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Pingdom vs Sentry: What are the differences?

What is Pingdom? Uptime and performance monitoring made easy. Pingdom is an uptime monitoring service. When problems happen with a site that Pingdom monitors, it immediately alerts the owner so the problem can be taken care of.

What is Sentry? Cut time to resolution for app errors from five hours to five minutes. Sentry is an open-source platform for workflow productivity, aggregating errors from across the stack in real time. 500K developers use Sentry to get the code-level context they need to resolve issues at every stage of the app lifecycle.

Pingdom can be classified as a tool in the "Website Monitoring" category, while Sentry is grouped under "Exception Monitoring".

Some of the features offered by Pingdom are:

  • Uptime & Response time reports
  • Multi-step transaction monitoring
  • Email, text & twitter alerts

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

  • Real-Time Updates: For the first time, developers can fix code-level issues anywhere in the stack well before users even encounter an error.
  • Complete Context: Spend more time where it matters, rather than investing in low-impact issues.
  • Integrate Everywhere: Drop-in integration for every major platform, framework, and language -- JavaScript, Python, PHP, Ruby, Node, Java, .NET, mobile.

"Simple and reliable", "Monitoring your websites" and "Easy to use dashboard" are the key factors why developers consider Pingdom; whereas "Consolidates similar errors and makes resolution easy", "Email Notifications" and "Open source" are the primary reasons why Sentry is favored.

Sentry is an open source tool with 21.2K GitHub stars and 2.42K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Sentry's open source repository on GitHub.

reddit, StackShare, and Sentry are some of the popular companies that use Sentry, whereas Pingdom is used by reddit, StackShare, and Shopify. Sentry has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1323 company stacks & 421 developers stacks; compared to Pingdom, which is listed in 855 company stacks and 218 developer stacks.

Decisions about Pingdom and Sentry

I essentially inherited a Shopify theme that was originally created by an agency. After discovering a number of errors being thrown in the Dev Console just by scrolling through the website, I needed more visibility over any errors happening in the field. Having used both Sentry and TrackJS, I always got lost in the TrackJS interface, so I felt more comfortable introducing Sentry. The Sentry free tier is also very generous, although it turns out the theme threw over 15k errors in less than a week.

I highly recommend setting up error tracking from day one. Theoretically, you should never need to upgrade from the free tier if you're keeping on top of the errors...

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Pros of Pingdom
Pros of Sentry
  • 225
    Simple and reliable
  • 103
    Monitoring your websites
  • 75
    Easy to use dashboard
  • 65
    Email, text & twitter alerts
  • 43
    Free tier
  • 23
    Performance data
  • 14
    Detailed Reports
  • 11
    Email Reports
  • 9
    Mobile App
  • 9
    Root Cause Analysis
  • 1
    30-day risk free trial
  • 1
    Easy setup
  • 1
    IOS app
  • 233
    Consolidates similar errors and makes resolution easy
  • 120
    Email Notifications
  • 107
    Open source
  • 83
    Slack integration
  • 70
    Github integration
  • 48
    Easy
  • 42
    User-friendly interface
  • 28
    The most important tool we use in production
  • 18
    Hipchat integration
  • 17
    Heroku Integration
  • 15
    Good documentation
  • 11
    Free tier
  • 9
    Self-hosted
  • 8
    Easy setup
  • 7
    Realiable
  • 6
    Provides context, and great stack trace
  • 4
    Love it baby
  • 4
    Feedback form on error pages
  • 3
    Gitlab integration
  • 3
    Captures local variables at each frame in backtraces
  • 3
    Super user friendly
  • 3
    Filter by custom tags
  • 3
    Easy Integration

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Cons of Pingdom
Cons of Sentry
  • 3
    UI is incredibly complicated
  • 3
    Expensive
  • 2
    Hard to set up alerts properly
  • 9
    Confusing UI

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What is Pingdom?

Pingdom is an uptime monitoring service. When problems happen with a site that Pingdom monitors, it immediately alerts the owner so the problem can be taken care of.

What is Sentry?

Sentry’s Application Monitoring platform helps developers see performance issues, fix errors faster, and optimize their code health.

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