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 0.9.12, protractor 5.0.0 and webdriverio 4.6.1.
A node.js bindings implementation for selenium 2.0/webdriver.
It was authored
on Jan, 2014.
protractor, Webdriver E2E test wrapper for Angular. It was authored by Julie Ralph on Feb, 2013.
webdriverio, A nodejs bindings implementation for selenium 2.0/webdriver. It was authored by Camilo Tapia on Aug, 2014.
When comparing those packages you notice that
protractor is the more popular package today
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 99,500 points, protractor got 584,727 points and webdriverio got 123,630 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.