Top 10 Airbyte Alternatives & Competitors (2023 Update)

Ethan
CEO, Portable

For most of the history of ELT/ETL tools, open-source options have stayed on the sidelines.

But that all changed with Airbyte in 2020. In just a few years, this project has become one of the most talked-about ELT tools in the industry.

Data ingestion and transformation are becoming more mission-critical every year. And open-source choices---and Airbyte in particular---have some advantages but also come with serious downsides.

And Airbyte is far from the only option on the market. Today, we'll look at some of its most compelling competitors so you can make the best choice for your business.

Is Airbyte your best option?

Airbyte was founded in 2020, making it one of the newer players in the ELT world. But it's quickly proven itself to be one of the fastest-growing and most popular platforms. From its inception, Airbyte has been the favorite of the open-source community.

Because it's open source, you can run Airbyte on your own servers at no cost. The open-source nature also means it's easier to develop your own connectors than it might be on other closed-source platforms.

But despite its early appeal, Airbyte has some flaws. For example, the Airbyte team projected 200+ connectors by the end of 2021.

As 2023 approaches, the platform only has 170+ connectors, and not all of those are available on its cloud offering. And if you choose to use its hosted cloud plan, pricing can be confusing and very hard to predict from one month to the next.

Airbyte pricing

  • Open source: Free to use since you host the software yourself

  • Cloud: $2.50/credit (one million rows = 6 credits; 1 GB = 4 credits)

  • Cloud high volume: Custom pricing (for 5,000+ credits)

Airbyte's key features

  • 170+ data source connectors (cloud service has a limited selection)

  • Open-source solution licensed under the Elastic License 2.0

  • Extensive destination support, with 20+ data warehouses and data lakes available including Snowflake, Google BigQuery, Microsoft Azure Blob Storage, AWS Datalake, and more

  • Warehouse-native data transformations

Airbyte's drawbacks

  • Relatively slow development of new connectors, even with open-source community

  • Clunky integration with Singer.io data connector protocol, meaning a large collection of open-source connectors isn't built-in with Airbyte

  • Pricing credits can be hard to predict, leading to unexpected costs each month

  • Cloud service lacks several mission-critical integrations like WordPress, Google Analytics 4, Apache Kafka, and more

Top 10 Airbyte Alternatives

  1. Portable
  2. Meltano
  3. Fivetran
  4. CData
  5. Stitch
  6. Segment
  7. Precog
  8. Hevo
  9. Rivery
  10. Matillion

1. Portable

Portable is a platform designed to provide the long-tail connectors Airbyte is so slow to support. Portable currently has a library of 250+ connectors and creates bespoke connectors on request in as little as a few hours.

Portable also maintains these connectors as APIs change, maintaining data quality and saving engineering teams from ongoing work.

Portable pricing

  • Manual: Unlimited data sources, destinations, and volumes at no charge when used with manual sync

  • Scheduled data flow: $200/data flow for unlimited sources, destinations, and volumes

  • Custom: Enterprise pricing for teams that need custom plans

What's included with Portable?

  • 250+ data source connectors

  • Major cloud data warehouses supported

  • No limits for sources, destinations, and volumes---even on basic plan

  • Development and maintenance of new data sources included

  • White-glove customer support

Prebuilt connectors

Portable has 250+ pre-built connectors, more than Airbyte, and all these connectors are available on all plans.

Custom connectors

Portable builds and maintains new long-tail connectors upon request at no additional cost.

Maintenance and support

Portable offers premium support for all customers, without extra charges for better help.

Pros

  • 250+ connectors, more than most competitors and focused around the long-tail data sources most tools don't support

  • Per-source pricing is clear and easy to predict month-to-month

  • Full-featured free plan lets you test and use all connectors at no charge for as long as you want, with manual sync

  • Bespoke connectors built and maintained at no cost

Cons

  • Focused on long-tail connectors and doesn't support enterprise data sources like Salesforce or QuickBooks

  • Doesn't focus on databases as connectors

  • Portable is only available for companies based in the U.S.

Who is Portable best suited for?

Portable is best for companies that need one or more hard-to-find data connectors but don't have the resources to build and maintain those connectors themselves.

2. Meltano

Meltano is probably the closest direct competitor to Airbyte. It's one of the newest entrants to the ELT world, having spun off of GitLab in 2021. Meltano is an open-source platform like Airbyte, but unlike Airbye integrates with the Singer protocol.

Meltano pricing

At the time of writing, Meltano does not offer paid plans---only its open-source platform which is free to run. But a cloud-based SaaS solution is in the works with a projected launch date in 2023.

What's included with Meltano?

