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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 0.9.19, protractor 5.2.2 and webdriverio 4.10.1.

nightwatch, Easy to use Node.js based End-to-End testing solution for browser based apps and websites, using the W3C WebDriver API. 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 nightwatch is the more popular package today (7,661 Stars on Github).
nightwatch has more versions, more frequent updates, less dependencies and more stars on Github.
protractor has been out there for longer (since 4 years ago), it also has more daily downloads, more weekly downloads, more monthly downloads, more followers on Github and more forks.
webdriverio has less open issues and less open pull requests.

In our review nightwatch got 230,659 points, protractor got 1,046,799 points and webdriverio got 255,712 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
0.9.19
NPM

protractor
5.2.2
NPM

webdriverio
4.10.1
NPM

description Easy to use Node.js based End-to-End testing solution for browser based apps and websites, using the W3C WebDriver API. 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 4 years ago (Jan, 2014) 5 years ago (Feb, 2013) 3 years ago (Aug, 2014)
modified 8 days ago 6 days ago 4 days ago
total versions 138 92 83
version average every 11 days every 19 days every 15 days
maintainers 1 2 2
dependencies 10 15 22
Daily Downloads 15,225 72,750 15,685
Weekly Downloads 97,023 452,314 111,528
Monthly Downloads 328,315 1,545,960 373,326
open issues 338 248 104
open pull requests 30 25 5
stargazers 7,661 7,226 3,681
subscribers 244 514 176
forks 682 1,887 970
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Points
Overall points

230,659

Points

1,046,799

Points

255,712

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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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