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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
  • JavaScript source map support

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.

"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.

Decisions about Rollbar 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 Rollbar
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    Consolidates similar errors by impact
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    Centralize error management
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    Slack integration
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    Github integration
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    Usage based pricing
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    Insane customer support
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    Instant search
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    Heroku integration
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    Consolidate errors by OS
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    Trello integration
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    Great Free Plan
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    Flexible logging (not just exceptions)
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    Simple yet powerful error tracking tool
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    Multiple Language Support
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    Query errors with RQL
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    Consolidate errors by browser
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    Easy setup
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    Best rails exception handler
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    Awesome service
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    Deployment tracking is a nice free bonus
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    Simple and fast integration
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    Easy setup, friendly ui, demo, lots of integrations
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    Server-side + client-side
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    Clear and concise information.
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    Powerful
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    Beat your users to the error report
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    Errors Analysis
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    Easy integration with sails.js
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    Mailgun integration
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    Bitbucket integration
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    Gitlab integration
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    Clear errors on deploy or push
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    Easy Set up familiar UI that doesn't make you look dumb
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    Consolidates similar errors and makes resolution easy
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    Email Notifications
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    Open source
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    Slack integration
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    Github integration
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    Easy
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    User-friendly interface
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    The most important tool we use in production
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    Hipchat integration
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    Heroku Integration
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    Good documentation
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    Free tier
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    Self-hosted
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    Easy setup
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    Realiable
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    Provides context, and great stack trace
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    Love it baby
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    Feedback form on error pages
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    Captures local variables at each frame in backtraces
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    Easy Integration
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    Super user friendly
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    Gitlab integration
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    Filter by custom tags

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    What is Rollbar?

    Rollbar is the leading continuous code improvement platform that proactively discovers, predicts, and remediates errors with real-time AI-assisted workflows. With Rollbar, developers continually improve their code and constantly innovate ra

    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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