HAProxy Ingress controller
Latest commit 6997c81 Oct 16, 2018


HAProxy Ingress controller

Ingress controller implementation for HAProxy loadbalancer.

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HAProxy Ingress images are built by Travis CI and the image is deployed from Travis CI to Quay.io whenever a tag is applied. The latest tag will always point to the latest stable version while canary tag will always point to the latest beta-quality and release-candidate versions.

Before the beta-quality releases, the source code could also be tagged and images deployed. The snapshot tag will always point to the latest tagged version, which could be a release, a beta-quality or a development version.


The five minutes deployment

Follow the detailed instructions here or, in short:

kubectl create -f https://raw.githubusercontent.com/jcmoraisjr/haproxy-ingress/master/docs/haproxy-ingress.yaml
kubectl label node <node-name> role=ingress-controller

Deployment from examples


HAProxy Ingress has two types of dynamic configurations: per ingress resource using annotations, or globally using a ConfigMap resource. The controller has also static command-line arguments.

It is also possible to change the default template mounting a new template file at /etc/haproxy/template/haproxy.tmpl. This is the only file in the directory, so create a configmap with haproxy.tmpl key mounting into /etc/haproxy/template will work.


The following annotations are supported:

  • [0] only in canary tag
  • [1] only in snapshot tag
Name Data Usage
ingress.kubernetes.io/affinity affinity type -
ingress.kubernetes.io/auth-type "basic" doc
ingress.kubernetes.io/auth-secret secret name doc
ingress.kubernetes.io/auth-realm realm string doc
ingress.kubernetes.io/auth-tls-cert-header [true|false] doc
ingress.kubernetes.io/auth-tls-error-page url doc
ingress.kubernetes.io/auth-tls-secret namespace/secret name doc
[0] ingress.kubernetes.io/balance-algorithm algorithm name -
[0] ingress.kubernetes.io/blue-green-deploy label=value=weight,... doc
[1] ingress.kubernetes.io/blue-green-balance label=value=weight,... doc
[1] ingress.kubernetes.io/blue-green-mode [pod|deploy] doc
[0] ingress.kubernetes.io/config-backend multiline HAProxy backend config -
[0] ingress.kubernetes.io/cors-allow-origin URL -
[0] ingress.kubernetes.io/cors-allow-methods methods list -
[0] ingress.kubernetes.io/cors-allow-headers headers list -
[0] ingress.kubernetes.io/cors-allow-credentials [true|false] -
[0] ingress.kubernetes.io/cors-enable [true|false] -
[0] ingress.kubernetes.io/cors-max-age time (seconds) -
ingress.kubernetes.io/hsts [true|false] -
ingress.kubernetes.io/hsts-include-subdomains [true|false] -
ingress.kubernetes.io/hsts-max-age qty of seconds -
ingress.kubernetes.io/hsts-preload [true|false] -
ingress.kubernetes.io/limit-connections qty -
ingress.kubernetes.io/limit-rps rate per second -
ingress.kubernetes.io/limit-whitelist cidr list -
[0] ingress.kubernetes.io/maxconn-server qty -
[0] ingress.kubernetes.io/maxqueue-server qty -
[0] ingress.kubernetes.io/slots-increment qty -
[0] ingress.kubernetes.io/timeout-queue qty -
ingress.kubernetes.io/proxy-body-size size (bytes) -
ingress.kubernetes.io/secure-backends [true|false] -
ingress.kubernetes.io/secure-crt-secret secret name -
ingress.kubernetes.io/secure-verify-ca-secret secret name -
ingress.kubernetes.io/session-cookie-name cookie name -
[0] ingress.kubernetes.io/session-cookie-strategy [insert|prefix|rewrite] -
ingress.kubernetes.io/ssl-passthrough [true|false] -
ingress.kubernetes.io/ssl-redirect [true|false] doc
ingress.kubernetes.io/app-root /url doc
ingress.kubernetes.io/whitelist-source-range CIDR -
ingress.kubernetes.io/rewrite-target path string -
ingress.kubernetes.io/server-alias domain name or regex -
[1] ingress.kubernetes.io/use-resolver resolver name] doc
[1] ingress.kubernetes.io/waf "modsecurity" doc


Configure if HAProxy should maintain client requests to the same backend server.

