running with Browserling, from signing up, to selecting different browsers and saving screenshots.

Sign up for a Browserling account

Step 1: Signing up for Browserling is easy. Head over to browserling.com and click Sign Up.

Sign-up to browserling

Step 2: Once you click Sign Up, enter your email address and set a password.

browserling signup form

You can use Browserling for free, but sessions are limited to 3-minutes and you only get access to Internet Explorer 9. To really enhance your software testing tool set, sign up for one of their plans to get unlimited sessions and access to all the browsers they offer.

Input a URL and Select a Browser Configuration

Getting started with Browserling is as simple as entering the URL of your website and select which browser you want to view it on.

Step 1: Enter the URL of your website or application.

Enter the URL to test

Step 2: Once you enter your URL, select an operating system (1), browser type (2), and browser version number (3).

Select Browserling browser

Start the Test Session

Next, click “Test now!” to view your website in the configuration you selected.

Browserling test now

Begin Testing Your Website/Application

Once you click “Start Testing” your website/application will load in the browser configuration you selected. From here, you can interact directly with that browser.

Test in browser

Select Different Browsers

At anytime in a test session, you can switch views to a different browser.

Step 1: Select the browser icon to see a list of all available operating systems, browsers, and browser versions.

Select a different Browserling browser

Step 2: Select a new configuration and click Run to load that browser configuration.

New configuration

Using the On-Screen Keyboard

Browserling provides an on-screen keyboard for international users needing to test with an American keyboard/characters. This comes in handy, for example, when a German user might need to input the “@” symbol into Browserling. By default, shift+2 results in the quote symbol ” on a German keyboard, and the “@” symbol is located elsewhere. With the on-screen keyboard, testers have easy access to an American style keyboard at anytime so they can avoid having to switch between language settings on their computers.

To access the on-screen keyboard, click the keyboard icon in the menu to expand the keyboard. You can then interact with the browser using your cursor to select the keys.

Browserling keyboard

Using Bug Hunter

Logging bugs is a big part of testing software, and many of those bugs are visual in nature. And communicating effectively with your team about bugs is essential in order to maintain productivity. With Bug Hunter, you can quickly annotate screen shots using text, lines, shapes, and a pencil tool for free-drawing.

Step 1: First, click the “bug” icon to activate Bug Hunter. You’ll have several different controls available.

Browserling bug hunter user guide

Step 2: Use the annotation tools to pinpoint bugs, as seen in the image above.

Step 3: Once you annotate the screen, you can upload the screenshot to Imgur, send in in an email, or save it to your Browserling account.

Other Browserling Features

Browserling offers several other useful features like the ability to test locally using SSH Tunnels, change the screen resolution, save screenshots, and save a browser bookmark so you can quickly access a specific website in a certain browser.

Browserling local testing

Future Features

Some of the next new features that are coming to Browserling are new platforms for more browser coverage that include MacOS browsers and Linux browsers, then support for brand new browsers such as Brave, Vivaldi and Beaker, as well as screen sharing that allows your team to interactively debug and solve bugs, then screen recording that allows you to save a browsing session to an animated GIF or a MP4 video, then screenshots API for automatically capturing screenshots, then headless API for blazing fast JavaScript testing.

Summary

In conclusion, Browserling is a great alternative to managing multiple testing machines / operating systems / browsers. Web designers, developers, and software testers can use Browserling to quickly see how their website looks and functions on many different browsers. Conducting thorough cross browser testing takes a lot of time, and Browserling helps make that easier. In addition, Browserling can save you money by avoiding the cost of many devices and operating systems for each type of browser.

Author

Jake Bartlett

Jake is a regular blog contributor who contracts for QA.world. He has a background in software testing, customer support, and project management.