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Dynamic, functional language designed for building scalable and maintainable applications

What is Elixir?

Elixir leverages the Erlang VM, known for running low-latency, distributed and fault-tolerant systems, while also being successfully used in web development and the embedded software domain.
Elixir is a tool in the Languages category of a tech stack.
Elixir is an open source tool with 15.6K GitHub stars and 2.2K GitHub forks. Here’s a link to Elixir's open source repository on GitHub

Who uses Elixir?

220 companies reportedly use Elixir in their tech stacks, including Postmates, RD Station, and NoRedInk.

988 developers on StackShare have stated that they use Elixir.

Elixir Integrations

Sentry, Airbrake, Phoenix Framework, SparkPost, and Buddy are some of the popular tools that integrate with Elixir. Here's a list of all 10 tools that integrate with Elixir.

Why developers like Elixir?

Here’s a list of reasons why companies and developers use Elixir
Elixir Reviews

Here are some stack decisions, common use cases and reviews by companies and developers who chose Elixir in their tech stack.

Sebastian Gębski
Sebastian Gębski
CTO at Shedul/Fresha · | 7 upvotes · 21.8K views
atFresha EngineeringFresha Engineering
Phoenix Framework

Another major decision was to adopt Elixir and Phoenix Framework - the DX (Developer eXperience) is pretty similar to what we know from RoR, but this tech is running on the top of rock-solid Erlang platform which is powering planet-scale telecom solutions for 20+ years. So we're getting pretty much the best from both worlds: minimum friction & smart conventions that eliminate the excessive boilerplate AND highly concurrent EVM (Erlang's Virtual Machine) that makes all the scalability problems vanish. The transition was very smooth - none of Ruby developers we had decided to leave because of Elixir. What is more, we kept recruiting Ruby developers w/o any requirement regarding Elixir proficiency & we still were able to educate them internally in almost no time. Obviously Elixir comes with some more tools in the stack: Credo , Hex , AppSignal (required to properly monitor BEAM apps).

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Mayel De Borniol
Mayel De Borniol

We chose Elixir for MoodleNet's back-end, despite all of Moodle's existing code being PHP

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StackShare Editors
StackShare Editors

Postmates built a tool called Bazaar that helps onboard new partners and handles several routine tasks, like nightly emails to merchants alerting them about items that are out of stock.

Since they ran Bazaar across multiple instances, the team needed to avoid sending multiple emails to their partners by obtaining lock across multiple hosts. To solve their challenge, they created and open sourced ConsulMutEx, and an Elixir module for acquiring and releasing locks with Consul and other backends.

It works with Consul’s KV store, as well as other backends, including ets, Erlang’s in-memory database.

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atProvide BookingProvide Booking

Huge boon to productivity when coupled with Phoenix. Moreover, it has made background jobs and all the unseen aspects of a business easily abstracted. Elixir

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atInternational BancardInternational Bancard

We wanted performant, strongly type, compiled to binary system level services to replace RAD implementations in our main web framework ( Laravel ).

We considered Elixir and Go , and ended up using Go given its fit for purpose and strong library support.

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Elixir Alternatives & Comparisons

What are some alternatives to Elixir?
Go is expressive, concise, clean, and efficient. Its concurrency mechanisms make it easy to write programs that get the most out of multicore and networked machines, while its novel type system enables flexible and modular program construction. Go compiles quickly to machine code yet has the convenience of garbage collection and the power of run-time reflection. It's a fast, statically typed, compiled language that feels like a dynamically typed, interpreted language.
Some of Erlang's uses are in telecoms, banking, e-commerce, computer telephony and instant messaging. Erlang's runtime system has built-in support for concurrency, distribution and fault tolerance. OTP is set of Erlang libraries and design principles providing middle-ware to develop these systems.
Clojure is designed to be a general-purpose language, combining the approachability and interactive development of a scripting language with an efficient and robust infrastructure for multithreaded programming. Clojure is a compiled language - it compiles directly to JVM bytecode, yet remains completely dynamic. Clojure is a dialect of Lisp, and shares with Lisp the code-as-data philosophy and a powerful macro system.
Ruby is a language of careful balance. Its creator, Yukihiro “Matz” Matsumoto, blended parts of his favorite languages (Perl, Smalltalk, Eiffel, Ada, and Lisp) to form a new language that balanced functional programming with imperative programming.
Rust is a systems programming language that combines strong compile-time correctness guarantees with fast performance. It improves upon the ideas of other systems languages like C++ by providing guaranteed memory safety (no crashes, no data races) and complete control over the lifecycle of memory.
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Elixir's Followers
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