Traefik is a modern HTTP reverse proxy and load balancer that makes deploying microservices easy. Traefik integrates with your existing infrastructure components (Docker, Swarm mode, Kubernetes, Marathon, Consul, Etcd, Rancher, Amazon ECS, ...) and configures itself automatically and dynamically. Pointing Traefik at your orchestrator should be the only configuration step you need.
Imagine that you have deployed a bunch of microservices with the help of an orchestrator (like Swarm or Kubernetes) or a service registry (like etcd or consul). Now you want users to access these microservices, and you need a reverse proxy.
Traditional reverse-proxies require that you configure each route that will connect paths and subdomains to each microservice. In an environment where you add, remove, kill, upgrade, or scale your services many times a day, the task of keeping the routes up to date becomes tedious.
This is when Traefik can help you!
Traefik listens to your service registry/orchestrator API and instantly generates the routes so your microservices are connected to the outside world -- without further intervention from your part.
Run Traefik and let it do the work for you! (But if you'd rather configure some of your routes manually, Traefik supports that too!)
- Continuously updates its configuration (No restarts!)
- Supports multiple load balancing algorithms
- Provides HTTPS to your microservices by leveraging Let's Encrypt (wildcard certificates support)
- Circuit breakers, retry
- High Availability with cluster mode (beta)
- See the magic through its clean web UI
- Websocket, HTTP/2, GRPC ready
- Provides metrics (Rest, Prometheus, Datadog, Statsd, InfluxDB)
- Keeps access logs (JSON, CLF)
- Exposes a Rest API
- Packaged as a single binary file (made with
❤️with go) and available as a tiny official docker image
- Docker / Swarm mode
- Mesos / Marathon
- Rancher (API, Metadata)
- Azure Service Fabric
- Consul Catalog
- Consul / Etcd / Zookeeper / BoltDB
- Amazon ECS
- Amazon DynamoDB
To get your hands on Traefik, you can use the 5-Minute Quickstart in our documentation (you will need Docker).
Alternatively, if you don't want to install anything on your computer, you can try Traefik online in this great Katacoda tutorial that shows how to load balance requests between multiple Docker containers.
If you are looking for a more comprehensive and real use-case example, you can also check Play-With-Docker to see how to load balance between multiple nodes.
You can access the simple HTML frontend of Traefik.
To get community support, you can:
- join the Traefik community Slack channel:
- use Stack Overflow (using the
- Or use the official tiny Docker image and run it with the sample configuration file:
docker run -d -p 8080:8080 -p 80:80 -v $PWD/traefik.toml:/etc/traefik/traefik.toml traefik
- Or get the sources:
git clone https://github.com/containous/traefik
Here is a talk given by Emile Vauge at GopherCon 2017. You will learn Traefik basics in less than 10 minutes.
If you'd like to contribute to the project, refer to the contributing documentation.
Please note that this project is released with a Contributor Code of Conduct. By participating in this project, you agree to abide by its terms.
- We release a new version (e.g. 1.1.0, 1.2.0, 1.3.0) every other month.
- Release Candidates are available before the release (e.g. 1.1.0-rc1, 1.1.0-rc2, 1.1.0-rc3, 1.1.0-rc4, before 1.1.0)
- Bug-fixes (e.g. 1.1.1, 1.1.2, 1.2.1, 1.2.3) are released as needed (no additional features are delivered in those versions, bug-fixes only)
Each version is supported until the next one is released (e.g. 1.1.x will be supported until 1.2.0 is out)
We use Semantic Versioning
- General announcements, new releases: mail at email@example.com or on the online viewer
- Security announcements: mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or on the online viewer.
Kudos to Peka for his awesome work on the logo .
Traefik's logo is licensed under the Creative Commons 3.0 Attributions license.