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Welcome to Envoy Gateway

Envoy Gateway Documents

Envoy Gateway is an open source project for managing Envoy Proxy as a standalone or Kubernetes-based application gateway. Gateway API resources are used to dynamically provision and configure the managed Envoy Proxies.

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1 - Design

This section includes Designs of Envoy Gateway.

1.1 - Goals

The high-level goal of the Envoy Gateway project is to attract more users to Envoy by lowering barriers to adoption through expressive, extensible, role-oriented APIs that support a multitude of ingress and L7/L4 traffic routing use cases; and provide a common foundation for vendors to build value-added products without having to re-engineer fundamental interactions.

Objectives

Expressive API

The Envoy Gateway project will expose a simple and expressive API, with defaults set for many capabilities.

The API will be the Kubernetes-native Gateway API, plus Envoy-specific extensions and extension points. This expressive and familiar API will make Envoy accessible to more users, especially application developers, and make Envoy a stronger option for “getting started” as compared to other proxies. Application developers will use the API out of the box without needing to understand in-depth concepts of Envoy Proxy or use OSS wrappers. The API will use familiar nouns that users understand.

The core full-featured Envoy xDS APIs will remain available for those who need more capability and for those who add functionality on top of Envoy Gateway, such as commercial API gateway products.

This expressive API will not be implemented by Envoy Proxy, but rather an officially supported translation layer on top.

Batteries included

Envoy Gateway will simplify how Envoy is deployed and managed, allowing application developers to focus on delivering core business value.

The project plans to include additional infrastructure components required by users to fulfill their Ingress and API gateway needs: It will handle Envoy infrastructure provisioning (e.g. Kubernetes Service, Deployment, et cetera), and possibly infrastructure provisioning of related sidecar services. It will include sensible defaults with the ability to override. It will include channels for improving ops by exposing status through API conditions and Kubernetes status sub-resources.

Making an application accessible needs to be a trivial task for any developer. Similarly, infrastructure administrators will enjoy a simplified management model that doesn’t require extensive knowledge of the solution’s architecture to operate.

All environments

Envoy Gateway will support running natively in Kubernetes environments as well as non-Kubernetes deployments.

Initially, Kubernetes will receive the most focus, with the aim of having Envoy Gateway become the de facto standard for Kubernetes ingress supporting the Gateway API. Additional goals include multi-cluster support and various runtime environments.

Extensibility

Vendors will have the ability to provide value-added products built on the Envoy Gateway foundation.

It will remain easy for end-users to leverage common Envoy Proxy extension points such as providing an implementation for authentication methods and rate-limiting. For advanced use cases, users will have the ability to use the full power of xDS.

Since a general-purpose API cannot address all use cases, Envoy Gateway will provide additional extension points for flexibility. As such, Envoy Gateway will form the base of vendor-provided managed control plane solutions, allowing vendors to shift to a higher management plane layer.

Non-objectives

Cannibalize vendor models

Vendors need to have the ability to drive commercial value, so the goal is not to cannibalize any existing vendor monetization model, though some vendors may be affected by it.

Disrupt current Envoy usage patterns

Envoy Gateway is purely an additive convenience layer and is not meant to disrupt any usage pattern of any user with Envoy Proxy, xDS, or go-control-plane.

Personas

In order of priority

1. Application developer

The application developer spends the majority of their time developing business logic code. They require the ability to manage access to their application.

2. Infrastructure administrators

The infrastructure administrators are responsible for the installation, maintenance, and operation of API gateways appliances in infrastructure, such as CRDs, roles, service accounts, certificates, etc. Infrastructure administrators support the needs of application developers by managing instances of Envoy Gateway.

1.2 - System Design

Goals

  • Define the system components needed to satisfy the requirements of Envoy Gateway.

Non-Goals

  • Create a detailed design and interface specification for each system component.

Terminology

  • Control Plane- A collection of inter-related software components for providing application gateway and routing functionality. The control plane is implemented by Envoy Gateway and provides services for managing the data plane. These services are detailed in the components section.
  • Data Plane- Provides intelligent application-level traffic routing and is implemented as one or more Envoy proxies.

Architecture

Architecture

Configuration

Envoy Gateway is configured statically at startup and the managed data plane is configured dynamically through Kubernetes resources, primarily Gateway API objects.

Static Configuration

Static configuration is used to configure Envoy Gateway at startup, i.e. change the GatewayClass controllerName, configure a Provider, etc. Currently, Envoy Gateway only supports configuration through a configuration file. If the configuration file is not provided, Envoy Gateway starts-up with default configuration parameters.

Dynamic Configuration

Dynamic configuration is based on the concept of a declaring the desired state of the data plane and using reconciliation loops to drive the actual state toward the desired state. The desired state of the data plane is defined as Kubernetes resources that provide the following services:

  • Infrastructure Management- Manage the data plane infrastructure, i.e. deploy, upgrade, etc. This configuration is expressed through GatewayClass and Gateway resources. The EnvoyProxy Custom Resource can be referenced by gatewayclass.spec.parametersRef to modify data plane infrastructure default parameters, e.g. expose Envoy network endpoints using a ClusterIP service instead of a LoadBalancer service.
  • Traffic Routing- Define how to handle application-level requests to backend services. For example, route all HTTP requests for “www.example.com” to a backend service running a web server. This configuration is expressed through HTTPRoute and TLSRoute resources that match, filter, and route traffic to a backend. Although a backend can be any valid Kubernetes Group/Kind resource, Envoy Gateway only supports a Service reference.

Components

Envoy Gateway is made up of several components that communicate in-process; how this communication happens is described in the Watching Components Design.

Provider

A Provider is an infrastructure component that Envoy Gateway calls to establish its runtime configuration, resolve services, persist data, etc. As of v0.2, Kubernetes is the only implemented provider. A file provider is on the roadmap via Issue #37. Other providers can be added in the future as Envoy Gateway use cases are better understood. A provider is configured at start up through Envoy Gateway’s static configuration.

Kubernetes Provider

  • Uses Kubernetes-style controllers to reconcile Kubernetes resources that comprise the dynamic configuration.
  • Manages the data plane through Kubernetes API CRUD operations.
  • Uses Kubernetes for Service discovery.
  • Uses etcd (via Kubernetes API) to persist data.

File Provider

  • Uses a file watcher to watch files in a directory that define the data plane configuration.
  • Manages the data plane by calling internal APIs, e.g. CreateDataPlane().
  • Uses the host’s DNS for Service discovery.
  • If needed, the local filesystem is used to persist data.

Resource Watcher

The Resource Watcher watches resources used to establish and maintain Envoy Gateway’s dynamic configuration. The mechanics for watching resources is provider-specific, e.g. informers, caches, etc. are used for the Kubernetes provider. The Resource Watcher uses the configured provider for input and provides resources to the Resource Translator as output.

Resource Translator

The Resource Translator translates external resources, e.g. GatewayClass, from the Resource Watcher to the Intermediate Representation (IR). It is responsible for:

  • Translating infrastructure-specific resources/fields from the Resource Watcher to the Infra IR.
  • Translating proxy configuration resources/fields from the Resource Watcher to the xDS IR.

Note: The Resource Translator is implemented as the Translator API type in the gatewayapi package.

Intermediate Representation (IR)

The Intermediate Representation defines internal data models that external resources are translated into. This allows Envoy Gateway to be decoupled from the external resources used for dynamic configuration. The IR consists of an Infra IR used as input for the Infra Manager and an xDS IR used as input for the xDS Translator.

  • Infra IR- Used as the internal definition of the managed data plane infrastructure.
  • xDS IR- Used as the internal definition of the managed data plane xDS configuration.

xDS Translator

The xDS Translator translates the xDS IR into xDS Resources that are consumed by the xDS server.

xDS Server

The xDS Server is a xDS gRPC Server based on Go Control Plane. Go Control Plane implements the Delta xDS Server Protocol and is responsible for using xDS to configure the data plane.

Infra Manager

The Infra Manager is a provider-specific component responsible for managing the following infrastructure:

  • Data Plane - Manages all the infrastructure required to run the managed Envoy proxies. For example, CRUD Deployment, Service, etc. resources to run Envoy in a Kubernetes cluster.
  • Auxiliary Control Planes - Optional infrastructure needed to implement application Gateway features that require external integrations with the managed Envoy proxies. For example, Global Rate Limiting requires provisioning and configuring the Envoy Rate Limit Service and the Rate Limit filter. Such features are exposed to users through the Custom Route Filters extension.

The Infra Manager consumes the Infra IR as input to manage the data plane infrastructure.

Design Decisions

  • Envoy Gateway consumes one GatewayClass by comparing its configured controller name with spec.controllerName of a GatewayClass. If multiple GatewayClasses exist with the same spec.controllerName, Envoy Gateway follows Gateway API guidelines to resolve the conflict. gatewayclass.spec.parametersRef refers to the EnvoyProxy custom resource for configuring the managed proxy infrastructure. If unspecified, default configuration parameters are used for the managed proxy infrastructure.
  • Envoy Gateway manages Gateways that reference its GatewayClass.
    • A Gateway resource causes Envoy Gateway to provision managed Envoy proxy infrastructure.
    • Envoy Gateway groups Listeners by Port and collapses each group of Listeners into a single Listener if the Listeners in the group are compatible. Envoy Gateway considers Listeners to be compatible if all the following conditions are met:
      • Either each Listener within the group specifies the “HTTP” Protocol or each Listener within the group specifies either the “HTTPS” or “TLS” Protocol.
      • Each Listener within the group specifies a unique “Hostname”.
      • As a special case, one Listener within a group may omit “Hostname”, in which case this Listener matches when no other Listener matches.
    • Envoy Gateway does not merge listeners across multiple Gateways.
  • Envoy Gateway follows Gateway API guidelines to resolve any conflicts.
    • A Gateway listener corresponds to an Envoy proxy Listener.
  • An HTTPRoute resource corresponds to an Envoy proxy Route.
  • The goal is to make Envoy Gateway components extensible in the future. See the roadmap for additional details.

The draft for this document is here.

1.3 - Watching Components Design

Envoy Gateway is made up of several components that communicate in-process. Some of them (namely Providers) watch external resources, and “publish” what they see for other components to consume; others watch what another publishes and act on it (such as the resource translator watches what the providers publish, and then publishes its own results that are watched by another component). Some of these internally published results are consumed by multiple components.

To facilitate this communication use the watchable library. The watchable.Map type is very similar to the standard library’s sync.Map type, but supports a .Subscribe (and .SubscribeSubset) method that promotes a pub/sub pattern.

Pub

Many of the things we communicate around are naturally named, either by a bare “name” string or by a “name”/“namespace” tuple. And because watchable.Map is typed, it makes sense to have one map for each type of thing (very similar to if we were using native Go maps). For example, a struct that might be written to by the Kubernetes provider, and read by the IR translator:

type ResourceTable struct {
    // gateway classes are cluster-scoped; no namespace
    GatewayClasses watchable.Map[string, *gwapiv1b1.GatewayClass]

    // gateways are namespace-scoped, so use a k8s.io/apimachinery/pkg/types.NamespacedName as the map key.
    Gateways watchable.Map[types.NamespacedName, *gwapiv1b1.Gateway]

    HTTPRoutes watchable.Map[types.NamespacedName, *gwapiv1b1.HTTPRoute]
}

The Kubernetes provider updates the table by calling table.Thing.Store(name, val) and table.Thing.Delete(name); updating a map key with a value that is deep-equal (usually reflect.DeepEqual, but you can implement your own .Equal method) the current value is a no-op; it won’t trigger an event for subscribers. This is handy so that the publisher doesn’t have as much state to keep track of; it doesn’t need to know “did I already publish this thing”, it can just .Store its data and watchable will do the right thing.

