Introducing Sauce for Mac: The Easiest Way to Launch Any Browser Right From Your Mac

December 6th, 2012 by Ashley Wilson

Today we are excited to announce a new tool that’s been on our minds since we released our manual testing service last year. Sauce for Mac, our first native desktop app, lets you launch any of our 90+ browser/OS combos right from your Mac in a matter of seconds. (Don’t believe us? Download it now to see for yourself).

With Sauce for Mac, you can Command-Tab your way to testing bliss as you check how your app looks and behaves on browsers and simulators such as the iPhone 5, Internet Explorer 7, Firefox 14, and Chrome – all at the same time. There’s no infrastructure to setup or install, so you can say goodbye to virtual machine or any other expensive setup you’ve cobbled together for testing browsers and OSs not installed on your own laptap. Our Mild Plan comes with unlimited manual testing with Sauce for Mac (as well as from our website), and is only $12/month. And of course, Sauce for Mac comes equipped with all our standard features, including screenshots, bug reporting, videos of every test session, and standard debugging tools.

Let’s have a closer look, shall we?

Getting Started

First step is to download the app from our website or directly from the Mac store.

To start a session, type in your URL and pick the browser and OS you want to navigate to. If it’s your first time using Sauce, you can test on IE6 without an account. To access the full browser list, sign up for a free account, which comes with 30 test minutes per month on up to 2 browser tabs. (Paid accounts come with unlimited minutes and up to 5 browser tabs).

And that’s the extent of the setup process! You’re now plugged into the Sauce cloud, which instantly delivers pristine VMs each and every time you fire one up (we take security very seriously ‘round here). Now you’re able to:

Check for design or CSS issues against 90+ Browser/OS’s

Capture snapshots of issues with the click of a button

Test against local or firewalled sites

Debug using the standard browser developer tools

We hope you’ll give Sauce for Mac a try and let us know how it goes. And if you’re a non-Mac user who find this interesting, shoot us an email. We’d be glad to build this for PC folks too if there’s demand. And if you want to start automating your testing, try doing Selenium testing on Sauce, too.

Happy testing!

Comments (You may use the <code> or <pre> tags in your comment)

  1. Heikki H. says:

    Thanks for this tool. Looks very promising! Seems a bit slow / heavy on my machine, but otherwise works as advertised.

    I’m going to give it a proper spin over the weekend. :)

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  3. Kai says:

    Maybe I missed this, but is there a way to do clipboard syncing? I’d like to copy something from my Mac clipboard into the Windows environment that I’m testing in, but it didn’t seem like there was an easy way to do it. (Of course, I might’ve totally overlooked it.)

  4. Mac says:

    VNC latency renders this useless for any HTML5 or video testing. Large, dynamic websites will slow to a crawl, and it is near impossible to navigate. It would be an amazing bit of software to utilize, but frankly this doesn’t work any better than Browserstack, which is entirely free. If there was any way to strengthen the VNC to eliminate latency issues entirely, this would be the most amazing piece of software for any QA dept.

    If you just need to see if a page will load on any browser/OS, this might work out for you.

    The UX is amazing, and I really love the interface. Just wish that VNC latency could be eliminated.

  5. Ellen Herzfeld says:

    Mac says “this doesn’t work any better than Browserstack, which is entirely free”. Since when was Browserstack free? I’ve been using it for a while and do pay every month. It is quite slow and I was hoping Sauce would be faster, but it doesn’t appear to be much better after a few tests. Also, to me the most important thing is to be able to test on various Android phones and tablets. Here I only found Android version 4… Maybe I didn’t search well enough. Sauce does have a nice UI and does offer some interesting features that I would try out if there were more non iOS mobile emulators.

  6. JaakL says:

    Can I run test on _all_ the browsers at once, like Browserbite does?

  7. [...] Introducing Sauce for Mac: The Easiest Way to Launch Any Browser Right From Your Mac | Selenium Test…. Sauce for Mac lets you launch any of our 90+ browser/OS combos right from your Mac in a matter of seconds. With Sauce for Mac, you can Command-Tab your way to testing bliss as you check how your app looks and behaves on browsers and simulators such as the iPhone 5, Internet Explorer 7, Firefox 14, and Chrome – all at the same time. [...]

  8. Bill says:

    Wholly molley IE6 on Mac.

    Good job.

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  10. Rob Levin says:

    Pretty sweet set of features. I’m going to have to fire this up and compare with BrowserStack…definitely sick of installing a bunch of VMs!

  11. [...] In addition, if you’re on a Mac, we suggest trying out Sauce for Mac, our native desktop app for cross-browser testing. Designed with the front-end developer and web designer in mind, you can command-tab across multiple browsers and OSs simultaneously. To download Sauce for Mac and get started, check out this blog post. [...]

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