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Sauce Labs vs Selenium: What are the differences?

Introduction

Sauce Labs and Selenium are both popular tools used for web application testing, but they have key differences that make them unique. In this markdown, we will outline six major differences between Sauce Labs and Selenium.

  1. Sauce Labs: Cloud-based Testing Platform - Sauce Labs is a cloud-based testing platform that allows developers to perform automated testing on multiple browsers and platforms simultaneously. It provides a scalable and reliable testing infrastructure that eliminates the need for setting up and maintaining testing environments.

  2. Selenium: Open-Source Testing Framework - Selenium, on the other hand, is an open-source testing framework that provides a set of tools and libraries for browser automation. It allows developers to write and execute test scripts across different browsers and platforms using various programming languages.

  3. Sauce Labs: Cross-Browser Testing - One of the main advantages of using Sauce Labs is its ability to perform cross-browser testing effortlessly. It allows developers to run their tests on a wide range of browsers and browser versions, ensuring their websites or applications work seamlessly on different platforms.

  4. Selenium: Flexibility with Test Frameworks - Selenium offers more flexibility when it comes to choosing the test frameworks. It supports multiple programming languages and provides integrations with popular automation frameworks, allowing developers to leverage existing skills and tools in their testing processes.

  5. Sauce Labs: Parallel Testing - Sauce Labs provides the capability to run tests in parallel, which significantly reduces the time required for test execution. It allows developers to execute multiple tests simultaneously, enhancing the testing efficiency and reducing the overall execution time.

  6. Selenium: Extensive Community Support - Selenium has a vast and active community of developers, testers, and enthusiasts. This community support ensures a steady stream of updates, bug fixes, and helpful resources. Developers can easily find support and solutions to their problems through community forums and online resources.

In Summary, Sauce Labs is a cloud-based testing platform that focuses on cross-browser testing and offers parallel testing capabilities. Selenium, on the other hand, is an open-source testing framework with flexibility in choosing test frameworks and extensive community support.

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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 · 8.9K 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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Pros of Sauce Labs
Pros of Selenium
  • 60
    Selenium-compatible
  • 46
    Webdriver compatible
  • 35
    Video recordings of every test
  • 31
    Qa
  • 29
    Mobile support
  • 26
    Any programming language
  • 23
    Developer tools
  • 21
    Test local and firewalled servers
  • 20
    Jenkins integration
  • 18
    Pristine VMs
  • 17
    CI Compatible
  • 11
    Appium support
  • 9
    Parallel testing
  • 8
    Rapid environment preparation
  • 8
    Mobile device support
  • 7
    Easy testing on almost any device
  • 7
    Allows me to Focus more test automation rather than IT
  • 6
    Secure testing and easy setup
  • 5
    Easy setup with CI and fast automated tests
  • 5
    Quick support response
  • 4
    Fast and reliable to host the automated tests
  • 4
    Easy to setup and understand,
  • 3
    Easy setup and integration with Travis Ci
  • 3
    Maintained browser matrix
  • 3
    Easy onboarding, do not need to manager VMs/OS/Browsers
  • 2
    Efficient tool to verify product quality
  • 2
    Teamcity Integration and mobile testing win
  • 2
    Hany for platform testing
  • 2
    Great documentation
  • 2
    Generous free trial
  • 2
    Easy. Straightforward. Scalable
  • 2
    Great way to integrate test suite on cloud
  • 2
    Simplicity of Sauce-connect
  • 1
    Very Good, Quick, flexible Infrastructure Support
  • 1
    It's great for my QA work
  • 1
    Awesome tech support
  • 1
    Having this available for CI servers is fantastic
  • 1
    Amazing service to do cloud cross browser testing
  • 1
    Depth of integrations
  • 1
    Because of its cloud based support for appium
  • 1
    Easy setup, Works great with selenium.
  • 1
    QE support
  • 1
    Manuals are not very well versed for beginners
  • 1
    Secure testing
  • 1
    Cheaper than browserstack
  • 1
    Stable
  • 0
    Simple to set up and integrate so many browser configs
  • 175
    Automates browsers
  • 154
    Testing
  • 101
    Essential tool for running test automation
  • 24
    Record-Playback
  • 24
    Remote Control
  • 8
    Data crawling
  • 7
    Supports end to end testing
  • 6
    Easy set up
  • 6
    Functional testing
  • 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 Sauce Labs
Cons of Selenium
  • 2
    Relatively slow
  • 2
    Expensive
  • 8
    Flaky tests
  • 4
    Slow as needs to make browser (even with no gui)
  • 2
    Update browser drivers

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What is Sauce Labs?

Cloud-based automated testing platform enables developers and QEs to perform functional, JavaScript unit, and manual tests with Selenium or Appium on web and mobile apps. Videos and screenshots for easy debugging. Secure and CI-ready.

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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