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Differences between LeanFT and UFT

With HPE introducing the LeanFT tool most people are unsure of the differences between the conventional HPE Unified Functional Testing (UFT) and LeanFT product sets. I thought I would write a blog to describe some of the differences to help people get some clarification on which tool would best fit their requirements.



HPE UFT (formally known as Quick Test Professional) is the complete industry standard solution tool for functional test automation providing Application Program Interface (API), Graphical User Interface (GUI) and Business Process Testing (BPT). UFT incorporates legacy tools such as QTP, WinRunner and Service Test into a single ‘unified’ solution.

HPE LeanFT is a powerful lightweight functional test automation solution that can be fully embedded into an IDE and integrated with testing frameworks and is geared towards testing within a Continuous Integration/Testing within Agile teams.

UFT Typical Use Case

LeanFT Typical Use Case

  • Business Analysts
  • Subject Matter Experts (SME’s)
  • Test Automation Engineers
  • QA Analysts
  • Testers
  • Test Automation Engineers
  • Developer/Tester
  • Continuous Testing
  • Agile
  • Dev/Ops


Feature Comparison

Support for 20+ technologies for legacy, desktop, mainframe, windows, web, mobile and packaged apps

Plugin Technologies

Support for windows standard, web, .NET, WPF, Mobile, SiebelUI


Language Support

C# & Java

UFT Thick Client IDE


Visual Studio & Eclipse


Source Control / Version Control

Full support for well know source control

Traditional Object Repository

Application Models

New Application Model functionality, similar to the traditional object repository in UFT


API/Web Services



BPT Integration



Record & Playback

Scripting Only


Insight (Image based object capture)


It’s important to realise that LeanFT does not replace UFT, but with the introduction of LeanFT, organisations now have the option to use a robust test solution with the flexibly to integrate into the development/test environment in a way that suits their needs and supplements achieving organisational objectives.

UFT to LeanFT users can also benefit from the ability to make the most of UFT knowledge and move to the same development environment as developers and do so with a lower learning curve over learning/integrating other tools.

It’s also worth pointing out that the licencing model is quite flexible. All users of UFT 12.50 and above, automatically get access to LeanFT. This also includes the huge benefit of integration with other HPE Tools in this space to further enhance project management, quality and collaboration.

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