Deployment Configuration

This functionality is turned on by default, and can be turned off a couple of different ways: through Helm chart install options; and through environment variables.

Default Installation

Gloo is shipped by default with grafana 5.x charts, and provides a set of default values that are not suitable for production usage in most cases. Please provide your own instance of grafana or configure the helm chart options with production values

For a complete set of options, please refer to:

No special configuration is needed to use the instance of Grafana that ships by default with Gloo Edge. Find the deployment and port-forward to it:

~ > kubectl -n gloo-system get deployment glooe-grafana
glooe-grafana   1/1     1            1           34h

~ > kubectl -n gloo-system port-forward deployment/glooe-grafana 3000
Forwarding from -> 3000
Forwarding from [::1]:3000 -> 3000

Grafana can now be viewed at localhost:3000.


The admin user/password combo that the default installation of Grafana starts up with is controlled by the helm values grafana.adminUser and grafana.adminPassword, which are set to admin/admin by default.

These are read into the observability pod’s env from the secret gloo-observability-secrets.

~ > kubectl -n gloo-system get secret gloo-observability-secrets -o yaml
apiVersion: v1
  # by default, these are both the base64 encoded string "admin"
kind: Secret

If you create an API key in Grafana, you can make the pod use it instead of basic auth by setting the key GRAFANA_API_KEY in that same secret and then restarting the observability pod. If an API key is present, the pod will prefer to use that over any username/password combo that may be set.

Custom Deployment

If you’d like Gloo Edge to talk to your pre-existing instance of Grafana, there are a few helm values that you’ll need to set at install time. See the code snippet below for the bare minimum, but in general you’ll need to set several values in the observability.customGrafana object; see a complete list of those fields here.

helm install ... \
    --set grafana.defaultInstallationEnabled=false \
    --set observability.customGrafana.enabled=true

# the first --set ensures that the default deployment of Grafana is not created
# the second --set tells Gloo Edge to expect to find configuration related to your own Grafana instance