Akka vs Netty: What are the differences?
Developers describe Akka as "Build powerful concurrent & distributed applications more easily". Akka is a toolkit and runtime for building highly concurrent, distributed, and resilient message-driven applications on the JVM. On the other hand, Netty is detailed as "Asynchronous event-driven network application framework". Netty is a NIO client server framework which enables quick and easy development of network applications such as protocol servers and clients. It greatly simplifies and streamlines network programming such as TCP and UDP socket server.
Akka and Netty can be primarily classified as "Concurrency Frameworks" tools.
"Great concurrency model" is the top reason why over 22 developers like Akka, while over 2 developers mention "High Performance" as the leading cause for choosing Netty.
Akka and Netty are both open source tools. It seems that Netty with 19.9K GitHub stars and 9.05K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Akka with 10.1K GitHub stars and 3.04K GitHub forks.
Asana, Rainist, and ContentSquare are some of the popular companies that use Akka, whereas Netty is used by Outbrain, Appian, and Rapido. Akka has a broader approval, being mentioned in 76 company stacks & 57 developers stacks; compared to Netty, which is listed in 11 company stacks and 14 developer stacks.