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Install and configure Traefik

This sample demonstrates how to install the Traefik ingress controller to provide load balancing for WebLogic clusters.

Install the Traefik operator with a Helm chart

The Traefik Helm chart is located in the official Helm project charts directory at The chart is in the default repository for Helm.

To install the Traefik operator in the traefik namespace with default settings:

$ helm install --name traefik-operator --namespace traefik stable/traefik

Or, with a given values.yaml:

$ helm install --name traefik-operator --namespace traefik --values values.yaml stable/traefik

With the dashboard enabled, you can access the Traefik dashboard with the URL http://${HOSTNAME}:30305, with the HTTP host

$ curl -H 'host:' http://${HOSTNAME}:30305/

Optionally, download the Traefik Helm chart

If you want, you can download the Traefik Helm chart and untar it into a local folder:

$ helm fetch  stable/traefik --untar

Update the Traefik operator

After the Traefik operator is installed and running, if you want to change some configurations of the operator, use helm upgrade to achieve this.

$ helm upgrade traefik-operator stable/traefik --values values.yaml 

Configure Traefik as a load balancer for WLS domains

In this section we'll demonstrate how to use Traefik to handle traffic to backend WLS domains.

1. Install WLS domains

Now we need to prepare some domains for Traefik load balancing.

Create two WLS domains:

  • One domain with name domain1 under namespace default.
  • One domain with name domain2 under namespace test1.
  • Each domain has a web application installed with the URL context testwebapp.

2. Install the Traefik Ingress

Install a host-routing Ingress

$ kubectl create -f samples/host-routing.yaml

Now you can send requests to different WLS domains with the unique entry point of Traefik with different hostnames.

$ curl -H 'host:' http://${HOSTNAME}:30305/testwebapp/
$ curl -H 'host:' http://${HOSTNAME}:30305/testwebapp/

Install a path-routing Ingress

$ kubectl create -f samples/path-routing.yaml

Now you can send requests to different WLS domains with the unique entry point of Traefik with different paths.

$ curl http://${HOSTNAME}:30305/domain1/
$ curl http://${HOSTNAME}:30305/domain2/

Install a TLS-enabled Ingress

This sample demonstrates accessing the two WLS domains using an HTTPS endpoint and the WLS domains are protected by different TLS certificates.

To make this sample work, you need to enable the TLS endpoint in the Traefik operator. If you use the values.yaml file in the same folder as this README, the TLS endpoint is already enabled.

First, you need to create two secrets with TLS certificates, one with the common name, the other with the common name We use openssl to generate self-signed certificates for demonstration purposes. Note that the TLS secret needs to be in the same namespace as the WLS domain.

# create a TLS secret for domain1
$ openssl req -x509 -nodes -days 365 -newkey rsa:2048 -keyout /tmp/tls1.key -out /tmp/tls1.crt -subj "/"
$ kubectl create secret tls domain1-tls-cert --key /tmp/tls1.key --cert /tmp/tls1.crt

# create a TLS secret for domain2
$ openssl req -x509 -nodes -days 365 -newkey rsa:2048 -keyout /tmp/tls2.key -out /tmp/tls2.crt -subj "/"
$ kubectl -n test1 create secret tls domain2-tls-cert --key /tmp/tls2.key --cert /tmp/tls2.crt

Then deploy the TLS Ingress.

$ kubectl create -f samples/tls.yaml

Now you can access the two WLS domains with different hostnames using the HTTPS endpoint.

$ curl -k -H 'host:' https://${HOSTNAME}:30443/testwebapp/
$ curl -k -H 'host:' https://${HOSTNAME}:30443/testwebapp/

Uninstall the Traefik operator

After removing all the Ingress resources, uninstall the Traefik operator:

$ helm delete --purge traefik-operator

Install and uninstall the Traefik operator with

Alternatively, you can run the helper script, under the kubernetes/samples/charts/util folder, to install and uninstall Traefik.

To install Traefik:

$ ./ create traefik

To uninstall Traefik:

$ ./ delete traefik