Logstash vs Papertrail

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Logstash vs Papertrail: What are the differences?

What is Logstash? Collect, Parse, & Enrich Data. Logstash is a tool for managing events and logs. You can use it to collect logs, parse them, and store them for later use (like, for searching). If you store them in Elasticsearch, you can view and analyze them with Kibana.

What is Papertrail? Hosted log management for servers, apps, and cloud services. Papertrail helps detect, resolve, and avoid infrastructure problems using log messages. Papertrail's practicality comes from our own experience as sysadmins, developers, and entrepreneurs.

Logstash and Papertrail belong to "Log Management" category of the tech stack.

Some of the features offered by Logstash are:

  • Centralize data processing of all types
  • Normalize varying schema and formats
  • Quickly extend to custom log formats

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

  • Intuitive Web-based log viewer
  • Powerful command-line tools
  • Long-term archive (S3)

"Free" is the primary reason why developers consider Logstash over the competitors, whereas "Log search" was stated as the key factor in picking Papertrail.

Logstash is an open source tool with 10.3K GitHub stars and 2.76K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Logstash's open source repository on GitHub.

reddit, Docplanner, and Harvest are some of the popular companies that use Logstash, whereas Papertrail is used by Instacart, StackShare, and Hinge. Logstash has a broader approval, being mentioned in 551 company stacks & 270 developers stacks; compared to Papertrail, which is listed in 244 company stacks and 46 developer stacks.

Pros of Logstash
Pros of Papertrail
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    Free
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    Easy but powerful filtering
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    Scalable
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    Kibana provides machine learning based analytics to log
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    Great to meet GDPR goals
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    Well Documented
  • 86
    Log search
  • 43
    Integrates with Heroku
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    Easy log aggregation across multiple machines
  • 37
    Simple interface
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    Backup to S3
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    Easy setup, independent of existing logging setup
  • 15
    Heroku add-on
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    Command line interface
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    Alerting

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Cons of Logstash
Cons of Papertrail
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    Memory-intensive
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    Documentation difficult to use
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    Expensive

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What is Logstash?

Logstash is a tool for managing events and logs. You can use it to collect logs, parse them, and store them for later use (like, for searching). If you store them in Elasticsearch, you can view and analyze them with Kibana.

What is Papertrail?

Papertrail helps detect, resolve, and avoid infrastructure problems using log messages. Papertrail's practicality comes from our own experience as sysadmins, developers, and entrepreneurs.

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What are some alternatives to Logstash and Papertrail?
Fluentd
Fluentd collects events from various data sources and writes them to files, RDBMS, NoSQL, IaaS, SaaS, Hadoop and so on. Fluentd helps you unify your logging infrastructure.
Splunk
It provides the leading platform for Operational Intelligence. Customers use it to search, monitor, analyze and visualize machine data.
Kafka
Kafka is a distributed, partitioned, replicated commit log service. It provides the functionality of a messaging system, but with a unique design.
Beats
Beats is the platform for single-purpose data shippers. They send data from hundreds or thousands of machines and systems to Logstash or Elasticsearch.
Graylog
Centralize and aggregate all your log files for 100% visibility. Use our powerful query language to search through terabytes of log data to discover and analyze important information.
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