Database Testing Tools

Useful database testing tools need to address all layers of database testing including the UI, business, data access, and the database itself.

Useful database testing tools need to address all layers of database testing including the UI, business, data access, and the database itself. Since data is the most crucial item for any business, it’s important that these tools are user-friendly, reliable, and good at what they do. The best tool for testing your database may depend on the type of database, the number and size of databases, the experience of the testers, your testing goal, and your testing methodology. Database testing can be expensive and complex, so it’s important that the tool used is the best one for your specific needs. QA Mentor’s database testing experts keep up-to-date with database testing tools and have the experience necessary to select the correct one for any given situation.


Navicat delivers the richest set of features, making your database administration easier and quicker. Besides general database administration functions like edit/design tables, data entry, SQL dump, and create/edit users, other useful features include the Import/Export Wizard, Report Builder, Data Modeling, Query Builder, Code Completion, Data/Structure Synchronization, Batch Job Scheduler, HTTP/SSH Tunnel Connection, Backup and more.

SQL Server Management Studio

SQL Server Management Studio is a GUI tool included with SQL Server 2005 and later. It’s used for configuring, managing, and administering all components within Microsoft SQL Server. The tool includes both script editors and graphical tools that work with objects and features of the server. SQL Server Management Studio replaces Enterprise Manager as the primary management interface for Microsoft SQL Server since SQL Server 2005. A version of SQL Server Management Studio is also available for SQL Server Express Edition, known as SQL Server Management Studio Express (SSMSE). A central feature of SQL Server Management Studio is the Object Explorer, which allows the user to browse, select, and act upon any of the objects within the server. Among other things, it can be used to visually observe and analyze query plans and optimize the database performance. SQL Server Management Studio can also be used to create a new database, alter any existing database schema by adding or modifying tables and indexes, or analyze performance. It includes the query windows which provide a GUI based interface to write and execute queries.

Smartbear TestComplete

Smartbear TestComplete has a number of specific program objects that you can use to establish a connection with a database, obtain database tables, execute queries, and perform data verification and other testing actions. TestComplete also provides database table checkpoints that compare values stored in a database with a baseline copy that is stored in TestComplete’s project. Checkpoints are effective for verifying a set of values stored in a database. They provide you with a quick and simple way to perform a comparison of database tables, but they don’t give you any access to database records. While testing databases, you may need to create custom comparisons that will perform very specific (and perhaps rather complex) testing actions.


RedGate SQL Test is a unit test add-in for SQL Server Management Studio. SQL Test gets you writing and running unit tests in SQL Server Management Studio immediately, without a complex or time-consuming setup process. With SQL Test you can discover defects much earlier in the development cycle and make continuous integration, agile development, and test-driven development achievable goals.


tSQLt  the Database Unit Testing Framework for SQL Server. tSQLt allows you to implement unit tests in T-SQL. This is important as you do not have to switch between various tools to create your code and your unit tests. tSQLt also provides the following features to make it easier to create and manage unit tests:

  1. Tests are automatically run within transactions – this keeps tests independent and reduces any cleanup work
  2. Tests can be grouped together within a schema – allowing you to organize your tests and use common setup methods
  3. Output can be generated in plain text or XML – making it easier to integrate with a continuous integration tool
  4. Provides the ability to fake tables and views, and to create stored procedure spies – allowing you to isolate the code which you are testing.
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