  • ingress.kubernetes.io/affinity: the only supported option is cookie. If declared, clients will receive a cookie with a hash of the server it should be fidelized to.
  • ingress.kubernetes.io/session-cookie-name: the name of the cookie. INGRESSCOOKIE is the default value if not declared.
  • ingress.kubernetes.io/session-cookie-strategy: the cookie strategy to use (insert, rewrite, prefix). insert is the default value if not declared.

Note for dynamic-scaling users only: the hash of the server is built based on it's name. When the slots are scaled down, the remaining servers might change it's server name on HAProxy configuration. In order to circumvent this, always configure the slot increment at least as much as the number of replicas of the deployment that need to use affinity. This limitation was removed on v0.6.

Auth TLS

Configure client authentication with X509 certificate. The following headers are added to the request:

  • X-SSL-Client-SHA1: Hex encoding of the SHA-1 fingerprint of the X509 certificate
  • X-SSL-Client-DN: Distinguished name of the certificate
  • X-SSL-Client-CN: Common name of the certificate

The prefix of the header name can be configured with ssl-headers-prefix configmap option, which defaults to X-SSL.

The following annotations are supported:

  • ingress.kubernetes.io/auth-tls-cert-header: if true HAProxy will add X-SSL-Client-Cert http header with a base64 encoding of the X509 certificate provided by the client. Default is to not provide the client certificate.
  • ingress.kubernetes.io/auth-tls-error-page: optional URL of the page to redirect the user if he doesn't provide a certificate or the certificate is invalid.
  • ingress.kubernetes.io/auth-tls-secret: mandatory secret name with ca.crt key providing all certificate authority bundles used to validate client certificates.

See also client cert sample.


Configure weight of a blue/green deployment. The annotation accepts a comma separated list of label name/value pair and a numeric weight. Concatenate label name, label value and weight with an equal sign, without spaces. The label name/value pair will be used to match corresponding pods or deploys. There is no limit to the number of label/weight balance configurations.

The endpoints of a single backend are selected using service selectors, which also uses labels. Because of that, in order to use blue/green deployment, the deployment, daemon set or replication controller template should have at least two label name/value pairs - one that matches the service selector and another that matches the blue/green selector.

  • ingress.kubernetes.io/blue-green-balance: comma separated list of labels and weights
  • ingress.kubernetes.io/blue-green-deploy: deprecated on v0.7, this is an alias to ingress.kubernetes.io/blue-green-balance.
  • ingress.kubernetes.io/blue-green-mode: defaults to deploy on v0.7, defines how to apply the weights, might be pod or deploy

The following configuration group=blue=1,group=green=4 will redirect 20% of the load to the group=blue group and 80% of the load to group=green group.

Applying the weights depends on the blue/green mode. v0.6 has only pod mode which means that every single pod receives the same weight as configured on blue/green balance. This means that a balance configuration with 50% to each group will redirect twice as much requests to a backend that has the double of replicas. v0.7 has also deploy mode which rebalance the weights based on the number of replicas of each deployment.

In short, regarding blue/green mode: use pod if you want to redirect more requests to a deployment updating the number of replicas; use deploy if you want to control the load of each side updating the blue/green balance annotation.

Value of 0 (zero) can also be used as weight. This will let the endpoint configured in the backend accepting persistent connections - see affinity - but will not participate in the load balancing. The maximum weight value is 256.

See also the example page.



Add CORS headers on OPTIONS http command (preflight) and reponses.

  • ingress.kubernetes.io/cors-enable: Enable CORS if defined as true.
  • ingress.kubernetes.io/cors-allow-origin: Optional, configures Access-Control-Allow-Origin header which defines the URL that may access the resource. Defaults to *.
  • ingress.kubernetes.io/cors-allow-methods: Optional, configures Access-Control-Allow-Methods header which defines the allowed methods. See defaults here.
  • ingress.kubernetes.io/cors-allow-headers: Optional, configures Access-Control-Allow-Headers header which defines the allowed headers. See defaults here.
  • ingress.kubernetes.io/cors-allow-credentials: Optional, configures Access-Control-Allow-Credentials header which defines whether or not credentials (cookies, authorization headers or client certificates) should be exposed. Defaults to true.
  • ingress.kubernetes.io/cors-max-age: Optional, configures Access-Control-Max-Age header which defines the time in seconds the result should be cached. Defaults to 86400 (1 day).



