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Express Gateway vs Kong: What are the differences?

What is Express Gateway? An open source API gateway for microservices built on Express.js. A cloud-native microservices gateway completely configurable and extensible through JavaScript/Node.js built for ALL platforms and languages Enterprise features are FREE thanks to the power of 3K+ ExpressJS battle hardened modules..

What is Kong? Open Source Microservice & API Management Layer. Kong is a scalable, open source API Layer (also known as an API Gateway, or API Middleware). Kong controls layer 4 and 7 traffic and is extended through Plugins, which provide extra functionality and services beyond the core platform.

Express Gateway and Kong can be primarily classified as "Microservices" tools.

Some of the features offered by Express Gateway are:

  • Authentication
  • Authorization
  • API Management

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

  • Logging: Log requests and responses to your system over TCP, UDP or to disk
  • OAuth2.0: Add easily an OAuth2.0 authentication to your APIs
  • Monitoring: Live monitoring provides key load and performance server metrics

"Microservices, Body manipulation" is the top reason why over 3 developers like Express Gateway, while over 28 developers mention "Easy to maintain" as the leading cause for choosing Kong.

Kong is an open source tool with 22.4K GitHub stars and 2.75K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Kong's open source repository on GitHub.

Checkr, Policygenius, and Cuemby are some of the popular companies that use Kong, whereas Express Gateway is used by Netflix, Dell, and TUI Group. Kong has a broader approval, being mentioned in 50 company stacks & 15 developers stacks; compared to Express Gateway, which is listed in 11 company stacks and 3 developer stacks.

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What is Express Gateway?

A cloud-native microservices gateway completely configurable and extensible through JavaScript/Node.js built for ALL platforms and languages. Enterprise features are FREE thanks to the power of 3K+ ExpressJS battle hardened modules.

What is Kong?

Kong is a scalable, open source API Layer (also known as an API Gateway, or API Middleware). Kong controls layer 4 and 7 traffic and is extended through Plugins, which provide extra functionality and services beyond the core platform.
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      What are some alternatives to Express Gateway and Kong?
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      Decisions about Express Gateway and Kong
      Kong
      Kong

      I use Kong because it reliably proxies traffic quickly with an assortment of pluggable features. The engineers behind the product are of the highest quality. The Company has cultivated the largest active open source community of any API gateway. They generally squash bugs in hours or days not weeks/months. Company engineers help community members through social avenues as well as supporting large enterprise. They heavily value their product and individuals as opposed to just solely growing enterprise license fees.

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      Al Tsang
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      Tyk Cloud
      Tyk Cloud
      Kong
      Kong
      ExpressJS
      ExpressJS
      Express Gateway
      Express Gateway
      #Gateway
      #OAuth2
      #JWT
      #APIs
      Problem/Challenge

      We needed a lightweight and completely customizable #microservices #gateway to be able to generate #JWT and introspect #OAuth2 tokens as well. The #gateway was going to front all #APIs for our single page web app as well as externalized #APIs for our partners.

      Contenders

      We looked at Tyk Cloud and Kong. Kong's plugins are all Lua based and its core is NGINX and OpenResty. Although it's open source, it's not the greatest platform to be able to customize. On top of that enterprise features are paid and expensive. Tyk is Go and the nomenclature used within Tyk like "sessions" was bizarre, and again enterprise features were paid.

      Decision

      We ultimately decided to roll our own using ExpressJS into Express Gateway because the use case for using ExpressJS as an #API #gateway was tried and true, in fact - all the enterprise features that the other two charge for #OAuth2 introspection etc were freely available within ExpressJS middleware.

      Outcome

      We opened source Express Gateway with a core set of plugins and the community started writing their own and could quickly do so by rolling lots of ExpressJS middleware into Express Gateway

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      Interest over time
      Reviews of Express Gateway and Kong
      Review ofKongKong

      We're a small startup in San Francisco (team of 18 people). After spending lots of time building our core technology, it was time to bring it to life and deploy with several very large customers (500+ API requests/customer/minute).

      We looked for a solid API management solution that would allow for easy authentication, quick installation and great logging features (requests and responses). After looking at various (very) expensive solutions out there, we ran into Kong.

      After testing it for a few days, we deployed quickly to production to serve the needs of our customers. 3 weeks in, our experience has been great. Highly recommended to anyone who's looking for API management solutions.

      P.s. Scored "Reliability" as "OK" for now with lack of data. Will definitely update once we've had Kong in production for a longer period of time.

      How developers use Express Gateway and Kong
      Avatar of Vincent Vermersch
      Vincent Vermersch uses KongKong

      And if developper can also code the load balancer ? Add plugin, dynamically change backend, Kong give this versatility

      Avatar of Clyde Hinshelwood
      Clyde Hinshelwood uses Express GatewayExpress Gateway

      Lightweight easy to use

      Avatar of Datacoon
      Datacoon uses KongKong

      Easy to use

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