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InfluxDB vs PostGIS: What are the differences?

What is InfluxDB? An open-source distributed time series database with no external dependencies. InfluxDB is a scalable datastore for metrics, events, and real-time analytics. It has a built-in HTTP API so you don't have to write any server side code to get up and running InfluxDB is designed to be scalable, simple to install and manage, and fast to get data in and out..

What is PostGIS? Open source spatial database. PostGIS is a spatial database extender for PostgreSQL object-relational database. It adds support for geographic objects allowing location queries to be run in SQL.

InfluxDB belongs to "Databases" category of the tech stack, while PostGIS can be primarily classified under "Database Tools".

Some of the features offered by InfluxDB are:

  • Time-Centric Functions
  • Scalable Metrics
  • Events

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

  • Processing and analytic functions for both vector and raster data for splicing, dicing, morphing, reclassifying, and collecting/unioning with the power of SQL
  • raster map algebra for fine-grained raster processing
  • Spatial reprojection SQL callable functions for both vector and raster data

"Time-series data analysis" is the top reason why over 35 developers like InfluxDB, while over 22 developers mention "De facto GIS in SQL" as the leading cause for choosing PostGIS.

InfluxDB and PostGIS are both open source tools. It seems that InfluxDB with 16.6K GitHub stars and 2.37K forks on GitHub has more adoption than PostGIS with 636 GitHub stars and 242 GitHub forks.

Impossible Software, SimpleCrypto, and capscale are some of the popular companies that use InfluxDB, whereas PostGIS is used by Key Location, HotelTonight, and DNT. InfluxDB has a broader approval, being mentioned in 116 company stacks & 38 developers stacks; compared to PostGIS, which is listed in 53 company stacks and 14 developer stacks.

What is InfluxDB?

InfluxDB is a scalable datastore for metrics, events, and real-time analytics. It has a built-in HTTP API so you don't have to write any server side code to get up and running. InfluxDB is designed to be scalable, simple to install and manage, and fast to get data in and out.

What is PostGIS?

PostGIS is a spatial database extender for PostgreSQL object-relational database. It adds support for geographic objects allowing location queries to be run in SQL.
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    What are some alternatives to InfluxDB and PostGIS?
    TimescaleDB
    TimescaleDB: An open-source database built for analyzing time-series data with the power and convenience of SQL — on premise, at the edge, or in the cloud.
    Redis
    Redis is an open source, BSD licensed, advanced key-value store. It is often referred to as a data structure server since keys can contain strings, hashes, lists, sets and sorted sets.
    MongoDB
    MongoDB stores data in JSON-like documents that can vary in structure, offering a dynamic, flexible schema. MongoDB was also designed for high availability and scalability, with built-in replication and auto-sharding.
    Prometheus
    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.
    Elasticsearch
    Elasticsearch is a distributed, RESTful search and analytics engine capable of storing data and searching it in near real time. Elasticsearch, Kibana, Beats and Logstash are the Elastic Stack (sometimes called the ELK Stack).
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    Reviews of InfluxDB and PostGIS
    Review ofInfluxDBInfluxDB

    Influx doesn't currently natively support horizontal distribution. Hard to recommend it until they implement that.

    Avatar of YaronWittenstein
    Computer Science
    Review ofInfluxDBInfluxDB

    InfluxDB is a game changer

    How developers use InfluxDB and PostGIS
    Avatar of ShadowICT
    ShadowICT uses InfluxDBInfluxDB

    We use InfluxDB as a store for our data that gets fed into Grafana. It's ideal for this as it's a lightweight storage engine that can be modified on the fly by scripts without having to log into the server itself and manage tables. The HTTP API also makes it ideal for integrating with frontend services.

    Avatar of Goyoboard
    Goyoboard uses InfluxDBInfluxDB

    To track time-series of course, utilizing few retention rules and continuous queries to keep time-series data fast and maintanable

    Avatar of sapslaj
    sapslaj uses InfluxDBInfluxDB

    InfluxDB ingests information from various sources (mostly Telegraf instances) into one place for monitoring purposes.

    Avatar of Kalibrr
    Kalibrr uses PostGISPostGIS

    PostGIS makes it easy (and fast) to do geographic queries, such as nearest-neighbor and bounding box queries.

    Avatar of Sail Tactics
    Sail Tactics uses PostGISPostGIS

    Backend for weather forecast data that Geoserver queries to build updated weather maps

    Avatar of Chris Hartwig
    Chris Hartwig uses InfluxDBInfluxDB

    All our metrics go through InfluxDB, both applicative and system

    Avatar of Mathias Vonende
    Mathias Vonende uses PostGISPostGIS

    Storage for geo data.

    Avatar of DNT
    DNT uses PostGISPostGIS

    Geospatial queries

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