Need advice about which tool to choose?Ask the StackShare community!

SignalR

392
1K
+ 1
109
SocketCluster

37
146
+ 1
46
Add tool

SignalR vs SocketCluster: What are the differences?

What is SignalR? A new library for ASP.NET developers that makes developing real-time web functionality easy. SignalR allows bi-directional communication between server and client. Servers can now push content to connected clients instantly as it becomes available. SignalR supports Web Sockets, and falls back to other compatible techniques for older browsers. SignalR includes APIs for connection management (for instance, connect and disconnect events), grouping connections, and authorization.

What is SocketCluster? An open, scalable realtime engine for Node.js. SocketCluster is a fast, highly scalable HTTP + realtime server engine which lets you build multi-process realtime servers that make use of all CPU cores on a machine/instance. It removes the limitations of having to run your Node.js server as a single thread and makes your backend resilient by automatically recovering from worker crashes and aggregating errors into a central log.

SignalR and SocketCluster can be categorized as "Realtime Backend / API" tools.

"Supports .NET server" is the primary reason why developers consider SignalR over the competitors, whereas "Cluster mode is awesome" was stated as the key factor in picking SocketCluster.

SignalR and SocketCluster are both open source tools. SignalR with 7.75K GitHub stars and 2.19K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than SocketCluster with 5.35K GitHub stars and 283 GitHub forks.

simplement-e, Jet.com, and NRGSoft are some of the popular companies that use SignalR, whereas SocketCluster is used by notthatbad technologies UG, Livevents, and StaffConnect. SignalR has a broader approval, being mentioned in 22 company stacks & 18 developers stacks; compared to SocketCluster, which is listed in 6 company stacks and 3 developer stacks.

Get Advice from developers at your company using Private StackShare. Sign up for Private StackShare.
Learn More
Pros of SignalR
Pros of SocketCluster
  • 26
    Supports .NET server
  • 17
    Real-time
  • 13
    Free
  • 13
    Fallback to SSE, forever frame, long polling
  • 12
    WebSockets
  • 7
    Simple
  • 7
    JSON
  • 6
    Open source
  • 4
    Ease of use
  • 4
    Cool
  • 11
    Cluster mode is awesome
  • 9
    WebSockets
  • 7
    Scalability
  • 4
    JWT based Authentication
  • 4
    Security
  • 4
    Real-time
  • 3
    Open source
  • 2
    Pub-Sub API
  • 2
    Client Libraries

Sign up to add or upvote prosMake informed product decisions

Cons of SignalR
Cons of SocketCluster
  • 2
    Requires jQuery
  • 2
    Expertise hard to get
  • 1
    Weak iOS and Android support
  • 1
    Big differences between ASP.NET and Core versions
    Be the first to leave a con

    Sign up to add or upvote consMake informed product decisions

    What is SignalR?

    SignalR allows bi-directional communication between server and client. Servers can now push content to connected clients instantly as it becomes available. SignalR supports Web Sockets, and falls back to other compatible techniques for older browsers. SignalR includes APIs for connection management (for instance, connect and disconnect events), grouping connections, and authorization.

    What is SocketCluster?

    SocketCluster is a fast, highly scalable HTTP + realtime server engine which lets you build multi-process realtime servers that make use of all CPU cores on a machine/instance. It removes the limitations of having to run your Node.js server as a single thread and makes your backend resilient by automatically recovering from worker crashes and aggregating errors into a central log.

    Need advice about which tool to choose?Ask the StackShare community!

    What companies use SignalR?
    What companies use SocketCluster?
    See which teams inside your own company are using SignalR or SocketCluster.
    Sign up for Private StackShareLearn More

    Sign up to get full access to all the companiesMake informed product decisions

    What tools integrate with SignalR?
    What tools integrate with SocketCluster?
    What are some alternatives to SignalR and SocketCluster?
    Firebase
    Firebase is a cloud service designed to power real-time, collaborative applications. Simply add the Firebase library to your application to gain access to a shared data structure; any changes you make to that data are automatically synchronized with the Firebase cloud and with other clients within milliseconds.
    Pusher
    Pusher is the category leader in delightful APIs for app developers building communication and collaboration features.
    RabbitMQ
    RabbitMQ gives your applications a common platform to send and receive messages, and your messages a safe place to live until received.
    WebRTC
    It is a free, open project that enables web browsers with Real-Time Communications (RTC) capabilities via simple JavaScript APIs. The WebRTC components have been optimized to best serve this purpose.
    MQTT
    It was designed as an extremely lightweight publish/subscribe messaging transport. It is useful for connections with remote locations where a small code footprint is required and/or network bandwidth is at a premium.
    See all alternatives