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ActiveMQ vs Kafka: What are the differences?

ActiveMQ: A message broker written in Java together with a full JMS client. Apache ActiveMQ is fast, supports many Cross Language Clients and Protocols, comes with easy to use Enterprise Integration Patterns and many advanced features while fully supporting JMS 1.1 and J2EE 1.4. Apache ActiveMQ is released under the Apache 2.0 License; Kafka: Distributed, fault tolerant, high throughput pub-sub messaging system. Kafka is a distributed, partitioned, replicated commit log service. It provides the functionality of a messaging system, but with a unique design.

ActiveMQ and Kafka can be primarily classified as "Message Queue" tools.

"Open source" is the top reason why over 9 developers like ActiveMQ, while over 95 developers mention "High-throughput" as the leading cause for choosing Kafka.

ActiveMQ and Kafka are both open source tools. It seems that Kafka with 12.7K GitHub stars and 6.81K forks on GitHub has more adoption than ActiveMQ with 1.5K GitHub stars and 1.05K GitHub forks.

According to the StackShare community, Kafka has a broader approval, being mentioned in 509 company stacks & 470 developers stacks; compared to ActiveMQ, which is listed in 33 company stacks and 17 developer stacks.

What is ActiveMQ?

Apache ActiveMQ is fast, supports many Cross Language Clients and Protocols, comes with easy to use Enterprise Integration Patterns and many advanced features while fully supporting JMS 1.1 and J2EE 1.4. Apache ActiveMQ is released under the Apache 2.0 License.

What is Kafka?

Kafka is a distributed, partitioned, replicated commit log service. It provides the functionality of a messaging system, but with a unique design.

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    What are some alternatives to ActiveMQ and Kafka?
    RabbitMQ
    RabbitMQ gives your applications a common platform to send and receive messages, and your messages a safe place to live until received.
    Apollo
    Build a universal GraphQL API on top of your existing REST APIs, so you can ship new application features fast without waiting on backend changes.
    Amazon SQS
    Transmit any volume of data, at any level of throughput, without losing messages or requiring other services to be always available. With SQS, you can offload the administrative burden of operating and scaling a highly available messaging cluster, while paying a low price for only what you use.
    Celery
    Celery is an asynchronous task queue/job queue based on distributed message passing. It is focused on real-time operation, but supports scheduling as well.
    ZeroMQ
    The 0MQ lightweight messaging kernel is a library which extends the standard socket interfaces with features traditionally provided by specialised messaging middleware products. 0MQ sockets provide an abstraction of asynchronous message queues, multiple messaging patterns, message filtering (subscriptions), seamless access to multiple transport protocols and more.
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    Pinterest uses KafkaKafka

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    Front-end messages are logged to Kafka by our API and application servers. We have batch processing (on the middle-left) and real-time processing (on the middle-right) pipelines to process the experiment data. For batch processing, after daily raw log get to s3, we start our nightly experiment workflow to figure out experiment users groups and experiment metrics. We use our in-house workflow management system Pinball to manage the dependencies of all these MapReduce jobs.

    Avatar of Coolfront Technologies
    Coolfront Technologies uses KafkaKafka

    Building out real-time streaming server to present data insights to Coolfront Mobile customers and internal sales and marketing teams.

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    Casey Smith uses ActiveMQActiveMQ

    Remote broker and local client for incoming data feeds. Local broker for republishing data feeds to other systems.

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    ShareThis uses KafkaKafka

    We are using Kafka as a message queue to process our widget logs.

    Avatar of Christopher Davison
    Christopher Davison uses KafkaKafka

    Used for communications and triggering jobs across ETL systems

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    theskyinflames uses KafkaKafka

    Used as a integration middleware by messaging interchanging.

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