Configure rate limit and concurrent connections per client IP address in order to mitigate DDoS attack. If several users are hidden behind the same IP (NAT or proxy), this configuration may have a negative impact for them. Whitelist can be used to these IPs.

The following annotations are supported:

  • ingress.kubernetes.io/limit-connections: Maximum number os concurrent connections per client IP
  • ingress.kubernetes.io/limit-rps: Maximum number of connections per second of the same IP
  • ingress.kubernetes.io/limit-whitelist: Comma separated list of CIDRs that should be removed from the rate limit and concurrent connections check


Configurations of connection limit and timeout.

Secure Backend

Configure secure (TLS) connection to the backends.

  • ingress.kubernetes.io/secure-backends: Define as true if the backend provide a TLS connection.
  • ingress.kubernetes.io/secure-crt-secret: Optional secret name of client certificate and key. This cert/key pair must be provided if the backend requests a client certificate. Expected secret keys are tls.crt and tls.key, the same used if secret is built with kubectl create secret tls <name>.
  • ingress.kubernetes.io/secure-verify-ca-secret: Optional secret name with certificate authority bundle used to validate server certificate, preventing man-in-the-middle attacks. Expected secret key is ca.crt.

Server Alias

Creates an alias of the server that annotation belongs to. It'll be using the same backend but different ACL. Alias rules will be checked at the very end of list or rules. It is allowed to be a regex.

Note: ^ and $ cannot be used because they are already included in ACL.

Rewrite Target

Configures how URI of the requests should be rewritten before send the request to the backend. The following table shows some examples:

ingress path request path rewrite target output
/abc /abc / /
/abc /abc/ / /
/abc /abc/x / /x
/abc /abc /y /y
/abc /abc/ /y /y/
/abc /abc/x /y /y/x
/abc/ /abc / 404
/abc/ /abc/ / /
/abc/ /abc/x / /x


Defines which web application firewall (WAF) implementation should be used to validate requests. Currently the only supported value is modsecurity. See also modsecurity-endpoints configmap option.

This annotation has no effect if the target web application firewall isn't configured.


If using ConfigMap to configure HAProxy Ingress, use --configmap=<namespace>/<configmap-name> argument on HAProxy Ingress deployment. A ConfigMap can be created with kubectl create configmap.

The following parameters are supported:

  • [0] only in canary tag
  • [1] only in snapshot tag
Name Type Default
backend-check-interval time with suffix 2s
backend-server-slots-increment number of slots 32
balance-algorithm algorithm name roundrobin
[0] bind-ip-addr-healthz IP address *
[0] bind-ip-addr-http IP address *
[0] bind-ip-addr-stats IP address *
[0] bind-ip-addr-tcp IP address *
[1] config-frontend multiline HAProxy frontend config
[0] cookie-key secret key Ingress
[1] dns-accepted-payload-size number 8192
[1] dns-cluster-domain cluster name cluster.local
[1] dns-hold-obsolete time with suffix 0s
[1] dns-hold-valid time with suffix 1s
[1] dns-resolvers multiline resolver=ip[:port] ``
[1] dns-timeout-retry time with suffix 1s
[0] drain-support [true|false] false
dynamic-scaling [true|false] false
forwardfor [add|ignore|ifmissing] add
healthz-port port number 10253
hsts [true|false] true
hsts-include-subdomains [true|false] false
hsts-max-age number of seconds 15768000
hsts-preload [true|false] false
http-log-format http log format HAProxy default log format
[1] http-port port number 80
https-log-format https(tcp) log format|default do not log
[1] https-port port number 443
https-to-http-port port number 0 (do not listen)
load-server-state (experimental) [true|false] false
max-connections number 2000
[1] modsecurity-endpoints comma-separated list of IP:port (spoa) no waf config
[1] nbproc-ssl number of process 0
[1] nbthread number of threads 1
[0] no-tls-redirect-locations comma-separated list of url /.well-known/acme-challenge
proxy-body-size number of bytes unlimited
ssl-ciphers colon-separated list link to code
ssl-dh-default-max-size number 1024
ssl-dh-param namespace/secret name no custom DH param
ssl-headers-prefix prefix X-SSL
ssl-options space-separated list no-sslv3 no-tls-tickets
ssl-redirect [true|false] true
stats-auth user:passwd no auth
stats-port port number 1936
stats-proxy-protocol [true|false] false
[1] stats-ssl-cert namespace/secret name no ssl/plain http
[1] strict-host [true|false] true
syslog-endpoint IP:port (udp) do not log
tcp-log-format tcp log format HAProxy default log format
timeout-client-fin time with suffix 50s
timeout-client time with suffix 50s
timeout-connect time with suffix 5s
timeout-http-request time with suffix 5s
timeout-keep-alive time with suffix 1m
timeout-queue time with suffix 5s
timeout-server-fin time with suffix 50s
timeout-server time with suffix 50s
[0] timeout-stop time with suffix no timeout
timeout-tunnel time with suffix 1h
use-host-on-https [true|false] false
use-proxy-protocol [true|false] false


Define a load balancing algorithm. Use a configmap option to define a default value, and an ingress annotation to define a per backend configuration.

Global configmap option:

  • balance-algorithm: algorithm name, default value is roundrobin

Annotation on ingress resources:

  • ingress.kubernetes.io/balance-algorithm



Define the interval between TCP health checks to the backend using inter option.

Default value is 2s - two seconds between two consecutive checks. Configure an empty string to disable health checks.



Define listening IPv4/IPv6 address on several HAProxy frontends. All IP addresses defaults to IPv4 * if not declared.

bind-ip-addr-tcp: IP address of all TCP services declared on tcp-services configmap option. bind-ip-addr-http: IP address of all HTTP/s frontends, port :80 and :443, and also https-to-http-port if declared. bind-ip-addr-healthz: IP address of the health check URL. See also healthz-port. bind-ip-addr-stats: IP address of the statistics page. See also stats-port.


Configuration snippet

Add HAProxy configuration snippet to the configuration file. Use multiline content to add more than one line of configuration.

Examples - configmap:

    config-frontend: |
      capture request header X-User-Id len 32

Ingress annotation:

      ingress.kubernetes.io/config-backend: |
        acl bar-url path /bar
        http-request deny if bar-url

Global configmap option:

  • config-frontend: Add configuration snippet to all frontend sections.

Annotation option:

  • ingress.kubernetes.io/config-backend: Add configuration snippet to the HAProxy backend section.


Define a secret key used with the IP address and port number of a backend server to dynamically create a cookie to that server. Only useful on cookie based server affinity. See also affinity annotations.



Configure dynamic backend server update using DNS service discovery.

Global configmap options:

  • dns-resolvers: Multiline list of DNS resolvers in resolvername=ip:port format
  • dns-accepted-payload-size: Maximum payload size announced to the name servers
  • dns-timeout-retry: Time between two consecutive queries when no valid response was received, defaults to 1s
  • dns-hold-valid: Time a resolution is considered valid. Keep in sync with DNS cache timeout. Defaults to 1s
  • dns-hold-obsolete: Time to keep valid a missing IP from a new DNS query, defaults to 0s
  • dns-cluster-domain: K8s cluster domain, defaults to cluster.local

Annotations on ingress resources:

  • ingress.kubernetes.io/use-resolver: Name of the resolver that the backend should use

Important advices!

  • Use resolver with headless services, see k8s doc, otherwise HAProxy will reference the service IP instead of the endpoints.
  • Beware of DNS cache, eg kube-dns has --max-ttl and --max-cache-ttl to change its default cache of 30s.

See also the example page.