Sub

Meanwhile, the translator and other interested components subscribe to it with table.Thing.Subscribe (or table.Thing.SubscribeSubset if they only care about a few “Thing"s). So the translator goroutine might look like:

func(ctx context.Context) error {
    for snapshot := range k8sTable.HTTPRoutes.Subscribe(ctx) {
        fullState := irInput{
           GatewayClasses: k8sTable.GatewayClasses.LoadAll(),
           Gateways:       k8sTable.Gateways.LoadAll(),
           HTTPRoutes:     snapshot.State,
        }
        translate(irInput)
    }
}

Or, to watch multiple maps in the same loop:

func worker(ctx context.Context) error {
    classCh := k8sTable.GatewayClasses.Subscribe(ctx)
    gwCh := k8sTable.Gateways.Subscribe(ctx)
    routeCh := k8sTable.HTTPRoutes.Subscribe(ctx)
    for ctx.Err() == nil {
        var arg irInput
        select {
        case snapshot := <-classCh:
            arg.GatewayClasses = snapshot.State
        case snapshot := <-gwCh:
            arg.Gateways = snapshot.State
        case snapshot := <-routeCh:
            arg.Routes = snapshot.State
        }
        if arg.GateWayClasses == nil {
            arg.GatewayClasses = k8sTable.GateWayClasses.LoadAll()
        }
        if arg.GateWays == nil {
            arg.Gateways = k8sTable.GateWays.LoadAll()
        }
        if arg.HTTPRoutes == nil {
            arg.HTTPRoutes = k8sTable.HTTPRoutes.LoadAll()
        }
        translate(irInput)
    }
}

From the updates it gets from .Subscribe, it can get a full view of the map being subscribed to via snapshot.State; but it must read the other maps explicitly. Like sync.Map, watchable.Maps are thread-safe; while .Subscribe is a handy way to know when to run, .Load and friends can be used without subscribing.

There can be any number of subscribers. For that matter, there can be any number of publishers .Storeing things, but it’s probably wise to just have one publisher for each map.

The channel returned from .Subscribe is immediately readable with a snapshot of the map as it existed when .Subscribe was called; and becomes readable again whenever .Store or .Delete mutates the map. If multiple mutations happen between reads (or if mutations happen between .Subscribe and the first read), they are coalesced in to one snapshot to be read; the snapshot.State is the most-recent full state, and snapshot.Updates is a listing of each of the mutations that cause this snapshot to be different than the last-read one. This way subscribers don’t need to worry about a backlog accumulating if they can’t keep up with the rate of changes from the publisher.

If the map contains anything before .Subscribe is called, that very first read won’t include snapshot.Updates entries for those pre-existing items; if you are working with snapshot.Update instead of snapshot.State, then you must add special handling for your first read. We have a utility function ./internal/message.HandleSubscription to help with this.

Other Notes

The common pattern will likely be that the entrypoint that launches the goroutines for each component instantiates the map, and passes them to the appropriate publishers and subscribers; same as if they were communicating via a dumb chan.

A limitation of watchable.Map is that in order to ensure safety between goroutines, it does require that value types be deep-copiable; either by having a DeepCopy method, being a proto.Message, or by containing no reference types and so can be deep-copied by naive assignment. Fortunately, we’re using controller-gen anyway, and controller-gen can generate DeepCopy methods for us: just stick a // +k8s:deepcopy-gen=true on the types that you want it to generate methods for.

1.4 - Gateway API Translator Design

The Gateway API translates external resources, e.g. GatewayClass, from the configured Provider to the Intermediate Representation (IR).

Assumptions

Initially target core conformance features only, to be followed by extended conformance features.

Inputs and Outputs

The main inputs to the Gateway API translator are:

  • GatewayClass, Gateway, HTTPRoute, TLSRoute, Service, ReferenceGrant, Namespace, and Secret resources.

Note: ReferenceGrant is not fully implemented as of v0.2.

The outputs of the Gateway API translator are:

  • Xds and Infra Internal Representations (IRs).
  • Status updates for GatewayClass, Gateways, HTTPRoutes

Listener Compatibility

Envoy Gateway follows Gateway API listener compatibility spec:

Each listener in a Gateway must have a unique combination of Hostname, Port, and Protocol. An implementation MAY group Listeners by Port and then collapse each group of Listeners into a single Listener if the implementation determines that the Listeners in the group are “compatible”.

Note: Envoy Gateway does not collapse listeners across multiple Gateways.

Listener Compatibility Examples

Example 1: Gateway with compatible Listeners (same port & protocol, different hostnames)

kind: Gateway
apiVersion: gateway.networking.k8s.io/v1beta1
metadata:
  name: gateway-1
  namespace: envoy-gateway
spec:
  gatewayClassName: envoy-gateway
  listeners:
    - name: http
      protocol: HTTP
      port: 80
      allowedRoutes:
        namespaces:
          from: All
      hostname: "*.envoygateway.io"
    - name: http
      protocol: HTTP
      port: 80
      allowedRoutes:
        namespaces:
          from: All
      hostname: whales.envoygateway.io

Example 2: Gateway with compatible Listeners (same port & protocol, one hostname specified, one not)

kind: Gateway
apiVersion: gateway.networking.k8s.io/v1beta1
metadata:
  name: gateway-1
  namespace: envoy-gateway
spec:
  gatewayClassName: envoy-gateway
  listeners:
    - name: http
      protocol: HTTP
      port: 80
      allowedRoutes:
        namespaces:
          from: All
      hostname: "*.envoygateway.io"
    - name: http
      protocol: HTTP
      port: 80
      allowedRoutes:
        namespaces:
          from: All

Example 3: Gateway with incompatible Listeners (same port, protocol and hostname)

kind: Gateway
apiVersion: gateway.networking.k8s.io/v1beta1
metadata:
  name: gateway-1
  namespace: envoy-gateway
spec:
  gatewayClassName: envoy-gateway
  listeners:
    - name: http
      protocol: HTTP
      port: 80
      allowedRoutes:
        namespaces:
          from: All
      hostname: whales.envoygateway.io
    - name: http
      protocol: HTTP
      port: 80
      allowedRoutes:
        namespaces:
          from: All
      hostname: whales.envoygateway.io

Example 4: Gateway with incompatible Listeners (neither specify a hostname)

kind: Gateway
apiVersion: gateway.networking.k8s.io/v1beta1
metadata:
  name: gateway-1
  namespace: envoy-gateway
spec:
  gatewayClassName: envoy-gateway
  listeners:
    - name: http
      protocol: HTTP
      port: 80
      allowedRoutes:
        namespaces:
          from: All
    - name: http
      protocol: HTTP
      port: 80
      allowedRoutes:
        namespaces:
          from: All

Computing Status

Gateway API specifies a rich set of status fields & conditions for each resource. To achieve conformance, Envoy Gateway must compute the appropriate status fields and conditions for managed resources.

Status is computed and set for:

  • The managed GatewayClass (gatewayclass.status.conditions).
  • Each managed Gateway, based on its Listeners’ status (gateway.status.conditions). For the Kubernetes provider, the Envoy Deployment and Service status are also included to calculate Gateway status.
  • Listeners for each Gateway (gateway.status.listeners).
  • The ParentRef for each Route (route.status.parents).

The Gateway API translator is responsible for calculating status conditions while translating Gateway API resources to the IR and publishing status over the message bus. The Status Manager subscribes to these status messages and updates the resource status using the configured provider. For example, the Status Manager uses a Kubernetes client to update resource status on the Kubernetes API server.

Outline

The following roughly outlines the translation process. Each step may produce (1) IR; and (2) status updates on Gateway API resources.

  1. Process Gateway Listeners

    • Validate unique hostnames, ports, and protocols.
    • Validate and compute supported kinds.
    • Validate allowed namespaces (validate selector if specified).
    • Validate TLS fields if specified, including resolving referenced Secrets.
  2. Process HTTPRoutes

    • foreach route rule:
      • compute matches
        • [core] path exact, path prefix
        • [core] header exact
        • [extended] query param exact
        • [extended] HTTP method
      • compute filters
        • [core] request header modifier (set/add/remove)
        • [core] request redirect (hostname, statuscode)
        • [extended] request mirror
      • compute backends
        • [core] Kubernetes services
    • foreach route parent ref:
      • get matching listeners (check Gateway, section name, listener validation status, listener allowed routes, hostname intersection)
      • foreach matching listener:
        • foreach hostname intersection with route:
          • add each computed route rule to host

Context Structs

To help store, access and manipulate information as it’s processed during the translation process, a set of context structs are used. These structs wrap a given Gateway API type, and add additional fields and methods to support processing.

GatewayContext wraps a Gateway and provides helper methods for setting conditions, accessing Listeners, etc.

type GatewayContext struct {
	// The managed Gateway
	*v1beta1.Gateway

	// A list of Gateway ListenerContexts.
	listeners []*ListenerContext
}

ListenerContext wraps a Listener and provides helper methods for setting conditions and other status information on the associated Gateway.

type ListenerContext struct {
    // The Gateway listener.
	*v1beta1.Listener

	// The Gateway this Listener belongs to.
	gateway           *v1beta1.Gateway

	// An index used for managing this listener in the list of Gateway listeners.
	listenerStatusIdx int

	// Only Routes in namespaces selected by the selector may be attached
	// to the Gateway this listener belongs to.
	namespaceSelector labels.Selector

	// The TLS Secret for this Listener, if applicable.
	tlsSecret         *v1.Secret
}

RouteContext represents a generic Route object (HTTPRoute, TLSRoute, etc.) that can reference Gateway objects.

type RouteContext interface {
	client.Object

	// GetRouteType returns the Kind of the Route object, HTTPRoute,
	// TLSRoute, TCPRoute, UDPRoute etc.
	GetRouteType() string

	// GetHostnames returns the hosts targeted by the Route object.
	GetHostnames() []string

	// GetParentReferences returns the ParentReference of the Route object.
	GetParentReferences() []v1beta1.ParentReference

	// GetRouteParentContext returns RouteParentContext by using the Route
	// objects' ParentReference.
	GetRouteParentContext(forParentRef v1beta1.ParentReference) *RouteParentContext
}

1.5 - Bootstrap Design

Overview

Issue 31 specifies the need for allowing advanced users to specify their custom Envoy Bootstrap configuration rather than using the default Bootstrap configuration defined in Envoy Gateway. This allows advanced users to extend Envoy Gateway and support their custom use cases such setting up tracing and stats configuration that is not supported by Envoy Gateway.

Goals

  • Define an API field to allow a user to specify a custom Bootstrap
  • Provide tooling to allow the user to generate the default Bootstrap configuration as well as validate their custom Bootstrap.

Non Goals

  • Allow user to configure only a section of the Bootstrap

API

Leverage the existing EnvoyProxy resource which can be attached to the GatewayClass using the parametersRef field, and define a Bootstrap field within the resource. If this field is set, the value is used as the Bootstrap configuration for all managed Envoy Proxies created by Envoy Gateway.

// EnvoyProxySpec defines the desired state of EnvoyProxy.
type EnvoyProxySpec struct {
    ......
	// Bootstrap defines the Envoy Bootstrap as a YAML string.
	// Visit https://www.envoyproxy.io/docs/envoy/latest/api-v3/config/bootstrap/v3/bootstrap.proto#envoy-v3-api-msg-config-bootstrap-v3-bootstrap
	// to learn more about the syntax.
	// If set, this is the Bootstrap configuration used for the managed Envoy Proxy fleet instead of the default Bootstrap configuration
	// set by Envoy Gateway.
	// Some fields within the Bootstrap that are required to communicate with the xDS Server (Envoy Gateway) and receive xDS resources
	// from it are not configurable and will result in the `EnvoyProxy` resource being rejected.
	// Backward compatibility across minor versions is not guaranteed.
	// We strongly recommend using `egctl x translate` to generate a `EnvoyProxy` resource with the `Bootstrap` field set to the default
	// Bootstrap configuration used. You can edit this configuration, and rerun `egctl x translate` to ensure there are no validation errors.
	//
	// +optional
	Bootstrap *string `json:"bootstrap,omitempty"`
}

Tooling

A CLI tool egctl x translate will be provided to the user to help generate a working Bootstrap configuration. Here is an example where a user inputs a GatewayClass and the CLI generates the EnvoyProxy resource with the Bootstrap field populated.

cat <<EOF | egctl x translate --from gateway-api --to gateway-api -f -
apiVersion: gateway.networking.k8s.io/v1beta1
kind: GatewayClass
metadata:
  name: eg
spec:
  controllerName: gateway.envoyproxy.io/gatewayclass-controller
---

