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Sphinx vs Swagger UI: What are the differences?

Developers describe Sphinx as "Open source full text search server, designed from the ground up with performance, relevance (aka search quality), and integration simplicity in mind". Sphinx lets you either batch index and search data stored in an SQL database, NoSQL storage, or just files quickly and easily — or index and search data on the fly, working with Sphinx pretty much as with a database server. A variety of text processing features enable fine-tuning Sphinx for your particular application requirements, and a number of relevance functions ensures you can tweak search quality as well. On the other hand, Swagger UI is detailed as "dependency-free collection of HTML, Javascript, and CSS assets that dynamically generate beautiful documentation". Swagger UI is a dependency-free collection of HTML, Javascript, and CSS assets that dynamically generate beautiful documentation and sandbox from a Swagger-compliant API.

Sphinx belongs to "Search Engines" category of the tech stack, while Swagger UI can be primarily classified under "Documentation as a Service & Tools".

"Fast" is the primary reason why developers consider Sphinx over the competitors, whereas "Open Source" was stated as the key factor in picking Swagger UI.

Clever, triGo GmbH, and Hootsuite are some of the popular companies that use Swagger UI, whereas Sphinx is used by Webedia, Grooveshark, and Ansible. Swagger UI has a broader approval, being mentioned in 203 company stacks & 101 developers stacks; compared to Sphinx, which is listed in 38 company stacks and 13 developer stacks.

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From a StackShare Community member: "I just started working for a start-up and we are in desperate need of better documentation for our API. Currently our API docs is in a README.md file. We are evaluating Postman and Swagger UI. Since there are many options and I was wondering what other StackSharers would recommend?"

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Jagdeep Singh
Tech Lead at ucreate.it · | 8 upvotes · 244.3K views

I use Postman because of the ease of team-management, using workspaces and teams, runner, collections, environment variables, test-scripts (post execution), variable management (pre and post execution), folders (inside collections, for better management of APIs), newman, easy-ci-integration (and probably a few more things that I am not able to recall right now).

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I use Swagger UI because it's an easy tool for end-consumers to visualize and test our APIs. It focuses on that ! And it's directly embedded and delivered with the APIs. Postman's built-in tools aren't bad, but their main focus isn't the documentation and also, they are hosted outside the project.

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Sadik Ay
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I recommend Postman because it's easy to use with history option. Also, it has very great features like runner, collections, test scripts runners, defining environment variables and simple exporting and importing data.

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Pros of Sphinx
Pros of Swagger UI
  • 16
    Fast
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    Simple deployment
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    Open source
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    Lots of extentions
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    Open Source
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    Can execute api calls from the documentation
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    Free to use
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    Customizable
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    Easy to implement in .Net
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    Mature, clean spec
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    API Visualization
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    Coverage
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    Scaffolding
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    Easy to use
  • 5
    Vibrant and active community
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    Elegant
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    Adopted by tm forum api
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    Clear for React
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    Api
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    Can deploy API to AWS API Gateway and AWS Lambda

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      Need to learn YAML and RAML
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      Documentation doesn't look that good
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      Doesn't generate code snippets in different languages
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      You don’t actually get in-line error highlighting
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      Does not support hypermedia

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    What is Sphinx?

    It lets you either batch index and search data stored in an SQL database, NoSQL storage, or just files quickly and easily — or index and search data on the fly, working with it pretty much as with a database server.

    What is Swagger UI?

    Swagger UI is a dependency-free collection of HTML, Javascript, and CSS assets that dynamically generate beautiful documentation and sandbox from a Swagger-compliant API

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    What are some alternatives to Sphinx and Swagger UI?
    Elasticsearch
    Elasticsearch is a distributed, RESTful search and analytics engine capable of storing data and searching it in near real time. Elasticsearch, Kibana, Beats and Logstash are the Elastic Stack (sometimes called the ELK Stack).
    MkDocs
    It builds completely static HTML sites that you can host on GitHub pages, Amazon S3, or anywhere else you choose. There's a stack of good looking themes available. The built-in dev-server allows you to preview your documentation as you're writing it. It will even auto-reload and refresh your browser whenever you save your changes.
    Jekyll
    Think of Jekyll as a file-based CMS, without all the complexity. Jekyll takes your content, renders Markdown and Liquid templates, and spits out a complete, static website ready to be served by Apache, Nginx or another web server. Jekyll is the engine behind GitHub Pages, which you can use to host sites right from your GitHub repositories.
    Centrify
    It is privileged identity management and identity as a service solutions stop the breach by securing access to hybrid enterprises through the power of identity services.
    Lucene
    Lucene Core, our flagship sub-project, provides Java-based indexing and search technology, as well as spellchecking, hit highlighting and advanced analysis/tokenization capabilities.
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