The dynamic-scaling option defines if backend updates should be made starting a new HAProxy instance that will read the new config file (false), or updating the running HAProxy via a Unix socket (true). Despite the configuration, the config file will stay in sync with in memory config.

If true HAProxy Ingress will create at least backend-server-slots-increment servers on each backend and update them via a Unix socket without reloading HAProxy. Unused servers will stay in a disabled state.

Starting on v0.6, dynamic-scaling config will only force a reloading of HAProxy if the number of servers on a backend need to be increased. Before v0.6 a reload will also happen when the number of servers could be reduced.

Global configmap options:

  • dynamic-scaling: Define if dynamic scaling should be used whenever possible
  • backend-server-slots-increment: Configures the minimum number of servers, the size of the increment when growing and the size of the decrement when shrinking of each HAProxy backend

Annotations on ingress resources:

  • ingress.kubernetes.io/slots-increment: A per backend slot increment



Define if X-Forwarded-For header should be added always, added if missing or ignored from incomming requests. Default is add which means HAProxy will itself generate a X-Forwarded-For header with client's IP address and remove this same header from incomming requests.

Use ignore to skip any check. ifmissing should be used to add X-Forwarded-For with client's IP address only if this header is not defined. Only use ignore or ifmissing on trusted networks.



Define the port number HAProxy should listen to in order to answer for health checking requests. Use /healthz as the request path.



Configure global (configmap) or per host or location (annotation) HSTS - HTTP Strict Transport Security. Annotations has precedence over global configuration.

Global configmap options:

  • hsts: true if HSTS response header should be added
  • hsts-include-subdomains: true if it should apply to subdomains as well
  • hsts-max-age: time in seconds the browser should remember this configuration
  • hsts-preload: true if the browser should include the domain to HSTS preload list

Annotations on ingress resources:

  • ingress.kubernetes.io/hsts
  • ingress.kubernetes.io/hsts-include-subdomains
  • ingress.kubernetes.io/hsts-max-age
  • ingress.kubernetes.io/hsts-preload



A port number to listen http requests from another load balancer that does the ssl offload.

How it works: HAProxy will define if the request came from a HTTPS connection reading the X-Forwarded-Proto HTTP header or the port number the client used to connect. If the header is https or the port number matches https-to-http-port, HAProxy will behave just like itself did the ssl offload: HSTS header will be provided if configured and no https redirect will be done. There is only one exception: if https-to-http-port is 80, only the header will be checked.

The X-Forwarded-Proto header is optional in the following condition:

  • The https-to-http-port should not match HTTP port 80; and
  • The load balancer should connect to the same https-to-http-port number, eg cannot have any proxy like Kubernetes' NodePort between the load balancer and HAProxy


Define if HAProxy should save and reload it's current state between server reloads, like uptime of backends, qty of requests and so on.

This is an experimental feature and has currently some issues if using with dynamic-scaling: an old state with disabled servers will disable them in the new configuration.


Customize the tcp, http or https log format using log format variables. Only used if syslog-endpoint is also configured.

  • tcp-log-format: log format of TCP proxies, defaults to HAProxy default TCP log format. See also TCP services configmap command-line option.
  • http-log-format: log format of all HTTP proxies, defaults to HAProxy default HTTP log format.
  • https-log-format: log format of TCP proxy used to inspect SNI extention. Use default to configure default TCP log format, defaults to not log.



Define the maximum number of concurrent connections on all proxies. Defaults to 2000 connections, which is also the HAProxy default configuration.



Configure a comma-separated list of IP:port of HAProxy agents (SPOA) for ModSecurity. The default configuration expects the contrib/modsecurity implementation from HAProxy source code.

Currently all http requests will be parsed by the ModSecurity agent, even if the ingress resource wasn't configured to deny requests based on ModSecurity response.

See also:



Define the number of dedicated HAProxy process to the SSL/TLS handshake and offloading. The default value is 0 (zero) which means HAProxy should process all the SSL/TLS offloading, as well as the header inspection and load balancing within the same HAProxy process.

The recommended value depends on how much CPU a single HAProxy process is spending. Use 0 (zero) if the amount of processing has low CPU usage. This will avoid a more complex topology and an inter-process communication. Use the number of cores of a dedicated host minus 1 (one) to distribute the SSL/TLS offloading process. Leave one core dedicated to header inspection and load balancing.

