Jenkins vs ngrok: What are the differences?
Developers describe Jenkins as "An extendable open source continuous integration server". In a nutshell Jenkins CI is the leading open-source continuous integration server. Built with Java, it provides over 300 plugins to support building and testing virtually any project. On the other hand, ngrok is detailed as "Securely expose a local web server to the internet and capture all traffic for detailed inspection and replay". ngrok is a reverse proxy that creates a secure tunnel between from a public endpoint to a locally running web service. ngrok captures and analyzes all traffic over the tunnel for later inspection and replay.
Jenkins can be classified as a tool in the "Continuous Integration" category, while ngrok is grouped under "localhost Tools".
Some of the features offered by Jenkins are:
- Easy installation
- Easy configuration
- Change set support
On the other hand, ngrok provides the following key features:
- Expose any http service behind a NAT or firewall to the internet on a subdomain of ngrok.com
- Expose any tcp service behind a NAT or firewall to the internet on a random port of ngrok.com
- Inspect all http requests/responses that are transmitted over the tunnel
"Hosted internally" is the primary reason why developers consider Jenkins over the competitors, whereas "Easy to use" was stated as the key factor in picking ngrok.
Jenkins and ngrok are both open source tools. It seems that ngrok with 16.4K GitHub stars and 2.84K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Jenkins with 13.2K GitHub stars and 5.43K GitHub forks.
Instacart, Lyft, and Twitch are some of the popular companies that use Jenkins, whereas ngrok is used by Bannerman, a2c systems, and F.biz. Jenkins has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1753 company stacks & 1479 developers stacks; compared to ngrok, which is listed in 27 company stacks and 16 developer stacks.
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