nginx vs ngrok: What are the differences?
nginx: A high performance free open source web server powering busiest sites on the Internet. nginx [engine x] is an HTTP and reverse proxy server, as well as a mail proxy server, written by Igor Sysoev. According to Netcraft nginx served or proxied 30.46% of the top million busiest sites in Jan 2018; ngrok: Securely expose a local web server to the internet and capture all traffic for detailed inspection and replay. ngrok is a reverse proxy that creates a secure tunnel between from a public endpoint to a locally running web service. ngrok captures and analyzes all traffic over the tunnel for later inspection and replay.
nginx can be classified as a tool in the "Web Servers" category, while ngrok is grouped under "localhost Tools".
"High-performance http server" is the primary reason why developers consider nginx over the competitors, whereas "Easy to use" was stated as the key factor in picking ngrok.
nginx and ngrok are both open source tools. It seems that ngrok with 16.5K GitHub stars and 2.87K forks on GitHub has more adoption than nginx with 9.11K GitHub stars and 3.44K GitHub forks.
Airbnb, Uber Technologies, and Spotify are some of the popular companies that use nginx, whereas ngrok is used by Bannerman, a2c systems, and F.biz. nginx has a broader approval, being mentioned in 8676 company stacks & 2560 developers stacks; compared to ngrok, which is listed in 26 company stacks and 16 developer stacks.
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