Charles vs Tyk Cloud: What are the differences?
What is Charles? HTTP proxy / HTTP monitor / Reverse Proxy. 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 Tyk Cloud? Open Source API Management. Tyk is a lightweight, open source API Gateway and enables you to control who accesses your API, when they access it and how they access it. Tyk will also record detailed analytics on how your users are interacting with your API and when things go wrong.
Charles and Tyk Cloud belong to "API Tools" category of the tech stack.
Some of the features offered by Charles are:
- SSL Proxying – view SSL requests and responses in plain text
- Bandwidth Throttling to simulate slower Internet connections including latency
- AJAX debugging – view XML and JSON requests and responses as a tree or as text
On the other hand, Tyk Cloud provides the following key features:
- API Management Dashboard
- API Analytics
- API Developer Portal
Tyk Cloud is an open source tool with 4.6K GitHub stars and 616 GitHub forks. Here's a link to Tyk Cloud's open source repository on GitHub.