Alternatives to Kong logo

Alternatives to Kong

Istio, Jersey, linkerd, Express Gateway, and Azure Service Fabric are the most popular alternatives and competitors to Kong.
213
261
+ 1
90

What is Kong and what are its top alternatives?

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 24.3K GitHub stars and 3.1K GitHub forks. Here鈥檚 a link to Kong's open source repository on GitHub

Kong alternatives & related posts

Istio logo

Istio

223
235
20
223
235
+ 1
20
Open platform to connect, manage, and secure microservices, by Google, IBM, and Lyft
Istio logo
Istio
VS
Kong logo
Kong

related Istio posts

Anas MOKDAD
Anas MOKDAD
Software Architect | 2 upvotes 46.1K views
Kong
Kong
Istio
Istio

As for the new support of service mesh pattern by Kong, I wonder how does it compare to Istio?

See more
Jersey logo

Jersey

37
21
1
37
21
+ 1
1
A REST framework that provides a JAX-RS implementation
Jersey logo
Jersey
VS
Kong logo
Kong
linkerd logo

linkerd

33
62
2
33
62
+ 1
2
Twitter-Style Operability for Microservices
linkerd logo
linkerd
VS
Kong logo
Kong
Express Gateway logo

Express Gateway

33
33
12
33
33
+ 1
12
An open source API gateway for microservices built on Express.js
Express Gateway logo
Express Gateway
VS
Kong logo
Kong

related Express Gateway posts

Al Tsang
Al Tsang
CEO at LunchBadger | 4 upvotes 45.4K views
atLunchBadgerLunchBadger
Tyk Cloud
Tyk Cloud
Kong
Kong
ExpressJS
ExpressJS
Express Gateway
Express Gateway
#Gateway
#OAuth2
#JWT
#APIs
Problem/Challenge

We needed a lightweight and completely customizable #microservices #gateway to be able to generate #JWT and introspect #OAuth2 tokens as well. The #gateway was going to front all #APIs for our single page web app as well as externalized #APIs for our partners.

Contenders

We looked at Tyk Cloud and Kong. Kong's plugins are all Lua based and its core is NGINX and OpenResty. Although it's open source, it's not the greatest platform to be able to customize. On top of that enterprise features are paid and expensive. Tyk is Go and the nomenclature used within Tyk like "sessions" was bizarre, and again enterprise features were paid.

Decision

We ultimately decided to roll our own using ExpressJS into Express Gateway because the use case for using ExpressJS as an #API #gateway was tried and true, in fact - all the enterprise features that the other two charge for #OAuth2 introspection etc were freely available within ExpressJS middleware.

Outcome

We opened source Express Gateway with a core set of plugins and the community started writing their own and could quickly do so by rolling lots of ExpressJS middleware into Express Gateway

See more
Azure Service Fabric logo

Azure Service Fabric

28
18
8
28
18
+ 1
8
Distributed systems platform that simplifies build, package, deploy, and management of scalable microservices apps
Azure Service Fabric logo
Azure Service Fabric
VS
Kong logo
Kong
Zuul logo

Zuul

28
18
0
28
18
+ 1
0
An edge service that provides dynamic routing, monitoring, resiliency, security, and more
    Be the first to leave a pro
    Zuul logo
    Zuul
    VS
    Kong logo
    Kong
    seneca logo

    seneca

    27
    29
    0
    27
    29
    + 1
    0
    A Micro-Services toolkit for Node.js
      Be the first to leave a pro
      seneca logo
      seneca
      VS
      Kong logo
      Kong
      Micro logo

      Micro

      25
      26
      2
      25
      26
      + 1
      2
      A microservice toolkit
      Micro logo
      Micro
      VS
      Kong logo
      Kong
      Netflix OSS logo

      Netflix OSS

      22
      10
      0
      22
      10
      + 1
      0
      A set of frameworks and libraries to solve distributed-systems problems at scale
        Be the first to leave a pro
        Netflix OSS logo
        Netflix OSS
        VS
        Kong logo
        Kong
        Claudia logo

        Claudia

        20
        23
        1
        20
        23
        + 1
        1
        Deploy Node.js microservices to AWS Lambda and API Gateway easily
        Claudia logo
        Claudia
        VS
        Kong logo
        Kong
        Conductor logo

        Conductor

        19
        40
        0
        19
        40
        + 1
        0
        A microservices orchestration engine that runs in the cloud
          Be the first to leave a pro
          Conductor logo
          Conductor
          VS
          Kong logo
          Kong
          fabric8 logo

          fabric8

          18
          42
          1
          18
          42
          + 1
          1
          Open source microservices platform based on Docker, Kubernetes and Jenkins
          fabric8 logo
          fabric8
          VS
          Kong logo
          Kong
          Lagom Framework logo

          Lagom Framework

          13
          10
          0
          13
          10
          + 1
          0
          A microservices framework
            Be the first to leave a pro
            Lagom Framework logo
            Lagom Framework
            VS
            Kong logo
            Kong
            goa logo

            goa

            12
            31
            0
            12
            31
            + 1
            0
            A design driven approach for building microservices in Go
              Be the first to leave a pro
              goa logo
              goa
              VS
              Kong logo
              Kong
              Ocelot logo

              Ocelot

              5
              5
              0
              5
              5
              + 1
              0
              A modern fast, scalable API gateway built on ASP.NET core
                Be the first to leave a pro
                Ocelot logo
                Ocelot
                VS
                Kong logo
                Kong
                Expressive logo

                Expressive

                3
                3
                0
                3
                3
                + 1
                0
                Build PHP microservices and web applications in minutes
                  Be the first to leave a pro
                  Expressive logo
                  Expressive
                  VS
                  Kong logo
                  Kong
                  ArangoDB Foxx logo

                  ArangoDB Foxx

                  2
                  1
                  0
                  2
                  1
                  + 1
                  0
                  JavaScript framework for writing data-centric HTTP microservices
                    Be the first to leave a pro
                    ArangoDB Foxx logo
                    ArangoDB Foxx
                    VS
                    Kong logo
                    Kong
                    Nameko logo

                    Nameko

                    2
                    1
                    0
                    2
                    1
                    + 1
                    0
                    Python microservices framework
                      Be the first to leave a pro
                      Nameko logo
                      Nameko
                      VS
                      Kong logo
                      Kong
                      Go Micro  logo

                      Go Micro

                      2
                      8
                      0
                      2
                      8
                      + 1
                      0
                      A Go microservices development framework
                        Be the first to leave a pro
                        Go Micro  logo
                        Go Micro
                        VS
                        Kong logo
                        Kong
                        AWS App Mesh logo

                        AWS App Mesh

                        1
                        7
                        0
                        1
                        7
                        + 1
                        0
                        Easily monitor and control microservices running on AWS
                          Be the first to leave a pro
                          AWS App Mesh logo
                          AWS App Mesh
                          VS
                          Kong logo
                          Kong