EOF
apiVersion: gateway.networking.k8s.io/v1beta1
kind: GatewayClass
metadata:
  name: eg
spec:
  controllerName: gateway.envoyproxy.io/gatewayclass-controller
  parametersRef:
    group: config.gateway.envoyproxy.io/v1alpha1
    kind: EnvoyProxy
    name: with-bootstrap-config
---
apiVersion: config.gateway.envoyproxy.io/v1alpha1
kind: EnvoyProxy
metadata:
  name: with-bootstrap-config
spec:
  bootstrap: |
    admin:
      access_log:
      - name: envoy.access_loggers.file
        typed_config:
          "@type": type.googleapis.com/envoy.extensions.access_loggers.file.v3.FileAccessLog
          path: /dev/null
      address:
        socket_address:
          address: 127.0.0.1
          port_value: 19000
    dynamic_resources:
      cds_config:
        resource_api_version: V3
        api_config_source:
          api_type: DELTA_GRPC
          transport_api_version: V3
          grpc_services:
          - envoy_grpc:
              cluster_name: xds_cluster
          set_node_on_first_message_only: true
      lds_config:
        resource_api_version: V3
        api_config_source:
          api_type: DELTA_GRPC
          transport_api_version: V3
          grpc_services:
          - envoy_grpc:
              cluster_name: xds_cluster
          set_node_on_first_message_only: true
    static_resources:
      clusters:
      - connect_timeout: 1s
        load_assignment:
          cluster_name: xds_cluster
          endpoints:
          - lb_endpoints:
            - endpoint:
                address:
                  socket_address:
                    address: envoy-gateway
                    port_value: 18000
        typed_extension_protocol_options:
          "envoy.extensions.upstreams.http.v3.HttpProtocolOptions":
             "@type": "type.googleapis.com/envoy.extensions.upstreams.http.v3.HttpProtocolOptions"
             "explicit_http_config":
               "http2_protocol_options": {}
        name: xds_cluster
        type: STRICT_DNS
        transport_socket:
          name: envoy.transport_sockets.tls
          typed_config:
            "@type": type.googleapis.com/envoy.extensions.transport_sockets.tls.v3.UpstreamTlsContext
            common_tls_context:
              tls_params:
                tls_maximum_protocol_version: TLSv1_3
              tls_certificate_sds_secret_configs:
              - name: xds_certificate
                sds_config:
                  path_config_source:
                    path: "/sds/xds-certificate.json"
                  resource_api_version: V3
              validation_context_sds_secret_config:
                name: xds_trusted_ca
                sds_config:
                  path_config_source:
                    path: "/sds/xds-trusted-ca.json"
                  resource_api_version: V3
    layered_runtime:
      layers:
        - name: runtime-0
          rtds_layer:
            rtds_config:
              resource_api_version: V3
              api_config_source:
                transport_api_version: V3
                api_type: DELTA_GRPC
                grpc_services:
                  envoy_grpc:
                    cluster_name: xds_cluster
            name: runtime-0

The user can now modify the output, for their use case. Lets say for this example, the user wants to change the admin server port from 19000 to 18000, they can do so by editing the previous output and running egctl x translate again to see if there any validation errors. Validation errors should be surfaced in the Status subresource. The internal validator will ensure that the Bootstrap string can be unmarshalled into the Bootstrap object as well as ensure the user can override certain fields within the Bootstrap configuration such as the address and tls context within the xds_cluster which are essential for xDS communication between Envoy Gateway and Envoy Proxy.

cat <<EOF | egctl x translate --from gateway-api --to gateway-api -f -
apiVersion: gateway.networking.k8s.io/v1beta1
kind: GatewayClass
metadata:
  name: eg
spec:
  controllerName: gateway.envoyproxy.io/gatewayclass-controller
  parametersRef:
    group: config.gateway.envoyproxy.io/v1alpha1
    kind: EnvoyProxy
    name: with-bootstrap-config
---
apiVersion: config.gateway.envoyproxy.io/v1alpha1
kind: EnvoyProxy
metadata:
  name: with-bootstrap-config
spec:
  bootstrap: |
    admin:
      access_log:
      - name: envoy.access_loggers.file
        typed_config:
          "@type": type.googleapis.com/envoy.extensions.access_loggers.file.v3.FileAccessLog
          path: /dev/null
      address:
        socket_address:
          address: 127.0.0.1
          port_value: 18000
    dynamic_resources:
      cds_config:
        resource_api_version: V3
        api_config_source:
          api_type: DELTA_GRPC
          transport_api_version: V3
          grpc_services:
          - envoy_grpc:
              cluster_name: xds_cluster
          set_node_on_first_message_only: true
      lds_config:
        resource_api_version: V3
        api_config_source:
          api_type: DELTA_GRPC
          transport_api_version: V3
          grpc_services:
          - envoy_grpc:
              cluster_name: xds_cluster
          set_node_on_first_message_only: true
    static_resources:
      clusters:
      - connect_timeout: 1s
        load_assignment:
          cluster_name: xds_cluster
          endpoints:
          - lb_endpoints:
            - endpoint:
                address:
                  socket_address:
                    address: envoy-gateway
                    port_value: 18000
        typed_extension_protocol_options:
          "envoy.extensions.upstreams.http.v3.HttpProtocolOptions":
             "@type": "type.googleapis.com/envoy.extensions.upstreams.http.v3.HttpProtocolOptions"
             "explicit_http_config":
               "http2_protocol_options": {}
        name: xds_cluster
        type: STRICT_DNS
        transport_socket:
          name: envoy.transport_sockets.tls
          typed_config:
            "@type": type.googleapis.com/envoy.extensions.transport_sockets.tls.v3.UpstreamTlsContext
            common_tls_context:
              tls_params:
                tls_maximum_protocol_version: TLSv1_3
              tls_certificate_sds_secret_configs:
              - name: xds_certificate
                sds_config:
                  path_config_source:
                    path: "/sds/xds-certificate.json"
                  resource_api_version: V3
              validation_context_sds_secret_config:
                name: xds_trusted_ca
                sds_config:
                  path_config_source:
                    path: "/sds/xds-trusted-ca.json"
                  resource_api_version: V3
    layered_runtime:
      layers:
        - name: runtime-0
          rtds_layer:
            rtds_config:
              resource_api_version: V3
              api_config_source:
                transport_api_version: V3
                api_type: DELTA_GRPC
                grpc_services:
                  envoy_grpc:
                    cluster_name: xds_cluster
            name: runtime-0

EOF
apiVersion: gateway.networking.k8s.io/v1beta1
kind: GatewayClass
metadata:
  name: eg
spec:
  controllerName: gateway.envoyproxy.io/gatewayclass-controller
  parametersRef:
    group: config.gateway.envoyproxy.io/v1alpha1
    kind: EnvoyProxy
    name: with-bootstrap-config
---
apiVersion: config.gateway.envoyproxy.io/v1alpha1
kind: EnvoyProxy
metadata:
  name: with-bootstrap-config
spec:
  bootstrap: |
    admin:
      access_log:
      - name: envoy.access_loggers.file
        typed_config:
          "@type": type.googleapis.com/envoy.extensions.access_loggers.file.v3.FileAccessLog
          path: /dev/null
      address:
        socket_address:
          address: 127.0.0.1
          port_value: 18000
    dynamic_resources:
      cds_config:
        resource_api_version: V3
        api_config_source:
          api_type: DELTA_GRPC
          transport_api_version: V3
          grpc_services:
          - envoy_grpc:
              cluster_name: xds_cluster
          set_node_on_first_message_only: true
      lds_config:
        resource_api_version: V3
        api_config_source:
          api_type: DELTA_GRPC
          transport_api_version: V3
          grpc_services:
          - envoy_grpc:
              cluster_name: xds_cluster
          set_node_on_first_message_only: true
    static_resources:
      clusters:
      - connect_timeout: 1s
        load_assignment:
          cluster_name: xds_cluster
          endpoints:
          - lb_endpoints:
            - endpoint:
                address:
                  socket_address:
                    address: envoy-gateway
                    port_value: 18000
        typed_extension_protocol_options:
          "envoy.extensions.upstreams.http.v3.HttpProtocolOptions":
             "@type": "type.googleapis.com/envoy.extensions.upstreams.http.v3.HttpProtocolOptions"
             "explicit_http_config":
               "http2_protocol_options": {}
        name: xds_cluster
        type: STRICT_DNS
        transport_socket:
          name: envoy.transport_sockets.tls
          typed_config:
            "@type": type.googleapis.com/envoy.extensions.transport_sockets.tls.v3.UpstreamTlsContext
            common_tls_context:
              tls_params:
                tls_maximum_protocol_version: TLSv1_3
              tls_certificate_sds_secret_configs:
              - name: xds_certificate
                sds_config:
                  path_config_source:
                    path: "/sds/xds-certificate.json"
                  resource_api_version: V3
              validation_context_sds_secret_config:
                name: xds_trusted_ca
                sds_config:
                  path_config_source:
                    path: "/sds/xds-trusted-ca.json"
                  resource_api_version: V3
    layered_runtime:
      layers:
        - name: runtime-0
          rtds_layer:
            rtds_config:
              resource_api_version: V3
              api_config_source:
                transport_api_version: V3
                api_type: DELTA_GRPC
                grpc_services:
                  envoy_grpc:
                    cluster_name: xds_cluster
            name: runtime-0

1.6 - Configuration API Design

Motivation

Issue 51 specifies the need to design an API for configuring Envoy Gateway. The control plane is configured statically at startup and the data plane is configured dynamically through Kubernetes resources, primarily Gateway API objects. Refer to the Envoy Gateway design doc for additional details regarding Envoy Gateway terminology and configuration.

Goals

  • Define an initial API to configure Envoy Gateway at startup.
  • Define an initial API for configuring the managed data plane, e.g. Envoy proxies.

Non-Goals

  • Implementation of the configuration APIs.
  • Define the status subresource of the configuration APIs.
  • Define a complete set of APIs for configuring Envoy Gateway. As stated in the Goals, this document defines the initial configuration APIs.
  • Define an API for deploying/provisioning/operating Envoy Gateway. If needed, a future Envoy Gateway operator would be responsible for designing and implementing this type of API.
  • Specify tooling for managing the API, e.g. generate protos, CRDs, controller RBAC, etc.

Control Plane API

The EnvoyGateway API defines the control plane configuration, e.g. Envoy Gateway. Key points of this API are:

  • It will define Envoy Gateway’s startup configuration file. If the file does not exist, Envoy Gateway will start up with default configuration parameters.
  • EnvoyGateway inlines the TypeMeta API. This allows EnvoyGateway to be versioned and managed as a GroupVersionKind scheme.
  • EnvoyGateway does not contain a metadata field since it’s currently represented as a static configuration file instead of a Kubernetes resource.
  • Since EnvoyGateway does not surface status, EnvoyGatewaySpec is inlined.
  • If data plane static configuration is required in the future, Envoy Gateway will use a separate file for this purpose.

The v1alpha1 version and config.gateway.envoyproxy.io API group get generated:

// gateway/api/config/v1alpha1/doc.go

// Package v1alpha1 contains API Schema definitions for the config.gateway.envoyproxy.io API group.
//
// +groupName=config.gateway.envoyproxy.io
package v1alpha1

The initial EnvoyGateway API:

// gateway/api/config/v1alpha1/envoygateway.go

package valpha1

import (
	metav1 "k8s.io/apimachinery/pkg/apis/meta/v1"
)

// EnvoyGateway is the Schema for the envoygateways API
type EnvoyGateway struct {
	metav1.TypeMeta `json:",inline"`

	// EnvoyGatewaySpec defines the desired state of Envoy Gateway.
	EnvoyGatewaySpec `json:",inline"`
}

// EnvoyGatewaySpec defines the desired state of Envoy Gateway configuration.
type EnvoyGatewaySpec struct {
	// Gateway defines Gateway-API specific configuration. If unset, default
	// configuration parameters will apply.
	//
	// +optional
	Gateway *Gateway `json:"gateway,omitempty"`

	// Provider defines the desired provider configuration. If unspecified,
	// the Kubernetes provider is used with default parameters.
	//
	// +optional
	Provider *EnvoyGatewayProvider `json:"provider,omitempty"`
}

// Gateway defines desired Gateway API configuration of Envoy Gateway.
type Gateway struct {
	// ControllerName defines the name of the Gateway API controller. If unspecified,
	// defaults to "gateway.envoyproxy.io/gatewayclass-controller". See the following
	// for additional details:
	//
	// https://gateway-api.sigs.k8s.io/v1alpha2/references/spec/#gateway.networking.k8s.io/v1alpha2.GatewayClass
	//
	// +optional
	ControllerName string `json:"controllerName,omitempty"`
}

// EnvoyGatewayProvider defines the desired configuration of a provider.
// +union
type EnvoyGatewayProvider struct {
	// Type is the type of provider to use. If unset, the Kubernetes provider is used.
	//
	// +unionDiscriminator
	Type ProviderType `json:"type,omitempty"`
	// Kubernetes defines the configuration of the Kubernetes provider. Kubernetes
	// provides runtime configuration via the Kubernetes API.
	//
	// +optional
	Kubernetes *EnvoyGatewayKubernetesProvider `json:"kubernetes,omitempty"`

	// File defines the configuration of the File provider. File provides runtime
	// configuration defined by one or more files.
	//
	// +optional
	File *EnvoyGatewayFileProvider `json:"file,omitempty"`
}

// ProviderType defines the types of providers supported by Envoy Gateway.
type ProviderType string

const (
	// KubernetesProviderType defines the "Kubernetes" provider.
	KubernetesProviderType ProviderType = "Kubernetes"

	// FileProviderType defines the "File" provider.
	FileProviderType ProviderType = "File"
)

// EnvoyGatewayKubernetesProvider defines configuration for the Kubernetes provider.
type EnvoyGatewayKubernetesProvider struct {
	// TODO: Add config as use cases are better understood.
}

// EnvoyGatewayFileProvider defines configuration for the File provider.
type EnvoyGatewayFileProvider struct {
	// TODO: Add config as use cases are better understood.
}

Note: Provider-specific configuration is defined in the {$PROVIDER_NAME}Provider API.

