Discussion on: 5 reasons you should not use Protractor in 2020

paulogoncalvesbh profile image
Paulo Gonçalves

The reason 2 to 5 isn't a argument, only the 1 is a argument to why don't use protractor.

1. Protractor is not updated
Yeah, 8 months on version 5.4.2, because the version 6 has some problems :(

2. Protractor 6 will break compatibility
That's normal on any major release on any framework, because the most open source project use semantic versioning.

3. Protractor is overcomplicated
That's not true, is so easy and had many good features, the setup is so easy, the minimum needed is where directory the spec are.


module.exports.config = {
  specs: ['src/spec/*.spec.js'],

4. Protractor not driving a good design
That's not true, your example is a result of the knowledge of the coder who does not know good automation practices. In any framework it will create a bad design like this.

5. Protractor is not required for Angular
Why that's bad?

Suggestion: Learn about protractor-helper to create robust and flakiness free tests.

Note: Webdriverio and codeceptjs can't be considered a 'modern framework', is only one more with less suport and feature.

jsunaina1 profile image

Thanks for the awesome information!!

What would you recommend as a substitute of Protractor.
Do you think we will still be able to run tests using Protractor 5.4.2 with future browser versions?

paulogoncalvesbh profile image
Paulo Gonçalves

I recommend Cypress, with him is possible to do E2E and Unit tests.

Do you think we will still be able to run tests using Protractor 5.4.2 with future browser versions?

Sure, totally possible.

davert profile image
davert Author

I assume - yes, Protractor will work, as Selenium team support legacy implementations. However, new features or protocol extensions won't be available. Anyway, don't blame yourself if you already use it. No need to worry. But it's not a great idea to choose Protractor for the next project.

warioneila86 profile image


About reason #2, in our company we already updated our tests (thousands) to use async/await two years ago, just to be prepared when the upgrade comes.

We had the whole team working on that and it took us like 3 days to get the whole framework updated. Not a big deal, to be honest.

The protractor upgrade didn't arrive yet, true, but our code is much more readable and maintainable now 😍

Maintaining your tests must be part of your work IMO.