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Appium vs Bitrise: What are the differences?
Appium: 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; Bitrise: Automate your mobile app development from building through testing to deployment. In short Bitrise is a Continous Integration and Delivery (CI/CD) Platform as a Service (PaaS) with a main focus on mobile app development (iOS, Android). You can automate the testing and deployment of your apps with just a few clicks. When you trigger a build a Virtual Machine is assigned to host your build and your defined Workflow (series of Steps scripts) will be executed, step by step.
Appium and Bitrise are primarily classified as "Mobile Testing Frameworks" and "Mobile Continuous Integration" tools respectively.
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, Bitrise provides the following key features:
- Continuous Delivery
- Hosted Environment
- Customizable Workflows
"Webdriverio support" is the primary reason why developers consider Appium over the competitors, whereas "Easy setup" was stated as the key factor in picking Bitrise.
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 Bitrise, which is listed in 30 company stacks and 14 developer stacks.
Pros of Appium
- Webdriverio support12
- Java, C#, Python support6
- Open source3
- Great GUI with inspector2
- Active community2
- Support android test automation1
- Internal API access1
- Support iOS test automation1
Pros of Bitrise
- Easy setup18
- Bitbucket Integration9
- Advanced Workflow configuration8
- Slack integration7
- Github Integration7
- Great tools for iOS and Android development5
- Friendly & Easy to use5
- Great support4
- Pricing by concurrency, not team size3
- Open Source2
- Discounts for contributors2
- Fast Updates2
- Developer centric1
- Fast Builds1