Gateway

Gateway defines desired configuration of Gateway API controllers that reconcile and translate Gateway API resources into the Intermediate Representation (IR). Refer to the Envoy Gateway design doc for additional details.

Provider

Provider defines the desired configuration of an Envoy Gateway provider. A provider is an infrastructure component that Envoy Gateway calls to establish its runtime configuration. Provider is a union type. Therefore, Envoy Gateway can be configured with only one provider based on the type discriminator field. Refer to the Envoy Gateway design doc for additional details.

Control Plane Configuration

The configuration file is defined by the EnvoyGateway API type. At startup, Envoy Gateway searches for the configuration at “/etc/envoy-gateway/config.yaml”.

Start Envoy Gateway:

$ ./envoy-gateway

Since the configuration file does not exist, Envoy Gateway will start with default configuration parameters.

The Kubernetes provider can be configured explicitly using provider.kubernetes:

$ cat << EOF > /etc/envoy-gateway/config.yaml
apiVersion: config.gateway.envoyproxy.io/v1alpha1
kind: EnvoyGateway
provider:
  type: Kubernetes
  kubernetes: {}
EOF

This configuration will cause Envoy Gateway to use the Kubernetes provider with default configuration parameters.

The Kubernetes provider can be configured using the provider field. For example, the foo field can be set to “bar”:

$ cat << EOF > /etc/envoy-gateway/config.yaml
apiVersion: config.gateway.envoyproxy.io/v1alpha1
kind: EnvoyGateway
provider:
  type: Kubernetes
  kubernetes:
    foo: bar
EOF

Note: The Provider API from the Kubernetes package is currently undefined and foo: bar is provided for illustration purposes only.

The same API structure is followed for each supported provider. The following example causes Envoy Gateway to use the File provider:

$ cat << EOF > /etc/envoy-gateway/config.yaml
apiVersion: config.gateway.envoyproxy.io/v1alpha1
kind: EnvoyGateway
provider:
  type: File
  file:
    foo: bar
EOF

Note: The Provider API from the File package is currently undefined and foo: bar is provided for illustration purposes only.

Gateway API-related configuration is expressed through the gateway field. If unspecified, Envoy Gateway will use default configuration parameters for gateway. The following example causes the GatewayClass controller to manage GatewayClasses with controllerName foo instead of the default gateway.envoyproxy.io/gatewayclass-controller:

$ cat << EOF > /etc/envoy-gateway/config.yaml
apiVersion: config.gateway.envoyproxy.io/v1alpha1
kind: EnvoyGateway
gateway:
  controllerName: foo

With any of the above configuration examples, Envoy Gateway can be started without any additional arguments:

$ ./envoy-gateway

Data Plane API

The data plane is configured dynamically through Kubernetes resources, primarily Gateway API objects. Optionally, the data plane infrastructure can be configured by referencing a custom resource (CR) through spec.parametersRef of the managed GatewayClass. The EnvoyProxy API defines the data plane infrastructure configuration and is represented as the CR referenced by the managed GatewayClass. Key points of this API are:

  • If unreferenced by gatewayclass.spec.parametersRef, default parameters will be used to configure the data plane infrastructure, e.g. expose Envoy network endpoints using a LoadBalancer service.
  • Envoy Gateway will follow Gateway API recommendations regarding updates to the EnvoyProxy CR:

    It is recommended that this resource be used as a template for Gateways. This means that a Gateway is based on the state of the GatewayClass at the time it was created and changes to the GatewayClass or associated parameters are not propagated down to existing Gateways.

The initial EnvoyProxy API:

// gateway/api/config/v1alpha1/envoyproxy.go

package v1alpha1

import (
	metav1 "k8s.io/apimachinery/pkg/apis/meta/v1"
)

// EnvoyProxy is the Schema for the envoyproxies API.
type EnvoyProxy struct {
	metav1.TypeMeta   `json:",inline"`
	metav1.ObjectMeta `json:"metadata,omitempty"`

	Spec   EnvoyProxySpec   `json:"spec,omitempty"`
	Status EnvoyProxyStatus `json:"status,omitempty"`
}

// EnvoyProxySpec defines the desired state of Envoy Proxy infrastructure
// configuration.
type EnvoyProxySpec struct {
	// Undefined by this design spec.
}

// EnvoyProxyStatus defines the observed state of EnvoyProxy.
type EnvoyProxyStatus struct {
	// Undefined by this design spec.
}

The EnvoyProxySpec and EnvoyProxyStatus fields will be defined in the future as proxy infrastructure configuration use cases are better understood.

Data Plane Configuration

GatewayClass and Gateway resources define the data plane infrastructure. Note that all examples assume Envoy Gateway is running with the Kubernetes provider.

apiVersion: gateway.networking.k8s.io/v1beta1
kind: GatewayClass
metadata:
  name: example-class
spec:
  controllerName: gateway.envoyproxy.io/gatewayclass-controller
---
apiVersion: gateway.networking.k8s.io/v1beta1
kind: Gateway
metadata:
  name: example-gateway
spec:
  gatewayClassName: example-class
  listeners:
  - name: http
    protocol: HTTP
    port: 80

Since the GatewayClass does not define spec.parametersRef, the data plane is provisioned using default configuration parameters. The Envoy proxies will be configured with a http listener and a Kubernetes LoadBalancer service listening on port 80.

The following example will configure the data plane to use a ClusterIP service instead of the default LoadBalancer service:

apiVersion: gateway.networking.k8s.io/v1beta1
kind: GatewayClass
metadata:
  name: example-class
spec:
  controllerName: gateway.envoyproxy.io/gatewayclass-controller
  parametersRef:
    name: example-config
    group: config.gateway.envoyproxy.io
    kind: EnvoyProxy
---
apiVersion: gateway.networking.k8s.io/v1beta1
kind: Gateway
metadata:
  name: example-gateway
spec:
  gatewayClassName: example-class
  listeners:
  - name: http
    protocol: HTTP
    port: 80
---
apiVersion: config.gateway.envoyproxy.io/v1alpha1
kind: EnvoyProxy
metadata:
  name: example-config
spec:
  networkPublishing:
    type: ClusterIPService

Note: The NetworkPublishing API is currently undefined and is provided here for illustration purposes only.

1.7 - egctl Design

Motivation

EG should provide a command line tool with following capabilities:

  • Collect configuration from envoy proxy and gateway
  • Analyse system configuration to diagnose any issues in envoy gateway

This tool is named egctl.

Syntax

Use the following syntax to run egctl commands from your terminal window:

egctl [command] [entity] [name] [flags]

where command, name, and flags are:

  • command: Specifies the operation that you want to perform on one or more resources, for example config, version.

  • entity: Specifies the entity the operation is being performed on such as envoy-proxy or envoy-gateway.

  • name: Specifies the name of the specified instance.

  • flags: Specifies optional flags. For example, you can use the -c or --config flags to specify the values for installing.

If you need help, run egctl help from the terminal window.

Operation

The following table includes short descriptions and the general syntax for all the egctl operations:

OperationSyntaxDescription
versionegctl versionPrints out build version information.
configegctl config ENTITYRetrieve information about proxy configuration from envoy proxy and gateway
analyzeegctl analyzeAnalyze EG configuration and print validation messages
experimentalegctl experimentalSubcommand for experimental features. These do not guarantee backwards compatibility

Examples

Use the following set of examples to help you familiarize yourself with running the commonly used egctl operations:

# Retrieve all information about proxy configuration from envoy
egctl config envoy-proxy all <instance_name>

# Retrieve listener information about proxy configuration from envoy 
egctl config envoy-proxy listener <instance_name>

# Retrieve information about envoy gateway
egctl config envoy-gateway

1.8 - Envoy Gateway Extensions Design

As outlined in the official goals for the Envoy Gateway project, one of the main goals is to “provide a common foundation for vendors to build value-added products without having to re-engineer fundamental interactions”. Development of the Envoy Gateway project has been focused on developing the core features for the project and Kubernetes Gateway API conformance. This system focuses on the “common foundation for vendors” component by introducing a way for vendors to extend Envoy Gateway.

To meaningfully extend Envoy Gateway and provide additional features, Extensions need to be able to introduce their own custom resources and have a high level of control over the configuration generated by Envoy Gateway. Simply applying some static xDS configuration patches or relying on the existing Gateway API resources are both insufficient on their own as means to add larger features that require dynamic user-configuration.

As an example, an extension developer may wish to provide their own out-of-the-box authentication filters that require configuration from the end-user. This is a scenario where the ability to introduce custom resources and attach them to HTTPRoutes as an ExtensionRef is necessary. Providing the same feature through a series of xDS patch resources would be too cumbersome for many end-users that want to avoid that level of complexity when managing their clusters.

Goals

  • Provide a foundation for extending the Envoy Gateway control plane
  • Allow Extension Developers to introduce their own custom resources for extending the Gateway-API via ExtensionRefs, policyAttachments (future) and backendRefs (future).
  • Extension developers should NOT have to maintain a custom fork of Envoy Gateway
  • Provide a system for extending Envoy Gateway which allows extension projects to ship updates independent of Envoy Gateway’s release schedule
  • Modify the generated Envoy xDS config
  • Setup a foundation for the initial iteration of Extending Envoy Gateway
  • Allow an Extension to hook into the infra manager pipeline (future)

Non-Goals

  • The initial design does not capture every hook that Envoy Gateway will eventually support.
  • Extend Gateway API Policy Attachments. At some point, these will be addressed using this extension system, but the initial implementation omits these.
  • Support multiple extensions at the same time. Due to the fact that extensions will be modifying xDS resources after they are generated, handling the order of extension execution for each individual hook point is a challenge. Additionally, there is no real way to prevent one extension from overwriting or breaking modifications to xDS resources that were made by another extension that was executed first.

Overview

Envoy Gateway can be extended by vendors by means of an extension server developed by the vendor and deployed alongside Envoy Gateway. An extension server can make use of one or more pre/post hooks inside Envoy Gateway before and after its major components (translator, etc.) to allow the extension to modify the data going into or coming out of these components. An extension can be created external to Envoy Gateway as its own Kubernetes deployment or loaded as a sidecar. gRPC is used for the calls between Envoy Gateway and an extension. In the hook call, Envoy Gateway sends data as well as context information to the extension and expects a reply with a modified version of the data that was sent to the extension. Since extensions fundamentally alter the logic and data that Envoy Gateway provides, Extension projects assume responsibility for any bugs and issues they create as a direct result of their modification of Envoy Gateway.

Diagram

Architecture

Registering Extensions in Envoy Gateway

Information about the extension that Envoy Gateway needs to load is configured in the Envoy Gateway config.

An example configuration:

apiVersion: config.gateway.envoyproxy.io/v1alpha1
kind: EnvoyGateway
extension:
  resources:
  - group: example.myextension.io
    version: v2
    kind: OAuth2Filter
  hooks:
    post:
    - Route
    - VirtualHost
    - HTTPListener
    - Translation
  service:
    host: my-extension.example
    port: 443
    tls:
      certificateRef:
        name: my-secret
        namespace: default

An extension must supply connection information in the extension.service field so that Envoy Gateway can communicate with the extension. The tls configuration is optional.

