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Not too long ago, Cypress seemed to be the most exciting new end-to-end testing framework out there, quickly growing in popularity within different development teams. However now there’s a new kid on the block named Playwright, and it aims to solve a similar issue — helping developers automate their user-flows in a more user-friendly way.

This article will compare the two, and hopefully make it clearer which testing framework suits your needs the most, by making you aware of their similarities, differences, strengths and weaknesses.

About the frameworks

For an introduction to the fundamentals of, check out my other article named “Testing with Cypress”. In short, Cypress is a tool for setting up, writing, running and debugging tests. It compiles all the tests into Javascript, runs in an instance of a chromium-based browser that includes Chrome, Edge, Brave and Electron. …


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