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AVA vs Mocha: What are the differences?

What is AVA? A refined, futuristic test runner. Even though JavaScript is single-threaded, IO in Node.js can happen in parallel due to its async nature. AVA takes advantage of this and runs your tests concurrently, which is especially beneficial for IO heavy tests. In addition, test files are run in parallel as separate processes, giving you even better performance and an isolated environment for each test file.

What is Mocha? 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.

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

"Simple and fast" is the primary reason why developers consider AVA over the competitors, whereas "Open source" was stated as the key factor in picking Mocha.

AVA and Mocha are both open source tools. Mocha with 18K GitHub stars and 2.43K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than AVA with 16.4K GitHub stars and 1.07K GitHub forks.

Sellsuki, Onedio, and triGo GmbH are some of the popular companies that use Mocha, whereas AVA is used by Taboola, Becual.com, and Navendis. Mocha has a broader approval, being mentioned in 397 company stacks & 268 developers stacks; compared to AVA, which is listed in 12 company stacks and 10 developer stacks.

Decisions about AVA and Mocha

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 AVA
Pros of Mocha
  • 13
    Simple and fast
  • 6
    Parallel test running
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    Open source
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    Promise support
  • 3
    Test code Instrumenting
  • 2
    Babel integration
  • 1
    ESM Ready
  • 136
    Open source
  • 100
    Simple
  • 81
    Promise support
  • 48
    Flexible
  • 28
    Easy to add support for Generators
  • 12
    For browser and server testing
  • 7
    Curstom assertion libraries
  • 4
    Works with Karma
  • 3
    No other better tools
  • 1
    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 AVA
Cons of Mocha
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    No built-in support for DOM
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    No source files compilation
  • 3
    Cannot test a promisified functions without assertion
  • 2
    No assertion count in results
  • 1
    Not as many reporter options as Jest

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What is AVA?

Even though JavaScript is single-threaded, IO in Node.js can happen in parallel due to its async nature. AVA takes advantage of this and runs your tests concurrently, which is especially beneficial for IO heavy tests. In addition, test files are run in parallel as separate processes, giving you even better performance and an isolated environment for each test file.

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.

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