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react-testing-library vs Kahlan: What are the differences?

What is react-testing-library? A lightweight solution for testing React components. It is a simple and complete React DOM testing utility that encourage good testing practices. It provides light utility functions on top of react-dom and react-dom/test-utils, in a way that encourages better testing practices.

What is Kahlan? A full-featured Unit & BDD test framework. It is a full-featured Unit & BDD test framework a la RSpec/JSpec which uses a describe-it syntax and moves testing in PHP one step forward.

react-testing-library and Kahlan belong to "Testing Frameworks" category of the tech stack.

Some of the features offered by react-testing-library are:

  • light-weight solution for testing
  • React DOM testing utilities
  • works with any environment that provides DOM APIs

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

  • RSpec/JSpec syntax
  • Code Coverage metrics (xdebug or phpdbg required)
  • Handy stubbing system (mockery or prophecy are no longer needed)

react-testing-library and Kahlan are both open source tools. react-testing-library with 9.73K GitHub stars and 525 forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Kahlan with 1K GitHub stars and 54 GitHub forks.

What is Kahlan?

It is a full-featured Unit & BDD test framework a la RSpec/JSpec which uses a describe-it syntax and moves testing in PHP one step forward.

What is react-testing-library?

It is a simple and complete React DOM testing utility that encourage good testing practices. It provides light utility functions on top of react-dom and react-dom/test-utils, in a way that encourages better testing practices.
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              Decisions about Kahlan and react-testing-library
              Bryam Rodriguez
              Bryam Rodriguez
              JavaScript
              JavaScript
              Bit
              Bit
              Python
              Python
              Next.js
              Next.js
              React Native
              React Native
              Redis
              Redis
              MongoDB
              MongoDB
              PostgreSQL
              PostgreSQL
              RSpec
              RSpec
              react-testing-library
              react-testing-library
              Jest
              Jest
              Create React App
              Create React App
              Redux
              Redux
              React
              React
              Rails
              Rails
              Ruby
              Ruby

              I'm working as one of the engineering leads in RunaHR. As our platform is a Saas, we thought It'd be good to have an API (We chose Ruby and Rails for this) and a SPA (built with React and Redux ) connected. We started the SPA with Create React App since It's pretty easy to start.

              We use Jest as the testing framework and react-testing-library to test React components. In Rails we make tests using RSpec.

              Our main database is PostgreSQL, but we also use MongoDB to store some type of data. We started to use Redis  for cache and other time sensitive operations.

              We have a couple of extra projects: One is an Employee app built with React Native and the other is an internal back office dashboard built with Next.js for the client and Python in the backend side.

              Since we have different frontend apps we have found useful to have Bit to document visual components and utils in JavaScript.

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