What is Kong?

Kong is a scalable, open source API Layer (also known as an API Gateway, or API Middleware). Kong controls layer 4 and 7 traffic and is extended through Plugins, which provide extra functionality and services beyond the core platform.
Kong is a tool in the Microservices Tools category of a tech stack.
Kong is an open source tool with 30.6K GitHub stars and 4K GitHub forks. Here’s a link to Kong's open source repository on GitHub

Who uses Kong?

Companies
136 companies reportedly use Kong in their tech stacks, including CRED, GO-JEK, and deleokorea.

Developers
317 developers on StackShare have stated that they use Kong.

Kong Integrations

Docker, NGINX, PostgreSQL, Kubernetes, and Vagrant are some of the popular tools that integrate with Kong. Here's a list of all 14 tools that integrate with Kong.
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Decisions about Kong

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

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Kong's Features

  • Logging: Log requests and responses to your system over TCP, UDP or to disk
  • OAuth2.0: Add easily an OAuth2.0 authentication to your APIs
  • Monitoring: Live monitoring provides key load and performance server metrics
  • IP-restriction: Whitelist or blacklist IPs that can make requests
  • Authentication: Manage consumer credentials query string and header tokens
  • Rate-limiting: Block and throttle requests based on IP or authentication
  • Transformations: Add, remove or manipulate HTTP params and headers on-the-fly
  • CORS: Enable cross-origin requests to your APIs that would otherwise be blocked
  • Anything: Need custom functionality? Extend Kong with your own Lua plugins

Kong Alternatives & Comparisons

What are some alternatives to Kong?
Apigee
API management, design, analytics, and security are at the heart of modern digital architecture. The Apigee intelligent API platform is a complete solution for moving business to the digital world.
Istio
Istio is an open platform for providing a uniform way to integrate microservices, manage traffic flow across microservices, enforce policies and aggregate telemetry data. Istio's control plane provides an abstraction layer over the underlying cluster management platform, such as Kubernetes, Mesos, etc.
Zuul
It is the front door for all requests from devices and websites to the backend of the Netflix streaming application. As an edge service application, It is built to enable dynamic routing, monitoring, resiliency, and security. Routing is an integral part of a microservice architecture.
linkerd
linkerd is an out-of-process network stack for microservices. It functions as a transparent RPC proxy, handling everything needed to make inter-service RPC safe and sane--including load-balancing, service discovery, instrumentation, and routing.
Jersey
It is open source, production quality, framework for developing RESTful Web Services in Java that provides support for JAX-RS APIs and serves as a JAX-RS (JSR 311 & JSR 339) Reference Implementation. It provides it’s own API that extend the JAX-RS toolkit with additional features and utilities to further simplify RESTful service and client development.
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Kong's Followers
1126 developers follow Kong to keep up with related blogs and decisions.