Service orchestration and management tool

What is Serf?

Serf is a service discovery and orchestration tool that is decentralized, highly available, and fault tolerant. Serf runs on every major platform: Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows. It is extremely lightweight: it uses 5 to 10 MB of resident memory and primarily communicates using infrequent UDP messages.

Serf is a tool in the Open Source Service Discovery category of a tech stack.

Serf is an open source tool with 4.64K Github Stars and 461 Github Forks. Here’s a link to Serf's open source repository on Github

Who Uses Serf?

4 companies use Serf including ClickBalance, HashiCorp, and Citrusbyte.

Why people like Serf

Here’s a list of reasons why companies and developers use Serf.



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Serf's Features

  • Membership: Serf maintains cluster membership lists and is able to execute custom handler scripts when that membership changes. For example, Serf can maintain the list of web servers for a load balancer and notify that load balancer whenever a node comes online or goes offline.
  • Failure detection and recovery: Serf automatically detects failed nodes within seconds, notifies the rest of the cluster, and executes handler scripts allowing you to handle these events. Serf will attempt to recover failed nodes by reconnecting to them periodically.
  • Custom event propagation: Serf can broadcast custom events and queries to the cluster. These can be used to trigger deploys, propagate configuration, etc. Events are simply fire-and-forget broadcast, and Serf makes a best effort to deliver messages in the face of offline nodes or network partitions. Queries provide a simple realtime request/response mechanism.

Serf's alternatives

  • Consul - A tool for service discovery, monitoring and configuration
  • Zookeeper - Because coordinating distributed systems is a Zoo
  • etcd - A distributed consistent key-value store for shared configuration and service discovery
  • Eureka - AWS Service registry for resilient mid-tier load balancing and failover.
  • SkyDNS - Distributed service for announcement and discovery of services

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