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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.

What is Consul?

Consul is a tool for service discovery and configuration. Consul is distributed, highly available, and extremely scalable.

What is Traefik?

A modern HTTP reverse proxy and load balancer that makes deploying microservices easy. Traefik integrates with your existing infrastructure components and configures itself automatically and dynamically.
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    What are some alternatives to Consul and Traefik?
    etcd
    etcd is a distributed key value store that provides a reliable way to store data across a cluster of machines. It’s open-source and available on GitHub. etcd gracefully handles master elections during network partitions and will tolerate machine failure, including the master.
    Zookeeper
    A centralized service for maintaining configuration information, naming, providing distributed synchronization, and providing group services. All of these kinds of services are used in some form or another by distributed applications.
    SkyDNS
    SkyDNS is a distributed service for announcement and discovery of services. It leverages Raft for high-availability and consensus, and utilizes DNS queries to discover available services. This is done by leveraging SRV records in DNS, with special meaning given to subdomains, priorities and weights (more info here: http://blog.gopheracademy.com/skydns).
    Ambassador
    Map services to arbitrary URLs in a single, declarative YAML file. Configure routes with CORS support, circuit breakers, timeouts, and more. Replace your Kubernetes ingress controller. Route gRPC, WebSockets, or HTTP.
    Kubernetes
    Kubernetes is an open source orchestration system for Docker containers. It handles scheduling onto nodes in a compute cluster and actively manages workloads to ensure that their state matches the users declared intentions.
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    How developers use Consul and Traefik
    Avatar of Chris Hartwig
    Chris Hartwig uses ConsulConsul

    All our services use Consul for discovery, configuration and cluster management (auto scaling, health monitoring, dynamic reconfiguration, leader elections)

    Avatar of Tom Staijen
    Tom Staijen uses ConsulConsul

    Discovery service. Some configuration is stored in consul.

    Avatar of Robert Hao
    Robert Hao uses ConsulConsul

    I used Consul as config center & service discoverer.

    Avatar of Ismael Arenzana
    Ismael Arenzana uses ConsulConsul

    How else do you discover microservices? ;)

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    exana uses ConsulConsul

    For service discovery.

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