What is Kong?

Kong is a scalable, open source API Layer (also known as an API Gateway, or API Middleware). Kong controls layer 4 and 7 traffic and is extended through Plugins, which provide extra functionality and services beyond the core platform.
Kong is a tool in the API Gateway category of a tech stack.
Kong is an open source tool with 37.7K GitHub stars and 4.7K GitHub forks. Here’s a link to Kong's open source repository on GitHub

Who uses Kong?

Companies
166 companies reportedly use Kong in their tech stacks, including CRED, GO-JEK, and Payhere.

Developers
433 developers on StackShare have stated that they use Kong.

Kong Integrations

Docker, PostgreSQL, NGINX, Kubernetes, and Vagrant are some of the popular tools that integrate with Kong. Here's a list of all 15 tools that integrate with Kong.
Pros of Kong
37
Easy to maintain
32
Easy to install
26
Flexible
21
Great performance
7
Api blueprint
4
Custom Plugins
3
Kubernetes-native
2
Security
2
Has a good plugin infrastructure
2
Agnostic
1
Load balancing
1
Documentation is clear
1
Very customizable
Decisions about Kong

Here are some stack decisions, common use cases and reviews by companies and developers who chose Kong in their tech stack.

Anas MOKDAD
Needs advice
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IstioIstio
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KongKong

As for the new support of service mesh pattern by Kong, I wonder how does it compare to Istio?

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Needs advice
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DatadogDatadog
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GrafanaGrafana

Hello :) We are using Datadog on Kong to monitor the metrics and analytics.

We feel that the cost associated with Datadog is high in terms of custom metrics and indexations. So, we planned to find an alternative for Datadog and we are looking into Grafana implementation with kong.

Will the shift from Datadog to Grafana be a wise move and flawless?

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Kong's Features

  • Logging: Log requests and responses to your system over TCP, UDP or to disk
  • OAuth2.0: Add easily an OAuth2.0 authentication to your APIs
  • Monitoring: Live monitoring provides key load and performance server metrics
  • IP-restriction: Whitelist or blacklist IPs that can make requests
  • Authentication: Manage consumer credentials query string and header tokens
  • Rate-limiting: Block and throttle requests based on IP or authentication
  • Transformations: Add, remove or manipulate HTTP params and headers on-the-fly
  • CORS: Enable cross-origin requests to your APIs that would otherwise be blocked
  • Anything: Need custom functionality? Extend Kong with your own Lua plugins

Kong Alternatives & Comparisons

What are some alternatives to Kong?
Apigee
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Git
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GitHub
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Python
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Kong's Followers
1488 developers follow Kong to keep up with related blogs and decisions.