Meshery’s command line interface is
mesheryctl to both manage the lifecyle of Meshery itself and to access and invoke any of Meshery’s application and service mesh management functions.
mesheryctl commands can be categorized as follows:
mesheryctl- Global overrides and flags
mesheryctl filter- Service Mesh Filter Management
mesheryctl mesh- Service Mesh Lifecycle & Configuration Management
mesheryctl perf- Service Mesh Performance Management
mesheryctl pattern- Service Mesh Pattern Configuration & Management
mesheryctl system- Meshery Lifecycle and Troubleshooting
Configuring Meshery Deployments with meshconfig
Meshconfig refers to a configuration file found at
~/.meshery/config.yaml. Your meshconfig file must contain one or more
contexts in order for any
mesheryctl system command to work. Each context represents a Meshery deployment.
Each of the
system commands are used to control Meshery’s lifecycle like
reset and so on.
Meshery CLI FAQ
Question: What are differences between contexts ?
Each context is a block that defines certain parameters that are specific to meshery itself. This helps the user to save multiple configurations of the meshery instance, switching between them with ease.
Question: Why are contexts necessary ?
Having configured multiple contexts and switched between environments enabled automation during the deployment process.
Approach: Context allows us to maining context data in the configuration file similar to kube contexts. The properties could be under the context-name object and the current context can be stored using a current- context key.
Question: What is
current-context identifies the Meshery deployment that when any
mesheryctl command is invoked will use the environment described in the
current-context. You can switch between contexts. Only one context can be the
Question: What’s the difference between contexts and environments?
Contexts configure Meshery deployments (server, adapters, operator and so on), while environments define a collection of Kubernetes clusters and service meshes under management in Meshery.
Question: What does the default meshconfig look like?
The following template is used to create a config file from scratch. Not all of the following variables are required to be included. Some of the variables may have a null value or may be excluded (e.g. “adapters”).
contexts: <context1-name>: endpoint: <url to meshery server rest api> token: <name of token variable in this config file> platform: <type of platform: ”docker” or “kubernetes”> # Future: specify type of kubernetes (e.g. eks) adapters: <collection of names of service mesh adapters: “istio”,“linkerd”,”consul”,”nginx-sm”,”octarine”,”tanzu-sm”,”citrix-sm”,”kuma”,”osm”,”nsm”> <context2-name>: endpoint: <url to meshery server rest api> token: <name of token variable in this config file> platform: <type of platform: ”docker” or “kubernetes”> current-context: <context name> tokens: - name: <token1-name> location: <token-location> - name: <token2-name> value: <token-value> # Future: allow embedding of token certificate
Try it out and see for yourself. Run
mesheryctl system context create test and
mesheryctl system context view test.
Question: How do endpoints work in meshconfig?
Endpoints specify the access URL for the Meshery UI, for a deployment. Endpoints are developed based on platform:
- Docker: Docker users can specify the endpoint in the meshconfig. The port specified in this will be used to generate the endpoint. The endpoint is of the form
portis taken from the meshconfig.
- Kubernetes: Deployments with kubernetes as the platform have an endpoint generated by service discovery using the Kubernetes API. This endpoint overwrites the endpoint specified in the meshconfig.
Users can control the specific container image and tag (version) of Meshery that they would like to run by editing their local ~/.meshery/meshery.yaml (a docker compose file). Aligned with the Meshery container image, instead of leaving the implicit :stable-latest tag behind image: layer5/meshery, users will instead identify a specific image tag like so:
bash version: '3' services: meshery: image: layer5/meshery:v0.5.0 labels: - "com.centurylinklabs.watchtower.enable=true"
For an exhaustive list of
mesheryctl commands and syntax:
Guides to using Meshery’s various features and components.