Papertrail vs Sentry: What are the differences?
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; Sentry: Cut time to resolution for app errors from five hours to five minutes. Sentry is an open-source platform for workflow productivity, aggregating errors from across the stack in real time. 500K developers use Sentry to get the code-level context they need to resolve issues at every stage of the app lifecycle.
Papertrail and Sentry are primarily classified as "Log Management" and "Exception Monitoring" tools respectively.
Some of the features offered by Papertrail are:
- Intuitive Web-based log viewer
- Powerful command-line tools
- Long-term archive (S3)
On the other hand, Sentry provides the following key features:
- Real-Time Updates: For the first time, developers can fix code-level issues anywhere in the stack well before users even encounter an error.
- Complete Context: Spend more time where it matters, rather than investing in low-impact issues.
"Log search" is the top reason why over 85 developers like Papertrail, while over 215 developers mention "Consolidates similar errors and makes resolution easy" as the leading cause for choosing Sentry.
Sentry is an open source tool with 21.2K GitHub stars and 2.42K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Sentry's open source repository on GitHub.
According to the StackShare community, Sentry has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1323 company stacks & 421 developers stacks; compared to Papertrail, which is listed in 244 company stacks and 46 developer stacks.
I essentially inherited a Shopify theme that was originally created by an agency. After discovering a number of errors being thrown in the Dev Console just by scrolling through the website, I needed more visibility over any errors happening in the field. Having used both Sentry and TrackJS, I always got lost in the TrackJS interface, so I felt more comfortable introducing Sentry. The Sentry free tier is also very generous, although it turns out the theme threw over 15k errors in less than a week.
I highly recommend setting up error tracking from day one. Theoretically, you should never need to upgrade from the free tier if you're keeping on top of the errors...
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