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Ably

The platform to power synchronized digital experiences in realtime, at scale.

What is Ably?

Ably offers WebSockets, stream resume, history, presence, and managed third-party integrations to make it simple to build, extend, and deliver digital realtime experiences at scale.
Ably is a tool in the Realtime Backend / API category of a tech stack.
Ably is an open source tool with 197 GitHub stars and 40 GitHub forks. Here’s a link to Ably's open source repository on GitHub

Who uses Ably?

Companies
8 companies reportedly use Ably in their tech stacks, including lido, Ably Website, and Gantt.io.

Developers
34 developers on StackShare have stated that they use Ably.

Ably Integrations

JavaScript, Node.js, PHP, Java, and React Native are some of the popular tools that integrate with Ably. Here's a list of all 12 tools that integrate with Ably.
Pros of Ably
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WebSockets
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SSE
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Highly reliable
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Great technical support
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Channel History
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Message queueing
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Massive scalability
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Global cloud network of data centers
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Channel Presence
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WebHooks
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MQTT
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Third-party cloud integrations
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Consistently high performance
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Free plan

Blog Posts

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Ably's Features

  • Pub/Sub Channels API: built-in user presence, message history, token auth, guaranteed message ordering, stream continuity
  • Protocol Adapters API: stream data over open protocols like WebSockets, MQTT, SSE, and more
  • Reactor API: link your other systems to Ably so you can use your existing compute to queue and consume high volumes of realtime messages in bulk, transform or filter messages by executing functions on them, or pass messages on to other systems for onward processing
  • A unified API to provide native push notifications using APNS and GCM
  • Data Stream Network: Ably's cloud network of 16+ datacenters and 175+ PoPs.

Ably Alternatives & Comparisons

What are some alternatives to Ably?
Pusher
Pusher is the category leader in delightful APIs for app developers building communication and collaboration features.
PubNub
PubNub makes it easy for you to add real-time capabilities to your apps, without worrying about the infrastructure. Build apps that allow your users to engage in real-time across mobile, browser, desktop and server.
Socket.IO
It enables real-time bidirectional event-based communication. It works on every platform, browser or device, focusing equally on reliability and speed.
Firebase
Firebase is a cloud service designed to power real-time, collaborative applications. Simply add the Firebase library to your application to gain access to a shared data structure; any changes you make to that data are automatically synchronized with the Firebase cloud and with other clients within milliseconds.
SignalR
SignalR allows bi-directional communication between server and client. Servers can now push content to connected clients instantly as it becomes available. SignalR supports Web Sockets, and falls back to other compatible techniques for older browsers. SignalR includes APIs for connection management (for instance, connect and disconnect events), grouping connections, and authorization.
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