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Local Environment Setup

This document describes how to set up Minikube with Istio and Kiali to run cloud-native applications with multiple microservices locally.

After following these instructions you will be able to use the Kubernetes dashboard, Kiali, Jaeger, Grafana and Prometheus.


Follow the instructions to install Minikube. This project has been tested with Minkube version 0.33.1. After this run these commands:

$ minikube config set cpus 4
$ minikube config set memory 8192
$ minikube config set disk-size 50g
$ minikube start
$ eval $(minikube docker-env)

After this you can get the Minikube IP address and open the dashboard via these commands:

$ minikube ip
$ minikube dashboard

To stop the cluster run this command:

$ minikube stop


To install Istio, follow these instructions. We use Istio 1.1.1 for this project.

  1. Download Istio 1.1.1 directly from Github. Select the version that matches your OS. (Please be aware that we do not cover Windows in these instructions!) Result: istio-1.1.1-osx|linux.tar.gz

  2. Extract the installation files, e.g.:

    tar -xvzf istio-1.1.1-linux.tar.gz
  3. Add istioctl to the PATH environment variable, e.g copy paste in your shell and/or ~/.profile:

    export PATH=$PWD/istio-1.1.1/bin:$PATH
  4. Change into the extracted directory: cd istio-1.1.1

  5. Install Istio:

    $ for i in install/kubernetes/helm/istio-init/files/crd*yaml; do kubectl apply -f $i; done

    Wait a few seconds before issuing the next command:

    $ kubectl apply -f install/kubernetes/istio-demo.yaml

Check that all pods are running or completed before continuing.

$ kubectl get pod -n istio-system

Enable automatic sidecar injection:

$ kubectl label namespace default istio-injection=enabled

After this you can use the following tools:

Kiali Dashboard

With an Istio 1.1.1 demo installation (this is what we used to setup Istio), Kiali is automatically installed.

kubectl -n istio-system port-forward $(kubectl -n istio-system get pod -l app=kiali -o jsonpath='{.items[0]}') 20001:20001


(User: admin, Password: admin)

Jaeger Dashboard

$ kubectl port-forward -n istio-system $(kubectl get pod -n istio-system -l app=jaeger -o jsonpath='{.items[0]}') 16686:16686


Grafana Dashboard

$ kubectl -n istio-system port-forward $(kubectl -n istio-system get pod -l app=grafana -o jsonpath='{.items[0]}') 3000:3000 &


Prometheus Dashboard

$ kubectl -n istio-system port-forward $(kubectl -n istio-system get pod -l app=prometheus -o jsonpath='{.items[0]}') 9090:9090 &


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