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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 0.9.12, protractor 5.1.1 and webdriverio 4.6.2.

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 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 (6,316 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 121,034 points, protractor got 729,452 points and webdriverio got 164,165 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
0.9.12
NPM

protractor
5.1.1
NPM

webdriverio
4.6.2
NPM

description A node.js bindings implementation for selenium 2.0/webdriver Webdriver E2E test wrapper for Angular. A nodejs bindings implementation for selenium 2.0/webdriver
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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licenses MIT MIT MIT
created 3 years ago (Jan, 2014) 4 years ago (Feb, 2013) 3 years ago (Aug, 2014)
modified 16 days ago 21 days ago 15 days ago
total versions 131 88 66
version average every 9 days every 17 days every 14 days
maintainers 1 2 2
dependencies 10 15 21
Daily Downloads 3,127 17,880 4,296
Weekly Downloads 47,962 287,945 64,626
Monthly Downloads 174,191 1,133,241 251,297
open issues 240 157 65
open pull requests 30 11 4
stargazers 5,913 6,316 2,670
subscribers 203 432 138
forks 523 1,531 717
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Overall points

121,034

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729,452

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164,165

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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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