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Kubewatch

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kubewatch is a Kubernetes watcher that currently publishes notification to available collaboration hubs/notification channels. Run it in your k8s cluster, and you will get event notifications through webhooks.

Usage

$ kubewatch -h

Kubewath: A watcher for Kubernetes

kubewatch is a Kubernetes watcher that could publishes notification 
to Slack/hipchat/mattermost/flock channels. It watches the culster 
for resource changes and notifies them through webhooks.

supported webhooks:
 - slack
 - hipchat
 - mattermost
 - flock
 - webhook

Usage:
  kubewatch [flags]
  kubewatch [command]

Available Commands:
  config      modify kubewatch configuration
  resource    manage resources to be watched
  version     print version

Flags:
  -h, --help   help for kubewatch

Use "kubewatch [command] --help" for more information about a command.

Install

Cluster Installation

Using helm:

When you have helm installed in your cluster, use the following setup:

helm install --name kubewatch stable/kubewatch --set='rbac.create=true,slack.channel=#YOUR_CHANNEL,slack.token=xoxb-YOUR_TOKEN,resourcesToWatch.pod=true,resourcesToWatch.daemonset=true'

You may also provide a values file instead:

rbac:
  create: true
resourcesToWatch:
  daemonset: true
  deployment: false
  pod: true
  replicaset: false
  replicationcontroller: false
  services: true
  secret: false
  configmap: false
slack:
  channel: '#YOUR_CHANNEL'
  token: 'xoxb-YOUR_TOKEN'

And use that:

$ helm upgrade --install kubewatch stable/kubewatch --values=values-file.yml

Using kubectl:

In order to run kubewatch in a Kubernetes cluster quickly, the easiest way is for you to create a ConfigMap to hold kubewatch configuration.

An example is provided at kubewatch-configmap.yaml, do not forget to update your own slack channel and token parameters. Alternatively, you could use secrets.

Create k8s configmap:

$ kubectl create -f kubewatch-configmap.yaml

Create the Pod directly, or create your own deployment:

$ kubectl create -f kubewatch.yaml

A kubewatch container will be created along with kubectl sidecar container in order to reach the API server.

Once the Pod is running, you will start seeing Kubernetes events in your configured Slack channel. Here is a screenshot:

slack

To modify what notifications you get, update the kubewatch ConfigMap and turn on and off (true/false) resources:

resource:
      deployment: false
      replicationcontroller: false
      replicaset: false
      daemonset: false
      services: true
      pod: true
      secret: false
      configmap: false
      ingress: false

Working with RBAC

Kubernetes Engine clusters running versions 1.6 or higher introduced Role-Based Access Control (RBAC). We can create ServiceAccount for it to work with RBAC.

$ kubectl create -f kubewatch-service-account.yaml

If you do not have permission to create it, you need to become a admin first. For example, in GKE you would run:

$ kubectl create clusterrolebinding cluster-admin-binding --clusterrole=cluster-admin --user=REPLACE_EMAIL_HERE

Edit kubewatch.yaml, and create a new field under spec with serviceAccountName: kubewatch, you can achieve this by running:

$ sed -i '/spec:/a\ \ serviceAccountName: kubewatch' kubewatch.yaml

Then just create pod as usual with:

$ kubectl create -f kubewatch.yaml

Local Installation

Using go package installer:

# Download and install kubewatch
$ go get -u github.com/bitnami-labs/kubewatch

# Configure the notification channel 
$ kubewatch config add slack --channel <slack_channel> --token <slack_token>

# Add resources to be watched
$ kubewatch resource add --po --svc
INFO[0000] resource svc configured                      
INFO[0000] resource po configured 

# start kubewatch server
$ kubewatch
INFO[0000] Starting kubewatch controller                 pkg=kubewatch-service
INFO[0000] Starting kubewatch controller                 pkg=kubewatch-pod
INFO[0000] Processing add to service: default/kubernetes  pkg=kubewatch-service
INFO[0000] Processing add to service: kube-system/tiller-deploy  pkg=kubewatch-service
INFO[0000] Processing add to pod: kube-system/tiller-deploy-69ffbf64bc-h8zxm  pkg=kubewatch-pod
INFO[0000] Kubewatch controller synced and ready         pkg=kubewatch-service
INFO[0000] Kubewatch controller synced and ready         pkg=kubewatch-pod

Configure

Kubewatch supports config command for configuration. Config file will be saved at $HOME/.kubewatch.yaml

$ kubewatch config -h

config command allows admin setup his own configuration for running kubewatch

Usage:
  kubewatch config [flags]
  kubewatch config [command]

Available Commands:
  add         add webhook config to .kubewatch.yaml
  view        view .kubewatch.yaml

Flags:
  -h, --help   help for config

Use "kubewatch config [command] --help" for more information about a command.

