What is Consul?
Consul is a tool for service discovery and configuration. Consul is distributed, highly available, and extremely scalable.
Consul is a tool in the Open Source Service Discovery category of a tech stack.
Consul is an open source tool with 22K GitHub stars and 3.7K GitHub forks. Here’s a link to Consul's open source repository on GitHub
Who uses Consul?
251 companies reportedly use Consul in their tech stacks, including Slack, Robinhood, and LaunchDarkly.
671 developers on StackShare have stated that they use Consul.
Terraform, Rancher, Traefik, Netdata, and Nomad are some of the popular tools that integrate with Consul. Here's a list of all 15 tools that integrate with Consul.
Pros of Consul
Great service discovery infrastructure
Distributed key-value store
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- Service Discovery - Consul makes it simple for services to register themselves and to discover other services via a DNS or HTTP interface. External services such as SaaS providers can be registered as well.
- Health Checking - Health Checking enables Consul to quickly alert operators about any issues in a cluster. The integration with service discovery prevents routing traffic to unhealthy hosts and enables service level circuit breakers.
- Key/Value Storage - A flexible key/value store enables storing dynamic configuration, feature flagging, coordination, leader election and more. The simple HTTP API makes it easy to use anywhere.
- Multi-Datacenter - Consul is built to be datacenter aware, and can support any number of regions without complex configuration.
Consul Alternatives & Comparisons
What are some alternatives to Consul?
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