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Differences Between Selenium and Cucumber

Selenium Selenium is a free open source suite for automated testing for web applications across different browsers and platforms. Selenium focuses on automating web-based applications and does not support automation of desktop application or mobile application. Testing done using Selenium tool is known as Selenium Testing.Selenium is a suite of software, each having capability to cater to different testing needs of an organization.Selenium suite has four components -Selenium Integrated Development Environment (IDE)Selenium Remote Control (RC)WebDriverSelenium GridBenefits of Selenium:Selenium has many advantages and it is very popular among testers.  Due to its ease of use and availability, and it being free of cost, Selenium has become the favorite automation tool for many testers and developers across the globe. Selenium has made testers life easier. Now, being an open-source automation testing framework, Selenium is widely used for web application testing. It is mainly built on Java and extensively used for automation of web application. Basically, selenium is used for functional and regression testing. Selenium has emerged as a leading automation tool in the automation industry. It supports automation testing of functional aspects of a web application with a wide range of browsers and platforms support. Selenium ensures software quality, usability, security, and performance. In today’s technology world, it is very important to work smartly without compromising the quality of the product, and Selenium gives you confidence in the quality of your product by avoiding human errors. Selenium Testing offers different advantages over other testing tools.Selenium tool is used to write test script and these test scripts are executed by Java. You can use a programming environment like Java, Ruby, PHP, C# and more as per your requirement.Need For Software Testing:Technology is changing at a very fast pace. Today’s invention becomes obsolete within a few days. Automation has become a necessity to reduce manual efforts and ensure that the quality of the software is maintained. Testers and Developers across the globe prefer Selenium tool.  Selenium ensures software quality, usability, security, and performance. Because selenium is an open-source tool with a low maintenance cost, high quality, supports different software life, cycles companies opt for selenium as an automation tool.  Nowadays organizations are taking a step forward to get better advantage of software testing and implement important acceptance test scenarios while development is in-progress, known as Behavior Driven Development.CucumberCucumber is a way of testing that supports Behavior Driven Development (BDD). It is an open-source tool. Cucumber allows writing test in a human-readable language. It explains the behaviour of the application using Gherkin language.You know what about Gherkin language? Gherkin language used in Cucumber is a plain text, with readable and understandable syntax. This helps the client or anyone in the organization to understand the behaviour of the software.Need for Cucumber:Selenium is a popular automation tool in the IT industry. Most of the IT companies use selenium and want to integrate it with cucumber. Cucumber acts as a bridge between a software engineer and business analyst, manual testers and automation tester, developer and manual tester, as cucumber makes it easy to read and understand application flow.In Behavior Driven Development, before a developer develops a code, the first user writes test scenarios or acceptance tests as per the behaviour of the system from the customer’s perspective for review, and sign-off by product owners.Advantages of Cucumber:It is very important to discuss the advantages of Cucumber.    Cucumber involves business stakeholders who can easily read the code.    The focus of Cucumber is an end-user experience.    Easy reuse of code in the test as simple test script architecture.    Easy to set up and execute.    Supports many languages like Java,.Net, Ruby, etc.    Acts as a bridge between business and technical language.    Knowledge of coding is not required to write a test.    Efficient tool.When to Use Selenium and Cucumber?Selenium is a testing framework while cucumber is a Behavior Driven Development(BDD) tool. Selenium is a tool for automating scenarios at the UI layer and checking the behaviour of the system as a whole. To automate scenarios at the UI layer and to check the behaviour of the system as a whole, selenium is a great tool. During system integration testing or UI testing, it is best to use Selenium. Writing cucumber feature files for user stories can be a cumbersome task and will not serve the purpose of automation.Cucumber is a great tool and should be sued to story testing. Cucumber checks behaviour of the feature at the API layer with integration tests. Each feature can be tested thoroughly.With a simplistic and naive view of scenarios, such as favourite login functionality, Cucumber works beautifully. For example - Given I am on the login pageWhen I enter valid credentialsThen I should see my accountComparison/Differences :Basis for differentiation Selenium Cucumber Is it a Framework?Selenium is an automation frameworkCucumber is not a frameworkTypeSelenium is a browser automation testing tool.A cucumber is a testing tool based on a behaviour-driven framework.Programs are written in?Selenium is mostly written in JavaCucumber is written in Ruby programming languageAutomation toolSelenium is a functional and performance automation toolCucumber is not an automation toolScript readabilitySelenium scripts are difficult to read for client or management teamCucumber scripts are readable by client or management teamInstallationSelenium installation is difficult compared to cucumberCucumber is easy to installPerformanceSelenium performance of script execution is quite good.Cucumber makes script execution slowTool  ReliabilitySelenium makes testing reliable and dependableCucumber testing is not comparatively reliableUsageSelenium is used for API, UI, Functional, Regression, performance testing.Cucumber is used for story testing.Supporting prog. LanguagesJava, Python, Ruby, .NetJava, Scala, Ruby, GroovyCostSelenium is freeCucumber is freeEnvironmentSelenium supports only Web ApplicationCucumber supports only Web ApplicationKey differences between selenium and cucumber are- Selenium is referred to as a browser automation testing tool while Cucumber is referred to as a testing tool based on a behaviour-driven framework.In Selenium, test scripts can be written in Java, C#, etc., while in Cucumber, test scripts are written in plain text language according to Gherkin language rules.In Selenium, conditional statements can be used, while in Cucumber, we cannot use conditional statements.In Selenium, scripts are written based on test cases and requirements, while in Cucumber, we write scenarios first and get it verified from the stakeholders.Selenium scripts are complicated to develop and execute, while in Cucumber, it is easy to write or develop and execute the test.Writing Selenium scripts is more like developing an application. Writing Cucumber scripts is like documenting the procedure or functionality in the right order.Selenium is a suite of tools or set of software tools. Each tool has a different purpose and each has different functionalities to test. For example, Selenium WebDriver is used to test Web application across different browsers and platforms. In Cucumber, we define a set of terms and we need to write the file according to defined terms for all supported platforms.In Selenium, identifying syntax errors is easy while developing, whereas, in cucumber, syntax errors are not noticed while writing.In terms of functionality and usage, Selenium and Cucumber are two different things.We use the Selenium tool to automate the manually performed actions on browsers and currently, it is the most preferred tool for UI automation of browsers.Cucumber enables you with behaviour driven development(BDD). BDD enables you to write the scenarios in a plain language that you prefer so that it gives more readability to technical as well as non-technical person.The Selenium-Cucumber framework supports programming languages such as Perl, PHP, Python, .NET, Java, etc.Pictorial comparison of Selenium Vs Cucumber -Conclusion:Cucumber and Selenium are open-source and free tools, that can be downloaded easily. Cucumber can be integrated with Selenium for testing and can be used for cross-browser web applications testing. Scripts are easy to maintain and can be reused for different platforms and languages. These are the best tools used in DevOps CICD process.Combination of Selenium and Cucumber provides you with a lot of advantages like it provides readability of code so that anyone in your team can get an idea of what your code will do & what scenarios you have covered, & reuse the steps easily whenever required. 

