A data-centric view into the most popular tools for automated testing
Asking “what’s the best test framework?” is a sure way to get into a heated debate. Everyone has their favorite automation tool and wants to let the world know that it’s the best!
Instead of giving you yet another opinion on the matter, I am going to provide the statistics, because after all, numbers don’t lie.
What our data is saying
Many companies are using Applitools for the functional and visual testing of their web and mobile applications. With millions of tests running in our cloud every week, we’ve analyzed how widely used the most-talked about automation testing tools really are.
Most popular web test automation framework
There’s been a lot of discussion about the future of Selenium WebDriver when there are so many new kids on the block in terms of framework choices. Is Selenium WebDriver losing momentum?
According to our data, only slightly. However, make no mistake, Selenium Webdriver is by far, still the most widely used web automation tool with 75% of our users executing their tests with this framework.
Given this, it’s expected that Selenium WebDriver will generally have more users, as it has a much larger target audience.
The youngest web automation framework in the race is Playwright by Microsoft. Playwright has only been available for a few months (May 2020) but we’re beginning to see usage. This is definitely one to keep your eye on.
While Puppeteer is not on our list, we do realize that teams use this framework for their automation needs. However, from our observation, many are utilizing this for automating browsers (i.e. generating PDFs, crawling sites, etc) as opposed to test automation.
So, what’s the most popular test automation tool for web testing?
- Selenium WebDriver
Although technically a web automation framework (not a testing framework), Selenium WebDriver still reigns supreme. With support for a plurality of browsers and languages, WebDriver is by far the most popular choice overall and has seen a 9% increase this year.
WebDriverIO is the third most popular web automation tool amongst our users, and saw an increase of 10% this year.
To hear more about the state of web automation tools, their similarities and differences, join the Future of Testing 2020 virtual event on September 17, where a panel of experts from Selenium, Cypress, Playwright, and Applitools will discuss the future of test frameworks.
For More Information
Applitools works with all popular test automation frameworks. We allow you to add accurate visual validation to your existing automated tests with ease. Check out some of these Applitools tutorials.