Selenium vs. WebdriverIO

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Selenium
Score 8.2 out of 10
N/A
Selenium is open source software for browser automation, primarily used for functional, load, or performance testing of applications.N/A
WebdriverIO
Score 9.1 out of 10
N/A
WebdriverIO, an OpenJS Foundation project, is a next-gen browser and mobile automation test framework for Node.js. It can be run on the WebDriver Protocol for true cross-browser testing as well as Chrome DevTools Protocol for Chromium based automation using Puppeteer.N/A
Pricing
SeleniumWebdriverIO
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
SeleniumWebdriverIO
Free Trial
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Free/Freemium Version
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Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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SeleniumWebdriverIO
Considered Both Products
Selenium

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WebdriverIO
Chose WebdriverIO
1. WebdriverIO is used for automating both browsers and native mobile apps.
2. Selenium is being used on most of the languages except JavaScript (TypeScript) and our front-end development is in Reactjs
Chose WebdriverIO
Stands out as a clear leader. The fact that there are so many integrations and the simplicity of writing code should make you want to select WebdriverIO. However, the full-feature nature of this framework is what sets it apart. I hope to be able to get this framework going soon!
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Small Businesses
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Score 8.4 out of 10
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Score 8.4 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
ReadyAPI
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Score 7.4 out of 10
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Score 8.4 out of 10
Enterprises
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Score 8.1 out of 10
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Score 8.4 out of 10
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User Ratings
SeleniumWebdriverIO
Likelihood to Recommend
9.2
(55 ratings)
9.0
(5 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.2
(6 ratings)
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(0 ratings)
Usability
8.8
(6 ratings)
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Support Rating
8.3
(11 ratings)
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Implementation Rating
9.0
(3 ratings)
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User Testimonials
SeleniumWebdriverIO
Likelihood to Recommend
Open Source
When you have to test the UI and how it behaves when certain actions are performed, you need something that can automate the browsers. This is where Selenium comes to the rescue. If you have to test APIs and not the frontend (UI), I would recommend going with other libraries that support HTTP Requests. Selenium is good only when you have no choice but to run the steps on a browser.
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Open Source
Best suited where frontend developments are in React and where BDD and TDD test frameworks are to be used. Its syntax is very easy to write and understand. Even the non-programmer can do the initial setup. Not suited when the language you are using is other than Javascript(or Typescript).
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Pros
Open Source
  • For any web based UI automation, Selenium is the best tool out there to automate your tests.
  • It supports multiple coding languages like Java, Python, Ruby, C# etc.. to choose from.
  • There is a huge community of users and can get many answers on StackOverFlow.
  • It has lot of other plugins to make your tests even more efficient.
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Open Source
  • numerous integrations to tools
  • fast easy location of page elements
  • tool setup is amazing - they have a script to walk you through everything with prompts!!
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Cons
Open Source
  • Selenium is pretty user-friendly but sometimes tests tend to flake out. I'd say roughly one out of twenty tests yields a false positive.
  • Selenium software cannot read images. This is a minor negative because a free plug-in is available from alternate sources.
  • Slowness may be a minor factor with Selenium, though this is an issue with basically any testing software since waiting on a site to execute JavaScript requires the browser to wait for a particular action.
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Open Source
  • wdio.conf can contain too much where everything is encapsulated there, like the before and after functions
  • A data provider-like testing would be useful. The only way to input different data into the same test is via a loop
  • everything is needed to be done using the 'browser' object. Can be limiting where you don't have access to the browser depending on where you are in the code
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Likelihood to Renew
Open Source
We love this product mainly because of its high customization abilities and the ease of use. Moreover, its free and can be learned easily through online communities and videos. The tests are more consistent and reliable as compared to Manual tests. It has enabled us to test a large number of features all in one go, which would have impossible through manual tests. The reports generated at the end of the tests are really helpful for the QA and the development teams to get a fair view of the application.
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Open Source
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Usability
Open Source
As I mentioned earlier, the reason I use Selenium is because there is a fairly widespread community of users, and user support services are at a good level. because the application is open source, it works on many platforms (Windows, Linux, IOS) without any problems. In addition, it gives us a lot of options for writing functional tests. For errors that we receive through the application, we can easily find the reasons for errors in the forums.
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Open Source
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Support Rating
Open Source
Selenium does not have technical support available easily. You have to go through forums to get the information you need. However, there are excellent forums out there that make it easy to troubleshoot. The open-source flexibility makes it difficult to have dedicated support.
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Open Source
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Implementation Rating
Open Source
We did everything we needed to use it. Now we can execute our tests on different operational systems and browsers running few tests simultaneously. We also implemented Appium framework to execute our tests on mobile devices, such as iPhones, iPads, Android phones and tablets. We use SauceLabs for our test execution and Jenkins for continuous integration.
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Open Source
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Alternatives Considered
Open Source
At the time of adoption, there were not many other alternatives that were even close to being competitive when it comes to browser testing. As far as I know now to this day, there is still little competition to Selenium for what it does. Any other browser-based testing still utilises Selenium to interact with the browser.
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Open Source
Other tools we selected don't work in our application, it does or doesn't support multiple frames or need more tweaking just to make it works. When testing out WebdriverIO it just works as expected, no need to do such walk around to make it works multiple frames. It also can handle multiple tabs and windows.
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Return on Investment
Open Source
  • There hasn’t been a downside to using it yet other than we’ve got to update the programs we create for each change.
  • This has saved us hundreds of hours of manpower by allowing our automation engineer to rapid fire tests.
  • We are able to screenshot and save entire sites before and after launch with a program the automation engineer created
  • We can compare large volumes of data against data in excel docs with a program created using Selenium
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Open Source
  • It helped in cross browser testing
  • It helped in automating multiple browsers at a time.
  • Code coverage is optimum as this supports Javascript(Typescript)
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