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 28.2K GitHub stars and 3.7K GitHub forks. Here’s a link to Kong's open source repository on GitHub
Who uses Kong?
107 companies reportedly use Kong in their tech stacks, including GO-JEK, ViaVarejo, and CRED.
273 developers on StackShare have stated that they use Kong.
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.
Pros of Kong
Easy to maintain
Easy to install
Documentation is clear
Decisions about Kong
Here are some stack decisions, common use cases and reviews by companies and developers who chose Kong in their tech stack.
As for the new support of service mesh pattern by Kong, I wonder how does it compare to Istio?
Sep 25 2015 at 8:45AM
- 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
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