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Sentry vs Thanos: What are the differences?

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; Thanos: Highly available Prometheus setup with long term storage capabilities. Thanos is a set of components that can be composed into a highly available metric system with unlimited storage capacity. It can be added seamlessly on top of existing Prometheus deployments and leverages the Prometheus 2.0 storage format to cost-efficiently store historical metric data in any object storage while retaining fast query latencies. Additionally, it provides a global query view across all Prometheus installations and can merge data from Prometheus HA pairs on the fly.

Sentry and Thanos are primarily classified as "Exception Monitoring" and "Monitoring" tools respectively.

Some of the features offered by Sentry are:

  • 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.

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

  • Global querying view across all connected Prometheus servers
  • Deduplication and merging of metrics collected from Prometheus HA pairs
  • Seamless integration with existing Prometheus setups

Sentry and Thanos are both open source tools. Sentry with 21.7K GitHub stars and 2.5K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Thanos with 4.04K GitHub stars and 463 GitHub forks.

According to the StackShare community, Sentry has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1775 company stacks & 2124 developers stacks; compared to Thanos, which is listed in 3 company stacks and 4 developer stacks.

Decisions about Sentry and Thanos

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 Sentry
Pros of Thanos
  • 233
    Consolidates similar errors and makes resolution easy
  • 120
    Email Notifications
  • 107
    Open source
  • 84
    Slack integration
  • 69
    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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      Confusing UI
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      What is Sentry?

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

      What is Thanos?

      Thanos is a set of components that can be composed into a highly available metric system with unlimited storage capacity. It can be added seamlessly on top of existing Prometheus deployments and leverages the Prometheus 2.0 storage format to cost-efficiently store historical metric data in any object storage while retaining fast query latencies. Additionally, it provides a global query view across all Prometheus installations and can merge data from Prometheus HA pairs on the fly.

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