Airbrake vs Sentry

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Airbrake vs Sentry: What are the differences?

Airbrake: Airbrake captures and groups errors in Ruby, iOS, Django, PHP & more. Airbrake collects errors for your applications in all major languages and frameworks. We alert you to new errors and give you critical context, trends and details needed to find and fix errors fast; Sentry: Cut time to resolution for app errors from five hours to five minutes. Sentry is an open-source platform for workflow productivity, aggregating errors from across the stack in real time. 500K developers use Sentry to get the code-level context they need to resolve issues at every stage of the app lifecycle.

Airbrake and Sentry can be categorized as "Exception Monitoring" tools.

Some of the features offered by Airbrake are:

  • Dupe Detection- Developers will only receive an email once when an error occurs — rather than getting buried under an error email avalanche.
  • Auto Resolve- An action on each application deployment — that way developers can focus on the problems that exist today, not the ones from last month.
  • Github Aware- Airbrake is github-aware, and can link code in your Airbrake error stack traces to the corresponding locations on github.

On the other hand, Sentry provides the following key features:

  • Real-Time Updates: For the first time, developers can fix code-level issues anywhere in the stack well before users even encounter an error.
  • Complete Context: Spend more time where it matters, rather than investing in low-impact issues.
  • Integrate Everywhere: Drop-in integration for every major platform, framework, and language -- JavaScript, Python, PHP, Ruby, Node, Java, .NET, mobile.

"Reliable" is the top reason why over 26 developers like Airbrake, while over 215 developers mention "Consolidates similar errors and makes resolution easy" as the leading cause for choosing Sentry.

Sentry is an open source tool with 21.4K GitHub stars and 2.44K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Sentry's open source repository on GitHub.

According to the StackShare community, Sentry has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1341 company stacks & 434 developers stacks; compared to Airbrake, which is listed in 91 company stacks and 22 developer stacks.

Decisions about Airbrake and Sentry

I essentially inherited a Shopify theme that was originally created by an agency. After discovering a number of errors being thrown in the Dev Console just by scrolling through the website, I needed more visibility over any errors happening in the field. Having used both Sentry and TrackJS, I always got lost in the TrackJS interface, so I felt more comfortable introducing Sentry. The Sentry free tier is also very generous, although it turns out the theme threw over 15k errors in less than a week.

I highly recommend setting up error tracking from day one. Theoretically, you should never need to upgrade from the free tier if you're keeping on top of the errors...

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Pros of Airbrake
Pros of Sentry
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    Reliable
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    Consolidates similar errors
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    Easy setup
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    Slack Integration
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    Github Integration
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    Email notifications
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    Includes a free plan
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    Android Application to view errors.
  • 4
    Search and filtering
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    Shows request parameters
  • 2
    Heroku integration
  • 234
    Consolidates similar errors and makes resolution easy
  • 120
    Email Notifications
  • 108
    Open source
  • 83
    Slack integration
  • 70
    Github integration
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    Easy
  • 43
    User-friendly interface
  • 28
    The most important tool we use in production
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    Hipchat integration
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    Heroku Integration
  • 15
    Good documentation
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    Free tier
  • 9
    Self-hosted
  • 8
    Easy setup
  • 7
    Realiable
  • 6
    Provides context, and great stack trace
  • 4
    Feedback form on error pages
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    Love it baby
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    Easy Integration
  • 3
    Gitlab integration
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    Super user friendly
  • 3
    Filter by custom tags
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    Captures local variables at each frame in backtraces

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Cons of Airbrake
Cons of Sentry
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    Rejects error report if non-latin characters exists
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    Confusing UI

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What is Airbrake?

Airbrake collects errors for your applications in all major languages and frameworks. We alert you to new errors and give you critical context, trends and details needed to find and fix errors fast.

What is Sentry?

Sentry’s Application Monitoring platform helps developers see performance issues, fix errors faster, and optimize their code health.

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