Compare Amazon MQ vs. Apache Kafka

Amazon MQ is ranked unranked in Message Queue (MQ) Software while Apache Kafka is ranked 3rd in Message Queue (MQ) Software with 2 reviews. Amazon MQ 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". Amazon MQ is most compared with , whereas Apache Kafka is most compared with IBM MQ, ActiveMQ and Solace PubSub+.
You must select at least 2 products to compare!
Amazon MQ Logo
views| comparisons
Apache Kafka Logo
25,219 views|16,094 comparisons
Most Helpful Review
Use Amazon MQ? Share your opinion.
Find out what your peers are saying about IBM, Pivotal, Apache and others in Message Queue (MQ) Software. Updated: October 2019.
372,622 professionals have used our research since 2012.
Quotes From Members

We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:

Use our free recommendation engine to learn which Message Queue (MQ) Software solutions are best for your needs.
372,622 professionals have used our research since 2012.
In Message Queue (MQ) Software
Average Words per Review
Avg. Rating
Top Comparisons
Compared 30% of the time.
Compared 26% of the time.
Compared 17% of the time.

Amazon MQ is a managed message broker service for Apache ActiveMQ that makes it easy to set up and operate message brokers in the cloud. Message brokers allow different software systems–often using different programming languages, and on different platforms–to communicate and exchange information. Amazon MQ reduces your operational load by managing the provisioning, setup, and maintenance of ActiveMQ, a popular open-source message broker. Connecting your current applications to Amazon MQ is easy because it uses industry-standard APIs and protocols for messaging, including JMS, NMS, AMQP, STOMP, MQTT, and WebSocket. Using standards means that in most cases, there’s no need to rewrite any messaging code when you migrate to AWS.

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.
Learn more about Amazon MQ
Learn more about Apache Kafka
Sample Customers
SkipTheDishes, Malmberg,, Bench Accounting
Information Not Available
Top Industries
No Data Available
Comms Service Provider13%
Transportation Company13%
Media Company13%
Financial Services Firm27%
Software R&D Company25%
Comms Service Provider6%
Find out what your peers are saying about IBM, Pivotal, Apache and others in Message Queue (MQ) Software. Updated: October 2019.
372,622 professionals have used our research since 2012.
We monitor all Message Queue (MQ) Software reviews to prevent fraudulent reviews and keep review quality high. We do not post reviews by company employees or direct competitors. We validate each review for authenticity via cross-reference with LinkedIn, and personal follow-up with the reviewer when necessary.
Sign Up with Email