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Papertrail vs Splunk: What are the differences?

Developers describe Papertrail as "Hosted log management for servers, apps, and cloud services". Papertrail helps detect, resolve, and avoid infrastructure problems using log messages. Papertrail's practicality comes from our own experience as sysadmins, developers, and entrepreneurs. On the other hand, Splunk is detailed as "Search, monitor, analyze and visualize machine data". Splunk Inc. provides the leading platform for Operational Intelligence. Customers use Splunk to search, monitor, analyze and visualize machine data.

Papertrail and Splunk can be categorized as "Log Management" tools.

Instacart, StackShare, and Product Hunt are some of the popular companies that use Papertrail, whereas Splunk is used by Starbucks, Intuit, and Razorpay. Papertrail has a broader approval, being mentioned in 243 company stacks & 47 developers stacks; compared to Splunk, which is listed in 31 company stacks and 29 developer stacks.

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Pros of Papertrail
Pros of Splunk
  • 86
    Log search
  • 43
    Easy log aggregation across multiple machines
  • 43
    Integrates with Heroku
  • 37
    Simple interface
  • 26
    Backup to S3
  • 19
    Easy setup, independent of existing logging setup
  • 15
    Heroku add-on
  • 3
    Command line interface
  • 1
    Alerting
  • 1
    Good for Startups
  • 2
    API for searching logs, running reports
  • 1
    Query engine supports joining, aggregation, stats, etc
  • 1
    Query any log as key-value pairs
  • 1
    Splunk language supports string, date manip, math, etc
  • 1
    Granular scheduling and time window support
  • 1
    Alert system based on custom query results
  • 1
    Custom log parsing as well as automatic parsing
  • 1
    Dashboarding on any log contents
  • 1
    Ability to style search results into reports
  • 1
    Rich GUI for searching live logs

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Cons of Papertrail
Cons of Splunk
  • 2
    Expensive
  • 1
    External Network Goes Down You Wont Be Logging
  • 1
    Splunk query language rich so lots to learn

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What is Papertrail?

Papertrail helps detect, resolve, and avoid infrastructure problems using log messages. Papertrail's practicality comes from our own experience as sysadmins, developers, and entrepreneurs.

What is Splunk?

It provides the leading platform for Operational Intelligence. Customers use it to search, monitor, analyze and visualize machine data.

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