Appium vs TestFlight: What are the differences?
What is 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.
What is TestFlight? iOS beta testing on the fly. With TestFlight, developers simply upload a build, and the testers can install it directly from their device, over the air.
Appium and TestFlight are primarily classified as "Mobile Testing Frameworks" and "Beta Testing / Mobile App Distribution" 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, TestFlight provides the following key features:
- Sessions- Discover how testers are using your application. Watch as they progress and take unexpected turns.
- Crash Reports- Reported in realtime, with environment snapshots and full session activity.
- In-App Questions- The most effective way to get tester feedback. Get the answers you need by asking questions the moment a checkpoint is passed.
"Webdriverio support" is the top reason why over 5 developers like Appium, while over 61 developers mention "Must have for ios development" as the leading cause for choosing TestFlight.
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.
Lyft, PedidosYa, and Movielala are some of the popular companies that use TestFlight, whereas Appium is used by PedidosYa, Intuit, and FOODit. TestFlight has a broader approval, being mentioned in 311 company stacks & 60 developers stacks; compared to Appium, which is listed in 31 company stacks and 21 developer stacks.
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Used to be our go-to deployment platform but immediately after Apple bought and integrated it they dropped a handful of features, including the ability to deploy Enterprise IPA's. Not sure what the situation is now, but we since migrated to TestFairy and have had no problems.
been a few years since i've used test flight. we used it at my startup over 5 years ago when they were first starting out. help alleviate many of the issues related with app distribution back then.
When it comes to beta testing on iOS, there's really no other solid option. TestFlight is reliable, easy to use and has a set of great API's (albeit somewhat hidden).
We previously used TestFlight to deploy test apps, but since Apple purchased them we've been using HockeyApp so that we can test both iOS as well as Android.
We use Testflight for Alha & Beta testing of mostly corporate apps we create for our customers