Differences Between Selenium and Cucumber

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Differences Between Selenium and Cucumber

Selenium 

Selenium is a free open source suite for automated testing for web applications across different browsers and platforms. Selenium focuses on automating web-based applications and does not support automation of desktop application or mobile application. Testing done using Selenium tool is known as Selenium Testing.

Selenium is a suite of software, each having capability to cater to different testing needs of an organization.

Selenium suite has four components -

components in selenium

  • Selenium Integrated Development Environment (IDE)
  • Selenium Remote Control (RC)
  • WebDriver
  • Selenium Grid

Benefits of Selenium:

Selenium has many advantages and it is very popular among testers.  Due to its ease of use and availability, and it being free of cost, Selenium has become the favorite automation tool for many testers and developers across the globe. Selenium has made testers life easier. 

Now, being an open-source automation testing framework, Selenium is widely used for web application testing. It is mainly built on Java and extensively used for automation of web application. Basically, selenium is used for functional and regression testing. Selenium has emerged as a leading automation tool in the automation industry. It supports automation testing of functional aspects of a web application with a wide range of browsers and platforms support. Selenium ensures software quality, usability, security, and performance. In today’s technology world, it is very important to work smartly without compromising the quality of the product, and Selenium gives you confidence in the quality of your product by avoiding human errors. Selenium Testing offers different advantages over other testing tools.

