Capybara vs Cypress: What are the differences?
Developers describe Capybara as "Acceptance test framework for web applications". Capybara helps you test web applications by simulating how a real user would interact with your app. It is agnostic about the driver running your tests and comes with Rack::Test and Selenium support built in. WebKit is supported through an external gem. On the other hand, Cypress is detailed as "Better, faster, and more reliable testing for anything that runs in a browser". 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.
Some of the features offered by Capybara are:
- No setup necessary for Rails and Rack application. Works out of the box.
- Intuitive API which mimics the language an actual user would use.
- Switch the backend your tests run against from fast headless mode to an actual browser with no changes to your tests.
On the other hand, Cypress provides the following key features:
- Time Travel
- Automatic Waiting
"Best acceptance test framework for Ruby on Rails apps" is the top reason why over 7 developers like Capybara, while over 4 developers mention "Open source" as the leading cause for choosing Cypress.
Capybara is an open source tool with 8.82K GitHub stars and 1.29K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Capybara's open source repository on GitHub.
Intuit, RELEX Solutions, and qcue are some of the popular companies that use Cypress, whereas Capybara is used by GrowthHackers, sQuidd.io, and Indiegogo. Cypress has a broader approval, being mentioned in 55 company stacks & 43 developers stacks; compared to Capybara, which is listed in 38 company stacks and 20 developer stacks.
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