The Kiali CR

Creating and updating the Kiali CR.

The Kiali Operator watches the Kiali Custom Resource (Kiali CR), a YAML file that holds the deployment configuration. Creating, updating, or removing a Kiali CR will trigger the Kiali Operator to install, update, or remove Kiali.

The Operator provides comprehensive defaults for all properties of the Kiali CR. Hence, the minimal Kiali CR does not have a spec:

apiVersion: kiali.io/v1alpha1
kind: Kiali
metadata:
  name: kiali

Assuming you saved the previous YAML to a file named my-kiali-cr.yaml, and that you are installing Kiali in the same default namespace as Istio, create the resource with the following command:

$ kubectl apply -f my-kiali-cr.yaml -n istio-system

Once created, the Kiali Operator should shortly be notified and will process the resource, performing the Kiali installation. You can check installation progress by inspecting the status attribute of the created Kiali CR:

$ kubectl describe kiali -n istio-system
Name:         kiali
Namespace:    istio-system
Labels:       <none>
Annotations:  <none>
API Version:  kiali.io/v1alpha1
Kind:         Kiali

  (...some output is removed...)

Status:
  Conditions:
    Last Transition Time:  2021-09-15T17:17:40Z
    Message:               Running reconciliation
    Reason:                Running
    Status:                True
    Type:                  Running
  Deployment:
    Instance Name:  kiali
    Namespace:      istio-system
  Environment:
    Is Kubernetes:       true
    Kubernetes Version:  1.21.2
    Operator Version:    v1.40.0
  Progress:
    Duration:  0:00:16
    Message:   5. Creating core resources
Events:        <none>

You may want to check the example install page to see some examples where the Kiali CR has a spec and to better understand its structre. Most available attributes of the Kiali CR are described in the pages of the Installation and Configuration sections of the documentation.

Alternatively, a Kiali CR YAML template file is available in the Operator’s GitHub repository. This template file contains and describes all available settings. You can download it and edit it being very careful to maintain proper formatting. Incorrect indentation is a common problem!

Once you created a Kiali CR, you can manage your Kiali installation by editing the resource using the usual Kubernetes tools:

$ kubectl edit kiali kiali -n istio-system
Last modified November 18, 2021 : FAQ cleanup (#486) (d335bb17)