Compare ActiveMQ vs. Apache Kafka

ActiveMQ is ranked 4th in Message Queue (MQ) Software while Apache Kafka is ranked 3rd in Message Queue (MQ) Software with 2 reviews. ActiveMQ is rated 0, while Apache Kafka is rated 8.0. On the other hand, the top reviewer of Apache Kafka writes "Its publisher-subscriber pattern has allowed our applications to access and consume data in real time". ActiveMQ is most compared with RabbitMQ, IBM MQ and Apache Kafka, whereas Apache Kafka is most compared with IBM MQ, ActiveMQ and Solace PubSub+.
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Overview

Apache ActiveMQ is the most popular and powerful open source messaging and Integration Patterns server.

Apache ActiveMQ is fast, supports many Cross Language Clients and Protocols, comes with easy to use Enterprise Integration Patterns and many advanced features while fully supporting JMS 1.1 and J2EE 1.4. Apache ActiveMQ is released under the Apache 2.0 License

Apache Kafka is a distributed streaming platform, with the following capabilities:

  • It lets you publish and subscribe to streams of records. In this respect it is similar to a message queue or enterprise messaging system.
  • It lets you store streams of records in a fault-tolerant way.
  • It lets you process streams of records as they occur.

Apache Kafka gets used for two broad classes of application:

  • Building real-time streaming data pipelines that reliably get data between systems or applications.
  • Building real-time streaming applications that transform or react to the streams of data.
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Software R&D Company26%
Financial Services Firm14%
Comms Service Provider10%
Insurance Company10%
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Retailer25%
Transportation Company13%
Media Company13%
Marketing Services Firm13%
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Financial Services Firm28%
Software R&D Company24%
Retailer9%
Comms Service Provider6%
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