Protractor Vs Selenium

Protractor and Selenium both are used to automate front end of web based applications. Generally most of the people are well aware of Selenium ( Java and Python bindings) and afraid of choosing any other tool on top of Selenium. I will compare Selenium and Protractor in this post, which will help you to decide which tool is best suited for your requirement.

The official website of Selenium says that:- If you want to create robust, browser-based regression automation suites and tests, scale and distribute scripts across many environments, then you want to use Selenium Automation WebDriver, a collection of language specific bindings to drive a browser – the way it is meant to be driven.

The official website of Protractor says that:- Protractor is an end-to-end test framework for Angular and AngularJS applications. Protractor is designed specially for automating Angular applications. Although Protractor can be used for any non-angular application as well but the beauty of Protractor for Angular application will be missed.

Let’s compare Protractor and Selenium ( Selenium WebDriver) on different Comparison Basises:-

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So Selenium and Protractor both can be used to automate Angular Applications. If your application is an Angular application, you should try to use Protractor as It is designed specially for them. Although you are expert in Selenium-Java but you can not bound yourself within a technology. There are many tools coming in market which are better than Selenium.

Protractor is also an open source tool like Selenium so costing will not be an issue. You may be need to start with scratch with Protractor but you will enjoying learning and working with Protractor.


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