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ngrok vs Traefik: What are the differences?

What is ngrok? Securely expose a local web server to the internet and capture all traffic for detailed inspection and replay. ngrok is a reverse proxy that creates a secure tunnel between from a public endpoint to a locally running web service. ngrok captures and analyzes all traffic over the tunnel for later inspection and replay.

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.

ngrok and Traefik are primarily classified as "localhost" and "Load Balancer / Reverse Proxy" tools respectively.

"Easy to use" is the top reason why over 18 developers like ngrok, while over 10 developers mention "Kubernetes integration" as the leading cause for choosing Traefik.

ngrok 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 ngrok with 16.5K GitHub stars and 2.87K GitHub forks.

Docplanner, Viadeo, and Condé Nast are some of the popular companies that use Traefik, whereas ngrok is used by Bannerman, a2c systems, and F.biz. Traefik has a broader approval, being mentioned in 46 company stacks & 19 developers stacks; compared to ngrok, which is listed in 26 company stacks and 16 developer stacks.

What is ngrok?

ngrok is a reverse proxy that creates a secure tunnel between from a public endpoint to a locally running web service. ngrok captures and analyzes all traffic over the tunnel for later inspection and replay.

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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