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.