TestCafe vs Cypress: Core Differences

Why compare Testcafe vs Cypress?


Cypress Features

  • Time Travel: Cypress runs on its own window and takes snapshots while tests run. Hover over commands in the Command Log to see exactly what happened at each step.
  • Debuggability: Cypress allows direct debugging from Developer Tools. Readable errors and stack traces make debugging fast and efficient.
  • Automatic Waiting: In Cypress, testers do not need to provide Explicit Wait . Cypress automatically waits for commands and assertions before moving on. No more async hell.
  • Spies, Stubs, and Clocks: This feature helps to verify and control the behaviour of functions, server responses, or timers.
  • Network Traffic Control: Easily control, stub, and test edge cases without involving the server. Stub network traffic as it is required.
  • Consistent Results: Since Cypress uses its own browser control strategy, it is comparatively faster, more consistent, and enables reliable tests that are flake-free.
  • Screenshots and Videos: Screenshots are taken automatically on failure. One can take videos of the entire test suite when run from the CLI.
  • Cross browser Testing: Cypress supports running tests within New Edge, Firefox, and Chrome-family browsers.

Limitations of Cypress

  • Programming Language: Cypress supports only JavaScript/Typescript as a programming language.
  • Multiple Tab: Cypress does not support multiple tabs or allow switching between Parent and Child windows.
  • Native Mobile Apps: Cypress does not support native mobile apps automation .
  • IFrame Support : Cypress support for iframe is limited.
  • Parallel Test Execution: Cypress doesn’t support parallel testing on the same or multiple browsers.
  • Single Origin Tests: Testers cannot create tests under different origins or URLs. It must always be inline with single origins.
  • Selector Support: Cypress supports only CSS selectors natively but there are third party packages which can be pluggable with Cypress to use .
  • Assertion Libraries: Cypress supports only Mocha, Chai assertion libraries. However these are sufficient for most test scripts.


TestCafe Features

  • Super Easy setup: TestCafe is easy and quick to set up. Anyone who knows the basics can do it on their own.
  • No third-party dependency: TestCafe doesn’t depend on any third-party libraries like webdriver, or external jars etc.
  • Easy Test Script writing: TestCafe command chaining techniques make teams more productive. 20 lines of code in other frameworks can be just written in 10 to 12 lines using TestCafe syntax.
  • Fast and Stable: Because a test is executed inside a browser, the tests are faster compared to other frameworks. Tests are also more stable as events are simulated internally using JavaScript.
  • Mock Requests: TestCafe helps to emulate HTTP responses to feed sample data to an app, troubleshoot connectivity errors, and cheat downtime.
  • Multiple Tab Support: Unlike Cypress, Testcafe provides functionalities like switching between windows and multiple tab support.
  • iframe Support: Testcafe supports iframes and one can switch to and from iframes in their tests.
  • Parallel Testing: With concurrency mode enabled, TestCafe tests can be run in parallel.
  • Automated Waiting: TestCafe waits automatically for elements to appear. There’s no need to insert External Waits.
  • Cross Browser Testing: Testcafe supports all major browsers like old and new Edge, Firefox, IE, and all Chrome family browsers.
  • Debuggability: Testcafe provides Live Mode which helps to visualize individual actions on the browser for easier debugging.
  • Screenshots: TestCafe supports taking screenshots for tests using built-in screenshot commands.

Limitations of TestCafe

  • Programming Language: Testcafe supports only Javascript/Typescript programming language.
  • Assertion Libraries: TestCafe supports built-in assertion libraries only.
  • By default, TestCafe supports only Selector Support CSS selectors.
  • Execution of Tests: Browsers are not aware that they are running in test mode. So, in some edge cases, automation control can be disrupted. It’s also quite hard to debug possible issues.

Cypress and TestCafe: Key Similarities

Cypress vs TestCafe: Key Differences

What are some similar open-source tools for Test Automation?

  • WebdriverIO : A JavaScript-based test automation framework that uses Selenium WebDriver.
  • Playwright: Microsoft’s new introduction to automation testing.
  • NightWatchJS: End to End Testing solution written in NodeJS.
  • Selenium Webdriver: Selenium core libraries for test automation.
  • Puppeteer: Puppeteer is a Node library that provides a high-level API to control headless Chrome.





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