  • 300+ data sources

  • Native integration with Singer open-source data integration format

  • SDK for custom connectors

  • Version control and testing built-in

  • Engineer-first design and features

Prebuilt connectors

Meltano integrates with 300+ data sources. The platform has access to more connectors because of its integration with Singer, a key difference in the philosophies behind Meltano and Airbyte.

Custom connectors

Meltano's CDK integrates with Singer for building your own custom connectors. Most likely, your team would be responsible for development and maintenance.

Maintenance and support

Meltano is not as established as Airbyte and has a small-but-growing community. Meltano may offer support in the future as part of its cloud plan.

Pros

  • Free, open-source platform

  • Features like Git version control, staging and dev environments, and end-to-end CI testing are built in

  • Integration with Singer, making it easier to build flexible custom connectors

Cons

  • Meltano is built for engineers and doesn't offer a no-code or low-code options

  • Currently no managed SaaS plan, only self-hosted

  • Smaller user community and no official support

  • Singer connectors can break without warning, and Meltano does not guarantee connector maintenance

Who is Meltano best suited for?

Meltano is best for data engineering teams with a high level of technical expertise.

3. Fivetran

Fivetran was one of the first ETL tools in the industry, founded back in 2012. It was originally a data analysis and visualization platform (its name is a play on the programming language Fortran), but pivoted to ETL and has become one of the major players in the industry.

Unlike Airbyte, Fivetran is closed-source. And its main focus is on building connectors for widely used platforms and data sources.

Fivetran pricing

  • Standard select: Est. $60/month (limited to 1 user and 500k monthly active rows)

  • Starter: Est. $120/month (limited to 10 users)

  • Standard: Est. $180/month

  • Enterprise: Est. $240/month

  • Business critical: Contact sales

  • 14-day free trial available

What's included with Fivetran?

  • Robust support for the biggest, most popular enterprise applications

  • Native warehouse transformation that's especially effective with complex data models

  • Data replication using data change capture

Prebuilt connectors

Fivetran offers 160+ data source connectors. Most of these are for the biggest enterprise platforms.

Custom connectors

You can request custom data connectors through Fivetran, but development is slow. You can also create your own custom connectors, but won't have access to its REST API on the Starter plan.

Maintenance and support

Fivetran offers 24/7 global support on all of its plans. More expensive plans have access to SLAs.

Pros

  • One of the most established data integration platforms that's trusted by some of the world's biggest companies

  • Integrations with the largest enterprise sources and destinations

  • Real-time or near real-time data synchronization

Cons

  • Higher prices than most other tools in the space

  • Complex pricing model that can be difficult to understand and predict

  • Limited support for long-tail data connectors, and a low probability they'll be developed in-house

  • Fivetran only supports ELT workloads, so businesses with ETL will need a different tool

Who is Fivetran best suited for?

Companies that use the most widely available data sources and have a larger budget for robust, reliable data integration.

4. CData

CData is a suite of data tools for universal connectivity. It includes ELT, ETL, visualization, data connectivity, cloud connectivity, and others.

CData pricing

  • Standard: $49/month (one data source)

  • Professional: $99/month (limited to five data sources)

  • Enterprise: $199/month (limited to ten data sources; custom pricing for 10+ sources)

  • Other tools in suite available separately

What's included with CData?

  • 250+ connectors, which CData calls "drivers"

  • Includes CData suite of tools like Arc, Sync, and Connect Cloud

  • Optimized speed for data sources

  • Allows access to NoSQL data types as though they were SQL

  • Support for most types of workloads, including ETL, ELT, and Reverse ETL

  • Available as a cloud SaaS product or on-premises

Prebuilt connectors

CData offers 250+ built-in drivers (data connectors).

Custom connectors

If you need to connect to a data source that's not natively supported by CData, you can use the Universal API Driver to develop and maintain your own connector.

Maintenance and support

CData has well-reviewed company support. All plans get email assistance, and Enterprise customers with more than five users have access to Premium Support with phone help and 24-hour response times.

Pros

  • Straightforward, easy-to-understand pricing for data ingestion

  • Built-in connectors for a wide range of popular data sources

  • Tool integrations for almost every aspect of the data pipeline

Cons

  • Tools aren't bundled, so pricing can be hard to calculate and quickly get expensive for a complete pipeline

  • Reviews say documentation can be hard to understand and use

  • Support community is small compared to many competitors, especially Airbyte

  • Data apps have limited support for custom fields

Who is CData best suited for?

CData is a good fit for teams looking for a complete set of SQL pipeline tools.

5. Stitch

Stitch is an ETL tool that focuses on business intelligence. It has a unique position in the market, straddling both closed- and open-source technologies. The platform itself is closed-sourced and owned by Talend.

But Stitch integrates with---and created---the Singer open source data protocol. In other words, it's a closed-source platform based on open-source components.

