Is there even such a thing as a real Selenium alternative? Ask any tester to recommend one, and with a 99% probability, they’ll name a tool based on Selenium WebDriver. Besides, how many companies using real Selenium WebDriver alternatives can you name? Something tells me the answer is zero.
That said, there’s whole bunch of higher-level WebDriver-based tools that do the job better than Selenium. Available as frameworks, desktop tool, and web platforms, these Selenium competitors address various issues of coding straight to the WebDriver API. And let’s face it, there are quite a few issues. In my experience, the following 5 pain points are near deal-breakers for automation with Selenium.