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Bugsnag vs Crashlytics: What are the differences?

Bugsnag: Bugsnag provides production error monitoring and management for front-end, mobile and back-end applications. Bugsnag captures errors from your web, mobile and back-end applications, providing instant visibility into user impact. Diagnostic data and tools are included to help your team prioritize, debug and fix exceptions fast; Crashlytics: The world's most powerful, yet lightest weight crash reporting solution. Free for everybody. Instead of just showing you the stack trace, Crashlytics performs deep analysis of each and every thread. We de-prioritize lines that don't matter while highlighting the interesting ones. This makes reading stack traces easier, faster, and far more useful! Crashlytics' intelligent grouping can take 50,000 crashes, distill them down to 20 unique issues, and then tell you which 3 are the most important to fix.

Bugsnag can be classified as a tool in the "Exception Monitoring" category, while Crashlytics is grouped under "Mobile Error Monitoring".

Some of the features offered by Bugsnag are:

  • Root cause error grouping
  • Support for over 50 languages and platforms including JavaScript, iOS, Android, Python, Ruby and Java
  • Real-time alerting to chat, email or SMS

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

  • Instead of just showing you the stack trace, Crashlytics performs deep analysis of each and every thread. We de-prioritize lines that don't matter while highlighting the interesting ones. This makes reading stack traces easier, faster, and far more useful!
  • Crashlytics' intelligent grouping can take 50,000 crashes, distill them down to 20 unique issues, and then tell you which 3 are the most important to fix.
  • Now you'll get precise information on the performance of the devices that your apps run on. We'll let you know if the crash only happens on a specific model or generation of a device. We'll even tell you other information, like whether your app only crashes in landscape mode, or whether the proximity sensor is always on.

"Lots of 3rd party integrations" is the primary reason why developers consider Bugsnag over the competitors, whereas "Crash tracking" was stated as the key factor in picking Crashlytics.

According to the StackShare community, Crashlytics has a broader approval, being mentioned in 350 company stacks & 68 developers stacks; compared to Bugsnag, which is listed in 295 company stacks and 47 developer stacks.

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I am also considering Logstash.

I want to add a remote debugging tool for my application, and my application is currently live in 10 countries. So, the scale is quite big. Can you help me choose the best client-side debugging tool? Also, are there any tools available in the market that provide 3rd party server integration too?

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BugfenderBugfender

Bugfender is mainly focused on getting the application logs, which is very useful for debugging and reproducing errors reported by users. Also has a "user feedback" option, that lets you get feedback from your users and get the application logs alongside it. Bugsnag and Crashlytics are more focused on "error analytics", mostly crashes, and they're more advanced in terms of analytics and detection of trends in crashes. I hope I helped! Disclaimer: I'm one of the founders of Bugfender.

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Bugsnag is one of my favorite tools. I must admit that I can't compare with the other two variants, because I only have experience with Sentry and Bugsnag. Both are fine, but I lean towards Bugsnag. With the help of Bugsnag I'm able to see quite clearly what went wrong, and it shows the affected users (and in my case even the tenant as we're operating a multi-tenant application).

Regarding Logstash: I've been using Bugsnag as a complementary tool with Logging + APM platforms like NewRelic or Datadog. What I mean is, go for Logstash if that's the log monitoring tool you like, but Bugsnag and Logstash are not interchangeable, and it perfectly makes sense to use both.

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Pros of Bugsnag
Pros of Crashlytics
  • 45
    Lots of 3rd party integrations
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    Really reliable
  • 36
    Includes a free plan
  • 25
    No usage or rate limits
  • 23
    Design
  • 21
    Slack integration
  • 21
    Responsive support
  • 19
    Free tier
  • 11
    Unlimited
  • 6
    No Rate
  • 5
    Email notifications
  • 3
    Great customer support
  • 3
    React Native
  • 3
    Integrates well with Laravel
  • 3
    Reliable, great UI and insights, used for all our apps
  • 77
    Crash tracking
  • 56
    Mobile exception tracking
  • 52
    Free
  • 37
    Easy deployment
  • 25
    Ios
  • 15
    Great ui
  • 11
    Great reports
  • 10
    Android
  • 8
    Advanced Logging
  • 7
    Monitor Tester Lifecycle
  • 3
    Mac APP and IDE Plugins
  • 3
    Great User Experience
  • 3
    In Real-Time
  • 3
    iOS SDK
  • 3
    Security
  • 2
    Real-time
  • 2
    Crash Reporting
  • 2
    Beta distribution
  • 2
    Mobile Analytics
  • 2
    Best UI
  • 2
    Deep Workflow Integration
  • 2
    Android SDK
  • 2
    The UI is simple and it just works
  • 2
    Light
  • 2
    Seamless
  • 2
    Painless App Distribution
  • 1
    Easy iOS Integration
  • 1
    IOS QA Deploy and tracking

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Cons of Bugsnag
Cons of Crashlytics
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    Error grouping doesn't always work
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    What is Bugsnag?

    Bugsnag captures errors from your web, mobile and back-end applications, providing instant visibility into user impact. Diagnostic data and tools are included to help your team prioritize, debug and fix exceptions fast.

    What is Crashlytics?

    Instead of just showing you the stack trace, Crashlytics performs deep analysis of each and every thread. We de-prioritize lines that don't matter while highlighting the interesting ones. This makes reading stack traces easier, faster, and far more useful! Crashlytics' intelligent grouping can take 50,000 crashes, distill them down to 20 unique issues, and then tell you which 3 are the most important to fix.

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