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Istio Community

Welcome to the Istio community!

This is the starting point for becoming a contributor - improving code, improving docs, giving talks, etc.

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Istio is an open platform for providing a uniform way to integrate microservices, manage traffic flow across microservices, enforce policies and aggregate telemetry data. Istio's control plane provides an abstraction layer over the underlying cluster management platform, such as Kubernetes, Mesos, etc.

Visit for in-depth information about using Istio.

Istio authors

Istio is an open-source project with an active development community. The project was started by teams from Google and IBM, in partnership with the Envoy team at Lyft.

Community Meeting

We have public, recorded, community meetings. They happen on the fourth Thursday of every month at 10 AM US/Pacific. Map that to your local time.

Join this group to have the meetings automatically added to your calendar. You can also find them on the community calendar, along with other major community events.

Meeting agendas and notes can be accessed in the working doc.

Interested in presenting? Please send your abstract to This is the information we need from you:

* Name
* Role and Company
* Short Speaker Bio
* Talk title and a short abstract
* Talk Format(Presentation/Demo) and Session Length
* Email to connect

Suitable content:

* Istio new feature releases and project updates
* Tutorials and demos
* Use cases
* Open source content that relates vendor or platform to Istio installation and use

Unsuitable content

* Demos that are disparaging to the Istio project, its functionality or community
* Demos that do not address Istio in any way, including interacting with Istio APIs or interfaces
* Blatant vendor pitches

How can I help?

See our community page for ways to get involved in our community.

To dig deeper, check out the architecture and read some design docs.

If you're looking for something to do to get your feet wet working on Istio, look for GitHub issues marked with the Help Wanted label:

Of course, even if there's not an issue opened for it, we can always use more testing throughout the platform. Similarly, we can always use more docs, richer docs, and insightful docs. Or maybe a cool blog post?

Questions and issues

If you've got questions or issues with using Istio, check our help page and be sure to connect to our community where there's always someone ready to lend a hand.

If you're a developer trying to hack on or use the Istio code, head to contributors for help.