Errbit vs Sentry

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Errbit

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Sentry

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Errbit vs Sentry: What are the differences?

What is Errbit? The open source error catcher that's Airbrake API compliant. Errbit is a tool for collecting and managing errors from other applications. It is Airbrake (formerly known as Hoptoad) API compliant, so if you are already using Airbrake, you can just point the airbrake gem to your Errbit server.

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.

Errbit and Sentry belong to "Exception Monitoring" category of the tech stack.

Some of the features offered by Errbit are:

  • Your exceptions may contain sensitive data that you don't want sitting on someone else's server
  • Your application is behind a firewall
  • You'd like to brand your error catcher

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.

"Airbrake compliant" is the top reason why over 9 developers like Errbit, while over 215 developers mention "Consolidates similar errors and makes resolution easy" as the leading cause for choosing Sentry.

Errbit and Sentry are both open source tools. Sentry with 21.2K GitHub stars and 2.42K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Errbit with 4K GitHub stars and 980 GitHub forks.

Decisions about Errbit and Sentry

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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