Selenium tool is used to write test script and these test scripts are executed by Java. You can use a programming environment like Java, Ruby, PHP, C# and more as per your requirement.

Need For Software Testing:

Technology is changing at a very fast pace. Today’s invention becomes obsolete within a few days. Automation has become a necessity to reduce manual efforts and ensure that the quality of the software is maintained. Testers and Developers across the globe prefer Selenium tool.  Selenium ensures software quality, usability, security, and performance. Because selenium is an open-source tool with a low maintenance cost, high quality, supports different software life, cycles companies opt for selenium as an automation tool.  

Nowadays organizations are taking a step forward to get better advantage of software testing and implement important acceptance test scenarios while development is in-progress, known as Behavior Driven Development.

Cucumber

Cucumber is a way of testing that supports Behavior Driven Development (BDD). It is an open-source tool. Cucumber allows writing test in a human-readable language. It explains the behaviour of the application using Gherkin language.

You know what about Gherkin language? Gherkin language used in Cucumber is a plain text, with readable and understandable syntax. This helps the client or anyone in the organization to understand the behaviour of the software.

Need for Cucumber:

Selenium is a popular automation tool in the IT industry. Most of the IT companies use selenium and want to integrate it with cucumber. Cucumber acts as a bridge between a software engineer and business analyst, manual testers and automation tester, developer and manual tester, as cucumber makes it easy to read and understand application flow.

In Behavior Driven Development, before a developer develops a code, the first user writes test scenarios or acceptance tests as per the behaviour of the system from the customer’s perspective for review, and sign-off by product owners.

Advantages of Cucumber:

It is very important to discuss the advantages of Cucumber.

  1.     Cucumber involves business stakeholders who can easily read the code.
  2.     The focus of Cucumber is an end-user experience.
  3.     Easy reuse of code in the test as simple test script architecture.
  4.     Easy to set up and execute.
  5.     Supports many languages like Java,.Net, Ruby, etc.
  6.     Acts as a bridge between business and technical language.
  7.     Knowledge of coding is not required to write a test.
  8.     Efficient tool.

When to Use Selenium and Cucumber?

Selenium is a testing framework while cucumber is a Behavior Driven Development(BDD) tool. Selenium is a tool for automating scenarios at the UI layer and checking the behaviour of the system as a whole. 

To automate scenarios at the UI layer and to check the behaviour of the system as a whole, selenium is a great tool. During system integration testing or UI testing, it is best to use Selenium. Writing cucumber feature files for user stories can be a cumbersome task and will not serve the purpose of automation.

Cucumber is a great tool and should be sued to story testing. Cucumber checks behaviour of the feature at the API layer with integration tests. Each feature can be tested thoroughly.

With a simplistic and naive view of scenarios, such as favourite login functionality, Cucumber works beautifully. For example - 

  • Given I am on the login page
  • When I enter valid credentials
  • Then I should see my account

Comparison/Differences :

Basis for differentiation Selenium Cucumber 
Is it a Framework?Selenium is an automation frameworkCucumber is not a framework
TypeSelenium is a browser automation testing tool.A cucumber is a testing tool based on a behaviour-driven framework.
Programs are written in?Selenium is mostly written in JavaCucumber is written in Ruby programming language
Automation toolSelenium is a functional and performance automation toolCucumber is not an automation tool
Script readabilitySelenium scripts are difficult to read for client or management teamCucumber scripts are readable by client or management team
InstallationSelenium installation is difficult compared to cucumberCucumber is easy to install
PerformanceSelenium performance of script execution is quite good.Cucumber makes script execution slow
Tool  ReliabilitySelenium makes testing reliable and dependableCucumber testing is not comparatively reliable
Usage
Selenium is used for API, UI, Functional, Regression, performance testing.
Cucumber is used for story testing.
Supporting prog. LanguagesJava, Python, Ruby, .NetJava, Scala, Ruby, Groovy
CostSelenium is freeCucumber is free
Environment
Selenium supports only Web Application
Cucumber supports only Web Application

