Quick Start with Kubernetes


1. Install the Meshery command line client, mesheryctl .

Available Deployment Methods

Using mesheryctl

Ensure that your current-context has platform: kubernetes configured in ~/.meshery/config.yaml. Example context:

➜  ~ mesheryctl system context view
endpoint: http://localhost:9081
token: default
platform: kubernetes
- meshery-istio
- meshery-linkerd
- meshery-consul
- meshery-nsm
- meshery-kuma
- meshery-cpx
- meshery-osm
- meshery-traefik-mesh
channel: stable
version: latest

Deploy Meshery to your Kubernetes cluster by executing:

$ mesheryctl system start

Meshery server supports customizing authentication flow callback URL, which can be configured in the following way

$ MESHERY_SERVER_CALLBACK_URL=https://custom-host mesheryctl system start

Using Helm Charts

Run the following for default:

$ helm repo add meshery https://meshery.io/charts/ $ helm install meshery-operator meshery/meshery-operator $ helm install meshery meshery/meshery

Customize of deployment the Meshery adapters:

$ helm repo add meshery https://meshery.io/charts/ # Example: Pin your deployment to a specific Meshery version $ helm install meshery meshery/meshery --version v0.5.67 # Example: Disabled the Meshery Adapter for Linkerd and verify the deployment manifest $ helm install --set meshery-linkerd.enabled=false meshery/meshery --dry-run # Example: Meshery Server supports customizing authentication flow callback URL, which can be configured in the following way $ helm install meshery --namespace meshery --set env.MESHERY_SERVER_CALLBACK_URL=https://custom-host meshery/meshery

The key of Meshery adapters you can find here

Using Kubernetes Manifests [deprecated]

Meshery can also be deployed on an existing Kubernetes cluster. See compatibility table for version compatibility. To install Meshery on your cluster, clone the Meshery repo:

$ git clone https://github.com/layer5io/meshery.git; $ cd meshery

Create a namespace as a new logical space to host Meshery and its components:

$ kubectl create ns meshery

All the needed deployment yamls for deploying Meshery are included in the install/deployment_yamls/k8s folder inside the cloned Meshery folder. To deploy the yamls on the cluster please run the following command:

$ kubectl -n meshery apply -f install/deployment_yamls/k8s

Once the yaml files are deployed, we need to expose the meshery service to be able to access the service from outside the cluster. There are several ways a service can be exposed on Kubernetes. Here we will describe 3 common ways we can expose a service:


If your Kubernetes cluster has a functional Ingress Controller, then you can configure an ingress to expose Meshery:

apiVersion: extensions/v1beta1 kind: Ingress metadata: name: meshery-ingress annotations: kubernetes.io/ingress.class: "nginx" spec: rules: - host: * http: paths: - path: / backend: # Please kindly check your service name and service port to confirm the Ingress can work well serviceName: meshery-service servicePort: 9081
  • LoadBalancer - If your Kubernetes cluster has an external load balancer, this might be a logical route.

  • NodePort - If your cluster does not have an Ingress Controller or a load balancer, then use NodePort to expose Meshery:

apiVersion: v1 kind: Service spec: type: NodePort

Meshery should now be connected with your managed Kubernetes instance. Take a look at the Meshery guides for advanced usage tips.