Traefik

Træfik is a modern HTTP reverse proxy and load balancer that makes deploying microservices easy. Træfik integrates with your existing infrastructure components (Docker, Swarm mode, Kubernetes, Marathon, Consul, Etcd, Rancher, Amazon ECS, ...) and configures itself automatically and dynamically. Pointing Træfik at your orchestrator should be the only configuration step you need.

Prerequisites

  • Kubernetes 1.4+ with Beta APIs enabled
  • Kubernetes 1.6+ if you want to enable RBAC
  • You are deploying the chart to a cluster with a cloud provider capable of provisioning an external load balancer (e.g. AWS or GKE)
  • You control DNS for the domain(s) you intend to route through Traefik
  • Suggested: PV provisioner support in the underlying infrastructure

A Quick Note on Versioning

Up until version 1.2.1-b of this chart, the semantic version of the chart was kept in-sync with the semantic version of the (default) version of Traefik installed by the chart. A dash and a letter were appended to Traefik's semantic version to indicate incrementally improved versions of the chart itself. For example, chart version 1.2.1-a and 1.2.1-b both provide Traefik 1.2.1, but 1.2.1-b is a chart that is incrementally improved in some way from its immediate predecessor-- 1.2.1-a.

This convention, in practice, suffered from a few problems, not the least of which was that it defied what was permitted by semver 2.0.0. This, in turn, leads to some difficulty in Helm understanding the versions of this chart.

Beginning with version 1.3.0 of this chart, the version references only the revision of the chart itself. The app version field in the chart.yaml now conveys information regarding the revision of Traefik that the chart provides.

Overview

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 Træfik can help you!

Træfik 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.

Features

  • 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)
  • Fast
  • Exposes a Rest API
  • Packaged as a single binary file (made with ❤️ with go) and available as a tiny official docker image

Supported Providers

  • Docker / Swarm mode
  • Kubernetes
  • Mesos / Marathon
  • Rancher (API, Metadata)
  • Azure Service Fabric
  • Consul Catalog
  • Consul / Etcd / Zookeeper / BoltDB
  • Eureka
  • Amazon ECS
  • Amazon DynamoDB
  • File
  • Rest

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