Key differences between selenium and cucumber are- 

  • Selenium is referred to as a browser automation testing tool while Cucumber is referred to as a testing tool based on a behaviour-driven framework.
  • In Selenium, test scripts can be written in Java, C#, etc., while in Cucumber, test scripts are written in plain text language according to Gherkin language rules.
  • In Selenium, conditional statements can be used, while in Cucumber, we cannot use conditional statements.
  • In Selenium, scripts are written based on test cases and requirements, while in Cucumber, we write scenarios first and get it verified from the stakeholders.
  • Selenium scripts are complicated to develop and execute, while in Cucumber, it is easy to write or develop and execute the test.
  • Writing Selenium scripts is more like developing an application. Writing Cucumber scripts is like documenting the procedure or functionality in the right order.
  • Selenium is a suite of tools or set of software tools. Each tool has a different purpose and each has different functionalities to test. For example, Selenium WebDriver is used to test Web application across different browsers and platforms. In Cucumber, we define a set of terms and we need to write the file according to defined terms for all supported platforms.
  • In Selenium, identifying syntax errors is easy while developing, whereas, in cucumber, syntax errors are not noticed while writing.
  • In terms of functionality and usage, Selenium and Cucumber are two different things.
  • We use the Selenium tool to automate the manually performed actions on browsers and currently, it is the most preferred tool for UI automation of browsers.
  • Cucumber enables you with behaviour driven development(BDD). BDD enables you to write the scenarios in a plain language that you prefer so that it gives more readability to technical as well as non-technical person.
  • The Selenium-Cucumber framework supports programming languages such as Perl, PHP, Python, .NET, Java, etc.

Pictorial comparison of Selenium Vs Cucumber -

comparison of selenium Vs Cucumber

Conclusion:

Cucumber and Selenium are open-source and free tools, that can be downloaded easily. 

Cucumber can be integrated with Selenium for testing and can be used for cross-browser web applications testing. Scripts are easy to maintain and can be reused for different platforms and languages. These are the best tools used in DevOps CICD process.

Combination of Selenium and Cucumber provides you with a lot of advantages like it provides readability of code so that anyone in your team can get an idea of what your code will do & what scenarios you have covered, & reuse the steps easily whenever required. 

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ranjith kumar 06 Aug 2019

Such a nice explanation which clearly explains the difference between selenium and cucumber. Thanks a lot for the explanation.

pooja 06 Aug 2019

your blog is really helpful for all testers and beginners.this all provided knowledge is unique than other functional-testing blog. lovely explain. keep updating, Thanks

