Nightwatch was published in January 2014, initially created by Andrei Rusu as a tool to enable writing of
automated UI tests in a straightforward way, and which will require as little configuration and additional
libraries as possible.
Right after it was published, Nightwatch has seen steady growth and has now become one of
the most popular Node.js end-to-end testing solutions for web applications and websites.
From the very first Github Issue opened by Evan You (creator of Vue.js) and seamless integration with the Vue.js framework, to being
featured on the 2017 ThoughtWorks Technology Radar,
Nightwatch has become an established household name in the wider automated testing
Instead of building a highly flexible tool which supports a lot of plugins and customization we aim to
deliver a tool that is packed with everything you need out of the box.
We believe that in order to write tests you should only focus on writing tests and not have to add
multiple external plugins and dependencies. In our experience, this usually leads to increasingly more
time spent on maintaining dependencies and solving configuration issues, instead of writing actual
We do however provide mechanisms to extend the existing API
commands and assertions when needed and you can also use Nightwatch programmatically if you wish.
We also do our best to ensure that Nightwatch follows an industry agreed upon practice and we try to be
compatible with other existing tools.
You can even write Node.js unit tests in Nightwatch
test your backend APIs. These tests are using the same assertion libraries and the same syntax and
We can even combine end-to-end tests with unit/integration tests in the same test run.
Current Version – 1.7
This version adds integrated support for the latest Microsoft Edge browser, improved parallelism
and a few other features and improvements (such as making the API work with both chaining and promises).
We are working towards releasing the next major version which will be built on top of the Selenium Webdriver, which
will be making test run significantly more stable and more reliable.
We'll also add a few new capabilities, such as support for Chrome Dev Tools
Protocol, file uploads, and a new APIs.