If splitting HAProxy into two or more process and the number of threads is one, cpu-map is used to bind each process on its own CPU core.

See also nbthread.

  • nbproc-ssl: number of dedicated process to SSL/TLS offloading



Define the number of threads a single HAProxy process should use to all its processing. If using with nbproc, every single HAProxy process will share this same configuration.

If using two or more threads on a single HAProxy process, cpu-map is used to bind each thread on its own CPU core.

Note that multithreaded process is a HAProxy experimental feature!



Define a comma-separated list of URLs that should be removed from the TLS redirect. Requests to :80 http port and starting with one of the URLs from the list will not be redirected to https despite of the TLS redirect configuration.

This option defaults to /.well-known/acme-challenge, used by ACME protocol.


Define the maximum number of bytes HAProxy will allow on the body of requests. Default is to not check, which means requests of unlimited size. This limit can be changed per ingress resource.

Since 0.4 a suffix can be added to the size, so 10m means 10 * 1024 * 1024 bytes. Supported suffix are: k, m and g.



Set the list of cipher algorithms used during the SSL/TLS handshake.



Define the maximum size of a temporary DH parameters used for key exchange. Only used if ssl-dh-param isn't provided.



Define DH parameters file used on ephemeral Diffie-Hellman key exchange during the SSL/TLS handshake.

When stored locally, the DH secret may look like:


To create your secret you can define the secret with a template and a base64 encoded copy of the DH parameter, or you can generate the secret with:

kubectl create secret generic ingress-dh-param --from-file dhparam.pem

Then, in the haproxy ingress configuration, ssl-dh-param should reference the resulting secret.



Define the http header prefix that should be used with certificate parameters such as DN and SHA1 on client cert authentication. The default value is X-SSL which will create a X-SSL-Client-DN header with the DN of the certificate.

Since RFC 6648 X- prefix on unstandardized headers changed from a convention to deprecation. This configuration allows to select which pattern should be used on SSL/TLS headers.


Define a space-separated list of options on SSL/TLS connections:

  • force-sslv3: Enforces use of SSLv3 only
  • force-tlsv10: Enforces use of TLSv1.0 only
  • force-tlsv11: Enforces use of TLSv1.1 only
  • force-tlsv12: Enforces use of TLSv1.2 only
  • no-sslv3: Disables support for SSLv3
  • no-tls-tickets: Enforces the use of stateful session resumption
  • no-tlsv10: Disables support for TLSv1.0
  • no-tlsv11: Disables support for TLSv1.1
  • no-tlsv12: Disables support for TLSv1.2


A global configuration of SSL redirect used as default value if ingress resource doesn't use ssl-redirect annotation. If true HAProxy Ingress sends a 302 redirect to https if TLS is configured.


Configurations of the HAProxy statistics page:

  • stats-auth: Enable basic authentication with clear-text password - <user>:<passwd>
  • stats-port: Change the port HAProxy should listen to requests
  • stats-proxy-protocol: Define if the stats endpoint should enforce the PROXY protocol
  • stats-ssl-cert: Optional namespace/secret-name of tls.crt and tls.key pair used to enable SSL on stats page. Plain http will be used if not provided, the secret wasn't found or the secret doesn't have a crt/key pair.


Defines whether the path of another matching host/FQDN should be used to try to serve a request. The default value is true, which means a strict configuration and the default-backend should be used if a path couldn't be matched. If false, all matching wildcard hosts will be visited in order to try to match the path.

Using the following configuration:

    - host: my.domain.com
        - path: /a
            serviceName: svc1
            servicePort: 8080
    - host: *.domain.com
        - path: /
            serviceName: svc2
            servicePort: 8080

A request to my.domain.com/b would serve:

  • default-backend if strict-host is true, the default value
  • svc2 if strict-host is false


Configure the UDP syslog endpoint where HAProxy should send access logs.


