What is Ably?
Ably offers WebSockets, stream resume, history, presence, and managed third-party integrations to make it simple to build, extend, and deliver digital realtime experiences at scale.
Ably is a tool in the Realtime Backend / API category of a tech stack.
Ably is an open source tool with 157 GitHub stars and 36 GitHub forks. Here’s a link to Ably's open source repository on GitHub
Who uses Ably?
7 companies reportedly use Ably in their tech stacks, including lido, Ably Website, and Gantt.io.
32 developers on StackShare have stated that they use Ably.
Pros of Ably
Global cloud network of data centers
Great technical support
Third-party cloud integrations
Consistently high performance
- Pub/Sub Channels API: built-in user presence, message history, token auth, guaranteed message ordering, stream continuity
- Protocol Adapters API: stream data over open protocols like WebSockets, MQTT, SSE, and more
- Reactor API: link your other systems to Ably so you can use your existing compute to queue and consume high volumes of realtime messages in bulk, transform or filter messages by executing functions on them, or pass messages on to other systems for onward processing
- A unified API to provide native push notifications using APNS and GCM
- Data Stream Network: Ably's cloud network of 16+ datacenters and 175+ PoPs.
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