Graphite vs Prometheus: What are the differences?
Developers describe Graphite as "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. On the other hand, Prometheus is detailed as "An open-source service monitoring system and time series database, developed by SoundCloud". Prometheus is a systems and service monitoring system. It collects metrics from configured targets at given intervals, evaluates rule expressions, displays the results, and can trigger alerts if some condition is observed to be true.
Graphite and Prometheus can be primarily classified as "Monitoring" tools.
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, Prometheus provides the following key features:
- a multi-dimensional data model (timeseries defined by metric name and set of key/value dimensions)
- a flexible query language to leverage this dimensionality
- no dependency on distributed storage
"Render any graph" is the top reason why over 14 developers like Graphite, while over 32 developers mention "Powerful easy to use monitoring" as the leading cause for choosing Prometheus.
Graphite and Prometheus are both open source tools. Prometheus with 25K GitHub stars and 3.55K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Graphite with 4.59K GitHub stars and 1.2K GitHub forks.
According to the StackShare community, Prometheus has a broader approval, being mentioned in 243 company stacks & 85 developers stacks; compared to Graphite, which is listed in 97 company stacks and 21 developer stacks.
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