Capybara vs react-testing-library

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Capybara vs react-testing-library: 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, react-testing-library is detailed as "A lightweight solution for testing React components". It is a simple and complete React DOM testing utility that encourage good testing practices. It provides light utility functions on top of react-dom and react-dom/test-utils, in a way that encourages better testing practices.

Capybara and react-testing-library belong to "Testing Frameworks" category of the tech stack.

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, react-testing-library provides the following key features:

  • light-weight solution for testing
  • React DOM testing utilities
  • works with any environment that provides DOM APIs

Capybara and react-testing-library are both open source tools. Capybara with 8.87K GitHub stars and 1.3K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than react-testing-library with 8.25K GitHub stars and 464 GitHub forks.

According to the StackShare community, Capybara has a broader approval, being mentioned in 52 company stacks & 95 developers stacks; compared to react-testing-library, which is listed in 4 company stacks and 4 developer stacks.

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Pros of Capybara
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    Best acceptance test framework for Ruby on Rails apps
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    Synchronous with Rack::Test
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    Fast with Rack::Test
  • 3
    We can test behavior
  • 1
    Good documentation

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Cons of Capybara
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    Hard to make reproducible tests when using with browser
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    What is Capybara?

    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.

    What is react-testing-library?

    It is a simple and complete React DOM testing utility that encourage good testing practices. It provides light utility functions on top of react-dom and react-dom/test-utils, in a way that encourages better testing practices.

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