[Ask Katalon Anything] The new Katalon Platform

Hi Community members! :wave:

With the launch of our new Katalon Platform and the release of the new Katalon Studio version 8.5.0, we understand you may have some questions regarding the new changes, which is why we’re excited to bring you our first-ever Ask Katalon Anything, an AMA-style series of topics where you can submit your questions to our team regarding feature insights, development roadmap, industry questions, etc.

From Sep 21st to Oct 5th, 2022, feel free to ask our team any questions you may have about the new Katalon platform and we’ll do our best to answer them!

Timeframe (US Eastern)

  • Start Date: Sep 21st, 2022
  • End Date: Oct 5th, 2022



  • Ask one question at a time by replying to this topic, using the Reply button AT THE BOTTOM of this topic.
  • Please read through the existing questions and/or use the search bar on the upper-right corner and choose ‘in this topic’ to see if your question has already been asked by another member, before posting your own.
  • Please don’t reply to anyone else’s post. If you’d like to discuss a related topic in more detail, you can Create a new topic

Posts not following these guidelines may be removed by moderators to keep the AMA session flowing smoothly. Thank you! :smile:


After some scratching my head (@vu.tran seriously? yet another not announced ‘upgrade’ on the doc/forum platform) I managed to find the link i knew was somewhere:

note the note:

Katalon Studio fully supports automation test for desktop apps written in the following platforms: Universal Windows Platform (UWP), Windows Forms (WinForms), Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), and Classic Windows (Win32).

@vu.tran please do something with the current theme applied … current colors are simply too much for my eyes …
do you guys seriously want to make me visually impaired?

Thank you @Bionel , I love your open expression. Please note that the product announcements and branding applied to the community are part of a larger company direction. We are aware that the new change will not please everyone’s taste. The change reflects our products transformation to the new Katalon Platform for our users. We redefine our brand identity to adapt with the modern and comprehensive solutions that we are offering.

We value users’ feedback as a part of our growth. However, we do embrace a zero bullying policy. Express your opinions but no put-downs allowed.
With that said your post was under another topic so I have moved this to the correct thread.

Cheers, Sara


Q: What is the Katalon Platform?

A: The Katalon platform is a modern, comprehensive quality management platform that enables teams to easily and efficiently test, launch, and optimize the best digital experiences. It provides capabilities that allow test automation teams to collaborate, manage, scale, and continuously improve testing operations. Learn more.

This is the next evolution of TestOps: it is the keystone that integrates all your testing activities throughout the Katalon Platform, natively and seamlessly, for project and user management.

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Q: Do I have to pay to use the Katalon Platform?

A: Katalon has free and affordable options to get started, with a flexible pricing structure that grows with your business needs. In detail, there will three offerings:

  • Free tier: Recommended if you are experimenting or getting started with Katalon

  • Premium tier: Recommended if you have production-grade testing workloads

  • Ultimate tier: If you are new user, please contact our team for more details at business@katalon.com. If you are already our existing user, contact your Customer Success Manager for further information.

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@sara.leslie yeaah… i was just taken by surprise with the changes.

i am not a big fan of bright colors, perhaps because my eyes are no longer how they used to be years ago.

but i do understand the importance of visual identity and if this is what katalon choose, i will addapt.

it is only a matter of taste, i ussually preffer desaturated color palettes and monochromatic flat icons (e. g material design) but you can ignore me on this matter, i am not an UI /UX expert.

my biggest frustration was the doc site suddenly changed the structure, so attempting to find some infos where they used to be… was not there.

for the rest, i wish you luck with the new platform product, for my understanding looks like will be a step forward to a SaaS Katalon so the user owns nothing on a physical machine.

I hope this will not came in the detriment of the legacy / standalone features available, but yet again I am not here to judge your bussines plans.

Time will tell how clever or not it was.


Q: What are the values that the Katalon Platform offers?


  • Speed: Katalon is quick to learn and launch. It is easy to use so you canefficiently create and automate tests to optimize your apps, products, and software.
  • Affordability: Katalon has free and affordable options to get started, with a flexible pricing structure that grows with the customer’s business needs.
  • Scalability: The platform scales up so teams will be able to adapt and adjust quickly to unpredictable testing demands and business requirements.
  • Visibility: Intelligent features and reporting give you the visibility and insight to continuously improve your testing process.
  • Innovation: Katalon’s culture of innovation and product-led growth model means we’re constantly evolving to stay ahead in the industry.

Q: What does the testing lifecycle look like in the Katalon Platform?


TestOps is the Platform and in our platform, you can conduct the whole testing cycle that includes planning, authoring, organizing, and executing tests, then analyzing test reports.

  • Planning - Katalon TestOps
  • Authorizing - Katalon Studio
  • Organizing - Katalon TestOps, Katalon Studio
  • Executing - Katalon TestCloud, Katalon Runtime Engine
  • Analyzing - Katalon TestOps

:pushpin: Please learn more about how Katalon Platform works About Katalon Platform | Katalon Docs

:pushpin: A free learning course to help you understand better: Katalon Platform: Achieve a Full End-to-End Experience of Test Automation

Where is KAR in all this?

KAR may not be as much Katalon’s bread and butter as income goes, but it’s still an important product to maintain.


Hi @guy.mason,

Thank you for your question. You’ll be able to use Katalon Recorder just as before independently to the Katalon Platform. We will maintain the tool to be up-to-date and free of charge for users.

Thanks :+1:


Q: If I never use any of Katalon’s tools before, what would I get?

You will get the new Katalon platform by default. This means: Katalon TestOps and a combination of Studio and KRE or TestCloud or both. Explore Katalon Platform here.
Please follow these two easy steps to get the Katalon Studio, please ensure you are signed up/logged in with your email.

Step 1: Click the download icon (next to the view demo site)

Step 2: Choose the right version for your machine

Q: If I am an existing free user (Katalon Studio and/or TestOps Free), what would I get with the new Katalon platform?

The free tier is an “always free” offer which allows users to leverage the Katalon Platform within specified limits for each feature (see table below). You could still use the current Katalon Studio standalone version or download the Platform edition here Katalon TestOps (please refer to this guide) to enjoy the best that Katalon Platform has to offer.

Functionality Notes
Users Limits 5
Number of Organizations 1
Number of Active Projects 3
Number of Monthly TRs (Test Results) 2,000
Data Retention (month) 6
Reporting & Analytics Basic
Admin & Provisioning Standard
Advanced features & Special offers N/A
Support Katalon Community
Katalon Docs
Annual Price ($) $0
Monthly Price ($) $0
Number of KSE (Katalon Studio Enterprise) seats Additional Purchase
KRE (Katalon Runtime Engine) Session N/A
Test Cloud TC Free Trial

For existing Business or Enterprise users, please refer to our Pricing page for more information.