Difference between Cheerio and Selenium

1. Cheerio :
Cheerio is a Node.js module that is built on the top of Core JQuery and its function. With Cheerio, we can use JQuery on the server-side. Cheerio is capable enough to parse HTML and XML files.

2. Selenium :
Selenium is an automation tool that is used to automate the browser. It is much more powerful tool as compare to cheerio. Selenium provides a playback tool for authoring functional tests without the need to learn a test scripting language so it is widely used for testing web applications.

Difference between Cheerio and Selenium :

S.No. Cheerio Selenium
1. It was developed and maintained by CheerioJS. It was developed by Jason Huggins.
2. It is developed in JavaScript and JQuery. It is developed in Java.
3. It parses the raw HTML. It brings the browser engine API.
4. It is faster than Selenium. It is slower.
5. It cannot parse JavaScript. It can parse JavaScript.
6. Cheerio is basically used for web scraping tasks. Selenium is commonly used for testing web applications.
7. It supports only Node.js. It supports multiple programming languages including JavaScript, PHP, Python, etc.
8. It is a npm module used in Node.js for server side JQuery. It is a testing framework, that can also be used for web scraping tasks.

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