The Cloud Native
Application Proxy

Simplify and automate the discovery, routing, and load balancing of microservices.

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What is Traefik?

Traefik is a leading modern open source reverse proxy and ingress controller that makes deploying services and APIs easy. Traefik integrates with your existing infrastructure components and configures itself automatically and dynamically.

Simplified Operation, Complex Deployments

Traefik is designed to be as simple as possible to operate, but capable of handling large, highly-complex deployments across a wide range of environments and protocols in public, private, and hybrid clouds.

Enhanced with Powerful Middleware Suite

Traefik also comes with a powerful set of middlewares that enhance its capabilities to include load balancing, API gateway, orchestrator ingress, and more.

Now available!

Traefik 3.0

  • WebAssembly (Wasm)

  • OpenTelemetry

  • Kubernetes Gateway API

  • HTTP/3


  • Tailscale

  • WAF

Traefik Architecture Overview

Unlike a traditional reverse proxy, which requires manual configuration, Traefik uses service discovery to dynamically configure routing. Traefik supports all major protocols, leveraging a rich set of middleware for load balancing, rate-limiting, circuit-breakers, mirroring, authentication, and more. Traefik also supports SSL termination and works with ACME providers (like Let’s Encrypt) for automatic certificate generation. Traefik’s extensive features and capabilities make it the comprehensive gateway to all your applications.

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Traefik Use Cases

  • Ingress Controller

    Ingress Controller

    Deploy Traefik as your Kubernetes Ingress Controller to simplify networking, secure your APIs, and reduce the costs of managing your microservices with a dynamic, production-ready Kubernetes Ingress routing solution.

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  • Web Application Firewall

    Web Application Firewall

    Leverage Traefik as your WAF to protect your microservices and APIs against a myriad of online threats, such as SQL injection and cross-site scripting, thus enhancing security and ensuring data integrity.

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  • Certificate Management

    Certificate Management

    Traefik provides built-in support for Let’s Encrypt (ACME) automatic certificate management as well as user-defined certificates.

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  • Load Balancing

    Load Balancing

    Control load to upstream services with flexible Layer 4 and Layer 7 routing and load balancing capabilities plus a large middleware toolkit that enables dynamic scaling, zero-downtime blue-green and canary deployments, mirroring, and more.

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Traefik Features

Traefik offers a full, production-hardened feature set to meet the requirements of modern, cloud native applications in any environment and can integrate with legacy systems across multi-cloud, hybrid-cloud, and on-premises deployments.

Traffic Management

  • Flexible Layer 4 and Layer 7 routing
  • HTTP, HTTP/2, HTTP/3, TCP, UDP, Websockets, gRPC
  • Mirroring
  • Blue-green and canary deployments
  • Stickiness
  • Active health checks
  • Middleware (circuit breakers, automatic retries, buffering, response compression, headers, rate limiting)
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  • Automatic HTTPS
  • Let’s Encrypt support
  • Custom certificates
  • Authentication
  • Web Application Firewall
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Integration & Extensibility

  • Kubernetes Ingresses, Kubernetes Gateway API, Docker, Swarm, Red Hat OpenShift, Rancher, Amazon ECS, Consul, key-value stores
  • WebAssembly (WASM) plugins support
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  • OpenTelemetry
  • Built-in dashboard
  • Distributed tracing (Jaeger, Open Tracing, Zipkin)
  • Real-time traffic metrics (Datadog, Grafana, InfluxDB, Prometheus, StatsD)
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Traefik ecosystem

Traefik Ecosystem

Traefik integrates with every major cluster technology and includes built-in support for the top distributed tracing and metrics providers.

Providers & Orchestrators

  • Kubernetes
  • Docker Swarm
  • etcd
  • Consul
  • K3S
  • HashiCorp Nomad
  • Redis
  • Azure Service Fabric
  • Amazon ECS
  • AKS
  • GKE
  • EKS
  • IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service
  • OpenShift

Tracing & Metrics

  • OpenTelemetry
  • Datadog
  • Prometheus
  • InfluxDB

TLS Certificates

  • Let's Encrypt
  • Tailscale

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