If the extension wants Envoy Gateway to watch resources for it then the extension must configure the optional extension.resources field and supply a list of:

  • group: the API group of the resource
  • version: the API version of the resource
  • kind: the Kind of resource

The extension can configure the extension.hooks field to specify which hook points it would like to support. If a given hook is not listed here then it will not be executed even if the extension is configured properly. This allows extension developers to only opt-in to the hook points they want to make use of.

This configuration is required to be provided at bootstrap and modifying the registered extension during runtime is not currently supported. Envoy Gateway will keep track of the registered extension and its API groups and kinds when processing Gateway API resources.

Extending Gateway API and the Data Plane

Envoy Gateway manages Envoy deployments, which act as the data plane that handles actual user traffic. Users configure the data plane using the K8s Gateway API resources which Envoy Gateway converts into Envoy specific configuration (xDS) to send over to Envoy.

Gateway API offers ExtensionRef filters and Policy Attachments as extension points for implementers to use. Envoy Gateway extends the Gateway API using these extension points to provide support for rate limiting and authentication native to the project. The initial design of Envoy Gateway extensions will primarily focus on ExtensionRef filters so that extension developers can reference their own resources as HTTP Filters in the same way that Envoy Gateway has native support for rate limiting and authentication filters.

When Envoy Gateway encounters an HTTPRoute or GRPCRoute that has an ExtensionRef filter with a group and kind that Envoy Gateway does not support, it will first check the registered extension to determine if it supports the referenced object before considering it a configuration error.

This allows users to be able to reference additional filters provided by their Envoy Gateway Extension, in their HTTPRoutes / GRPCRoutes:

apiVersion: example.myextension.io/v1alpha1
kind: OAuth2Filter
metadata:
  name: oauth2-filter
spec:
  ...

---
apiVersion: gateway.networking.k8s.io/v1beta1
kind: HTTPRoute
metadata:
  name: example
spec:
  parentRefs:
  - name: eg
  hostnames:
  - www.example.com
  rules:
  - clientSelectors:
    - path:
        type: PathPrefix
        value: /
    filters:
    - type: ExtensionRef
      extensionRef:
        group: example.myextension.io
        kind: OAuth2Filter
        name: oauth2-filter
    backendRefs:
    - name: backend
      port: 3000

In order to enable the usage of new resources introduced by an extension for translation and xDS modification, Envoy Gateway provides hook points within the translation pipeline, where it calls out to the extension service registered in the EnvoyGateway config if they specify an group that matches the group of an ExtensionRef filter. The extension will then be able to modify the xDS that Envoy Gateway generated and send back the modified configuration. If an extension is not registered or if the registered extension does not specify support for the group of an ExtensionRef filter then Envoy Gateway will treat it as an unknown resource and provide an error to the user.

Note: Currently (as of v1beta1) Gateway API does not provide a means to specify the namespace or version of an object referenced as an ExtensionRef. The extension mechanism will assume that the namespace of any ExtensionRef is the same as the namespace of the HTTPRoute or GRPCRoute it is attached to rather than treating the name field of an ExtensionRef as a name.namespace string. If Gateway API adds support for these fields then the design of the Envoy Gateway extensions will be updated to support them.

Watching New Resources

Envoy Gateway will dynamically create new watches on resources introduced by the registered Extension. It does so by using the controller-runtime to create new watches on Unstructured resources that match the versions, groups, and kinds that the registered extension configured. When communicating with an extension, Envoy Gateway sends these Unstructured resources over to the extension. This eliminates the need for the extension to create its own watches which would have a strong chance of creating race conditions and reconciliation loops when resources change. When an extension receives the Unstructured resources from Envoy Gateway it can perform its own type validation on them. Currently we make the simplifying assumption that the registered extension’s Kinds are filters referenced by extensionRef in HTTPRouteFilters . Support for Policy attachments will be introduced at a later time.

xDS Hooks API

Envoy Gateway supports the following hooks as the initial foundation of the Extension system. Additional hooks can be developed using this extension system at a later point as new use-cases and needs are discovered. The primary iteration of the extension hooks focuses solely on the modification of xDS resources.

Route Modification Hook

The Route level Hook provides a way for extensions to modify a route generated by Envoy Gateway before it is finalized. Doing so allows extensions to configure/modify route fields configured by Envoy Gateway and also to configure the Route’s TypedPerFilterConfig which may be desirable to do things such as pass settings and information to ext_authz filters. The Post Route Modify hook also passes a list of Unstructured data for the externalRefs owned by the extension on the HTTPRoute that created this xDS route This hook is always executed when an extension is loaded that has added Route to the EnvoyProxy.extensions.hooks.post, and only on Routes which were generated from an HTTPRoute that uses extension resources as externalRef filters.

// PostRouteModifyRequest sends a Route that was generated by Envoy Gateway along with context information to an extension so that the Route can be modified
message PostRouteModifyRequest {
    envoy.config.route.v3.Route route = 1;
    PostRouteExtensionContext post_route_context = 2;
}

// RouteExtensionContext provides resources introduced by an extension and watched by Envoy Gateway
// additional context information can be added to this message as more use-cases are discovered
message PostRouteExtensionContext {
    // Resources introduced by the extension that were used as extensionRefs in an HTTPRoute/GRPCRoute
    repeated ExtensionResource extension_resources = 1;

    // hostnames are the fully qualified domain names attached to the HTTPRoute
    repeated string hostnames = 2;
}

// ExtensionResource stores the data for a K8s API object referenced in an HTTPRouteFilter
// extensionRef. It is constructed from an unstructured.Unstructured marshalled to JSON. An extension
// can marshal the bytes from this resource back into an unstructured.Unstructured and then 
// perform type checking to obtain the resource.
message ExtensionResource {
    bytes unstructured_bytes = 1;
}

// PostRouteModifyResponse is the expected response from an extension and contains a modified version of the Route that was sent
// If an extension returns a nil Route then it will not be modified
message PostRouteModifyResponse {
    envoy.config.route.v3.Route route = 1;
}

VirtualHost Modification Hook

The VirtualHost Hook provides a way for extensions to modify a VirtualHost generated by Envoy Gateway before it is finalized. An extension can also make use of this hook to generate and insert entirely new Routes not generated by Envoy Gateway. This hook is always executed when an extension is loaded that has added VirtualHost to the EnvoyProxy.extensions.hooks.post. An extension may return nil to not make any changes to the VirtualHost.

// PostVirtualHostModifyRequest sends a VirtualHost that was generated by Envoy Gateway along with context information to an extension so that the VirtualHost can be modified
message PostVirtualHostModifyRequest {
    envoy.config.route.v3.VirtualHost virtual_host = 1;
    PostVirtualHostExtensionContext post_virtual_host_context = 2;
}

// Empty for now but we can add fields to the context as use-cases are discovered without
// breaking any clients that use the API
// additional context information can be added to this message as more use-cases are discovered
message PostVirtualHostExtensionContext {}

// PostVirtualHostModifyResponse is the expected response from an extension and contains a modified version of the VirtualHost that was sent
// If an extension returns a nil Virtual Host then it will not be modified
message PostVirtualHostModifyResponse {
    envoy.config.route.v3.VirtualHost virtual_host = 1;
}

HTTP Listener Modification Hook

The HTTP Listener modification hook is the broadest xDS modification Hook available and allows an extension to make changes to a Listener generated by Envoy Gateway before it is finalized. This hook is always executed when an extension is loaded that has added HTTPListener to the EnvoyProxy.extensions.hooks.post. An extension may return nil in order to not make any changes to the Listener.

// PostVirtualHostModifyRequest sends a Listener that was generated by Envoy Gateway along with context information to an extension so that the Listener can be modified
message PostHTTPListenerModifyRequest {
    envoy.config.listener.v3.Listener listener = 1;
    PostHTTPListenerExtensionContext post_listener_context = 2;
}

// Empty for now but we can add fields to the context as use-cases are discovered without
// breaking any clients that use the API
// additional context information can be added to this message as more use-cases are discovered
message PostHTTPListenerExtensionContext {}

// PostHTTPListenerModifyResponse is the expected response from an extension and contains a modified version of the Listener that was sent
// If an extension returns a nil Listener then it will not be modified
message PostHTTPListenerModifyResponse {
    envoy.config.listener.v3.Listener listener = 1;
}

Post xDS Translation Modify Hook

The Post Translate Modify hook allows an extension to modify the clusters and secrets in the xDS config. This allows for inserting clusters that may change along with extension specific configuration to be dynamically created rather than using custom bootstrap config which would be sufficient for clusters that are static and not prone to have their configurations changed. An example of how this may be used is to inject a cluster that will be used by an ext_authz http filter created by the extension. The list of clusters and secrets returned by the extension are used as the final list of all clusters and secrets This hook is always executed when an extension is loaded that has added Translation to the EnvoyProxy.extensions.hooks.post.

// PostTranslateModifyRequest currently sends only clusters and secrets to an extension.
// The extension is free to add/modify/remove the resources it received.
message PostTranslateModifyRequest {
    PostTranslateExtensionContext post_translate_context = 1;
    repeated envoy.config.cluster.v3.Cluster clusters = 2;
    repeated envoy.extensions.transport_sockets.tls.v3.Secret secrets = 3;
}

// PostTranslateModifyResponse is the expected response from an extension and contains
// the full list of xDS clusters and secrets to be used for the xDS config.
message PostTranslateModifyResponse {
    repeated envoy.config.cluster.v3.Cluster clusters = 1;
    repeated envoy.extensions.transport_sockets.tls.v3.Secret secrets = 2;
}

Extension Service

Currently, an extension must implement all of the following hooks although it may return the input(s) it received if no modification of the resource is desired. A future expansion of the extension hooks will allow an Extension to specify with config which Hooks it would like to “subscribe” to and which Hooks it does not wish to support. These specific Hooks were chosen in order to provide extensions with the ability to have both broad and specific control over xDS resources and to minimize the amount of data being sent.

service EnvoyGatewayExtension {
    rpc PostRouteModify (PostRouteModifyRequest) returns (PostRouteModifyResponse) {};
    rpc PostVirtualHostModify(PostVirtualHostModifyRequest) returns (PostVirtualHostModifyResponse) {};
    rpc PostHTTPListenerModify(PostHTTPListenerModifyRequest) returns (PostHTTPListenerModifyResponse) {};
    rpc PostTranslateModify(PostTranslateModifyRequest) returns (PostTranslateModifyResponse) {};
}

Design Decisions

  • Envoy Gateway watches new custom resources introduced by a loaded extension and passes the resources back to the extension when they are used.
    • This decision was made to solve the problem about how resources introduced by an extension get watched. If an extension server watches its own resources then it would need some way to trigger an Envoy Gateway reconfigure when a resource that Envoy Gateway is not watching gets updated. Having Envoy Gateway watch all resources removes any concern about creating race confitions or reconcile loops that would result from Envoy Gateway and the extension server both having so much separate state that needs to be synchronized.
  • The Extension Server takes ownership of producing the correct xDS configuration in the hook responses
  • The Extension Server will be responsible for ensuring the performance of the hook processing time
  • The Post xDS level gRPC hooks all currently send a context field even though it contains nothing for several hooks. These fields exist so that they can be updadated in the future to pass additional information to extensions as new use-cases and needs are discovered.
  • The initial design supplies the scaffolding for both “pre xDS” and “post xDS” hooks. Only the post hooks are currently implemented which operate on xDS resources after they have been generated. The pre hooks will be implemented at a later date along with one or more hooks in the infra manager. The infra manager level hook(s) will exist to power use-cases such as dynamically creating Deployments/Services for the extension the whenever Envoy Gateway creates an instance of Envoy Proxy. An extension developer might want to take advantage of this functionality to inject a new authorization service as a sidecar on the Envoy Proxy deployment for reduced latency.
  • Multiple extensions are not be supported at the same time. Preventing conflict between multiple extensions that are mangling xDS resources is too difficult to ensure compatibility with and is likely to only generate issues.

