An old debate... Traefik vs. Nginx Proxy Manager

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An old debate... Traefik vs. Nginx Proxy Manager

I'm curious… which service is your preference (and why... in the comments, please)

  • Nginx Proxy Manager

    Votes: 3 37.5%
  • Traefik Proxy

    Votes: 1 12.5%
  • Synology Reverse Proxy

    Votes: 4 50.0%

  • Total voters
    8
  • Poll closed .
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I've been using Nginx Proxy Manager (NPM) for some time to manage external access to docker containers, and certificate update. However, the praises of Traefik echo through self-hosting articles I read. Since I'm always game to learn new things, I began setting up a Traefik compose file, yet I cannot “pull tho trigger” as I'm not seeing its benefits to my self-hosting life. As background, I prefer docker to VMs, and have only toyed with VMs on Windows PCs.

I've been using Nginx Proxy Manager (NPM) for some time to manage external access to docker containers, and certificate update. However, the praises of Traefik echo through self-hosting articles I read. Since I'm always game to learn new things, I began setting up a Traefik compose file, yet I cannot “pull tho trigger” as I'm not seeing its benefits to my self-hosting life. As background, I prefer docker to VMs, and have only toyed with VMs on Windows PCs.
 
I have used all of the listed ones: would exclude synology one as just offers very few features good for learning the basis but as soon you learn the ropes you want to get something better. As far NPM is very simple to use and set up and has good number of feature the project is stuck at 3-4 years ago. Not a lot of improvements and the project v3 is in WIP since years, very often CVEs affects NPM and it takes ages to get those patched. Just to mention the few reasons why I’ve decided to drop it in favour of traefik. Traefik has a bit of steep learning curve but has a really wide community that can help to solve most of the issues you can face trying to set it up, especially if you go for the docker route. I use it in my kubernetes cluster and there are a bit less examples around but still a good number.
 
Caddy is my go-to. Simple to start with, but can go incredibly detailed. integrates with Cloudflare, runs in docker, plays nice with Grafana and is actively maintained (plus the dev is super friendly and helpful).

As time is my most precious resource, the ease of config and setup was what drew me in, but Caddy scales far beyond my usage needs. Its effectively Traefic on easy mode.
 

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