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BrowserStack vs Selenium: What are the differences?

BrowserStack: 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; 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.

BrowserStack and Selenium can be primarily classified as "Browser Testing" tools.

"Multiple browsers", "Ease of use" and "Real browsers" are the key factors why developers consider BrowserStack; whereas "Automates browsers", "Testing" and "Essential tool for running test automation" are the primary reasons why Selenium is favored.

Selenium is an open source tool with 14.9K GitHub stars and 4.97K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Selenium's open source repository on GitHub.

According to the StackShare community, Selenium has a broader approval, being mentioned in 776 company stacks & 440 developers stacks; compared to BrowserStack, which is listed in 577 company stacks and 238 developer stacks.

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I am looking to purchase one of these tools for Mobile testing for my team. It should support Native, hybrid, and responsive app testing. It should also feature debugging, parallel execution, automation testing/easy integration with automation testing tools like Selenium, and the capability to provide availability of devices specifically for us to use at any time with good speed of performing all these activities.

I have already used Perfecto mobile, and Sauce Labs in my other projects before. I want to know how different or better is AWS Device farm in usage and how advantageous it would be for us to use it over other mentioned tools

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Aaron Evans
Testing Strategist at One Shore · | 3 upvotes · 128 views

A SaaS offering like Sauce Labs (or BrowserStack or LambdaTest, etc) will provide a remote Selenium/Appium Grid including the ability to run test automation in parallel (up to the amount based your subscription level) an a wide array of browsers and mobile devices.

These tools can be expensive, but if you can afford them, the expertise and effort of maintaining the grid, browser updates, etc. is worth it.

AWS Device Farm can be significantly cheaper, but is much more work to setup and run. It will not give you as many devices, or the reporting and screen/video capture you get with the the services. And there is no support for AWS Device Farm, and very poor documentation. I have used it, but do not recommend it. Running your own grid and physical device lab is better, but I'd stick with a service like Sauce Labs or Perfecto which will save you time and give you better services despite the higher price tag.

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Jaymie Falconi

BitBar's Dedicated Devices would be a great option for you. It allows you to dedicate (reserve) devices for your use only which also having access to all of the devices in the shared cloud. BitBar has the features and integrations that you are looking for as well.

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Stability - Just works. Availability - More than 15 datacenters. Enterprise features like SSO, local testing and SOC2/GDPR compliant.

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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 · | 1 upvotes · 202K views

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

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Pros of BrowserStack
Pros of Selenium
  • 132
    Multiple browsers
  • 73
    Ease of use
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    Real browsers
  • 41
    Ability to use it locally
  • 24
    Good price
  • 18
    Great web interface
  • 16
    IE support
  • 14
    Official mobile emulators
  • 12
    Cloud-based access
  • 12
    Instant access
  • 9
    Real mobile devices
  • 5
    Multiple Desktop OS
  • 5
    Selenium compatible
  • 5
  • 4
    Can be used for Testing and E2E
  • 3
    Pre-installed developer tools
  • 3
    Video of test runs
  • 2
    Webdriver compatible
  • 2
    Many browsers
  • 2
    Supports Manual, Functional and Visual Diff Testing
  • 2
  • 1
    Free for Open Source
  • 1
    Cypress Compatible
  • 173
    Automates browsers
  • 154
  • 101
    Essential tool for running test automation
  • 24
  • 24
    Remote Control
  • 8
    Data crawling
  • 7
    Supports end to end testing
  • 6
    Functional testing
  • 6
    Easy set up
  • 4
    The Most flexible monitoring system
  • 3
    End to End Testing
  • 3
    Easy to integrate with build tools
  • 2
    Comparing the performance selenium is faster than jasm
  • 2
    Record and playback
  • 2
    Compatible with Python
  • 2
    Easy to scale
  • 2
    Integration Tests
  • 0
    Integrated into Selenium-Jupiter framework

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Cons of BrowserStack
Cons of Selenium
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    Very limited choice of minor versions
  • 8
    Flaky tests
  • 4
    Slow as needs to make browser (even with no gui)
  • 1
    Update browser drivers

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What is BrowserStack?

BrowserStack is a leading software testing platform for developers to comprehensively test their websites and mobile applications across 2,000+ real browsers and devices in a single cloud platform—and at scale.

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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