Stitch pricing

  • Standard: Starts at $100/month (limited to 5 million monthly active rows, 1 destination, and 10 sources)

  • Advanced: $1250/month (limited to 100 million rows and 3 destinations)

  • Premium: $2500/month (limited to 1 billion rows and 5 destinations)

  • 14-day free trial

What's included

  • 130+ data sources through Singer

  • Automation tools like monitoring and alerts

  • Support for most popular warehouses and data lakes

  • Built-in transformation capabilities with a UI or Java, SQL, or Python

Prebuilt connectors

Stitch comes with 130+ data sources powered by Singer. While all Singer connectors are open-source, some are only available on the Advanced and Premium plans. (One of the downsides of a hybrid open/closed-source platform.)

Custom connectors

Stitch integrates seamlessly with Singer for creating new connectors. Singer uses interchangeable "taps" and "targets" for data sources and destinations, respectively. So developing a new tap integrates with all existing targets, and vise-versa. This is an improvement, but your team will need to develop and maintain any new connectors.

Maintenance and support

Stitch offers basic email and chat support for all customers during business hours. Certain customers with higher-paying plans are eligible for phone support and a dedicated support rep.

Pros

  • Robust transformations with Singer, especially with JSON data types

  • Fast and easy to set up, in as little as a few minutes

  • Integrations with other Talend data tools

  • Cost-effective solution for the needs of most small businesses

Cons

  • More affordable pricing than some competitors, but row-based model gets expensive and can be hard to predict

  • Customer support is limited on the more basic plans

  • Singer connectors aren't maintained by Stitch and can break unexpectedly

Who is Stitch best suited for?

Stitch is designed for teams expecting to use common data sources, or that are familiar with building and maintaining new connectors on Singer.

6. Segment

Segment is a platform for customer data. This focus on customer data means Segment has a few unique features, like merging personas and segmentation based on the customer journey. The company was acquired by Twilio in 2020.

Segment pricing

  • Free: Capped at 1,000 monthly visitors and 2 data sources

  • Team: Starts at $120/month for 10,000 monthly visitors

  • Business: Custom pricing

What's included with Segment?

  • 300+ data sources

  • Data governance tools and debugging

  • Customer segments, user profiles, and pixel embedding

  • Functionality to export to marketing tools and CRM platforms

Prebuilt connectors

Segment has 300+ connectors which are available on all plans.

Custom connectors

Segment has a built-in Functions tool for developing custom connections. Your team will be responsible for any development or maintenance of custom connectors.

Maintenance and support

Every plan has Standard support. Segment offers four additional levels of support as paid add-ons, available to teams with plans totalling $60,000 or more.

Pros

  • Simple, easy-to-use user interface

  • Free plan and affordable plans for teams with smaller data needs

  • Unique features for customer segmentation that aren't available from other competitors, including Airbyte

Cons

  • Pricing based on users can become expensive and can charge for anonymous users several times

  • Some connectors don't leverage all data contained in APIs, meaning you'll need to develop a custom connector to extract additional data from "supported" data sources

  • Heavily focused around sales and marketing and not as applicable for other use cases

Who is Segment best suited for?

Segment is best for data teams that only deal with customer and marketing data.

7. Precog

Precog is a cloud ETL tool with a completely different approach. Instead of manually integrating every data source, Precog uses artificial intelligence to parse and apply schema to new data types.

Precog pricing

Custom pricing based on data source.

What's included with Precog?

  • 10,000+ data sources ready to use out of the box

  • 100+ destinations supported

  • Available both as a cloud SaaS product and on-premise

  • No-code platform

Prebuilt connectors

Precog offers 10,000+ connectors, more than any other Airbyte competitor. These aren't hand-coded but rather developed using Precog's AI engine.

Custom connectors

You can create new connectors using Precog's AI in a no-code environment. You can also request a connection from Precog, and they'll deliver within 48 hours.

Maintenance and support

Precog offers customer support based on the plan you choose and your team's unique needs.

Pros

  • Thousands more connectors than Airbyte or any competitor

  • Transparent pricing based on data sources

  • Unique no-code, AI-based approach to data integration

  • SaaS and on-premise both available

Cons

  • Recent newcomer to the ELT space without much community (especially when compared with Airbyte's 12,000+ member community)

  • No-code focus can result in limitations for technical teams

  • Pricing can be expensive for teams that need a large number of connectors

Who is Precog best suited for?

Precog is best for teams who need extremely long-tail data connectors and want a no-code environment.

8. Hevo

Hevo is a data pipeline tool with built-in transformation capabilities. It's a no-code platform and offers ETL, ELT, and Reverse ETL workflows.

Hevo pricing

  • Free: Capped at one million events (50+ data sources available)

  • Starter: Starts at $239/month

  • Business: Custom quote

Hevo Activate is a separate tool for Reverse ETL:

  • Free: Limited to 4 data warehouses and 3 SaaS targets

  • Start: $199/month (limited to 4 data warehouses and 5 SaaS targets

  • Flexible pricing

What's included with Hevo?

