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Graphite vs Kibana: What are the differences?

What is Graphite? A highly scalable real-time graphing system. Graphite does two things: 1) Store numeric time-series data and 2) Render graphs of this data on demand.

What is Kibana? Explore & Visualize Your Data. Kibana is an open source (Apache Licensed), browser based analytics and search dashboard for Elasticsearch. Kibana is a snap to setup and start using. Kibana strives to be easy to get started with, while also being flexible and powerful, just like Elasticsearch.

Graphite and Kibana belong to "Monitoring Tools" category of the tech stack.

Some of the features offered by Graphite are:

  • carbon - a Twisted daemon that listens for time-series data
  • whisper - a simple database library for storing time-series data (similar in design to RRD)
  • graphite webapp - A Django webapp that renders graphs on-demand using Cairo

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

  • Flexible analytics and visualization platform
  • Real-time summary and charting of streaming data
  • Intuitive interface for a variety of users

"Render any graph" is the primary reason why developers consider Graphite over the competitors, whereas "Easy to setup" was stated as the key factor in picking Kibana.

Graphite and Kibana are both open source tools. Kibana with 12.2K GitHub stars and 4.72K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Graphite with 4.58K GitHub stars and 1.2K GitHub forks.

According to the StackShare community, Kibana has a broader approval, being mentioned in 889 company stacks & 453 developers stacks; compared to Graphite, which is listed in 96 company stacks and 20 developer stacks.

What is Graphite?

Graphite does two things: 1) Store numeric time-series data and 2) Render graphs of this data on demand

What is Kibana?

Kibana is an open source (Apache Licensed), browser based analytics and search dashboard for Elasticsearch. Kibana is a snap to setup and start using. Kibana strives to be easy to get started with, while also being flexible and powerful, just like Elasticsearch.
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    What are some alternatives to Graphite and Kibana?
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    On the backend, they experimented with multiple clusters in both Graphite and ELK, distributed Icinga nodes, and more. At the same time, they鈥檝e tried to build usability into Grafana that reflects the team鈥檚 mental models of the system and have found ways to make alerts from Icinga more insightful and actionable.

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    Why we spent several years building an open source, large-scale metrics alerting system, M3, built for Prometheus:

    By late 2014, all services, infrastructure, and servers at Uber emitted metrics to a Graphite stack that stored them using the Whisper file format in a sharded Carbon cluster. We used Grafana for dashboarding and Nagios for alerting, issuing Graphite threshold checks via source-controlled scripts. While this worked for a while, expanding the Carbon cluster required a manual resharding process and, due to lack of replication, any single node鈥檚 disk failure caused permanent loss of its associated metrics. In short, this solution was not able to meet our needs as the company continued to grow.

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    How developers use Graphite and Kibana
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    Onezino Gabriel uses GraphiteGraphite

    Utilizando computa莽茫o em nuvens e o modelo de pagar pelo uso com _graphite _n贸s conseguimos analisar todos os logs de informa莽茫o gerada pelo sistema.

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    Clarabridge Engage uses KibanaKibana

    Used for graphing internal logging data; including metrics related to how fast we serve pages and execute MySQL/ElasticSearch queries.

    Avatar of Wirkn Inc.
    Wirkn Inc. uses KibanaKibana

    Our Kibana instances uses our ElasticSearch search data to help answer any complicated questions we have about our data.

    Avatar of Hevelop
    Hevelop uses KibanaKibana

    Kibana is our tools to query data in Elasticsearch clusters set up as catalog search engine.

    Avatar of Diogo Silva
    Diogo Silva uses KibanaKibana

    Perfect for exploring and visualizing the data available at ElasticSearch

    Avatar of Tongliang Liu
    Tongliang Liu uses KibanaKibana

    Log visualization. Wish it could add built-in alert functionality.

    Avatar of Tongliang Liu
    Tongliang Liu uses GraphiteGraphite

    Great metrics visualization tool together with StatsD.

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