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Appium vs fastlane: 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, fastlane is detailed as "Connect all iOS deployment tools into one streamlined workflow". fastlane lets you define and run your deployment pipelines for different environments. It helps you unify your app’s release process and automate the whole process. fastlane connects all fastlane tools and third party tools, like CocoaPods.

Appium can be classified as a tool in the "Mobile Testing Frameworks" category, while fastlane is grouped under "Mobile Continuous Integration".

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, fastlane provides the following key features:

  • Connect all build tools together
  • Define multiple lanes for different needs
  • Jenkins Integration

"Webdriverio support" is the primary reason why developers consider Appium over the competitors, whereas "Easy to use" was stated as the key factor in picking fastlane.

Appium and fastlane are both open source tools. fastlane with 26K GitHub stars and 3.97K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Appium with 9.66K GitHub stars and 3.94K GitHub forks.

According to the StackShare community, fastlane has a broader approval, being mentioned in 93 company stacks & 22 developers stacks; compared to Appium, which is listed in 31 company stacks and 21 developer stacks.

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    Webdriverio support
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    Java, C#, Python support
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    Open source
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    Active community
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    Great GUI with inspector
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    Internal API access
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    Support iOS test automation
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    Support android test automation
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    Easy to use
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    Open Source
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    Itunes connect deployment
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    Incredible flexability
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    Third party integrations
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    Certificate management
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    Provisioning profile management
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    All in one iOS DevOps
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    Integrate anything with fastlane
  • 0
    Can be used for Android as well

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What is Appium?

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.

What is fastlane?

fastlane lets you define and run your deployment pipelines for different environments. It helps you unify your app’s release process and automate the whole process. fastlane connects all fastlane tools and third party tools, like CocoaPods.

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