Known Challenges

Extending Envoy Gateway by using an external extension server which makes use of hook points in Envoy Gateway does comes with a few trade-offs. One known trade-off is the impact of the time that it takes for the hook calls to be executed. Since an extension would make use of hook points in Envoy Gateway that use gRPC for communication, the time it takes to perform these requests could become a concern for some extension developers. One way to minimize the request time of the hook calls is to load the extension server as a sidecar to Envoy Gateway to minimize the impact of networking on the hook calls.

1.9 - Rate Limit Design

Overview

Rate limit is a feature that allows the user to limit the number of incoming requests to a predefined value based on attributes within the traffic flow.

Here are some reasons why a user may want to implements Rate limits

  • To prevent malicious activity such as DDoS attacks.
  • To prevent applications and its resources (such as a database) from getting overloaded.
  • To create API limits based on user entitlements.

Scope Types

The rate limit type here describes the scope of rate limits.

  • Global - In this case, the rate limit is common across all the instances of Envoy proxies where its applied i.e. if the data plane has 2 replicas of Envoy running, and the rate limit is 10 requests/second, this limit is common and will be hit if 5 requests pass through the first replica and 5 requests pass through the second replica within the same second.

  • Local - In this case, the rate limits are specific to each instance/replica of Envoy running. Note - This is not part of the initial design and will be added as a future enhancement.

Match Types

Rate limit a specific traffic flow

  • Here is an example of a ratelimit implemented by the application developer to limit a specific user by matching on a custom x-user-id header with a value set to one
apiVersion: gateway.envoyproxy.io/v1alpha1
kind: RateLimitFilter
metadata:
  name: ratelimit-specific-user
spec:
  type: Global
  global:
    rules:
    - clientSelectors:
      - headers:
        - name: x-user-id
          value: one
      limit:
        requests: 10
        unit: Hour
---
apiVersion: gateway.networking.k8s.io/v1beta1
kind: HTTPRoute
metadata:
  name: example
spec:
  parentRefs:
  - name: eg
  hostnames:
  - www.example.com
  rules:
  - matches:
    - path:
        type: PathPrefix
        value: /foo
    filters:
    - type: ExtensionRef
      extensionRef:
        group: gateway.envoyproxy.io
        kind: RateLimitFilter
        name: ratelimit-specific-user
    backendRefs:
    - name: backend
      port: 3000

Rate limit all traffic flows

  • Here is an example of a rate limit implemented by the application developer that limits the total requests made to a specific route to safeguard health of internal application components. In this case, no specific headers match is specified, and the rate limit is applied to all traffic flows accepted by this HTTPRoute.
apiVersion: gateway.envoyproxy.io/v1alpha1
kind: RateLimitFilter
metadata:
  name: ratelimit-all-requests
spec:
  type: Global
  global:
    rules:
    - limit:
        requests: 1000
        unit: Second
---
apiVersion: gateway.networking.k8s.io/v1beta1
kind: HTTPRoute
metadata:
  name: example
spec:
  parentRefs:
  - name: eg
  hostnames:
  - www.example.com
  rules:
  - matches:
    - path:
        type: PathPrefix
        value: /foo
    filters:
    - type: ExtensionRef
      extensionRef:
        group: gateway.envoyproxy.io
        kind: RateLimitFilter
        name: ratelimit-all-requests
    backendRefs:
    - name: backend
      port: 3000

Rate limit per distinct value

  • Here is an example of a rate limit implemented by the application developer to limit any unique user by matching on a custom x-user-id header. Here, user A (recognised from the traffic flow using the header x-user-id and value a) will be rate limited at 10 requests/hour and so will user B (recognised from the traffic flow using the header x-user-id and value b).
apiVersion: gateway.envoyproxy.io/v1alpha1
kind: RateLimitFilter
metadata:
  name: ratelimit-per-user
spec:
  type: Global
  global:
    rules:
    - clientSelectors:
      - headers:
        - type: Distinct
          name: x-user-id
      limit:
        requests: 10
        unit: Hour
---
apiVersion: gateway.networking.k8s.io/v1beta1
kind: HTTPRoute
metadata:
  name: example
spec:
  parentRefs:
  - name: eg
  hostnames:
  - www.example.com
  rules:
  - matches:
    - path:
        type: PathPrefix
        value: /foo
    filters:
    - type: ExtensionRef
      extensionRef:
        group: gateway.envoyproxy.io
        kind: RateLimitFilter
        name: ratelimit-per-user 
    backendRefs:
    - name: backend
      port: 3000

Rate limit per source IP

  • Here is an example of a rate limit implemented by the application developer that limits the total requests made to a specific route by matching on source IP. In this case, requests from x.x.x.x will be rate limited at 10 requests/hour.
apiVersion: gateway.envoyproxy.io/v1alpha1
kind: RateLimitFilter
metadata:
  name: ratelimit-per-ip
spec:
  type: Global
  global:
    rules:
    - clientSelectors:
      - sourceIP: x.x.x.x/32
      limit:
        requests: 10
        unit: Hour
---
apiVersion: gateway.networking.k8s.io/v1beta1
kind: HTTPRoute
metadata:
  name: example
spec:
  parentRefs:
  - name: eg
  hostnames:
  - www.example.com
  rules:
  - matches:
    - path:
        type: PathPrefix
        value: /foo
    filters:
    - type: ExtensionRef
      extensionRef:
        group: gateway.envoyproxy.io
        kind: RateLimitFilter
        name: ratelimit-per-user 
    backendRefs:
    - name: backend
      port: 3000

Multiple RateLimitFilters, rules and clientSelectors

  • Users can create multiple RateLimitFilters and apply it to the same HTTPRoute. In such a case each RateLimitFilter will be applied to the route and matched (and limited) in a mutually exclusive way, independent of each other.
  • Rate limits are applied for each RateLimitFilter rule when ALL the conditions under clientSelectors hold true.

Here’s an example highlighting this -

apiVersion: gateway.envoyproxy.io/v1alpha1
kind: RateLimitFilter
metadata:
  name: ratelimit-all-safeguard-app 
spec:
  type: Global
  global:
    rules:
    - limit:
        requests: 100
        unit: Second
---

apiVersion: gateway.envoyproxy.io/v1alpha1
kind: RateLimitFilter
metadata:
  name: ratelimit-per-user
spec:
  type: Global
  global:
    rules:
    - clientSelectors:
      - headers:
        - type: Distinct
          name: x-user-id
      limit:
        requests: 1000
        unit: Hour
---
apiVersion: gateway.networking.k8s.io/v1beta1
kind: HTTPRoute
metadata:
  name: example
spec:
  parentRefs:
  - name: eg
  hostnames:
  - www.example.com
  rules:
  - matches:
    - path:
        type: PathPrefix
        value: /foo
    filters:
    - type: ExtensionRef
      extensionRef:
        group: gateway.envoyproxy.io
        kind: RateLimitFilter
        name: ratelimit-per-user
    - type: ExtensionRef
      extensionRef:
        group: gateway.envoyproxy.io
        kind: RateLimitFilter
        name: ratelimit-all-safeguard-app
    backendRefs:
    - name: backend
      port: 3000
  • The user has created two RateLimitFilters and has attached it to a HTTPRoute - one(ratelimit-all-safeguard-app) to ensure that the backend does not get overwhelmed with requests, any excess requests are rate limited irrespective of the attributes within the traffic flow, and another(ratelimit-per-user) to rate limit each distinct user client who can be differentiated using the x-user-id header, to ensure that each client does not make exessive requests to the backend.
  • If user baz (identified with the header and value of x-user-id: baz) sends 90 requests within the first second, and user bar sends 11 more requests during that same interval of 1 second, and user bar sends the 101th request within that second, the rule defined in ratelimit-all-safeguard-app gets activated and Envoy Gateway will ratelimit the request sent by bar (and any other request sent within that 1 second). After 1 second, the rate limit counter associated with the ratelimit-all-safeguard-app rule is reset and again evaluated.
  • If user bar also ends up sending 90 more requests within the hour, summing up bar’s total request count to 101, the rate limit rule defined within ratelimit-per-user will get activated, and bar’s requests will be rate limited again until the hour interval ends.
  • Within the same above hour, if baz sends 991 more requests, summing up baz’s total request count to 1001, the rate limit rule defined within ratelimit-per-user will get activated for baz, and baz’s requests will also be rate limited until the hour interval ends.

Design Decisions

  • The initial design uses an Extension filter to apply the Rate Limit functionality on a specific HTTPRoute. This was preferred over the PolicyAttachment extension mechanism, because it is unclear whether Rate Limit will be required to be enforced or overridden by the platform administrator or not.
  • The RateLimitFilter can only be applied as a filter to a [HTTPRouteRule[], applying it across all backends within a HTTPRoute and cannot be applied a filter within a HTTPBackendRef for a specific backend.
  • The HTTPRoute API has a matches field within each rule to select a specific traffic flow to be routed to the destination backend. The RateLimitFilter API that can be attached to an HTTPRoute via an extensionRef filter, also has a clientSelectors field within each rule to select attributes within the traffic flow to rate limit specific clients. The two levels of selectors/matches allow for flexibility and aim to hold match information specific to its use, allowing the author/owner of each configuration to be different. It also allows the clientSelectors field within the RateLimitFilter to be enhanced with other matchable attribute such as IP subnet in the future that are not relevant in the HTTPRoute API.

Implementation Details

Global Rate limiting

  • Global rate limiting in Envoy Proxy can be achieved using the following -
    • Actions can be configured per xDS Route.
    • If the match criteria defined within these actions is met for a specific HTTP Request, a set of key value pairs called descriptors defined within the above actions is sent to a remote rate limit service, whose configuration (such as the URL for the rate limit service) is defined using a rate limit filter.
    • Based on information received by the rate limit service and its programmed configuration, a decision is computed, whether to rate limit the HTTP Request or not, and is sent back to Envoy, which enforces this decision on the data plane.
  • Envoy Gateway will leverage this Envoy Proxy feature by -
    • Translating the user facing RateLimitFilter API into Rate limit Actions as well as Rate limit service configuration to implement the desired API intent.
    • Envoy Gateway will use the existing reference implementation of the rate limit service.
      • The Infrastructure administrator will need to enable the rate limit service using new settings that will be defined in the EnvoyGateway config API.
    • The xDS IR will be enhanced to hold the user facing rate limit intent.
    • The xDS Translator will be enhanced to translate the rate limit field within the xDS IR into Rate limit Actions as well as instantiate the rate limit filter.
    • A new runner called rate-limit will be added that subscribes to the xDS IR messages and translates it into a new Rate Limit Infra IR which contains the rate limit service configuration as well as other information needed to deploy the rate limit service.
    • The infrastructure service will be enhanced to subscribe to the Rate Limit Infra IR and deploy a provider specific rate limit service runnable entity.
    • A Status field within the RateLimitFilter API will be added to reflect whether the specific configuration was programmed correctly in these multiple locations or not.

1.10 - Request Authentication Design

Overview

Issue 336 specifies the need for exposing a user-facing API to configure request authentication. Request authentication is defined as an authentication mechanism to be enforced by Envoy on a per-request basis. A connection will be rejected if it contains invalid authentication information, based on the AuthenticationFilter API type proposed in this design document.

Envoy Gateway leverages Gateway API for configuring managed Envoy proxies. Gateway API defines core, extended, and implementation-specific API support levels for implementers such as Envoy Gateway to expose features. Since implementing request authentication is not covered by Core or Extended APIs, an Implementation-specific API will be created for this purpose.

Goals

  • Define an API for configuring request authentication.
  • Implement JWT as the first supported authentication type.
  • Allow users that manage routes, e.g. HTTPRoute, to authenticate matching requests before forwarding to a backend service.
  • Support HTTPRoutes as an Authentication API referent. HTTPRoute provides multiple extension points. The HTTPRouteFilter is the extension point supported by the Authentication API.

Non-Goals

  • Allow infrastructure administrators to override or establish default authentication policies.
  • Support referents other than HTTPRoute.
  • Support Gateway API extension points other than HTTPRouteFilter.

Use-Cases

These use-cases are presented as an aid for how users may attempt to utilize the outputs of the design. They are not an exhaustive list of features for authentication support in Envoy Gateway.

As a Service Producer, I need the ability to:

  • Authenticate a request before forwarding it to a backend service.
  • Have different authentication mechanisms per route rule.
  • Choose from different authentication mechanisms supported by Envoy, e.g. OIDC.