Define timeout configurations:

  • timeout-client: Maximum inactivity time on the client side
  • timeout-client-fin: Maximum inactivity time on the client side for half-closed connections - FIN_WAIT state
  • timeout-connect: Maximum time to wait for a connection to a backend
  • timeout-http-request: Maximum time to wait for a complete HTTP request
  • timeout-keep-alive: Maximum time to wait for a new HTTP request on keep-alive connections
  • timeout-queue: Maximum time a connection should wait on a server queue before return a 503 error to the client
  • timeout-server: Maximum inactivity time on the backend side
  • timeout-server-fin: Maximum inactivity time on the backend side for half-closed connections - FIN_WAIT state
  • timeout-stop: Maximum time to wait for long lived connections to finish, eg websocket, before hard-stop a HAProxy process due to a reload
  • timeout-tunnel: Maximum inactivity time on the client and backend side for tunnels



On TLS connections HAProxy will choose the backend based on the TLS's SNI extension. If SNI wasn't provided or the hostname provided wasn't found, the default behavior is to use the default backend. The default TLS certificate is used.

If use-host-on-https confimap option is declared as true, HAProxy will use the Host header provided in the request. In this case the default backend will only be used if the hostname provided by the Host header wasn't found. Note that the TLS handshake is finished before HAProxy is aware of the hostname, because of that only the default X509 certificate can be used.


Define if HAProxy is behind another proxy that use the PROXY protocol. If true, ports 80 and 443 will enforce the PROXY protocol.

The stats endpoint (defaults to port 1936) has it's own stats-proxy-protocol configuration.


Set to true if you wish to use HAProxy's drain support for pods that are NotReady (e.g., failing a k8s readiness check) or are in the process of terminating. This option only makes sense with cookie affinity configured as it allows persistent traffic to be directed to pods that are in a not ready or terminating state.


The following command-line arguments are supported:

  • [0] only in canary tag
Name Type Default
allow-cross-namespace [true|false] false
default-backend-service namespace/servicename (mandatory)
default-ssl-certificate namespace/secretname (mandatory)
ingress-class name haproxy
kubeconfig /path/to/kubeconfig in cluster config
[0] max-old-config-files num of files 0
publish-service namespace/servicename ``
rate-limit-update uploads per second (float) 0.5
reload-strategy [native|reusesocket] native
sort-backends [true|false] false
tcp-services-configmap namespace/configmapname no tcp svc
verify-hostname [true|false] true


--allow-cross-namespace argument, if added, will allow reading secrets from one namespace to an ingress resource of another namespace. The default behavior is to deny such cross namespace reading. This adds a breaking change from v0.4 to v0.5 on ingress.kubernetes.io/auth-tls-secret annotation, where cross namespace reading were allowed without any configuration.


Defines the namespace/servicename that should be used if the incomming request doesn't match any hostname, or the requested path doesn't match any location within the desired hostname.

This is a mandatory argument used in the deployment example page.


Defines the namespace/secretname of the default certificate that should be used if ingress resources using TLS configuration doesn't provide it's own certificate.

This is a mandatory argument used in the deployment and TLS termination example pages.


More than one ingress controller is supported per Kubernetes cluster. The --ingress-class argument allow to override the class name of ingress resources that this instance of the controller should listen to. Class names that match will be used in the HAProxy configuration. Other classes will be ignored.

The ingress resource must use the kubernetes.io/ingress.class annotation to name it's ingress class.


Ingress controller will try to connect to the Kubernetes master using environment variables and a service account. This behavior can be changed using --kubeconfig argument that reference a kubeconfig file with master endpoint and credentials. This is a mandatory argument if the controller is deployed outside of the Kubernetes cluster.


Everytime a configuration change need to update HAProxy, a configuration file is rewritten even if dynamic update is used. By default the same file is recreated and the old configuration is lost. Use --max-old-config-files to configure after how much files Ingress controller should start to remove old configuration files. If 0, the default value, a single haproxy.cfg is used.


Some infrastructure tools like external-DNS relay in the ingress status to created access routes to the services exposed with ingress object.

apiVersion: extensions/v1beta1
kind: Ingress
    - hostname: <ingressControllerLoadbalancerFQDN>

Use --publish-service=namespace/servicename to indicate the services fronting the ingress controller. The controller mirrors the address of this service's endpoints to the load-balancer status of all Ingress objects it satisfies.


