Installing Gloo as an Ingress Controller

Installing the Gloo Ingress Controller on Kubernetes

These directions assume you’ve prepared your Kubernetes cluster appropriately. Full details on setting up your Kubernetes cluster here.

Install command line tool (CLI)

The glooctl command line provides useful functions to install, configure, and debug Gloo, though it is not required to use Gloo.

You can verify the glooctl CLI is installed and running correctly by executing the command:

glooctl version

The command returns your client version and a missing server version (we have not installed Gloo yet!):

Client: {"version":"1.2.3"}
Server: version undefined, could not find any version of gloo running

Installing on Kubernetes with glooctl

Once your Kubernetes cluster is up and running, run the following command to deploy the Gloo Ingress Controller to the gloo-system namespace:

glooctl install ingress

Note: You can run the command with the flag --dry-run to output the Kubernetes manifests (as yaml) that glooctl will apply to the cluster instead of installing them.

Installing on Kubernetes with Helm

This is the recommended method for installing Gloo to your production environment as it offers rich customization to the Gloo control plane and the proxies Gloo manages.

As a first step, you have to add the Gloo repository to the list of known chart repositories:

helm repo add gloo

Create a values-ingress.yaml file with the following overrides:

  enabled: false
  enabled: true

Finally, install Gloo using the following command:

kubectl create namespace gloo-system
helm install gloo gloo/gloo --namespace gloo-system -f values-ingress.yaml

Gloo can be installed to a namespace of your choosing with the --namespace flag.

Verify your Installation

Check that the Gloo pods and services have been created. Depending on your install option, you may see some differences from the following example. And if you choose to install Gloo into a different namespace than the default gloo-system, then you will need to query your chosen namespace instead.

kubectl get all -n gloo-system
NAME                                       READY   STATUS    RESTARTS   AGE
pod/ingress-proxy-6d786fd9f-4k5r4          1/1     Running   0          64s
pod/discovery-55b8645d77-72mbt             1/1     Running   0          63s
pod/gloo-9f9f77c8d-6sk7z                   1/1     Running   0          64s
pod/ingress-85ffc7b77b-z6lsm               1/1     Running   0          64s

NAME                           TYPE           CLUSTER-IP     EXTERNAL-IP       PORT(S)                      AGE
service/ingress-proxy          LoadBalancer     80:32436/TCP,443:32667/TCP   64s
service/gloo                   ClusterIP    <none>            9977/TCP                     4d10h

NAME                                   DESIRED   CURRENT   UP-TO-DATE   AVAILABLE   AGE
deployment.apps/ingress-proxy          1         1         1            1           64s
deployment.apps/discovery              1         1         1            1           63s
deployment.apps/gloo                   1         1         1            1           64s
deployment.apps/ingress                1         1         1            1           64s

NAME                                             DESIRED   CURRENT   READY   AGE
replicaset.apps/ingress-proxy-6d786fd9f          1         1         1       64s
replicaset.apps/discovery-55b8645d77             1         1         1       63s
replicaset.apps/gloo-9f9f77c8d                   1         1         1       64s
replicaset.apps/ingress-85ffc7b77b               1         1         1       64s


To uninstall Gloo and all related components, simply run the following.

glooctl uninstall

If you installed Gloo to a different namespace, you will have to specify that namespace using the -n option:

glooctl uninstall -n my-namespace

Next Steps

To begin using Gloo with the Kubernetes Ingress API, check out the Ingress Controller guide.