Amazon API Gateway vs Amazon Cognito: What are the differences?
Developers describe Amazon API Gateway as "Create, publish, maintain, monitor, and secure APIs at any scale". Amazon API Gateway handles all the tasks involved in accepting and processing up to hundreds of thousands of concurrent API calls, including traffic management, authorization and access control, monitoring, and API version management. On the other hand, Amazon Cognito is detailed as "Securely manage and synchronize app data for your users across their mobile devices". You can create unique identities for your users through a number of public login providers (Amazon, Facebook, and Google) and also support unauthenticated guests. You can save app data locally on users’ devices allowing your applications to work even when the devices are offline.
Amazon API Gateway and Amazon Cognito are primarily classified as "API" and "User Management and Authentication" tools respectively.
Some of the features offered by Amazon API Gateway are:
- Build, Deploy and Manage APIs
- API Lifecycle Management
On the other hand, Amazon Cognito provides the following key features:
- Manage Unique Identities
- Work Offline
- Store and Sync across Devices
"AWS Integration" is the top reason why over 23 developers like Amazon API Gateway, while over 11 developers mention "Backed by Amazon" as the leading cause for choosing Amazon Cognito.
According to the StackShare community, Amazon API Gateway has a broader approval, being mentioned in 167 company stacks & 62 developers stacks; compared to Amazon Cognito, which is listed in 40 company stacks and 12 developer stacks.
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API Gateway in conjunction with Lambda has allowed us to become 'serverless'. We have a number of API endpoints that range from simple CRUD operations, through to triggering chains of complex background jobs. Like Lambda, this service has released us from getting bogged down in infrastructure management, freeing up huge amounts of time to focus on solving business problems.
It provides me with POST endpoints; I don't run servers and some third-party services need to POST data to my application.
Triggers the Lambda function from a GitHub WebHook push into
Excellent API Gateway, some quirks but most are being addressed over time, easy integration with Lambda