Consul vs Traefik: What are the differences?
What is Consul? A tool for service discovery, monitoring and configuration. Consul is a tool for service discovery and configuration. Consul is distributed, highly available, and extremely scalable.
What is Traefik? Load Balancer for Microservices. Træfɪk is a modern HTTP reverse proxy and load balancer made to deploy microservices with ease. It supports several backends (Docker, Swarm, Mesos/Marathon, Kubernetes, Consul, Etcd, Zookeeper, BoltDB, Rest API, file...) to manage its configuration automatically and dynamically.
Consul and Traefik are primarily classified as "Open Source Service Discovery" and "Load Balancer / Reverse Proxy" tools respectively.
"Great service discovery infrastructure" is the primary reason why developers consider Consul over the competitors, whereas "Kubernetes integration" was stated as the key factor in picking Traefik.
Consul and Traefik are both open source tools. It seems that Traefik with 23.2K GitHub stars and 2.4K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Consul with 16.4K GitHub stars and 2.85K GitHub forks.
According to the StackShare community, Consul has a broader approval, being mentioned in 134 company stacks & 55 developers stacks; compared to Traefik, which is listed in 46 company stacks and 19 developer stacks.
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