Appium vs Azure Container Service: What are the differences?
Developers describe Appium as "Automation for iOS and Android Apps". Appium is an open source test automation framework for use with native, hybrid, and mobile web apps. It drives iOS and Android apps using the WebDriver protocol. Appium is sponsored by Sauce Labs and a thriving community of open source developers. On the other hand, Azure Container Service is detailed as "Deploy and manage containers using the tools you choose". Azure Container Service optimizes the configuration of popular open source tools and technologies specifically for Azure. You get an open solution that offers portability for both your containers and your application configuration. You select the size, the number of hosts, and choice of orchestrator tools, and Container Service handles everything else.
Appium can be classified as a tool in the "Mobile Testing Frameworks" category, while Azure Container Service is grouped under "Containers as a Service".
Some of the features offered by Appium are:
- Works on native and hybrid mobile apps
- Write mobile tests using any language or framework
- Open source
On the other hand, Azure Container Service provides the following key features:
- Create a container hosting solution optimized for Azure
- Scale and orchestrate applications using Apache Mesos or Docker Swarm
- Use popular open source, client-side tooling
"Webdriverio support" is the top reason why over 5 developers like Appium, while over 3 developers mention "Easy to setup, very agnostic" as the leading cause for choosing Azure Container Service.
Appium is an open source tool with 9.5K GitHub stars and 3.9K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Appium's open source repository on GitHub.
According to the StackShare community, Appium has a broader approval, being mentioned in 31 company stacks & 21 developers stacks; compared to Azure Container Service, which is listed in 8 company stacks and 7 developer stacks.