Authentication API Type

The Authentication API type defines authentication configuration for authenticating requests through managed Envoy proxies.

package v1alpha1

import (
	metav1 "k8s.io/apimachinery/pkg/apis/meta/v1"

)

type AuthenticationFilter struct {
	metav1.TypeMeta
	metav1.ObjectMeta

	// Spec defines the desired state of the Authentication type.
	Spec AuthenticationFilterSpec

	// Note: The status sub-resource has been excluded but may be added in the future.
}

// AuthenticationFilterSpec defines the desired state of the AuthenticationFilter type.
// +union
type AuthenticationFilterSpec struct {
	// Type defines the type of authentication provider to use. Supported provider types are:
	//
	// * JWT: A provider that uses JSON Web Token (JWT) for authenticating requests.
	//
	// +unionDiscriminator
	Type AuthenticationFilterType

	// JWT defines the JSON Web Token (JWT) authentication provider type. When multiple
	// jwtProviders are specified, the JWT is considered valid if any of the providers
	// successfully validate the JWT.
	JwtProviders []JwtAuthenticationFilterProvider
}

...

Refer to PR 773 for the detailed AuthenticationFilter API spec.

The status subresource is not included in the AuthenticationFilter API. Status will be surfaced by an HTTPRoute that references an AuthenticationFilter. For example, an HTTPRoute will surface the ResolvedRefs=False status condition if it references an AuthenticationFilter that does not exist. It may be beneficial to add AuthenticationFilter status fields in the future based on defined use-cases. For example, a remote JWKS can be validated based on the specified URI and have an appropriate status condition surfaced.

AuthenticationFilter Example

The following is an AuthenticationFilter example with one JWT authentication provider:

apiVersion: gateway.envoyproxy.io/v1alpha1
kind: AuthenticationFilter
metadata:
  name: example
spec:
  type: JWT
  jwtProviders:
  - name: example
    issuer: https://www.example.com
    audiences:
    - foo.com
    remoteJwks:
      uri: https://foo.com/jwt/public-key/jwks.json
      <TBD>

Note: type is a union type, allowing only one of any supported provider type such as jwtProviders to be specified.

The following is an example HTTPRoute configured to use the above JWT authentication provider:

apiVersion: gateway.networking.k8s.io/v1beta1
kind: HTTPRoute
metadata:
  name: example
spec:
  parentRefs:
    - name: eg
  hostnames:
    - www.example.com
  rules:
    - matches:
        - path:
            type: PathPrefix
            value: /foo
      filters:
        - type: ExtensionRef
          extensionRef:
            group: gateway.envoyproxy.io
            kind: AuthenticationFilter
            name: example
      backendRefs:
        - name: backend
          port: 3000

Requests for www.example.com/foo will be authenticated using the referenced JWT provider before being forwarded to the backend service named “backend”.

Implementation Details

The JWT authentication type is translated to an Envoy JWT authentication filter and a cluster is created for each remote JWKS. The following examples provide additional details on how Gateway API and AuthenticationFilter resources are translated into Envoy configuration.

Example 1: One Route with One JWT Provider

The following cluster is created from the above HTTPRoute and AuthenticationFilter:

dynamic_clusters:
  - name: foo.com|443
    load_assignment:
      cluster_name: foo.com|443
      endpoints:
        - lb_endpoints:
            - endpoint:
                address:
                  socket_address:
                    address: foo.com
                    port_value: 443
    transport_socket:
      name: envoy.transport_sockets.tls
      typed_config:
        "@type": type.googleapis.com/envoy.extensions.transport_sockets.tls.v3.UpstreamTlsContext
        sni: foo.com
        common_tls_context:
          validation_context:
            match_subject_alt_names:
              - exact: "*.foo.com"
            trusted_ca:
              filename: /etc/ssl/certs/ca-certificates.crt

A JWT authentication HTTP filter is added to the HTTP Connection Manager. For example:

dynamic_resources:
  dynamic_listeners:
    - name: example_listener
      address:
        socket_address:
          address: 1.2.3.4
          port_value: 80
      filter_chains:
        - filters:
            - name: envoy.http_connection_manager
          http_filters:
          - name: envoy.filters.http.jwt_authn
            typed_config:
              "@type": type.googleapis.com/envoy.config.filter.http.jwt_authn.v2alpha.JwtAuthentication

This JWT authentication HTTP filter contains two fields:

  • The providers field specifies how a JWT should be verified, such as where to extract the token, where to fetch the public key (JWKS) and where to output its payload. This field is built from the source resource namespace-name, and the JWT provider name of an AuthenticationFilter.
  • The rules field specifies matching rules and their requirements. If a request matches a rule, its requirement applies. The requirement specifies which JWT providers should be used. This field is built from a HTTPRoute matches rule that references the AuthenticationFilter. When a referenced Authentication specifies multiple jwtProviders, the JWT is considered valid if any of the providers successfully validate the JWT.

The following JWT authentication HTTP filter providers configuration is created from the above AuthenticationFilter.

providers:
   example:
     issuer: https://www.example.com
     audiences:
     - foo.com
     remote_jwks:
       http_uri:
         uri: https://foo.com/jwt/public-key/jwks.json
         cluster: example_jwks_cluster
         timeout: 1s

The following JWT authentication HTTP filter rules configuration is created from the above HTTPRoute.

rules:
  - match:
      prefix: /foo
    requires:
      provider_name: default-example-example

Example 2: Two HTTPRoutes with Different AuthenticationFilters

The following example contains:

  • Two HTTPRoutes with different hostnames.
  • Each HTTPRoute references a different AuthenticationFilter.
  • Each AuthenticationFilter contains a different JWT provider.
apiVersion: gateway.envoyproxy.io/v1alpha1
kind: AuthenticationFilter
metadata:
  name: example1
spec:
  type: JWT
  jwtProviders:
  - name: example1
    issuer: https://www.example1.com
    audiences:
    - foo.com
    remoteJwks:
      uri: https://foo.com/jwt/public-key/jwks.json
---
apiVersion: gateway.envoyproxy.io/v1alpha1
kind: AuthenticationFilter
metadata:
  name: example2
spec:
  type: JWT
  jwtProviders:
    - name: example2
      issuer: https://www.example2.com
      audiences:
        - bar.com
      remoteJwks:
        uri: https://bar.com/jwt/public-key/jwks.json
---
apiVersion: gateway.networking.k8s.io/v1beta1
kind: HTTPRoute
metadata:
  name: example1
spec:
  hostnames:
    - www.example1.com
  parentRefs:
    - group: gateway.networking.k8s.io
      kind: Gateway
      name: eg
  rules:
    - matches:
        - path:
            type: PathPrefix
            value: /foo
      filters:
        - type: ExtensionRef
          extensionRef:
            group: gateway.envoyproxy.io
            kind: AuthenticationFilter
            name: example1
      backendRefs:
        - name: backend
          port: 3000
---
apiVersion: gateway.networking.k8s.io/v1beta1
kind: HTTPRoute
metadata:
  name: example2
spec:
  hostnames:
    - www.example2.com
  parentRefs:
    - group: gateway.networking.k8s.io
      kind: Gateway
      name: eg
  rules:
    - matches:
        - path:
            type: PathPrefix
            value: /bar
      filters:
        - type: ExtensionRef
          extensionRef:
            group: gateway.envoyproxy.io
            kind: AuthenticationFilter
            name: example2
      backendRefs:
        - name: backend2
          port: 3000

The following xDS configuration is created from the above example resources:

configs:
...
dynamic_listeners:
  - name: default-eg-http
    ...
        default_filter_chain:
          filters:
          - name: envoy.filters.network.http_connection_manager
            typed_config:
              '@type': >-
                type.googleapis.com/envoy.extensions.filters.network.http_connection_manager.v3.HttpConnectionManager                
              stat_prefix: http
              rds:
                config_source:
                  ...
                route_config_name: default-eg-http
              http_filters:
                - name: envoy.filters.http.jwt_authn
                  typed_config:
                    '@type': >-
                      type.googleapis.com/envoy.config.filter.http.jwt_authn.v2alpha.JwtAuthentication                      
                    providers:
                      default-example1-example1:
                        issuer: https://www.example1.com
                        audiences:
                          - foo.com
                        remote_jwks:
                          http_uri:
                            uri: https://foo.com/jwt/public-key/jwks.json
                            cluster: default-example1-example1-jwt
                      default-example2-example2:
                        issuer: https://www.example2.com
                        audiences:
                          - bar.com
                        remote_jwks:
                          http_uri:
                            uri: https://bar.com/jwt/public-key/jwks.json
                            cluster: default-example2-example2-jwt
                    rules:
                      - match:
                          exact: /foo
                        requires:
                          provider_name: default-example1-example1
                      - match:
                          exact: /bar
                        requires:
                          provider_name: default-example2-example2
                - name: envoy.filters.http.router
                  typed_config:
                    '@type': >-
                      type.googleapis.com/envoy.extensions.filters.http.router.v3.Router                      
dynamic_route_configs:
  - route_config:
      '@type': type.googleapis.com/envoy.config.route.v3.RouteConfiguration
      name: default-eg-http
      virtual_hosts:
        - name: default-eg-http
          domains:
            - '*'
          routes:
            - match:
                prefix: /foo
                headers:
                  - name: ':authority'
                    string_match:
                      exact: www.example1.com
              route:
                cluster: default-backend-rule-0-match-0-www.example1.com
            - match:
                prefix: /bar
                headers:
                  - name: ':authority'
                    string_match:
                      exact: www.example2.com
              route:
                cluster: default-backend2-rule-0-match-0-www.example2.com
dynamic_active_clusters:
  - cluster:
      name: default-backend-rule-0-match-0-www.example.com
      ...
        endpoints:
        - locality: {}
          lb_endpoints:
            - endpoint:
                address:
                  socket_address:
                    address: $BACKEND_SERVICE1_IP
                    port_value: 3000
  - cluster:
      '@type': type.googleapis.com/envoy.config.cluster.v3.Cluster
      name: default-backend-rule-1-match-0-www.example.com
      ...
        endpoints:
        - locality: {}
          lb_endpoints:
            - endpoint:
                address:
                  socket_address:
                    address: $BACKEND_SERVICE2_IP
                    port_value: 3000
...

Note: The JWT provider cluster and route is omitted from the above example for brevity.

Implementation Outline

  • Update the Kubernetes provider to get/watch AuthenticationFilter resources that are referenced by managed HTTPRoutes. Add the referenced AuthenticationFilter object to the resource map and publish it.
  • Update the resource translator to include the AuthenticationFilter API in HTTPRoute processing.
  • Update the xDS translator to translate an AuthenticationFilter into xDS resources. The translator should perform the following:
    • Convert a list of JWT rules from the xds IR into an Envoy JWT filter config.
    • Create a JWT authentication HTTP filter.
    • Build the HTTP Connection Manager (HCM) HTTP filters.
    • Build the HCM.
    • When building the Listener, create an HCM for each filter-chain.

Adding Authentication Types

Additional authentication types can be added in the future through the AuthenticationFilterType API. For example, to add the Foo authentication type:

Define the Foo authentication provider:

package v1alpha1

// FooAuthenticationFilterProvider defines the "Foo" authentication filter provider type.
type FooAuthenticationFilterProvider struct {
	// TODO: Define fields of the Foo authentication filter provider type.
}

Add the FooAuthenticationFilterProvider type to AuthenticationFilterSpec:

package v1alpha1

type AuthenticationFilterSpec struct {
	...
	
	// Foo defines the Foo authentication type. For additional
	// details, see:
	//
	//   <INSERT_LINK>
	//
	// +optional
	Foo *FooAuthenticationFilterProvider
}

Lastly, add the type to the AuthenticationType enum:

// AuthenticationType is a type of authentication provider.
// +kubebuilder:validation:Enum=JWT,FOO
type AuthenticationFilterType string

const (
	// JwtAuthenticationProviderType is the JWT authentication provider type.
	FooAuthenticationFilterProviderType AuthenticationFilterType = "FOO"
)

The AuthenticationFilter API should support additional authentication types in the future, for example:

  • OAuth2
  • OIDC

Outstanding Questions

  • If Envoy Gateway owns the AuthenticationFilter API, is an xDS IR equivalent needed?
  • Should local JWKS be implemented before remote JWKS?
  • How should Envoy obtain the trusted CA for a remote JWKS?
  • Should HTTPS be the only supported scheme for remote JWKS?
  • Should OR’ing JWT providers be supported?
  • Should Authentication provide status?
  • Are the API field validation rules acceptable?

