NGINX vs Traefik

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nginx vs Traefik: What are the differences?

nginx: A high performance free open source web server powering busiest sites on the Internet. nginx [engine x] is an HTTP and reverse proxy server, as well as a mail proxy server, written by Igor Sysoev. According to Netcraft nginx served or proxied 30.46% of the top million busiest sites in Jan 2018; 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.

nginx and Traefik are primarily classified as "Web Servers" and "Load Balancer / Reverse Proxy" tools respectively.

"High-performance http server" is the top reason why over 1437 developers like nginx, while over 10 developers mention "Kubernetes integration" as the leading cause for choosing Traefik.

nginx 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 nginx with 9.11K GitHub stars and 3.44K GitHub forks.

Airbnb, Uber Technologies, and Spotify are some of the popular companies that use nginx, whereas Traefik is used by Docplanner, Viadeo, and Condé Nast. nginx has a broader approval, being mentioned in 8676 company stacks & 2560 developers stacks; compared to Traefik, which is listed in 47 company stacks and 20 developer stacks.

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I am diving into web development, both front and back end. I feel comfortable with administration, scripting and moderate coding in bash, Python and C++, but I am also a Windows fan (i love inner conflict). What are the votes on web servers? IIS is expensive and restrictive (has Windows adoption of open source changed this?) Apache has the history but seems to be at the root of most of my Infosec issues, and I know nothing about nginx (is it too new to rely on?). And no, I don't know what I want to do on the web explicitly, but hosting and data storage (both cloud and tape) are possibilities. Ready, aim fire!

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Simon Aronsson
Developer Advocate at k6 / Load Impact · | 3 upvotes · 146.2K views
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NGINX

I would pick nginx over both IIS and Apace HTTP Server any day. Combine it with docker, and as you grow maybe even traefik, and you'll have a really flexible solution for serving http content where you can take sites and projects up and down without effort, easily move it between systems and dont have to handle any dependencies on your actual local machine.

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From a StackShare Community member: "We are a LAMP shop currently focused on improving web performance for our customers. We have made many front-end optimizations and now we are considering replacing Apache with nginx. I was wondering if others saw a noticeable performance gain or any other benefits by switching."

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NGINX

I use nginx because it is very light weight. Where Apache tries to include everything in the web server, nginx opts to have external programs/facilities take care of that so the web server can focus on efficiently serving web pages. While this can seem inefficient, it limits the number of new bugs found in the web server, which is the element that faces the client most directly.

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Leandro Barral
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NGINX

I use nginx because its more flexible and easy to configure

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Christian Cwienk
Software Developer at SAP · | 1 upvotes · 139K views

I use Apache HTTP Server because it's intuitive, comprehensive, well-documented, and just works

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Decisions about NGINX and Traefik
Howie Zhao
Full Stack Engineer at yintrust · | 6 upvotes · 38.2K views

We use Traefik as the web server.

The reasons for choosing Traefik over Nginx are as follows:

  • Traefik built-in Let’s Encrypt and supports automatic renewal
  • Traefik automatically enables HTTP/2
  • Prometheus can be supported through simple Traefik configuration
  • cookiecutter django integrates Traefik's configuration by default
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Gabriel Pa

We switched to Traefik so we can use the REST API to dynamically configure subdomains and have the ability to redirect between multiple servers.

We still use nginx with a docker-compose to expose the traffic from our APIs and TCP microservices, but for managing routing to the internet Traefik does a much better job

The biggest win for naologic was the ability to set dynamic configurations without having to restart the server

