Curated Collection: etcd


The Curated articles are guides, regularly updated by the Compose team, to the essential postings and help content available for each of the Compose databases. Here we look at etcd.

About etcd

etcd is a database which is predominantly used in configuration management. It is distributed between multiple nodes and applies the RAFT consensus algorithm to ensure consistency. This consistency makes it an ideal source of truth for large deployments which need to observe configuration changes so that tools can act on them. The name comes from the idea of distributing the Unix "/etc" directory, where many configuration files live, across multiple machines – /etc-distributed.


Get started using the new etcd, including what makes it different from the previous version.

Essentials for etcd2:



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If you are looking for documentation for etcd on the Compose platform:

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attribution Joshua K. Jackson