ngrok vs Sauce Labs: What are the differences?
What is 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.
ngrok belongs to "localhost Tools" category of the tech stack, while Sauce Labs can be primarily classified under "Browser Testing".
Some of the features offered by ngrok are:
- Expose any http service behind a NAT or firewall to the internet on a subdomain of ngrok.com
- Expose any tcp service behind a NAT or firewall to the internet on a random port of ngrok.com
- Inspect all http requests/responses that are transmitted over the tunnel
On the other hand, Sauce Labs provides the following key features:
- 700+ browser/OS/device combinations for cross-browser and platform testing to improve web and mobile app quality and eliminate the overhead of internal infrastructure
- Highly reliable, on-demand cloud for enterprise-grade scalability and industry standard security
- Optimized for popular testing frameworks, CI systems, and surrounding tools and services
"Easy to use" is the primary reason why developers consider ngrok over the competitors, whereas "Selenium-compatible" was stated as the key factor in picking Sauce Labs.
ngrok is an open source tool with 16.4K GitHub stars and 2.84K GitHub forks. Here's a link to ngrok's open source repository on GitHub.
According to the StackShare community, Sauce Labs has a broader approval, being mentioned in 66 company stacks & 11 developers stacks; compared to ngrok, which is listed in 27 company stacks and 16 developer stacks.