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Pros of NGINX
Pros of Traefik
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    High-performance http server
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    Performance
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    Easy to configure
  • 606
    Open source
  • 529
    Load balancer
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    Scalability
  • 285
    Free
  • 222
    Web server
  • 174
    Simplicity
  • 133
    Easy setup
  • 29
    Content caching
  • 19
    Web Accelerator
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    Capability
  • 13
    Fast
  • 11
    Predictability
  • 10
    High-latency
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    Reverse Proxy
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    Fast and lightweight
  • 6
    Supports http/2
  • 4
    The best of them
  • 4
    Lots of Modules
  • 4
    Great Community
  • 4
    Enterprise version
  • 3
    Embedded Lua scripting
  • 3
    Reversy Proxy
  • 3
    Streaming media delivery
  • 3
    Streaming media
  • 3
    High perfomance proxy server
  • 2
    Lightweight
  • 2
    saltstack
  • 2
    Fast and easy to set up
  • 2
    Slim
  • 1
    GRPC-Web
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    Narrow focus. Easy to configure. Fast
  • 1
    Ingress controller
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    Along with Redis Cache its the Most superior
  • 1
    Virtual hosting
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    A
  • 19
    Kubernetes integration
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    Watch service discovery updates
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    Swarm integration
  • 12
    Letsencrypt support
  • 11
    Several backends
  • 4
    Ready-to-use dashboard
  • 4
    Rancher integration
  • 2
    Easy setup
  • 1
    Mantl integration
  • 1
    Mesos integration

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Cons of NGINX
Cons of Traefik
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    Advanced features require subscription
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    Complicated setup
  • 6
    Not very performant (fast)

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What is NGINX?

nginx [engine x] is an HTTP and reverse proxy server, as well as a mail proxy server, written by Igor Sysoev. According to Netcraft nginx served or proxied 30.46% of the top million busiest sites in Jan 2018.

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 NGINX and Traefik?
HAProxy
HAProxy (High Availability Proxy) is a free, very fast and reliable solution offering high availability, load balancing, and proxying for TCP and HTTP-based applications.
lighttpd
lighttpd has a very low memory footprint compared to other webservers and takes care of cpu-load. Its advanced feature-set (FastCGI, CGI, Auth, Output-Compression, URL-Rewriting and many more) make lighttpd the perfect webserver-software for every server that suffers load problems.
Caddy
Caddy 2 is a powerful, enterprise-ready, open source web server with automatic HTTPS written in Go.
Envoy
Originally built at Lyft, Envoy is a high performance C++ distributed proxy designed for single services and applications, as well as a communication bus and “universal data plane” designed for large microservice “service mesh” architectures.
Microsoft IIS
Internet Information Services (IIS) for Windows Server is a flexible, secure and manageable Web server for hosting anything on the Web. From media streaming to web applications, IIS's scalable and open architecture is ready to handle the most demanding tasks.
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How developers use NGINX and Traefik
MaxCDN uses
NGINX

The original API performed a synchronous Nginx reload after provisioning a zone, which often took up to 30 seconds or longer. While important, this step shouldn’t block the response to the user (or API) that a new zone has been created, or block subsequent requests to adjust the zone. With the new API, an independent worker reloads Nginx configurations based on zone modifications.It’s like ordering a product online: don’t pause the purchase process until the product’s been shipped. Say the order has been created, and you can still cancel or modify shipping information. Meanwhile, the remaining steps are being handled behind the scenes. In our case, the zone provision happens instantly, and you can see the result in your control panel or API. Behind the scenes, the zone will be serving traffic within a minute.

Cloudcraft uses
NGINX

Nginx serves as the loadbalancer, router and SSL terminator of cloudcraft.co. As one of our app server nodes is spun up, an Ansible orchestration script adds the new node dynamically to the nginx loadbalancer config which is then reloaded for a zero downtime seamless rolling deployment. By putting nginx in front or whatever web and API servers you might have, you gain a ton of flexibility. While previously I've cobbled together HAProxy and Stun as a poor man's loadbalancer, nginx just does a much better job and is far simpler in the long run.

datapile uses
NGINX

Used nginx as exactly what it is great for: serving static content in a cache-friendly, load balanced manner.

It is exclusively for production web page hosting, we don't use nginx internally, only on the public-facing versions of static sites / Angular & Backbone/Marionette applications.

SIA Monkey See Monkey Do uses
NGINX

We use NGINX both as reverse HTTP proxy and also as a SMTP proxy, to handle incoming email.

We previously handled incoming email with Mandrill, and then later with AWS SES. Handling incoming email yourself is not that much more difficult and saves quite a bit on operational costs.

Wirkn Inc. uses
NGINX

NGINX sits in front of all of our web servers. It is fantastic at load balancing traffic as well as serving as a cache at times when under massive load. It's a robust tool that we're happy to have at the front lines of all Wirkn web apps.