Zombie is a headless browser testing framework for Node.js. It allows you to write and automate browser-based tests using a simple and intuitive API. With Zombie, you can simulate user interactions, such as clicking buttons, filling out forms, and navigating between pages, all within a Node.js environment.
CasperJS is a full-featured testing and navigation library that allows you to automate interactions with web pages. It provides a high-level API and supports various testing frameworks. Zombie, on the other hand, is a lightweight headless browser that can be used for testing and scraping. It provides a simpler API and focuses more on testing functionality.
CasperJS is built on top of PhantomJS, a headless browser, and provides a more comprehensive solution for browser automation. It supports a wide range of features like screenshot capture, form submission, and navigation. Zombie, on the other hand, is a standalone headless browser that is easier to set up and use, but it may have limitations in terms of advanced browser automation features.
CasperJS has not seen active development since 2016 and is considered to be in maintenance mode. Zombie, on the other hand, is actively maintained and has a more up-to-date codebase. It is built on top of the Node.js `jsdom` library, which is actively maintained and widely used.
CasperJS has a larger and more established community with extensive documentation, tutorials, and resources available. Zombie, while not as widely adopted, still has an active community and provides sufficient documentation and examples to get started.