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Capybara vs RSpec: What are the differences?

What is Capybara? 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.

What is RSpec? Behaviour Driven Development for Ruby. Behaviour Driven Development for Ruby Making TDD Productive and Fun..

Capybara and RSpec can be categorized as "Testing Frameworks" tools.

Capybara and RSpec are both open source tools. It seems that Capybara with 8.85K GitHub stars and 1.29K forks on GitHub has more adoption than RSpec with 2.53K GitHub stars and 202 GitHub forks.

According to the StackShare community, RSpec has a broader approval, being mentioned in 57 company stacks & 27 developers stacks; compared to Capybara, which is listed in 38 company stacks and 22 developer stacks.

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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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      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 RSpec?

      Behaviour Driven Development for Ruby. Making TDD Productive and Fun.

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