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AppSignal vs Sentry: What are the differences?

What is AppSignal? Monitoring for Ruby and Elixir. By developers, for developers. AppSignal gives you and your team alerts and detailed metrics about your Ruby or Elixir application Sensible pricing, no aggressive sales & support by developers..

What is Sentry? Cut time to resolution for app errors from five hours to five minutes. Sentry is an open-source platform for workflow productivity, aggregating errors from across the stack in real time. 500K developers use Sentry to get the code-level context they need to resolve issues at every stage of the app lifecycle.

AppSignal belongs to "Performance Monitoring" category of the tech stack, while Sentry can be primarily classified under "Exception Monitoring".

Some of the features offered by AppSignal are:

  • Track errors
  • Performance Monitoring
  • Compare deploys. Monitor background jobs.

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

  • Real-Time Updates: For the first time, developers can fix code-level issues anywhere in the stack well before users even encounter an error.
  • Complete Context: Spend more time where it matters, rather than investing in low-impact issues.
  • Integrate Everywhere: Drop-in integration for every major platform, framework, and language -- JavaScript, Python, PHP, Ruby, Node, Java, .NET, mobile.

"Easy setup" is the primary reason why developers consider AppSignal over the competitors, whereas "Consolidates similar errors and makes resolution easy" was stated as the key factor in picking Sentry.

Sentry is an open source tool with 21.2K GitHub stars and 2.42K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Sentry's open source repository on GitHub.

reddit, StackShare, and Sentry are some of the popular companies that use Sentry, whereas AppSignal is used by Tolq, Publitas, and code lever. Sentry has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1323 company stacks & 421 developers stacks; compared to AppSignal, which is listed in 24 company stacks and 5 developer stacks.

Decisions about AppSignal and Sentry
Kamil Kowalski
Lead Architect at Fresha · | 3 upvotes · 63.2K views

Coming from a Ruby background, we've been users of New Relic for quite some time. When we adopted Elixir, the New Relic integration was young and missing essential features, so we gave AppSignal a try. It worked for quite some time, we even implemented a :telemetry reporter for AppSignal . But it was difficult to correlate data in two monitoring solutions, New Relic was undergoing a UI overhaul which made it difficult to use, and AppSignal was missing the flexibility we needed. We had some fans of Datadog, so we gave it a try and it worked out perfectly. Datadog works great with Ruby , Elixir , JavaScript , and has powerful features our engineers love to use (notebooks, dashboards, very flexible alerting). Cherry on top - thanks to the Datadog Terraform provider everything is written as code, allowing us to collaborate on our Datadog setup.

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I essentially inherited a Shopify theme that was originally created by an agency. After discovering a number of errors being thrown in the Dev Console just by scrolling through the website, I needed more visibility over any errors happening in the field. Having used both Sentry and TrackJS, I always got lost in the TrackJS interface, so I felt more comfortable introducing Sentry. The Sentry free tier is also very generous, although it turns out the theme threw over 15k errors in less than a week.

I highly recommend setting up error tracking from day one. Theoretically, you should never need to upgrade from the free tier if you're keeping on top of the errors...

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Pros of AppSignal
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    Easy setup
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    Logs Errors
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    Tracks performance
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    Elixir support out of the box
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    Support Elixir
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    Profiles Ruby Memory Usage
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    In App Customer support via chat
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    Great UI
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    Affordable, holistic, All-in-One solution for Rails
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    Custom metrics
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    GIT Integration
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    Cheapest option
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    Anomaly detection
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    Stroopwaffles
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    Consolidates similar errors and makes resolution easy
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    Email Notifications
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    Open source
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    Slack integration
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    Github integration
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    Easy
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    User-friendly interface
  • 28
    The most important tool we use in production
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    Hipchat integration
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    Heroku Integration
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    Good documentation
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    Free tier
  • 9
    Easy setup
  • 9
    Self-hosted
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    Realiable
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    Provides context, and great stack trace
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    Feedback form on error pages
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    Love it baby
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    Gitlab integration
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    Captures local variables at each frame in backtraces
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    Super user friendly
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    Filter by custom tags
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    Easy Integration
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    Performance measurements

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Cons of AppSignal
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      Confusing UI
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      Bundle size

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    What is AppSignal?

    AppSignal gives you and your team alerts and detailed metrics about your Ruby, Node.js or Elixir application. Sensible pricing, no aggressive sales & support by developers.

    What is Sentry?

    Sentry’s Application Monitoring platform helps developers see performance issues, fix errors faster, and optimize their code health.

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