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Apache NiFi vs Logstash: What are the differences?

Developers describe Apache NiFi as "A reliable system to process and distribute data". An easy to use, powerful, and reliable system to process and distribute data. It supports powerful and scalable directed graphs of data routing, transformation, and system mediation logic. On the other hand, Logstash is detailed as "Collect, Parse, & Enrich Data". Logstash is a tool for managing events and logs. You can use it to collect logs, parse them, and store them for later use (like, for searching). If you store them in Elasticsearch, you can view and analyze them with Kibana.

Apache NiFi can be classified as a tool in the "Stream Processing" category, while Logstash is grouped under "Log Management".

Logstash is an open source tool with 10.3K GitHub stars and 2.78K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Logstash's open source repository on GitHub.

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Pros of Apache NiFi
Pros of Logstash
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    Visual Data Flows using Directed Acyclic Graphs (DAGs)
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    Free (Open Source)
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    Scalable horizontally as well as vertically
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    Reactive with back-pressure
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    Fast prototyping
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    Bi-directional channels
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    End-to-end security between all nodes
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    Built-in graphical user interface
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    Can handle messages up to gigabytes in size
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    Data provenance
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    Lots of documentation
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    Hbase support
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    Support for custom Processor in Java
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    Hive support
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    Kudu support
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    Slack integration
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    Lot of articles
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    Easy but powerful filtering
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    Kibana provides machine learning based analytics to log
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    Great to meet GDPR goals
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    Well Documented

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Cons of Apache NiFi
Cons of Logstash
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    HA support is not full fledge
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    Documentation difficult to use

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