Elasticsearch vs. Sphinx vs. Slate

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What is Elasticsearch?

Elasticsearch is a distributed, RESTful search and analytics engine capable of storing data and searching it in near real time. Elasticsearch, Kibana, Beats and Logstash are the Elastic Stack (sometimes called the ELK Stack).

What is Sphinx?

Sphinx lets you either batch index and search data stored in an SQL database, NoSQL storage, or just files quickly and easily — or index and search data on the fly, working with Sphinx pretty much as with a database server. A variety of text processing features enable fine-tuning Sphinx for your particular application requirements, and a number of relevance functions ensures you can tweak search quality as well.

What is Slate?

Slate helps you create beautiful API documentation. Think of it as an intelligent, responsive documentation template for your API.

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Why do developers choose Elasticsearch?
Why do you like Elasticsearch?

Why do developers choose Sphinx?
Why do you like Sphinx?

Why do developers choose Slate?
Why do you like Slate?


What are the cons of using Elasticsearch?
Downsides of Elasticsearch?

What are the cons of using Sphinx?
No Cons submitted yet for Sphinx
Downsides of Sphinx?

What are the cons of using Slate?
No Cons submitted yet for Slate
Downsides of Slate?


How much does Elasticsearch cost?
Elasticsearch Pricing
How much does Sphinx cost?
How much does Slate cost?


What companies use Elasticsearch?
2202 companies on StackShare use Elasticsearch
What companies use Sphinx?
39 companies on StackShare use Sphinx
What companies use Slate?
9 companies on StackShare use Slate


What tools integrate with Elasticsearch?
28 tools on StackShare integrate with Elasticsearch
No integrations listed yet
No integrations listed yet

What are some alternatives to Elasticsearch, Sphinx, and Slate?

  • Algolia - Developer-friendly API and complete set of tools for building search
  • Amazon Elasticsearch Service - Real-time, distributed search and analytics engine that fits nicely into a cloud environment
  • Swiftype - Powerful and scalable search for any application or website
  • Amazon CloudSearch - Set up, manage, and scale a search solution for your website or application

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