tailscale VS cloudflared

Compare tailscale vs cloudflared and see what are their differences.


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tailscale cloudflared
991 99
14,451 6,919
3.0% 2.2%
0.0 0.0
7 days ago 18 days ago
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Posts with mentions or reviews of tailscale. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-12-07.


Posts with mentions or reviews of cloudflared. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-08-12.
  • Colab error on second call with stable diffusion xl refiner
    3 projects | /r/StableDiffusion | 12 Aug 2023
    # Install apt dependencies !apt install dotnet-sdk-7.0 git # Install Clouldflared (not on apt) !wget https://github.com/cloudflare/cloudflared/releases/latest/download/cloudflared-linux-amd64.deb !dpkg -i cloudflared-linux-amd64.deb # Download StableSwarmUI !git clone https://github.com/Stability-AI/StableSwarmUI # Download ComfyUI backend %cd /content/StableSwarmUI !mkdir /content/StableSwarmUI/dlbackend %cd /content/StableSwarmUI/dlbackend !git clone https://github.com/comfyanonymous/ComfyUI %cd /content/StableSwarmUI/dlbackend/ComfyUI # Setup ComfyUI !pip install -r requirements.txt
  • Servarr : One docker compose file to rule them all (Jellyfin, radarr, sonarr, firefox, duplicati...)
    3 projects | /r/docker | 28 Jun 2023
    Something like cloudflared would be awesome. https://github.com/cloudflare/cloudflared
  • KoboldAI?
    2 projects | /r/VenusAI_Official | 5 Jun 2023
    if you're on windows, you can install it with the exe: https://github.com/cloudflare/cloudflared/releases/latest/download/cloudflared-windows-amd64.exe (or https://github.com/cloudflare/cloudflared/releases/latest/download/cloudflared-windows-386.exe if your using 32bit windows.)
  • Problem related to UI interface
    2 projects | /r/StableDiffusion | 22 Apr 2023
    %cd /content/naifu !pip install virtualenv && bash ./setup.sh !curl -Ls https://github.com/ekzhang/bore/releases/download/v0.4.0/bore-v0.4.0-x86_64-unknown-linux-musl.tar.gz | tar zx -C /usr/bin !curl -Lo /usr/bin/cloudflared https://github.com/cloudflare/cloudflared/releases/latest/download/cloudflared-linux-amd64 && chmod +x /usr/bin/cloudflared !/content/naifu/venv/bin/python -m pip install -qq pytorch_lightning==1.7.7
  • How a reverse proxy like Cloudflare works in front of kub clusters?
    2 projects | /r/kubernetes | 18 Mar 2023
    As an alternative to traditional ingress, you can use cloudflared to expose web apps on Cloudflare via encrypted tunnels: https://github.com/cloudflare/cloudflared
  • Cloudflare tunnels appear to be going down repeatedly today
    2 projects | /r/CloudFlare | 16 Mar 2023
  • How much can you get out of a $4 VPS?
    12 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 6 Feb 2023
    It's not an issue anymore. Your main concerns are power and internet stability. Plus, upload speed. The rest can be worked out.




  • How to set a static IP?
    2 projects | /r/klippers | 3 Feb 2023
    I would suggest a reverse proxy tunnel. There is a great and mostly free one I personally use by Cloudflare. You will need a domain, cloudflare account and install the cloudflared client on your machine. For security you can lock down this tunnel in many ways as cloudflare gives you many many options. Zero trust is a good one to look at if you are wanting to secure what ever you want to expose with a login through google or GitHub.
  • Nextcloud ! Why is it so F*ing difficult to setup!
    15 projects | /r/selfhosted | 16 Jan 2023
    I shared the same feeling until I gave up on "fixing" nextcloud for external access. Slapped cloudflared tunnel on it. You may have to disable Rocket Loader to get the homepage to work properly but after that it just works.
    15 projects | /r/selfhosted | 16 Jan 2023
    mariadb: # https://github.com/linuxserver/docker-mariadb/releases image: lscr.io/linuxserver/mariadb:${MARIADB_VERSION:-latest} container_name: nextcloud_mariadb environment: - PUID=${PUID} - PGID=${PGID} - TZ=${TZ} - MYSQL_ROOT_PASSWORD=${NEXTCLOUD_MARIADB_ROOT_PASSWORD} - MYSQL_DATABASE=nextcloud - MYSQL_USER=nextcloud - MYSQL_PASSWORD=${NEXTCLOUD_MARIADB_PASSWORD} volumes: - ${NEXTCLOUD_PATH}/mariadb:/config security_opt: - no-new-privileges:true restart: unless-stopped labels: - "com.centurylinklabs.watchtower.enable=true" redis: # https://hub.docker.com/\_/redis?tab=tags image: redis:${REDIS_VERSION:-latest} container_name: nextcloud_redis security_opt: - no-new-privileges:true restart: unless-stopped labels: - "com.centurylinklabs.watchtower.enable=true" cloudflared: # https://github.com/cloudflare/cloudflared/releases image: cloudflare/cloudflared:${CLOUDFLARED_VERSION:-latest} container_name: nextcloud_cloudflared_tunnel command: tunnel run environment: - TUNNEL_TOKEN=${CLOUDFLARED_TUNNEL_TOKEN} restart: unless-stopped labels: - "com.centurylinklabs.watchtower.enable=true" watchtower: ## https://containrrr.dev/watchtower/ image: containrrr/watchtower:${WATCHTOWER_VERSION:-latest} container_name: nextcloud_watchtower environment: - WATCHTOWER_CLEANUP=${WATCHTOWER_CLEANUP:-false} - WATCHTOWER_LABEL_ENABLE=${WATCHTOWER_LABEL_ENABLE:-false} - WATCHTOWER_SCHEDULE=${WATCHTOWER_SCHEDULE:-0 0 0 * * *} ## https://pkg.go.dev/github.com/robfig/[email protected]#hdr-CRON\_Expression\_Format volumes: - /var/run/docker.sock:/var/run/docker.sock - /etc/localtime:/etc/localtime:ro restart: unless-stopped

What are some alternatives?

When comparing tailscale and cloudflared you can also consider the following projects:

headscale - An open source, self-hosted implementation of the Tailscale control server

Netmaker - Netmaker makes networks with WireGuard. Netmaker automates fast, secure, and distributed virtual networks.

ZeroTier - A Smart Ethernet Switch for Earth

netbird - Connect your devices into a single secure private WireGuard®-based mesh network with SSO/MFA and simple access controls.

awesome-tunneling - List of ngrok alternatives and other ngrok-like tunneling software and services. Focus on self-hosting.

pivpn - The Simplest VPN installer, designed for Raspberry Pi

dnscrypt-proxy - dnscrypt-proxy 2 - A flexible DNS proxy, with support for encrypted DNS protocols.

Nebula - A scalable overlay networking tool with a focus on performance, simplicity and security


traefik - The Cloud Native Application Proxy

OpenVPN - OpenVPN is an open source VPN daemon