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Sentry vs Stackdriver: What are the differences?

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; Stackdriver: Monitoring, logging, and diagnostics for applications on Google Cloud Platform and AWS. Google Stackdriver provides powerful monitoring, logging, and diagnostics. It equips you with insight into the health, performance, and availability of cloud-powered applications, enabling you to find and fix issues faster.

Sentry and Stackdriver are primarily classified as "Exception Monitoring" and "Cloud Monitoring" tools respectively.

Some of the features offered by Sentry are:

  • 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.
  • Integrate Everywhere: Drop-in integration for every major platform, framework, and language -- JavaScript, Python, PHP, Ruby, Node, Java, .NET, mobile.

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

  • Monitoring
  • Logging
  • Diagnostics

"Consolidates similar errors and makes resolution easy" is the top reason why over 215 developers like Sentry, while over 10 developers mention "Monitoring" as the leading cause for choosing Stackdriver.

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 Stackdriver, which is listed in 57 company stacks and 18 developer stacks.

Decisions about Sentry and Stackdriver

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 Sentry
Pros of Stackdriver
  • 234
    Consolidates similar errors and makes resolution easy
  • 120
    Email Notifications
  • 108
    Open source
  • 83
    Slack integration
  • 70
    Github integration
  • 48
  • 43
    User-friendly interface
  • 28
    The most important tool we use in production
  • 18
    Hipchat integration
  • 17
    Heroku Integration
  • 15
    Good documentation
  • 13
    Free tier
  • 9
  • 8
    Easy setup
  • 7
  • 6
    Provides context, and great stack trace
  • 4
    Feedback form on error pages
  • 4
    Love it baby
  • 3
    Easy Integration
  • 3
    Gitlab integration
  • 3
    Super user friendly
  • 3
    Filter by custom tags
  • 3
    Captures local variables at each frame in backtraces
  • 19
  • 11
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
    Uptime Monitoring
  • 5
    Error Reporting
  • 4
  • 3
    Production debugger
  • 2
    Many integrations
  • 1
    Configured basically with GAE
  • 1
    Backed by Google

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Cons of Sentry
Cons of Stackdriver
  • 10
    Confusing UI
  • 2
    Not free

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What is Sentry?

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

What is Stackdriver?

Google Stackdriver provides powerful monitoring, logging, and diagnostics. It equips you with insight into the health, performance, and availability of cloud-powered applications, enabling you to find and fix issues faster.

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