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Rollbar vs Sentry: What are the differences?

Rollbar and Sentry are both error-tracking tools that help developers monitor and debug software applications. Let's explore the key differences between them.

  1. Error Types and Customizability: Rollbar offers more granular control over error types and allows for custom error grouping. With Rollbar, you can define your own custom exceptions and capture specific errors that you want to track. On the other hand, Sentry has a pre-defined set of error types and does not provide as much flexibility in terms of customizability.

  2. Platform Support: Rollbar supports a wide range of platforms and languages, including JavaScript, Ruby, Python, PHP, Java, and many others. It has extensive documentation and libraries available for easy integration into different tech stacks. Sentry also supports multiple platforms, but Rollbar has a larger list of supported platforms.

  3. Monitoring and Performance: Rollbar provides real-time monitoring and performance metrics, allowing you to analyze error patterns and identify problem areas in your application quickly. It offers advanced filtering and search options to help you diagnose issues efficiently. Sentry, on the other hand, focuses more on error tracking and providing detailed error reports.

  4. Issue Management and Workflow: Sentry offers a robust issue management system that allows you to prioritize, assign, and track issues through a customizable workflow. It includes features like comments, issue history, and merging of similar issues. Rollbar, on the other hand, provides a more simplified approach to issue management without some of the advanced features offered by Sentry.

  5. Pricing and Plans: Rollbar and Sentry have different pricing models and plans. Rollbar offers a free plan with limited features and additional paid plans with more advanced features and increased data limits. Sentry also has a free plan but limits the number of events that can be tracked. It offers paid plans based on event volume and additional features.

  6. Integrations and Ecosystem: Both Rollbar and Sentry offer integrations with popular development tools and services like Slack, GitHub, Jira, and more. However, Rollbar has a broader ecosystem and provides more extensive integrations with third-party services, making it easier to integrate into existing workflows.

In summary, Rollbar offers more customizability, broader platform support, real-time monitoring, and a simplified issue management approach, while Sentry provides a robust issue management system, different pricing plans, and a slightly more limited set of supported platforms.

Decisions about Rollbar and Sentry

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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Pros of Rollbar
Pros of Sentry
  • 74
    Consolidates similar errors by impact
  • 64
    Centralize error management
  • 63
    Slack integration
  • 58
    Github integration
  • 47
    Usage based pricing
  • 32
    Insane customer support
  • 23
    Instant search
  • 21
    Heroku integration
  • 18
    Consolidate errors by OS
  • 15
    Great Free Plan
  • 15
    Trello integration
  • 13
    Flexible logging (not just exceptions)
  • 11
    Simple yet powerful error tracking tool
  • 9
    Multiple Language Support
  • 7
    Consolidate errors by browser
  • 6
    Easy setup
  • 6
    Query errors with RQL
  • 5
    Best rails exception handler
  • 5
    Deployment tracking is a nice free bonus
  • 5
    Awesome service
  • 5
    Simple and fast integration
  • 4
    Easy setup, friendly ui, demo, lots of integrations
  • 3
    Beat your users to the error report
  • 3
    Server-side + client-side
  • 3
    Errors Analysis
  • 3
    Clear and concise information.
  • 3
  • 2
    Mailgun integration
  • 2
    Easy integration with sails.js
  • 2
    Bitbucket integration
  • 1
    Clear errors on deploy or push
  • 1
    Easy Set up familiar UI that doesn't make you look dumb
  • 1
  • 1
    Gitlab integration
  • 237
    Consolidates similar errors and makes resolution easy
  • 121
    Email Notifications
  • 108
    Open source
  • 84
    Slack integration
  • 71
    Github integration
  • 49
  • 44
    User-friendly interface
  • 28
    The most important tool we use in production
  • 18
    Hipchat integration
  • 17
    Heroku Integration
  • 15
    Good documentation
  • 14
    Free tier
  • 11
  • 9
    Easy setup
  • 7
  • 6
    Provides context, and great stack trace
  • 4
    Feedback form on error pages
  • 4
    Love it baby
  • 3
    Gitlab integration
  • 3
    Filter by custom tags
  • 3
    Super user friendly
  • 3
    Captures local variables at each frame in backtraces
  • 3
    Easy Integration
  • 1
    Performance measurements

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Cons of Rollbar
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    • 12
      Confusing UI
    • 4
      Bundle size

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    What is Rollbar?

    Rollbar is the leading continuous code improvement platform that proactively discovers, predicts, and remediates errors with real-time AI-assisted workflows. With Rollbar, developers continually improve their code and constantly innovate ra

    What is Sentry?

    Sentry’s Application Monitoring platform helps developers see performance issues, fix errors faster, and optimize their code health.

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