Kong vs. Charles vs. API Umbrella

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Description

What is Kong?

Kong is a scalable, open source API Layer (also known as an API Gateway, or API Middleware). Kong controls layer 4 and 7 traffic and is extended through Plugins, which provide extra functionality and services beyond the core platform.

What is Charles?

Charles is a web proxy (HTTP Proxy / HTTP Monitor) that runs on your own computer. Your web browser (or any other Internet application) is then configured to access the Internet through Charles, and Charles is then able to record and display for you all of the data that is sent and received.

What is API Umbrella?

API Umbrella is a proxy that sits in front of your APIs. It can seamlessly add common functionality like api keys, rate limiting, and analytics to any API.

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Cons

What are the cons of using Kong?
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Companies

What companies use Kong?
54 companies on StackShare use Kong
What companies use Charles?
15 companies on StackShare use Charles
What companies use API Umbrella?
1 companies on StackShare use API Umbrella

Integrations

What tools integrate with Kong?
8 tools on StackShare integrate with Kong
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What are some alternatives to Kong, Charles, and API Umbrella?

  • Istio - Open platform to connect, manage, and secure microservices, by Google, IBM, and Lyft
  • linkerd - Twitter-Style Operability for Microservices
  • seneca - A Micro-Services toolkit for Node.js
  • Micro - A microservice toolkit

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