Programming language: Go
License: Apache License 2.0
Tags: Cloud Orchestration    
Latest version: v3.4.14

etcd alternatives and similar tools

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  • Kubernetes

    Production-Grade Container Scheduling and Management
  • consul

    Consul is a distributed, highly available, and data center aware solution to connect and configure applications across dynamic, distributed infrastructure.
  • Scout APM uses tracing logic that ties bottlenecks to source code so you know the exact line of code causing performance issues and can get back to building a great product faster.
  • Salt

    9.2 9.9 L2 etcd VS Salt
    Software to automate the management and configuration of any infrastructure or application at scale. Get access to the Salt software package repository here:
  • zookeeper

    Apache ZooKeeper
  • Nomad

    Nomad is an easy-to-use, flexible, and performant workload orchestrator that can deploy a mix of microservice, batch, containerized, and non-containerized applications. Nomad is easy to operate and scale and has native Consul and Vault integrations.
  • serf

    Service orchestration and management tool.
  • StackStorm

    StackStorm (aka "IFTTT for Ops") is event-driven automation for auto-remediation, security responses, troubleshooting, deployments, and more. Includes rules engine, workflow, 160 integration packs with 6000+ actions (see https://exchange.stackstorm.org) and ChatOps. Installer at https://docs.stackstorm.com/install/index.html. Questions? https://forum.stackstorm.com/.
  • Rundeck

    Enable Self-Service Operations: Give specific users access to your existing tools, services, and scripts
  • doozerd

    A consistent distributed data store.
  • BOSH

    6.5 8.8 L4 etcd VS BOSH
    Cloud Foundry BOSH is an open source tool chain for release engineering, deployment and lifecycle management of large scale distributed services.
  • Juju

    Universal Operator Lifecycle Manager (OLM) for Kubernetes operators, and operators for traditional Linux and Windows apps, with declarative integration between operators for automated microservice integration.
  • Cloud Foundry

    Deprecated: Cloud Foundry Release
  • MCollective

    MCollective Server and Client Puppet Module
  • Overcast

    A command line program designed to make it easy to spin up, configure, and interact with any number of machines over SSH.
  • CloudSlang

    Ready-Made CloudSlang Flows and Operations
  • Spruce

    A BOSH template merge tool
  • Cloudify

    Open source TOSCA-based cloud orchestration software platform written in Python and YAML.
  • Genesis

    A BOSH Deployment Paradigm
  • Terraform

    Terraform works with many cloud providers and creates infrastructure from code.

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etcd is a distributed reliable key-value store for the most critical data of a distributed system, with a focus on being:

  • Simple: well-defined, user-facing API (gRPC)
  • Secure: automatic TLS with optional client cert authentication
  • Fast: benchmarked 10,000 writes/sec
  • Reliable: properly distributed using Raft

etcd is written in Go and uses the Raft consensus algorithm to manage a highly-available replicated log.

etcd is used [in production by many companies](./ADOPTERS.md), and the development team stands behind it in critical deployment scenarios, where etcd is frequently teamed with applications such as Kubernetes, locksmith, vulcand, Doorman, and many others. Reliability is further ensured by rigorous testing.

See etcdctl for a simple command line client.

Community meetings

etcd contributors and maintainers have monthly (every four weeks) meetings at 11:00 AM (USA Pacific) on Thursday.

An initial agenda will be posted to the shared Google docs a day before each meeting, and everyone is welcome to suggest additional topics or other agendas.


Join Hangouts Meet: meet.google.com/umg-nrxn-qvs

Join by phone: +1 405-792-0633‬ PIN: ‪299 906‬#


[MAINTAINERS](MAINTAINERS) strive to shape an inclusive open source project culture where users are heard and contributors feel respected and empowered. MAINTAINERS maintain productive relationships across different companies and disciplines. Read more about [MAINTAINERS role and responsibilities](GOVERNANCE.md#maintainers).

Getting started

Getting etcd

The easiest way to get etcd is to use one of the pre-built release binaries which are available for OSX, Linux, Windows, and Docker on the release page.

For more installation guides, please check out play.etcd.io and operating etcd.

For those wanting to try the very latest version, build the latest version of etcd from the main branch. This first needs Go installed (version 1.16+ is required). All development occurs on main, including new features and bug fixes. Bug fixes are first targeted at main and subsequently ported to release branches, as described in the branch management guide.

Running etcd

First start a single-member cluster of etcd.

If etcd is installed using the pre-built release binaries, run it from the installation location as below:


The etcd command can be simply run as such if it is moved to the system path as below:

mv /tmp/etcd-download-test/etcd /usr/local/bin/

If etcd is built from the main branch, run it as below:


This will bring up etcd listening on port 2379 for client communication and on port 2380 for server-to-server communication.

Next, let's set a single key, and then retrieve it:

etcdctl put mykey "this is awesome"
etcdctl get mykey

etcd is now running and serving client requests. For more, please check out:

etcd TCP ports

The official etcd ports are 2379 for client requests, and 2380 for peer communication.

Running a local etcd cluster

First install goreman, which manages Procfile-based applications.

Our [Procfile script](./Procfile) will set up a local example cluster. Start it with:

goreman start

This will bring up 3 etcd members infra1, infra2 and infra3 and optionally etcd grpc-proxy, which runs locally and composes a cluster.

Every cluster member and proxy accepts key value reads and key value writes.

Follow the steps in [Procfile.learner](./Procfile.learner) to add a learner node to the cluster. Start the learner node with:

goreman -f ./Procfile.learner start

Install etcd client v3

go get go.etcd.io/etcd/client/v3

Next steps

Now it's time to dig into the full etcd API and other guides.


  • Mailing list: etcd-dev
  • IRC: #[etcd](irc://irc.freenode.org:6667/#etcd) on freenode.org
  • Planning/Roadmap: milestones, [roadmap](./ROADMAP.md)
  • Bugs: issues


See [CONTRIBUTING](CONTRIBUTING.md) for details on submitting patches and the contribution workflow.

Reporting bugs

See reporting bugs for details about reporting any issues.

Reporting a security vulnerability

See [security disclosure and release process](security/README.md) for details on how to report a security vulnerability and how the etcd team manages it.

Issue and PR management

See issue triage guidelines for details on how issues are managed.

See PR management for guidelines on how pull requests are managed.

etcd Emeritus Maintainers

These emeritus maintainers dedicated a part of their career to etcd and reviewed code, triaged bugs, and pushed the project forward over a substantial period of time. Their contribution is greatly appreciated.

  • Fanmin Shi
  • Anthony Romano


etcd is under the Apache 2.0 license. See the [LICENSE](LICENSE) file for details.

*Note that all licence references and agreements mentioned in the etcd README section above are relevant to that project's source code only.