Guna shaker 20 Aug 2019

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It will have less career growth as this tool has everything inbuilt in it and can drastically reduce the number of resources needed to write automated tests.If you are planning to start your career in TestComplete then taking up Automation Testing using Testcomplete Training will be an added advantage.Cons of TestComplete:-License cost is high.Only supports Windows.No much help available through open communities.Not easy to start with official documentationThe tool has stability issuesCheaper than QTP but not as powerful and stable as QTP2. Selenium:Selenium is a suite of tools to automate web browsers which means it can be used to automate an only web-based application. The more precisely only front end of a web application across different browsers and platforms. It can be used with many programming languages and testing frameworks.Different tools in Selenium:-Selenium consists of four tools:-Selenium IDESelenium RCSelenium WebDriverSelenium Grid.Currently, Selenium 4 is about to launch and the alpha version is already launched as of this article is being written.History of Selenium:-Selenium was developed by Jason Huggins in 2004 at ThoughtWorks in Chicago. Later it was made open source and it has become a more powerful and popular tool for web application automation.Career Aspects:-Selenium is an open source tool which increases its popularity in organisations which are mainly service based. Its flexibility of integration with major programming language makes it more adaptable.Selenium has more future growth and a higher number of job openings. You can easily learn and practice as so many free online tutorials and help communities are available. Also, you can take up Selenium training to advance your career.Let’s Compare TestComplete and Selenium :-As we have seen a basic introduction about TestComplete and Selenium, you must be confused about which of these tools is the best and how you can select a tool which properly suits your requirements. Don’t worry, we will compare both tools here so that it could solve your problem.Comparison BasisTestCompleteSeleniumSoftware TypeIt is a Windows-based tool. TestComplete is essentially Windows-based application and thus cannot run on Linux/Unix systems.It is a set of APIs which can be used on at least three major operating systems:- Windows, Linux, and Mac.CostIt is a highly paid tool. You can bundle options or customize your order. You can view its price here.Open Source/Free tool. You can download and use it for free. You can download it from here.Developed BySmartBear Software (A subsidiary of AutomatedQA)Initially developed by ThoughtWorks later made as open source.Application TypeIt supports desktop, web, and mobile applicationSelenium can be used only for Web-based applications. However, WebDriver based tool called Appium can be used for mobile applications.Application LayerTestComplete can be used to automate front end and API of the application.Selenium can be used to test only the front end or interface layer of a Web Application.Supported LanguagesIt supports seven different languages including JavaScript, Python, VBScript, Jscript, DelphiScript, C#, and C+Java, C#, Ruby, Python, Perl   Javascript, R, etc.Supported BrowsersChrome, Firefox, IE, EdgeIE, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Opera, Headless browsersSupported Operating SystemsOnly Microsoft WindowsIt supports Microsoft Windows, Apple OS X, LinuxSupported IDESupports only inbuilt TestComplete IDEEclipse, Intellij and any other IDE which supports JavaSupported TechnologyYou can test web applications developed with any programming language, server-side technology, and frameworks including HTML, DHTML, CSS, JavaScript, HTML5, Web Components (Shadow DOM and Custom Elements), AngularJS, ASP, ASP.NET (including Web Pages, Web Forms and MVC), Ajax, Backbone.js, CGI, JavaServer Pages (JSP), PHP Ruby on Rails.Selenium struggles while automating SAP, Salesforce, mainframe applications.Supported Testing TypesFunctional (or GUI) Testing, Regression testing, Unit testing, Keyword testing, Web Testing, Mobile application testing, Distributed Testing,Functional and load testing of web services, Coverage Testing, Data-Driven Testing, Manual TestingFunctional (or GUI) Testing, Regression testing, Unit testing, Keyword testing, Web Testing, Data-Driven TestingObject Recognition EngineIt has an unmatched Object Recognition Engine now including Artificial Intelligence.There is no such feature provided by Selenium.Record and Play FeatureYou can easily build automated GUI tests using the script-free record-and-replay function in TestComplete.Selenium IDE provides Record and Play GUI tests only for Web-based applications on Chrome and Firefox browsers only.Built-In FrameworkTestComplete has several built-in sample projects for desktop, web, and mobile test automation, to help you get up and running quicker than ever before.Selenium has no built-in framework ready to use.Test ReportWith TestComplete, you can get real-time information on the progress and status of your desktop, mobile, or web functional GUI tests from a single interface. The tool enables you to share images, videos, or detailed logs that you captured during test execution, or even export your logs in multiple formats such as JUnit, HTML or MHT, to easily share details with other team members.Selenium needs to be integrated reporting tools to generate test reports.IntegrationSelenium can be easily integrated with TestComplete which can be integrated with many third-party tools.Selenium needs to be integrated with many other tools to make a powerful framework.Technical SkillsTestComplete is best suited for both Technical and Non-technical resources.You must be good in the programming language to start working with Selenium.Test Development and Execution TimeIt saves a lot of test execution time as it has a powerful record and playback feature, AI-based object recognition, scriptless test creation, etc.You need to spend a lot of time in creating test scripts. Chances of creating faly test cases are more. You need good programming skills to write better tests using Selenium.Test Script MaintenanceMaintenance is easier compared to Selenium.Maintenance becomes challenging with growing test scripts.SupportSince it is a paid tool, so SmartBear provides good and proper support.Since it is an open source tool, no professional support is provided. But Selenium has a larger community volunteer.Career GrowthFewer jobs, limited scopeMore jobs, more growthOfficial Websitehttps://smartbear.com/product/testcomplete/overview/https://www.selenium.dev/Conclusion:- TestComplete is a script-less tool which does not require mandatory programming skills to start with. It is very easy to use and helps in creating robust scripts. It is much more powerful and feature-rich compared to Selenium. But the cost of TestComplete is higher and companies go for open-source tools like Selenium. Selenium has more career growth and learning opportunities as you need to be good at programming. TestComplete has fewer job openings as like Selenium, you do not need more resources in a project.So TestComplete is best suited for an average-skilled team and restrict timeline projects for faster creation of test scripts. Project budget can be adjusted by reducing the number of resources needed. 
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