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BrowserStack vs Cypress: What are the differences?

BrowserStack: Instant access to a lab of 1000+ real mobile and desktop browsers for testing. Live, Web-Based Browser Testing Instant access to all real mobile and desktop browsers. Say goodbye to your lab of devices and virtual machines; Cypress: Better, faster, and more reliable testing for anything that runs in a browser. Cypress is a front end automated testing application created for the modern web. Cypress is built on a new architecture and runs in the same run-loop as the application being tested. As a result Cypress provides better, faster, and more reliable testing for anything that runs in a browser. Cypress works on any front-end framework or website.

BrowserStack can be classified as a tool in the "Browser Testing" category, while Cypress is grouped under "Javascript Testing Framework".

Some of the features offered by BrowserStack are:

  • Real Device Cloud. Test on a range of physical Android and iOS mobile devices and tablets for the most accurate results
  • 1100+ desktop browsers. Latest versions of IE, Edge, Safari, Chrome, Firefox and more on a range of Windows and OS X platforms on a robust cloud infrastructure
  • Test dev environments. Our Local Testing feature allows you to test development and internal websites seamlessly, without setup or configuration

On the other hand, Cypress provides the following key features:

  • Time Travel
  • Debuggability
  • Automatic Waiting

"Multiple browsers" is the primary reason why developers consider BrowserStack over the competitors, whereas "Open source" was stated as the key factor in picking Cypress.

According to the StackShare community, BrowserStack has a broader approval, being mentioned in 579 company stacks & 239 developers stacks; compared to Cypress, which is listed in 60 company stacks and 45 developer stacks.

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What is BrowserStack?

Live, Web-Based Browser Testing Instant access to all real mobile and desktop browsers. Say goodbye to your lab of devices and virtual machines.

What is Cypress?

Cypress is a front end automated testing application created for the modern web. Cypress is built on a new architecture and runs in the same run-loop as the application being tested. As a result Cypress provides better, faster, and more reliable testing for anything that runs in a browser. Cypress works on any front-end framework or website.
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      What are some alternatives to BrowserStack and Cypress?
      Browserling
      We run the browsers on our servers. Fully interactive sessions, not static screenshots. No flash, no applets, nothing to install. Powered entirely by <canvas> and javascript.
      LambdaTest
      LambdaTest is a cloud-based testing platform and it provides access to a powerful network cloud of 2000+ real browsers and operating system that helps testers in cross-browser and cross-platform compatibility testing.
      Ghost Inspector
      It lets you create and manage UI tests that check specific functionality in your website or application. We execute these automated browser tests continuously from the cloud and alert you if anything breaks.
      AWS Device Farm
      Run tests across a large selection of physical devices in parallel from various manufacturers with varying hardware, OS versions and form factors.
      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.
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      Decisions about BrowserStack and Cypress
      Zarema Khalilova
      Zarema Khalilova
      Frontend Team Lead at Uploadcare | 4 upvotes 23.4K views
      atUploadcareUploadcare
      Sauce Labs
      Sauce Labs
      BrowserStack
      BrowserStack
      #OpenSource

      I am working on #OpenSource file uploader. The uploader is the widget that other developers embed in their apps. It should work well in different browsers and on different devices. BrowserStack and Sauce Labs help to achieve that. I can test the uploader in many varieties of browsers+OS only used my browser without virtual machines.

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      Robert Zuber
      Robert Zuber
      CTO at CircleCI | 15 upvotes 238.9K views
      atCircleCICircleCI
      Cypress
      Cypress
      Percy
      Percy
      Jest
      Jest
      Apollo
      Apollo
      GraphQL
      GraphQL
      Emotion
      Emotion
      TypeScript
      TypeScript
      Storybook
      Storybook
      React
      React
      Next.js
      Next.js

      We are in the process of adopting Next.js as our React framework and using Storybook to help build our React components in isolation. This new part of our frontend is written in TypeScript, and we use Emotion for CSS/styling. For delivering data, we use GraphQL and Apollo. Jest, Percy, and Cypress are used for testing.

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      Jorge Quiros
      Jorge Quiros
      SR QA Automation Engineer at Indecomm | 8 upvotes 208.7K views
      Cypress
      Cypress
      Selenium
      Selenium
      JavaScript
      JavaScript
      Jasmine
      Jasmine
      Protractor
      Protractor
      #Qaautomation
      #Cypress
      #Testing

      This is a trending topic on Automation testing for E2E web applications.

      I have used Protractor and Jasmine for automation testing frameworks in JavaScript by using the Selenium web driver manager.

      Now, new guy in town Cypress does not use Selenium and runs directly in your app without any json wire protrocol, but it does not support parallel testing or mobile testing.

      Have you experienced both? Should I stick with old and known ?

      #testing cypress #selenium qaautomation #qa

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      Reviews of BrowserStack and Cypress
      Review ofBrowserStackBrowserStack

      It's incredible how much this service has increased my productivity when it comes to testing new features in multiple browsers. And not only multiple browsers, multiple operating systems as well! And really LOVE that you can run it locally.

      Avatar of gdi2290
      Co-Founder and CTO at Tipe
      Review ofBrowserStackBrowserStack

      We only really need this for IE support

      How developers use BrowserStack and Cypress
      Avatar of ONLICAR
      ONLICAR uses BrowserStackBrowserStack

      We use BrowserStack to run end to end tests with Selenium on our dashboard. It runs automatically before every deployment and cancels it if anything is out of place.

      Avatar of Clarabridge Engage
      Clarabridge Engage uses BrowserStackBrowserStack

      BrowserStack is used by our development and support teams during QA and to try and reproduce bugs.

      Avatar of Cypress.io
      Cypress.io uses CypressCypress

      Test frontend behavior, requests to API endpoints, and assertions on JSON schemas for fixtures

      Avatar of QuickSeries Publishing inc.
      QuickSeries Publishing inc. uses BrowserStackBrowserStack

      Manually and automatically test our web and mobile apps.

      Avatar of Grubster
      Grubster uses BrowserStackBrowserStack

      QA tool to access to all desktop and mobile browsers.

      Avatar of David Adler
      David Adler uses BrowserStackBrowserStack

      Used for cross browser scripting especially IE9 :-(

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