Rollbar vs Sentry: What are the differences?
What is Rollbar? Full-stack error monitoring for developers. Rollbar helps development teams find and fix errors faster. Quickly pinpoint what’s broken and why. View exceptions from all of your languages, frameworks, platforms & environments in one place. Get context & insights to defeat all errors.
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.
Rollbar and Sentry belong to "Exception Monitoring" category of the tech stack.
Some of the features offered by Rollbar are:
- Errors get queued, de-duped, grouped and prioritized
- View detailed stack traces with local variables
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.
"Consolidates similar errors by impact", "Slack integration" and "Centralize error management" are the key factors why developers consider Rollbar; 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 Rollbar is used by Instacart, Lyft, and Twitch. Sentry has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1322 company stacks & 421 developers stacks; compared to Rollbar, which is listed in 477 company stacks and 113 developer stacks.
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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