Use --rate-limit-update to change how much time to wait between HAProxy reloads. Note that the first update is always immediate, the delay will only prevent two or more updates in the same time frame. Moreover reloads will only occur if the cluster configuration has changed, otherwise no reload will occur despite of the rate limit configuration.

This argument receives the allowed reloads per second. The default value is 0.5 which means no more than one reload will occur within 2 seconds. The lower limit is 0.05 which means one reload within 20 seconds. The highest one is 10 which will allow ingress controller to reload HAProxy up to 10 times per second.


The --reload-strategy command-line argument is used to select which reload strategy HAProxy should use. The following options are available:

  • native: Uses native HAProxy reload option -sf. This is the default option.
  • reusesocket: (starting on v0.6) Uses HAProxy -x command-line option to pass the listening sockets between old and new HAProxy process, allowing hitless reloads.
  • multibinder: (deprecated on v0.6) Uses GitHub's multibinder. This link describes how it works.


Ingress will randomly shuffle backends and server endpoints on each reload in order to avoid requesting always the same backends just after reloads, depending on the balancing algorithm. Use --sort-backends to avoid this behavior and always declare backends and upstream servers in the same order.


Configure --tcp-services-configmap argument with namespace/configmapname resource with TCP services and ports that HAProxy should listen to. Use the HAProxy's port number as the key of the configmap.

The value of the configmap entry is a colon separated list of the following items:

  1. <namespace>/<service-name>, mandatory, is the well known notation of the service that will receive incomming connections.
  2. <portnumber>, mandatory, is the port number the upstream service is listening - this is not related to the listening port of HAProxy.
  3. <in-proxy>, optional, should be defined as PROXY if HAProxy should expect requests using the PROXY protocol. Leave empty to not use PROXY protocol. This is usually used only if there is another load balancer in front of HAProxy which supports the PROXY protocol. PROXY protocol v1 and v2 are supported.
  4. <out-proxy>, optional, should be defined as PROXY or PROXY-V2 if the upstream service expect connections using the PROXY protocol v2. Use PROXY-V1 instead if the upstream service only support v1 protocol. Leave empty to connect without using the PROXY protocol.
  5. <namespace/secret-name>, optional, used to configure SSL/TLS over the TCP connection. Secret should have tls.crt and tls.key pair used on TLS handshake. Leave empty to not use ssl-offload.

Optional fields should be skipped using two consecutive colons.

In the example below:

  "5432": "default/pgsql:5432"
  "8000": "system-prod/http:8000::PROXY-V1"
  "9900": "system-prod/admin:9900:PROXY::system-prod/tcp-9900"
  "9990": "system-prod/admin:9999::PROXY-V2"
  "9999": "system-prod/admin:9999:PROXY:PROXY"

HAProxy will listen 5 new ports:

  • 5432 will proxy to a pgsql service on default namespace.
  • 8000 will proxy to http service, port 8000, on the system-prod namespace. The upstream service will expect connections using the PROXY protocol but it only supports v1.
  • 9900 will proxy to admin service, port 9900, on the system-prod namespace. Clients should connect using the PROXY protocol v1 or v2. Upcoming connections should be encrypted, HAProxy will ssl-offload data using crt/key provided by system-prod/tcp-9900 secret.
  • 9990 and 9999 will proxy to the same admin service and 9999 port and the upstream service will expect connections using the PROXY protocol v2. The HAProxy frontend, however, will only expect PROXY protocol v1 or v2 on it's port 9999.


Ingress resources has spec/tls[]/secretName attribute to override the default X509 certificate. As a default behavior the certificates are validated against the hostname in order to match the SAN extension or CN (CN only up to v0.4). Invalid certificates, ie certificates which doesn't match the hostname are discarded and a warning is logged into the ingress controller logging.

Use --verify-hostname=false argument to bypass this validation. If used, HAProxy will provide the certificate declared in the secretName ignoring if the certificate is or is not valid.