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Amazon CloudFront vs imgix: What are the differences?

What is Amazon CloudFront? Content delivery with low latency and high data transfer speeds. Amazon CloudFront can be used to deliver your entire website, including dynamic, static, streaming, and interactive content using a global network of edge locations. Requests for your content are automatically routed to the nearest edge location, so content is delivered with the best possible performance.

What is imgix? Real-time image resizing service and CDN. imgix is a real-time image processing service and CDN. Resize, crop, and edit images simply by changing their URLs.

Amazon CloudFront belongs to "Content Delivery Network" category of the tech stack, while imgix can be primarily classified under "Image Processing and Management".

Some of the features offered by Amazon CloudFront are:

  • Fast- Using a network of edge locations around the world, Amazon CloudFront caches copies of your static content close to viewers, lowering latency when they download your objects and giving you the high, sustained data transfer rates needed to deliver large popular objects to end users at scale.
  • Simple- A single API call lets you get started distributing content from your Amazon S3 bucket or Amazon EC2 instance or other origin server through the Amazon CloudFront network.
  • Designed for use with other Amazon Web Services Amazon CloudFront is designed for use with other Amazon Web Services, including Amazon S3, where you can durably store the definitive versions of your static files, and Amazon EC2, where you can run your application server for dynamically generated content.

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

  • Process Images - Resize, crop, and composite multiple images simply by changing their URLs.
  • Optimize Images - Change output formats, device-pixel ratios, and chroma subsampling rates.
  • Make Images Responsive - Easily integrate imgix into the latest HTML5 responsive image standards without reprocessing your entire image library.

"Fast" is the top reason why over 245 developers like Amazon CloudFront, while over 23 developers mention "Image processing on demand" as the leading cause for choosing imgix.

According to the StackShare community, Amazon CloudFront has a broader approval, being mentioned in 3358 company stacks & 599 developers stacks; compared to imgix, which is listed in 55 company stacks and 6 developer stacks.

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Pros of Amazon CloudFront
Pros of imgix
  • 245
    Fast
  • 166
    Cdn
  • 157
    Compatible with other aws services
  • 125
    Simple
  • 108
    Global
  • 41
    Cheap
  • 36
    Cost-effective
  • 27
    Reliable
  • 19
    One stop solution
  • 9
    Elastic
  • 1
    Object store
  • 1
    HTTP/2 Support
  • 25
    Image processing on demand
  • 22
    Easy setup
  • 16
    Reduce Development Costs
  • 15
    Smart Cropping
  • 13
    Efficient
  • 10
    Insanely Fast
  • 9
    Filters, resizing, blur and more as url parameters
  • 8
    Easy to understand pricing
  • 7
    Professional Features and Options
  • 4
    Lightyears better than ImageMagick
  • 4
    Excellent Face Detection
  • 3
    S3 as source
  • 2
    Great for Dynamic Compositing
  • 2
    Scales to your company's needs

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Cons of Amazon CloudFront
Cons of imgix
  • 3
    UI could use some work
  • 1
    Invalidations take so long
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    What is Amazon CloudFront?

    Amazon CloudFront can be used to deliver your entire website, including dynamic, static, streaming, and interactive content using a global network of edge locations. Requests for your content are automatically routed to the nearest edge location, so content is delivered with the best possible performance.

    What is imgix?

    imgix is a real-time image processing service and CDN. Resize, crop, and edit images simply by changing their URLs.

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