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.
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