Kafka vs MassTransit: What are the differences?
Developers describe Kafka as "Distributed, fault tolerant, high throughput pub-sub messaging system". Kafka is a distributed, partitioned, replicated commit log service. It provides the functionality of a messaging system, but with a unique design. On the other hand, MassTransit is detailed as "Lightweight message bus for creating distributed applications". MassTransit is free software/open-source .NET-based Enterprise Service Bus software that helps Microsoft developers route messages over MSMQ, RabbitMQ, TIBCO and ActiveMQ service busses, with native support for MSMQ and RabbitMQ.
Kafka and MassTransit can be primarily classified as "Message Queue" tools.
Some of the features offered by Kafka are:
- Written at LinkedIn in Scala
- Used by LinkedIn to offload processing of all page and other views
- Defaults to using persistence, uses OS disk cache for hot data (has higher throughput then any of the above having persistence enabled)
On the other hand, MassTransit provides the following key features:
- Message-based communication
Kafka is an open source tool with 13.1K GitHub stars and 6.99K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Kafka's open source repository on GitHub.