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Mocha vs Quick comparison of testing frameworks
What are the differences between Mocha and Quick?


Programming language




Unit Testing, Intergration Testing, End-to-End Testing

Acceptance Testing, Unit Testing

General info

Mocha is a widely used JavaScript test framework for Node.js

Mocha is a simple, flexible and the one of the widely adopted JS test framework. Mocha usually runs tests serially which enables the accurate reporting. Also it's useful for asynchronous testing, and provides various king of test reports. Spec is default test reporter for mocha, there are many test reports like Nyan, Dot matrix, Tap, Landing strip, List and Progress. Mocha is being used with many other test frameworks like Selenium WebDriver,, wd and Cypress

Quick is a Swift (and Objective-C) testing framework.

Quick is a behavior-driven development framework for Swift and Objective-C that is inspired by RSpec, Specta, and Ginkgo. Quick comes bundled with Nimble a matcher framework for your tests.
Set of frameworks originating from SUnit (Smalltalk's testing framework). They share similar structure and functionality.


It has an XUnit reporter available which outputs an XUnit-compatible XML document, often applicable in CI servers.


Yes, it is an xUnit style test framework
Allows testing code execution on the client, such as a web browser


Mocha Runs in the browser and is used widely to test front-end components and functionality. It can test various DOM elements, front-end functions and so on.


Developers can test front-end behaviour and components by defining front-end feature specifications
Allows testing the bahovior of a server-side code


Mocha provides convenient ways of testing the Node server.It works well with Chai (an assertion library) where it provides the environment for writing server-side tests while we write the tests with Chai


Developers can test back-end behaviour and components by defining back-end feature specifications
Allows defining a fixed, specific states of data (fixtures) that are test-local. This ensures specific environment for a single test

Mocha provides the hooks before(), after(), beforeEach(), and afterEach() to set up preconditions and clean up after your tests


Quick contains fixture methods setup() and teardown() for setting up and destroying test environments
Group fixtures
Allows defining a fixed, specific states of data for a group of tests (group-fixtures). This ensures specific environment for a given group of tests.


Mocha allows grouping of fixtures


Yes, example groups (logical groupings of examples/tests) can share setup and teardown code
Supports data generators for tests. Data generators generate input data for test. The test is then run for each input data produced in this way.


Licence type governing the use and redistribution of the software

MIT License

Apache License 2.0

Mocks are objects that simulate the behavior of real objects. Using mocks allows testing some part of the code in isolation (with other parts mocked when needed)

Provides Mocking capabilities through third party libraries like sinon.js, simple-mock and nock


Yes, developers can create mock objects with Quick using the Cuckoo library
Allows organizing tests in groups


Grouping is supported and is accomplished by the using a nested 'describe()'


In Quick test suites are named Specs, and every test suite you create starts off with a class inheriting from QuickSpec includes a main method, spec() which contains all the test cases.
Other useful information about the testing framework