Selenium vs Terraform: What are the differences?
What is 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.
What is Terraform? Describe your complete infrastructure as code and build resources across providers. With Terraform, you describe your complete infrastructure as code, even as it spans multiple service providers. Your servers may come from AWS, your DNS may come from CloudFlare, and your database may come from Heroku. Terraform will build all these resources across all these providers in parallel.
Selenium can be classified as a tool in the "Browser Testing" category, while Terraform is grouped under "Infrastructure Build Tools".
"Automates browsers" is the primary reason why developers consider Selenium over the competitors, whereas "Infrastructure as code" was stated as the key factor in picking Terraform.
Selenium and Terraform are both open source tools. Terraform with 17.7K GitHub stars and 4.83K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Selenium with 14.9K GitHub stars and 4.97K GitHub forks.
MIT, Typeform, and Intuit are some of the popular companies that use Selenium, whereas Terraform is used by Uber Technologies, Instacart, and Slack. Selenium has a broader approval, being mentioned in 777 company stacks & 441 developers stacks; compared to Terraform, which is listed in 509 company stacks and 312 developer stacks.
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