|Original author(s)||Willy Tarreau|
|Initial release||December 16, 2001|
2.0.0 / June 16, 2019
2.1-dev0 / June 16, 2019
|Operating system||Linux, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, Solaris (8/9/10), AIX (5.1–5.3), macOS, Cygwin|
|License||GNU General Public License Version 2|
HAProxy is free, open source software that provides a high availability load balancer and proxy server for TCP and HTTP-based applications that spreads requests across multiple servers. It is written in C and has a reputation for being fast and efficient (in terms of processor and memory usage).
HAProxy is used by a number of high-profile websites including GoDaddy, GitHub, Bitbucket, Stack Overflow, Reddit, Speedtest.net, Tumblr, Twitter and Tuenti and is used in the OpsWorks product from Amazon Web Services.
In 2013, the company HAProxy Technologies, LLC was created to continue developing the software in addition to contributions from the open-source community. The company provides a commercial offering, HAProxy Enterprise and appliance-based application-delivery controllers named ALOHA. The company provides technical support and additional modules that extend the functionality of HAProxy.
HAProxy has the following features:
- Layer 4 (TCP) and Layer 7 (HTTP) load balancing
- URL rewriting
- Rate limiting
- SSL/TLS termination
- Gzip compression
- Proxy Protocol support
- Health checking
- Connection and HTTP message logging
- Hitless Reloads
- gRPC Support
- Lua and SPOE Support
- API Support
- Layer 4 Retries
- Simplified circuit breaking
HAProxy Community vs HAProxy Enterprise
HAProxy Enterprise Edition is an enterprise-class version of HAProxy that includes a robust and cutting-edge code base, enterprise suite of add-ons, expert support, and professional services. At its core, it incorporates feature backports from the HAProxy development branch for customers who require immediate access to the latest functionality in a hardened version of code.
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HAProxy Technologies’ ALOHA is a plug-and-play load-balancing appliance that can be deployed in any environment. ALOHA provides a graphical interface and a templating system that can be used to deploy and configure the appliance. Its main intention is to be a direct competitor to Hardware Load Balancing boxes/appliances to companies that still provide separate appliance load balancers, such as F5 Networks.
HAProxy has had the following version releases:
|1.0||16 Dec 2001|
|1.1||10 Mar 2002|
|1.2||9 Sep 2003|
|1.3||14 Mar 2016|
|1.4||14 Mar 2016|
|1.5||25 Dec 2016|
|1.6||2 Jan 2018|
|1.7||30 Apr 2018|
|1.8||20 Sep 2018|
|1.9||19 Dec 2018|
|2.0||16 Jun 2019|
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