Example:

slack:

  • Create a slack Bot

  • Edit the Bot to customize its name, icon and retrieve the API token (it starts with xoxb-).

  • Invite the Bot into your channel by typing: /join @name_of_your_bot in the Slack message area.

  • Add Api token to kubewatch config using the following steps

    $ kubewatch config add slack --channel <slack_channel> --token <slack_token>

    You have an altenative choice to set your SLACK token, channel via environment variables:

    $ export KW_SLACK_TOKEN='XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX'
    $ export KW_SLACK_CHANNEL='#channel_name'

flock:

  • Create a flock bot.

  • Add flock webhook url to config using the following command.

    $ kubewatch config add flock --url <flock_webhook_url>

    You have an altenative choice to set your FLOCK URL

    $ export KW_FLOCK_URL='https://api.flock.com/hooks/sendMessage/XXXXXXXX'

Viewing config

To view the entire config file $HOME/.kubewatch.yaml use the following command.

$ kubewatch config view
Contents of .kubewatch.yaml

handler:
  slack:
    token: xoxb-xxxxx-yyyy-zzz
    channel: kube-watch
  hipchat:
    token: ""
    room: ""
    url: ""
  mattermost:
    channel: ""
    url: ""
    username: ""
  flock:
    url: ""
  webhook:
    url: ""
resource:
  deployment: false
  replicationcontroller: false
  replicaset: false
  daemonset: false
  services: false
  pod: true
  job: false
  persistentvolume: false
  namespace: false
  secret: false
  configmap: false
  ingress: false
namespace: ""

Resources

To manage the resources being watched, use the following command, changes will be saved to $HOME/.kubewatch.yaml.

$ kubewatch resource -h

manage resources to be watched

Usage:
  kubewatch resource [flags]
  kubewatch resource [command]

Available Commands:
  add         adds specific resources to be watched
  remove      remove specific resources being watched

Flags:
      --cm       watch for plain configmap
      --deploy   watch for deployments
      --ds       watch for daemonsets
  -h, --help     help for resource
      --ing      watch for ingresses
      --job      watch for job
      --ns       watch for namespaces
      --po       watch for pods
      --pv       watch for persistent volumes
      --rc       watch for replication controllers
      --rs       watch for replicasets
      --secret   watch for plain secrets
      --svc      watch for services

Use "kubewatch resource [command] --help" for more information about a command.

Add/Remove resource:

$ kubewatch resource add -h

adds specific resources to be watched

Usage:
  kubewatch resource add [flags]

Flags:
  -h, --help   help for add

Global Flags:
      --cm       watch for plain configmaps
      --deploy   watch for deployments
      --ds       watch for daemonsets
      --ing      watch for ingresses
      --job      watch for jobs
      --ns       watch for namespaces
      --po       watch for pods
      --pv       watch for persistent volumes
      --rc       watch for replication controllers
      --rs       watch for replicasets
      --secret   watch for plain secrets
      --svc      watch for services

Example:

# rc, po and svc will be watched
$ kubewatch resource add --rc --po --svc

# rc, po and svc will be stoped from being watched
$ kubewatch resource remove --rc --po --svc

Build

Using go

Clone the repository into your $GOPATH and then build it.

$ mkdir -p $GOPATH/src/github.com/bitnami-labs/
$ cd $GOPATH/src/github.com/bitnami-labs/
$ git clone https://github.com/bitnami-labs/kubewatch.git
$ cd kubewatch
$ go build -o kubewatch main.go

or

You can also use the Makefile directly:

$ make build

Prerequisites

  • You need to have Go (v1.5 or later) installed. Make sure to set $GOPATH

Using Docker

$ make docker-image
$ docker images
REPOSITORY          TAG                 IMAGE ID            CREATED              SIZE
kubewatch           latest              919896d3cd90        3 minutes ago       27.9MB

Prerequisites

  • you need to have docker installed.
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