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Comparing nightwatch vs. protractor vs. webdriverio

How are they different?

Here we compare between nightwatch, protractor and webdriverio. In this comparison we will focus on the latest versions of those packages. The current versions are nightwatch 0.9.16, protractor 5.1.2 and webdriverio 4.8.0.

nightwatch, A node.js bindings implementation for selenium 2.0/webdriver. It was authored by Andrei Rusu on Jan, 2014.
protractor, Webdriver E2E test wrapper for Angular. It was authored by Julie Ralph on Feb, 2013.
webdriverio, A Node.js bindings implementation for the W3C WebDriver protocol. It was authored by Camilo Tapia on Aug, 2014.

When comparing those packages you notice that protractor is the more popular package today (6,697 Stars on Github).
nightwatch has more versions, more frequent updates and less dependencies.
protractor has been out there for longer (since 3 years ago), it also has more daily downloads, more weekly downloads, more monthly downloads, more stars on Github, more followers on Github and more forks.
webdriverio has less open issues and less open pull requests.

In our review nightwatch got 194,652 points, protractor got 956,465 points and webdriverio got 223,499 points. The points are a summary of how big the community is and how well the package is maintained.

Lets dive deeper and have a look at some more details on those packages.

Going into more detail

 

nightwatch
0.9.16
NPM

protractor
5.1.2
NPM

webdriverio
4.8.0
NPM

description A node.js bindings implementation for selenium 2.0/webdriver Webdriver E2E test wrapper for Angular. A Node.js bindings implementation for the W3C WebDriver protocol
keywords angular, test, testing, webdriver, webdriverjs, selenium webdriverio, webdriver, selenium, appium, saucelabs, sauce, labs, mocha, nodeUnit, buster, phantomjs, chai, vows, jasmine, assert, cucumber, testingbot
author Andrei Rusu Julie Ralph Camilo Tapia
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Comparison
licenses MIT MIT MIT
created 3 years ago (Jan, 2014) 4 years ago (Feb, 2013) 3 years ago (Aug, 2014)
modified 9 days ago a day ago 2 months ago
total versions 135 89 69
version average every 9 days every 18 days every 15 days
maintainers 1 2 2
dependencies 10 15 22
Daily Downloads 13,278 67,389 15,092
Weekly Downloads 67,075 352,564 79,835
Monthly Downloads 290,469 1,471,981 342,762
open issues 248 212 88
open pull requests 30 17 9
stargazers 6,639 6,697 3,118
subscribers 222 463 155
forks 605 1,693 836
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Overall points

194,652

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956,465

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223,499

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CLI Shortcuts
install npm i -S nightwatch npm i -S protractor npm i -S webdriverio
remove npm r -S nightwatch npm r -S protractor npm r -S webdriverio

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