Sidekick is a live application debugger, meaning it lets developers know about bugs and issues in their applications in real-time.
It was primarily a paid tool for the job, with a 14-day trial plan to test it out.
📢 And now: it is open-source!
So, if you were hesitating to pay for the tool as a subscription, you can now self-host it and use it for free as per your requirements.
💡 What is Sidekick?
Sidekick is a real-time application debugger.
You no longer need to recreate production environments on your local machine, Sidekick lets you debug as they're running. It tries to give you the same kind of perks that you get when you debug in your local environment.
It offers a range of features that lets you send the collected data to third-party apps like Slack, and use Sidekick plugin with some of your favorite IDEs including Visual Studio Code or IntelliJ IDEA.
You can filter out relevant data to quickly debug issues by using its data collection feature.
With the insights provided to you, Sidekick helps you optimize cost, eliminate issues, and collaborate efficiently to keep your application running without hiccups.
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🚀 How to Get Started?
If you want a managed platform to use Sidekick, you can opt in for the subscription plans that start at $29 per month.
To opt for self-hosting, you can use their official Docker image available or choose to build it yourself.
You can find the source code and the instructions for it in its GitHub page.
In either case, you should refer to its official documentation.
💬 What do you think about Sidekick as a free and open-source live application debugger? Have you tried it before? Kindly let us know your thoughts in the comments below.