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BrowserStack vs Selenium: 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; Selenium: Web Browser Automation. Selenium automates browsers. That's it! What you do with that power is entirely up to you. Primarily, it is for automating web applications for testing purposes, but is certainly not limited to just that. Boring web-based administration tasks can (and should!) also be automated as well.

BrowserStack and Selenium can be primarily classified as "Browser Testing" tools.

"Multiple browsers", "Ease of use" and "Real browsers" are the key factors why developers consider BrowserStack; whereas "Automates browsers", "Testing" and "Essential tool for running test automation" are the primary reasons why Selenium is favored.

Selenium is an open source tool with 14.9K GitHub stars and 4.97K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Selenium's open source repository on GitHub.

According to the StackShare community, Selenium has a broader approval, being mentioned in 776 company stacks & 440 developers stacks; compared to BrowserStack, which is listed in 577 company stacks and 238 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 Selenium?

Selenium automates browsers. That's it! What you do with that power is entirely up to you. Primarily, it is for automating web applications for testing purposes, but is certainly not limited to just that. Boring web-based administration tasks can (and should!) also be automated as well.

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      What are some alternatives to BrowserStack and Selenium?
      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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      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.

      Review ofSeleniumSelenium

      we at www.cloudqa.io use selenium hub and node architecture to execute our test cases its a very powerful tool to automate web applications.

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      Co-Founder and CTO at Tipe
      Review ofBrowserStackBrowserStack

      We only really need this for IE support

      How developers use BrowserStack and Selenium
      Avatar of Kang Hyeon Ku
      Kang Hyeon Ku uses SeleniumSelenium

      가장 강력한 웹 UI / UX 테스트 툴 이지만, 문제도 많다. iframe 안에 있는 건 잘 select 가 안되기도 하고, 화면이 작아 컴포넌트가 화면에 보이지 않으면 또 select 할 수 없다. 하지만 브라우저를 있는 그대로 제어 할 수 있다는 게 가장 큰 매력이다.

      ps. selenide 와 같이 쓰면 코드가 많이 개선된다.

      Avatar of samdfonseca
      samdfonseca uses SeleniumSelenium

      Maintaining and expanding automated regression tests is one of my primary responsibilities at CrowdTwist. We use Selenium to test the front-end parts of our platform.

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      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.

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      Ralic Lo uses SeleniumSelenium

      Used Selenium web-driver for automated QA testing in continuous integration and continuous deployment.

      Avatar of Owen Miller
      Owen Miller uses SeleniumSelenium
      • Navigating our site for tests
      • Navigating other sites that discriminate against non-human visitors
      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 Ataccama
      Ataccama uses SeleniumSelenium

      Selenium is a great way to automatically test if a build is sane and can be deployed.

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      QuickSeries Publishing inc. uses BrowserStackBrowserStack

      Manually and automatically test our web and mobile apps.

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      Grubster uses BrowserStackBrowserStack

      QA tool to access to all desktop and mobile browsers.

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      David Adler uses BrowserStackBrowserStack

      Used for cross browser scripting especially IE9 :-(

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