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Mocha vs SuperTest: What are the differences?

Developers describe Mocha as "Simple, flexible, fun javascript test framework for node.js & the browser". Mocha is a feature-rich JavaScript test framework running on node.js and the browser, making asynchronous testing simple and fun. Mocha tests run serially, allowing for flexible and accurate reporting, while mapping uncaught exceptions to the correct test cases. On the other hand, SuperTest is detailed as "*A library for testing node.js HTTP servers *". It is a super-agent driven library for testing node.js HTTP servers using a fluent API. It provides a high-level abstraction for testing HTTP, while still allowing you to drop down to the lower-level API provided by superagent.

Mocha and SuperTest can be categorized as "Javascript Testing Framework" tools.

Some of the features offered by Mocha are:

  • browser support
  • simple async support, including promises
  • test coverage reporting

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

  • HTTP assertions
  • Asynchronous
  • Promise support

Mocha and SuperTest are both open source tools. It seems that Mocha with 18.2K GitHub stars and 2.46K forks on GitHub has more adoption than SuperTest with 8.8K GitHub stars and 568 GitHub forks.

Coursera, Asana, and Typeform are some of the popular companies that use Mocha, whereas SuperTest is used by FASHION CLOUD, I Need to Talk, and Brainhub. Mocha has a broader approval, being mentioned in 574 company stacks & 1521 developers stacks; compared to SuperTest, which is listed in 6 company stacks and 7 developer stacks.

Decisions about Mocha and SuperTest

We use Mocha for our FDA verification testing. It's integrated into Meteor, our upstream web application framework. We like how battle tested it is, its' syntax, its' options of reporters, and countless other features. Most everybody can agree on mocha, and that gets us half-way through our FDA verification and validation (V&V) testing strategy.

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Pros of Mocha
Pros of SuperTest
  • 136
    Open source
  • 100
    Simple
  • 81
    Promise support
  • 48
    Flexible
  • 28
    Easy to add support for Generators
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    For browser and server testing
  • 7
    Curstom assertion libraries
  • 4
    Works with Karma
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    No other better tools
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    Simple integration testing
  • 1
    Default reporter is nice, clean, and itemized
  • 1
    Simple setup
  • 1
    Works with saucelabs
  • 1
    Lots of tutorials and help online
  • 1
    Works with BrowserStack
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    Cons of Mocha
    Cons of SuperTest
    • 3
      Cannot test a promisified functions without assertion
    • 1
      Not as many reporter options as Jest
    • 1
      No assertion count in results
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      What is Mocha?

      Mocha is a feature-rich JavaScript test framework running on node.js and the browser, making asynchronous testing simple and fun. Mocha tests run serially, allowing for flexible and accurate reporting, while mapping uncaught exceptions to the correct test cases.

      What is SuperTest?

      It is a super-agent driven library for testing node.js HTTP servers using a fluent API. It provides a high-level abstraction for testing HTTP, while still allowing you to drop down to the lower-level API provided by superagent.

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