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Amazon Cognito vs Stormpath: What are the differences?

Developers describe Amazon Cognito 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. On the other hand, Stormpath is detailed as "User Management and Authentication for Developers". Stormpath is an authentication and user management service that helps development teams quickly and securely build web and mobile applications and services.

Amazon Cognito and Stormpath belong to "User Management and Authentication" category of the tech stack.

Some of the features offered by Amazon Cognito are:

  • Manage Unique Identities
  • Work Offline
  • Store and Sync across Devices

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

  • User Authentication as a Service
  • Authorization – Easily model and manage your data, including pre-built roles
  • Flexible User Profiles

"Backed by Amazon" is the top reason why over 11 developers like Amazon Cognito, while over 26 developers mention "Authentication" as the leading cause for choosing Stormpath.

ChromaDex, Sendhelper Pte Ltd, and Strain Merchant are some of the popular companies that use Amazon Cognito, whereas Stormpath is used by Stormpath, Forerunner Games, and Notify-e. Amazon Cognito has a broader approval, being mentioned in 41 company stacks & 13 developers stacks; compared to Stormpath, which is listed in 3 company stacks and 4 developer stacks.

Decisions about Amazon Cognito and Stormpath
Brent Maxwell
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I started our team on Amazon Cognito because I was a Solutions Architect at AWS and found it really easy to follow the tutorials and get a basic app up and running with it.

When our team started working with it, they very quickly became frustrated because of the poor documentation. After 4 days of trying to get all the basic passwordless auth working, our lead engineer made the decision to abandon it and try Auth0... and managed to get everything implemented in 4 hours.

The consensus was that Cognito just isn't mature enough or well-documented, and that the implementation does not cater for real world use cases the way that it should. I believe Amplify has made some of this simpler, but I would still recommend Auth0 as it's been bulletproof for us, and is a sensible price.

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Pros of Amazon Cognito
Pros of Stormpath
  • 14
    Backed by Amazon
  • 7
    Manage Unique Identities
  • 4
    Work Offline
  • 3
    MFA
  • 2
    Store and Sync
  • 1
    It works
  • 1
    Integrate with Google, Amazon, Twitter, Facebook, SAML
  • 1
    SDKs and code samples
  • 1
    Free for first 50000 users
  • 27
    Authentication
  • 22
    User Management
  • 19
    API Authentication
  • 17
    Token Authentication
  • 17
    Security Workflows
  • 16
    Secure
  • 7
    Easy setup and great support
  • 7
    Great customer support
  • 6
    they manage the required, so I can focus on innovation
  • 3
    Private Deployment
  • 2
    Will sign BAA for HIPAA-compliance
  • 1
    Rapid Development
  • 0
    SAML Support

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Cons of Amazon Cognito
Cons of Stormpath
  • 4
    Massive Pain to get working
  • 3
    Documentation often out of date
  • 2
    Login-UI sparsely customizable (e.g. no translation)
  • 1
    Docs are vast but mostly useless
  • 1
    MFA: there is no "forget device" function
  • 1
    Difficult to customize (basic-pack is more than humble)
  • 1
    Lacks many basic features
  • 1
    There is no "Logout" method in the API
  • 1
    No recovery codes for MFA
  • 1
    Hard to find expiration times for tokens/codes
  • 1
    Only paid support
  • 4
    Discontinued

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What is Amazon Cognito?

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.

What is Stormpath?

Stormpath is an authentication and user management service that helps development teams quickly and securely build web and mobile applications and services.

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Jobs that mention Amazon Cognito and Stormpath as a desired skillset
CBRE
United States of America Texas Richardson
Pinterest
Palo Alto, CA, US; San Francisco, CA, US; New York City, NY, US; Seattle, WA, US
Pinterest
San Francisco, CA, US; Palo Alto, CA, US; Seattle, WA, US
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What are some alternatives to Amazon Cognito and Stormpath?
Auth0
A set of unified APIs and tools that instantly enables Single Sign On and user management to all your applications.
Okta
Connect all your apps in days, not months, with instant access to thousands of pre-built integrations - even add apps to the network yourself. Integrations are easy to set up, constantly monitored, proactively repaired and handle authentication and provisioning.
Firebase
Firebase is a cloud service designed to power real-time, collaborative applications. Simply add the Firebase library to your application to gain access to a shared data structure; any changes you make to that data are automatically synchronized with the Firebase cloud and with other clients within milliseconds.
AWS IAM
It enables you to manage access to AWS services and resources securely. Using IAM, you can create and manage AWS users and groups, and use permissions to allow and deny their access to AWS resources.
Keycloak
It is an Open Source Identity and Access Management For Modern Applications and Services. It adds authentication to applications and secure services with minimum fuss. No need to deal with storing users or authenticating users. It's all available out of the box.
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