Appium vs BrowserStack: What are the differences?
Developers describe Appium as "Automation for iOS and Android Apps". Appium is an open source test automation framework for use with native, hybrid, and mobile web apps. It drives iOS and Android apps using the WebDriver protocol. Appium is sponsored by Sauce Labs and a thriving community of open source developers. On the other hand, BrowserStack is detailed as "Instant access to a lab of 1000+ real mobile and desktop browsers for testing". Live, Web-Based Browser Testing Instant access to all real mobile and desktop browsers. Say goodbye to your lab of devices and virtual machines.
Appium belongs to "Mobile Testing Frameworks" category of the tech stack, while BrowserStack can be primarily classified under "Browser Testing".
Some of the features offered by Appium are:
- Works on native and hybrid mobile apps
- Write mobile tests using any language or framework
- Open source
On the other hand, BrowserStack provides the following key features:
- Real Device Cloud. Test on a range of physical Android and iOS mobile devices and tablets for the most accurate results
- 1100+ desktop browsers. Latest versions of IE, Edge, Safari, Chrome, Firefox and more on a range of Windows and OS X platforms on a robust cloud infrastructure
- Test dev environments. Our Local Testing feature allows you to test development and internal websites seamlessly, without setup or configuration
"Webdriverio support" is the primary reason why developers consider Appium over the competitors, whereas "Multiple browsers" was stated as the key factor in picking BrowserStack.
Appium is an open source tool with 9.5K GitHub stars and 3.9K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Appium's open source repository on GitHub.
ebay, DuckDuckGo, and GoSquared are some of the popular companies that use BrowserStack, whereas Appium is used by Intuit, PedidosYa, and FOODit. BrowserStack has a broader approval, being mentioned in 572 company stacks & 230 developers stacks; compared to Appium, which is listed in 31 company stacks and 21 developer stacks.