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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 nightwatch is the more popular package today (7,005 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 197,289 points, protractor got 895,561 points and webdriverio got 225,699 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 4 years ago (Jan, 2014) 4 years ago (Feb, 2013) 3 years ago (Aug, 2014)
modified 10 days ago a month ago 5 days ago
total versions 135 89 69
version average every 10 days every 18 days every 16 days
maintainers 1 2 2
dependencies 10 15 22
Daily Downloads 3,334 18,538 4,761
Weekly Downloads 73,744 334,875 92,017
Monthly Downloads 298,234 1,416,202 344,939
open issues 278 199 83
open pull requests 30 15 3
stargazers 7,005 6,874 3,274
subscribers 227 482 156
forks 626 1,752 865
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Points
Overall points

197,289

Points

895,561

Points

225,699

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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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