Playwright Surpasses Cypress (What’s Next)

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Have you noticed that Playwright has surpassed Cypress in weekly downloads?

What does this mean for you and your test automation strategy?

I first saw this graph on Filip Hric's LinkedIn, showcasing Playwright's ascent over Cypress. It's a remarkable shift in the test automation landscape.

Graph comparing the download trends of two npm packages, Cypress and Playwright, over the past year. Cypress shows a higher download count, with both packages experiencing occasional dips.

In my annual New Year's Trend Automation Testing Trends report in January, I predicted that Playwright would eventually become the number one browser automation testing tool this year. Overtaking Cypress in downloads is a big indicator that this prediction may be coming true.

Diego Molina, a key contributor to Selenium, commented on Filip's post, noting that Selenium Java downloads were at 98.5 million in May, while Playwright reached around 6 million. While Playwright still has ground to cover before overtaking Selenium, its trajectory is impressive.

A LinkedIn post by Diego Molina mentions 98.5M Selenium Java downloads in May 2024, and includes a line graph showing download data over time.

Anecdotally, most testers and new test tool companies I speak with have either adopted Playwright or plan to do so. As Wayne Gretzky famously said, “I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.”

Playwright represents the future of test automation.

This shift reminds me of WinRunner and QTP being the dominant automation tools in the 2000s, and Selenium was just gaining popularity.

No one believed Selenium would overtake them, but eventually, it did.

This shift brings both opportunities and challenges.

It's worth noting that Microsoft, the company behind Internet Explorer, owns Playwright. This might raise concerns for those who remember the browser wars of the '90s. Could Microsoft bundle Playwright with Windows, giving it an unfair advantage over competitors?

While this is speculative, it's something to consider as Playwright gains popularity.

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