Ghost Inspectorย vsย PhantomJS

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Ghost Inspector vs PhantomJS: What are the differences?

Developers describe Ghost Inspector as "Automated website testing. Record yourself browsing once. Replay it continuously from the cloud". Ghost Inspector 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. On the other hand, PhantomJS is detailed as "Scriptable Headless WebKit". PhantomJS (www.phantomjs.org) is a headless WebKit scriptable with JavaScript. It is used by hundreds of developers and dozens of organizations for web-related development workflow.

Ghost Inspector can be classified as a tool in the "In-Browser Testing" category, while PhantomJS is grouped under "Headless Browsers".

Some of the features offered by Ghost Inspector are:

  • Automated browser testing from the cloud
  • Chrome extension for test recording
  • GUI editor for test building and editing

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

  • Multiplatform, available on major operating systems: Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, and other Unices.
  • Fast and native implementation of web standards: DOM, CSS, JavaScript, Canvas, and SVG. No emulation!
  • Pure headless (no X11) on Linux, ideal for continuous integration systems. Also runs on Amazon EC2, Heroku, and Iron.io.

"Simple test editor" is the primary reason why developers consider Ghost Inspector over the competitors, whereas "Scriptable web browser" was stated as the key factor in picking PhantomJS.

PhantomJS is an open source tool with 26.9K GitHub stars and 5.7K GitHub forks. Here's a link to PhantomJS's open source repository on GitHub.

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What is 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.

What is PhantomJS?

PhantomJS (www.phantomjs.org) is a headless WebKit scriptable with JavaScript. It is used by hundreds of developers and dozens of organizations for web-related development workflow.
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    What are some alternatives to Ghost Inspector and PhantomJS?
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    Decisions about Ghost Inspector and PhantomJS
    Tim Abbott
    Tim Abbott
    Founder at Zulip ยท | 3 upvotes ยท 13.7K views
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    Node.js
    Node.js
    PhantomJS
    PhantomJS
    CasperJS
    CasperJS

    We use CasperJS because we adopted it back in 2013 for JavaScript frontend testing. It was a really nice system back then compared to what else was out there; you had PhantomJS as a programmable browser that actually rendered CSS and everything, it was really fast (speed is a big downside of e.g. Selenium), and it was possible to make non-flaky frontend integration tests with it.

    I wouldn't recommend it today, because PhantomJS is a basically dead project, and as a result, so is CasperJS. I expect we'll migrate to something else. We haven't in large part because 95% of our new tests are written with a simple Node.js-based unit testing framework we use that run 35K lines of unit tests covering most of our JS codebase in 3.6 seconds. And for the things where we want an integration test, CasperJS does work, and I think there's a good chance that waiting another year or two will result in our being able to switch to a much better option than what we'd get if we migrated now.

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    Reviews of Ghost Inspector and PhantomJS
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    QA Engineer at Freightos
    Review ofGhost InspectorGhost Inspector

    what I like about this tool is the reliability, the ability to modularize the test cases and the parallel execution

    How developers use Ghost Inspector and PhantomJS
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    fadingdust uses PhantomJSPhantomJS

    We run PhantomJS as part of the CircleCI testing, comparing against other branches to ensure changes are limited to their intended scope.

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    Nough You uses PhantomJSPhantomJS

    Headless browsing, headless chrome is good too, this is not supported anymore.

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    ByeongGi uses PhantomJSPhantomJS
    • ์›น ํฌ๋กค๋ง(์Šคํ”„๋žฉํ•‘) ๊ณต๋ถ€๋ฅผ ์œ„ํ•ด์„œ ๊ฐ€์ƒ ๋ธŒ๋ผ์šฐ์ ธ์—์„œ ์ œ์ด์ฟผ๋ฆฌ๋ฅผ ๋กœ๋”ฉํ•˜์—ฌ ํŽ˜์ด์Šค๋ถ์—์„œ ๋ฌดํ•œ ์Šคํฌ๋กค์‹œ์— ๋ฐœ์ƒ ํ•˜๋Š” ๋ฐ์ดํ„ฐ๋ฅผ ์ˆ˜์ง‘ํž˜
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    Veggie Sailor uses PhantomJSPhantomJS

    Functional tests / screenshots generation.

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    Alexpts Pts uses PhantomJSPhantomJS
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