  • 150+ data connectors (free plan only has access to 50+)

  • Data migration offered in real-time

  • Python data transformations built-in

  • Round-the-clock live support

Prebuilt connectors

Hevo's free plan includes 50+ data connectors. Paid plans include 150+.

Custom connectors

You can build a custom connector using Hevo's REST API. Alternatively, you can connect with long-tail data sources using its webhooks source.

Maintenance and support

Hevo has 24/7 customer support for all plans. Starter includes live chat support, and Business includes a dedicated account manager.

Pros

  • Broad support for ETL, ELT, and Reverse ETL pipelines

  • No-code platform that doesn't require programming knowledge

  • Generous free plan for businesses with popular data sources

Cons

  • Limited support for long-tail connectors, especially on the free plan

  • Usage-based pricing can be hard to predict month-to-month

  • Migrations between tools can require manual mapping

Who is Hevo best suited for?

Hevo is best suited for teams using popular data sources that need a low-code tool.

9. Rivery

Rivery is a closed-source SaaS ELT data orchestration platform that has both no-code and code options. You can create Rivery ELT scripts, called "rivers," using a GUI or with Python.

Rivery pricing

  • Starter: $0.75 per credit

  • Professional: $1.20 per credit

  • Enterprise: Custom pricing

  • One credit = one API pipeline execution, 100 MB of data replication, or one logic and transformation execution

  • 14-day free trial

What's included with Rivery?

  • 200+ data sources

  • 15+ supported data management destinations

  • 24/7 customer support

  • Fully managed ELT, Reverse ELT, and transformations

  • Starter kits that include prebuilt, editable rivers already set up

Prebuilt connectors

Rivery currently has 200+ pre-built connectors, ready to use on all plans.

Custom connectors

You can create a new data source using Rivery's Custom API feature. The Rivery team will also build custom data connectors upon request.

Maintenance and support

Rivery is known in the industry for its support, scoring 9.8 on G2 (compared to the industry average of 8.5). The level of support depends on your plan.

Pros

  • Comprehensive API support for development teams

  • Starter kits and no-code GUI make it easy to set up new data pipelines

  • Recognized for excellent customer support

Cons

  • Credit-based pricing is complex, changes month-to-month, and can be hard to predict

  • GUI can become complex for more intricate data sets and connections

  • Error messages can be vague and make it hard to pinpoint the problem

Who is Rivery best suited for?

Rivery is best for teams looking for a flexible code/no-code option who want to get set up quickly.

10. Matillion

Matillion is a closed-source data workflow platform that serves larger enterprises. While most competitors are either open-source (like Airbyte) or closed-source SaaS (like Fivetran), Matillion offers an on-premise solution that you deploy on your own.

Matillion pricing

  • Free: Capped at one million rows/month

  • Basic: $2.00/credit

  • Advanced: $2.50/credit

  • Enterprise: $2.70/credit

What's included with Matillion?

  • 110+ data source connectors

  • Cloud-based and on-premise versions available

  • Can be deployed on-premise

  • GUI-based data transformations in the cloud

  • Pricing model based on consumption

  • Integration with Matillion Data Loader and Matillion ETL

Prebuilt connectors

Matillion comes with 110+ data connectors. They aren't identical across the two products, and some connectors in ETL aren't available in Data Loader.

Custom connectors

At just 110+ connectors, Matillion is focused on the largest, most popular data sources. There's a GUI interface for basic API integrations but maintenance is the user's responsibility.

Maintenance and support

Because Matillion is an all-in-one data loading and transformation platform, it can require less support than building a data stack from several products. Matillion offers standard support for all plans. Enterprise plans have the option to add Mission Critical Support.

Pros

  • Powerful built-in data transformations

  • On-premise deployments available

  • Easier data governance with all-in-one tool

Cons

  • GUI-based transformations can take a while a to learn

  • Limited number of prebuilt data connectors---the lowest number amongst Airbyte competitors

  • Integration with native Matillion tools can make it hard to integrate with other systems

Who is Matillion best suited for?

Matillion is best for large businesses looking for an on-premise platform to handle both data ingestion and transformations.

Airbyte Alternatives: The Bottom Line

A company with growing data needs an intuitive, effective tool to move and transform that data and convert it into actionable insights. But it can be hard to find an ETL tool that works best with your business.

Airbyte has been one of the fastest-growing platforms in recent years, with big promises for its open-source model. A free data tool is appealing, but its number of connectors has been limited.

Airbyte's cloud option has even fewer connectors and a pricing model that can be confusing and hard to predict. There are other options that offer faster connectivity and more transparent pricing.

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