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Puppeteer vs Selenium: What are the differences?

Puppeteer: Headless Chrome Node API. Puppeteer is a Node library which provides a high-level API to control headless Chrome over the DevTools Protocol. It can also be configured to use full (non-headless) Chrome; 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.

Puppeteer can be classified as a tool in the "Headless Browsers" category, while Selenium is grouped under "Browser Testing".

Puppeteer and Selenium are both open source tools. It seems that Puppeteer with 51.2K GitHub stars and 4.72K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Selenium with 14.9K GitHub stars and 4.97K GitHub forks.

MIT, Typeform, and Bukalapak are some of the popular companies that use Selenium, whereas Puppeteer is used by Huddle, Better, and Orangesys Inc.. Selenium has a broader approval, being mentioned in 777 company stacks & 443 developers stacks; compared to Puppeteer, which is listed in 25 company stacks and 19 developer stacks.

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we are having one web application developed in Reacts.js. in the application, we have only 4 to 5 pages that we need to test. I am having experience in selenium with java. Please suggets which tool I should use. and why ............................ ............................ .............................

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Prashanth Marappa
Senior Software Engineer at Mphasis ยท | 1 upvotes ยท 65K views
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Selenium

with the help of selenium we can automate react js for functional testing

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Ankur Loriya
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Puppeteer
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PhantomJS

I am using Node 12 for server scripting and have a function to generate PDF and send it to a browser. Currently, we are using PhantomJS to generate a PDF. Some web post shows that we can achieve PDF generation using Puppeteer. I was a bit confused. Should we move to puppeteerJS? Which one is better with NodeJS for generating PDF?

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Puppeteer

You better go with puppeteer. It is basically chrome automation tool, written in nodejs. So what you get is PDF, generated by chrome itself. I guess there is hardly better PDF generation tool for the web. Phantomjs is already more or less outdated as technology. It uses some old webkit port that's quite behind in terms of standards and features. It can be replaced with puppeteer for every single task.

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Recommends
Puppeteer

I suggest puppeteer to go for. It is simple and easy to set up. Only limitaiton is it can be used only for chrome browser and currently they are looking into expanding into FF. The next thing is Playwright which is just a scale up of Puppeteer. It supports cross browsers.

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Decisions about Puppeteer and Selenium
Matt Wufsus
QA Engineer at Creditly ยท | 4 upvotes ยท 11.5K views

My company was looking for a testing tool that would integrate easily with AWS Amplify and quickly provide value. I created a POC for each tool we were exploring and showed it to the team (since we all want to contribute to the testing framework). Cypress was by far the easiest to go from nothing to running tests that were finding bugs in our web application.

The only difficulties I had with Cypress were working with iframes and the fact it does not currently handle new tabs. Cypress currently supports Chrome, Edge, Electron (headless) and has Firefox in beta so if IE is something you need to support, you might want to use another tool in conjunction or in place of Cypress.

Cypress is very well documented with a very responsive support team. Recently the Cypress team released the 'Real World App' as a showcase for implementing good tests with best practices.

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Pros of Puppeteer
Pros of Selenium
  • 8
    Scriptable web browser
  • 8
    Very well documented
  • 5
    Promise based
  • 167
    Automates browsers
  • 152
    Testing
  • 100
    Essential tool for running test automation
  • 24
    Record-Playback
  • 24
    Remote Control
  • 8
    Data crawling
  • 7
    Supports end to end testing
  • 6
    Functional testing
  • 6
    Easy set up
  • 3
    Easy to integrate with build tools
  • 3
    The Most flexible monitoring system
  • 3
    End to End Testing
  • 2
    Integration Tests
  • 2
    Comparing the performance selenium is faster than jasm
  • 2
    Record and playback
  • 2
    Compatible with Python
  • 2
    Easy to scale
  • 0
    Integrated into Selenium-Jupiter framework

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Cons of Puppeteer
Cons of Selenium
  • 7
    Chrome only
  • 5
    Flaky tests
  • 1
    Slow as needs to make browser (even with no gui)

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What is Puppeteer?

Puppeteer is a Node library which provides a high-level API to control headless Chrome over the DevTools Protocol. It can also be configured to use full (non-headless) Chrome.

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 Puppeteer and Selenium?
Chef
Chef enables you to manage and scale cloud infrastructure with no downtime or interruptions. Freely move applications and configurations from one cloud to another. Chef is integrated with all major cloud providers including Amazon EC2, VMWare, IBM Smartcloud, Rackspace, OpenStack, Windows Azure, HP Cloud, Google Compute Engine, Joyent Cloud and others.
Salt
Salt is a new approach to infrastructure management. Easy enough to get running in minutes, scalable enough to manage tens of thousands of servers, and fast enough to communicate with them in seconds. Salt delivers a dynamic communication bus for infrastructures that can be used for orchestration, remote execution, configuration management and much more.
Puppet Labs
Puppet is an automated administrative engine for your Linux, Unix, and Windows systems and performs administrative tasks (such as adding users, installing packages, and updating server configurations) based on a centralized specification.
Ansible
Ansible is an IT automation tool. It can configure systems, deploy software, and orchestrate more advanced IT tasks such as continuous deployments or zero downtime rolling updates. Ansibleโ€™s goals are foremost those of simplicity and maximum ease of use.
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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Reviews of Puppeteer and Selenium
CTO at Apna Inc
Review of
Selenium

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.

How developers use Puppeteer and Selenium
Kang Hyeon Ku uses
Selenium

๊ฐ€์žฅ ๊ฐ•๋ ฅํ•œ ์›น UI / UX ํ…Œ์ŠคํŠธ ํˆด ์ด์ง€๋งŒ, ๋ฌธ์ œ๋„ ๋งŽ๋‹ค. iframe ์•ˆ์— ์žˆ๋Š” ๊ฑด ์ž˜ select ๊ฐ€ ์•ˆ๋˜๊ธฐ๋„ ํ•˜๊ณ , ํ™”๋ฉด์ด ์ž‘์•„ ์ปดํฌ๋„ŒํŠธ๊ฐ€ ํ™”๋ฉด์— ๋ณด์ด์ง€ ์•Š์œผ๋ฉด ๋˜ select ํ•  ์ˆ˜ ์—†๋‹ค. ํ•˜์ง€๋งŒ ๋ธŒ๋ผ์šฐ์ €๋ฅผ ์žˆ๋Š” ๊ทธ๋Œ€๋กœ ์ œ์–ด ํ•  ์ˆ˜ ์žˆ๋‹ค๋Š” ๊ฒŒ ๊ฐ€์žฅ ํฐ ๋งค๋ ฅ์ด๋‹ค.

ps. selenide ์™€ ๊ฐ™์ด ์“ฐ๋ฉด ์ฝ”๋“œ๊ฐ€ ๋งŽ์ด ๊ฐœ์„ ๋œ๋‹ค.

samdfonseca uses
Selenium

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.

Ralic Lo uses
Selenium

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

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

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