1.11 - TCP and UDP Proxy Design

Even though most of the use cases for Envoy Gateway are at Layer-7, Envoy Gateway can also work at Layer-4 to proxy TCP and UDP traffic. This document will explore the options we have when operating Envoy Gateway at Layer-4 and explain the design decision.

Envoy can work as a non-transparent proxy or a transparent proxy for both TCP and UDP , so ideally, Envoy Gateway should also be able to work in these two modes:

Non-transparent Proxy Mode

For TCP, Envoy terminates the downstream connection, connects the upstream with its own IP address, and proxies the TCP traffic from the downstream to the upstream.

For UDP, Envoy receives UDP datagrams from the downstream, and uses its own IP address as the sender IP address when proxying the UDP datagrams to the upstream.

In this mode, the upstream will see Envoy’s IP address and port.

Transparent Proxy Mode

For TCP, Envoy terminates the downstream connection, connects the upstream with the downstream IP address, and proxies the TCP traffic from the downstream to the upstream.

For UDP, Envoy receives UDP datagrams from the downstream, and uses the downstream IP address as the sender IP address when proxying the UDP datagrams to the upstream.

In this mode, the upstream will see the original downstream IP address and Envoy’s mac address.

Note: Even in transparent mode, the upstream can’t see the port number of the downstream because Envoy doesn’t forward the port number.

The Implications of Transparent Proxy Mode

Escalated Privilege

Envoy needs to bind to the downstream IP when connecting to the upstream, which means Envoy requires escalated CAP_NET_ADMIN privileges. This is often considered as a bad security practice and not allowed in some sensitive deployments.

Routing

The upstream can see the original source IP, but the original port number won’t be passed, so the return traffic from the upstream must be routed back to Envoy because only Envoy knows how to send the return traffic back to the right port number of the downstream, which requires routing at the upstream side to be set up. In a Kubernetes cluster, Envoy Gateway will have to carefully cooperate with CNI plugins to get the routing right.

The Design Decision (For Now)

The implementation will only support proxying in non-transparent mode i.e. the backend will see the source IP and port of the deployed Envoy instance instead of the client.

2 - User Guides

This section includes User Guides of Envoy Gateway.

2.1 - Quickstart

This guide will help you get started with Envoy Gateway in a few simple steps.

Prerequisites

A Kubernetes cluster.

Note: Refer to the Compatibility Matrix for supported Kubernetes versions.

Installation

Install the Gateway API CRDs and Envoy Gateway:

helm install eg oci://docker.io/envoyproxy/gateway-helm --version v0.4.0 -n envoy-gateway-system --create-namespace

Wait for Envoy Gateway to become available:

kubectl wait --timeout=5m -n envoy-gateway-system deployment/envoy-gateway --for=condition=Available

Install the GatewayClass, Gateway, HTTPRoute and example app:

kubectl apply -f https://github.com/envoyproxy/gateway/releases/download/v0.4.0/quickstart.yaml -n default

Note: quickstart.yaml defines that Envoy Gateway will listen for traffic on port 80 on its globally-routable IP address, to make it easy to use browsers to test Envoy Gateway. When Envoy Gateway sees that its Listener is using a privileged port (<1024), it will map this internally to an unprivileged port, so that Envoy Gateway doesn’t need additional privileges. It’s important to be aware of this mapping, since you may need to take it into consideration when debugging.

Testing the Configuration

Get the name of the Envoy service created the by the example Gateway:

export ENVOY_SERVICE=$(kubectl get svc -n envoy-gateway-system --selector=gateway.envoyproxy.io/owning-gateway-namespace=default,gateway.envoyproxy.io/owning-gateway-name=eg -o jsonpath='{.items[0].metadata.name}')

Port forward to the Envoy service:

kubectl -n envoy-gateway-system port-forward service/${ENVOY_SERVICE} 8888:80 &

Curl the example app through Envoy proxy:

curl --verbose --header "Host: www.example.com" http://localhost:8888/get

External LoadBalancer Support

You can also test the same functionality by sending traffic to the External IP. To get the external IP of the Envoy service, run:

export GATEWAY_HOST=$(kubectl get svc/${ENVOY_SERVICE} -n envoy-gateway-system -o jsonpath='{.status.loadBalancer.ingress[0].ip}')

In certain environments, the load balancer may be exposed using a hostname, instead of an IP address. If so, replace ip in the above command with hostname.

Curl the example app through Envoy proxy:

curl --verbose --header "Host: www.example.com" http://$GATEWAY_HOST/get

Clean-Up

Use the steps in this section to uninstall everything from the quickstart guide.

Delete the GatewayClass, Gateway, HTTPRoute and Example App:

kubectl delete -f https://github.com/envoyproxy/gateway/releases/download/v0.4.0/quickstart.yaml --ignore-not-found=true

Delete the Gateway API CRDs and Envoy Gateway:

helm uninstall eg -n envoy-gateway-system

Next Steps

Checkout the Developer Guide to get involved in the project.

2.2 - Customize EnvoyProxy

Envoy Gateway provides a EnvoyProxy CRD that can be linked to the ParametersRef in GatewayClass y cluster admins to customize the managed EnvoyProxy Deployment and Service. To learn more about GatewayClass and ParametersRef, please refer to Gateway API documentation.

Installation

Follow the steps from the Quickstart Guide to install Envoy Gateway and the example manifest. Before proceeding, you should be able to query the example backend using HTTP.

Add GatewayClass ParametersRef

First, you need to add ParametersRef in GatewayClass, and refer to EnvoyProxy Config:

cat <<EOF | kubectl apply -f -
apiVersion: gateway.networking.k8s.io/v1beta1
kind: GatewayClass
metadata:
  name: eg
spec:
  controllerName: gateway.envoyproxy.io/gatewayclass-controller
  parametersRef:
    group: config.gateway.envoyproxy.io
    kind: EnvoyProxy
    name: custom-proxy-config
    namespace: envoy-gateway-system
EOF

Customize EnvoyProxy Deployment Replicas

You can customize the EnvoyProxy Deployment Replicas via EnvoyProxy Config like:

cat <<EOF | kubectl apply -f -
apiVersion: config.gateway.envoyproxy.io/v1alpha1
kind: EnvoyProxy
metadata:
  name: custom-proxy-config
  namespace: envoy-gateway-system
spec:
  provider:
    type: Kubernetes
    kubernetes:
      envoyDeployment:
        replicas: 2
EOF

After you apply the config, you should see the replicas of envoyproxy changes to 2. And also you can dynamically change the value.

kubectl get deployment envoy-gateway

Customize EnvoyProxy Image

You can customize the EnvoyProxy Image via EnvoyProxy Config like:

cat <<EOF | kubectl apply -f -
apiVersion: config.gateway.envoyproxy.io/v1alpha1
kind: EnvoyProxy
metadata:
  name: custom-proxy-config
  namespace: envoy-gateway-system
spec:
  provider:
    type: Kubernetes
    kubernetes:
      envoyDeployment:
        container:
          image: envoyproxy/envoy:v1.25-latest
EOF

After applying the config, you can get the deployment image, and see it has changed.

Customize EnvoyProxy Pod Annotations

You can customize the EnvoyProxy Pod Annotations via EnvoyProxy Config like:

cat <<EOF | kubectl apply -f -
apiVersion: config.gateway.envoyproxy.io/v1alpha1
kind: EnvoyProxy
metadata:
  name: custom-proxy-config
  namespace: envoy-gateway-system
spec:
  provider:
    type: Kubernetes
    kubernetes:
      envoyDeployment:
        pod:
          annotations:
            custom1: deploy-annotation1
            custom2: deploy-annotation2
EOF

After applying the config, you can get the envoyproxy pods, and see new annotations has been added.

Customize EnvoyProxy Deployment Resources

You can customize the EnvoyProxy Deployment Resources via EnvoyProxy Config like:

cat <<EOF | kubectl apply -f -
apiVersion: config.gateway.envoyproxy.io/v1alpha1
kind: EnvoyProxy
metadata:
  name: custom-proxy-config
  namespace: envoy-gateway-system
spec:
  provider:
    type: Kubernetes
    kubernetes:
      envoyDeployment:
        container:
          resources:
            requests:
              cpu: 150m
              memory: 640Mi
            limits:
              cpu: 500m
              memory: 1Gi
EOF

After applying the config, you can get the envoyproxy deployment, and see resources has been changed.

Customize EnvoyProxy Service Annotations

You can customize the EnvoyProxy Service Annotations via EnvoyProxy Config like:

cat <<EOF | kubectl apply -f -
apiVersion: config.gateway.envoyproxy.io/v1alpha1
kind: EnvoyProxy
metadata:
  name: custom-proxy-config
  namespace: envoy-gateway-system
spec:
  provider:
    type: Kubernetes
    kubernetes:
      envoyService:
        annotations:
          custom1: svc-annotation1
          custom2: svc-annotation2

EOF

After applying the config, you can get the envoyproxy service, and see annotations has been added.

Customize EnvoyProxy Bootstrap Config

You can customize the EnvoyProxy Bootstrap Config via EnvoyProxy Config like:

cat <<EOF | kubectl apply -f -
apiVersion: config.gateway.envoyproxy.io/v1alpha1
kind: EnvoyProxy
metadata:
  name: custom-proxy-config
  namespace: envoy-gateway-system
spec:
  bootstrap: |
    admin:
      access_log:
      - name: envoy.access_loggers.file
        typed_config:
          "@type": type.googleapis.com/envoy.extensions.access_loggers.file.v3.FileAccessLog
          path: /dev/null
      address:
        socket_address:
          address: 127.0.0.1
          port_value: 20000
    dynamic_resources:
      ads_config:
        api_type: DELTA_GRPC
        transport_api_version: V3
        grpc_services:
        - envoy_grpc:
            cluster_name: xds_cluster
        set_node_on_first_message_only: true
      lds_config:
        ads: {}
      cds_config:
        ads: {}
    static_resources:
      clusters:
      - connect_timeout: 10s
        load_assignment:
          cluster_name: xds_cluster
          endpoints:
          - lb_endpoints:
            - endpoint:
                address:
                  socket_address:
                    address: envoy-gateway
                    port_value: 18000
        typed_extension_protocol_options:
          "envoy.extensions.upstreams.http.v3.HttpProtocolOptions":
             "@type": "type.googleapis.com/envoy.extensions.upstreams.http.v3.HttpProtocolOptions"
             "explicit_http_config":
               "http2_protocol_options": {}
        name: xds_cluster
        type: STRICT_DNS
        transport_socket:
          name: envoy.transport_sockets.tls
          typed_config:
            "@type": type.googleapis.com/envoy.extensions.transport_sockets.tls.v3.UpstreamTlsContext
            common_tls_context:
              tls_params:
                tls_maximum_protocol_version: TLSv1_3
              tls_certificate_sds_secret_configs:
              - name: xds_certificate
                sds_config:
                  path_config_source:
                    path: "/sds/xds-certificate.json"
                  resource_api_version: V3
              validation_context_sds_secret_config:
                name: xds_trusted_ca
                sds_config:
                  path_config_source:
                    path: "/sds/xds-trusted-ca.json"
                  resource_api_version: V3
    layered_runtime:
      layers:
      - name: runtime-0
        rtds_layer:
          rtds_config:
            ads: {}
          name: runtime-0
EOF

You can use egctl translate to get the default xDS Bootstrap configuration used by Envoy Gateway. After applying the config, the bootstrap config will be overridden by the new config you provided. Any errors in the configuration will be surfaced as status within the GatewayClass resource. You can also validate this configuration using egctl translate.

2.3 - Deployment Mode

One GatewayClass per Envoy Gateway

  • Envoy Gateway can accept a single GatewayClass resource. If you’ve instantiated multiple GatewayClasses, we recommend running multiple Envoy Gateway controllers in different namespaces, linking a GatewayClass to each of them.
  • Support for accepting multiple GatewayClass is being tracked here.

Supported Modes

Kubernetes

  • The current deployment model is - Envoy Gateway watches for resources such a Service & HTTPRoute in all namespaces and creates managed data plane resources such as EnvoyProxy Deployment in the namespace where Envoy Gateway is running.
  • Support for alternate deployment modes is being tracked here.

Multi-tenancy

Kubernetes

  • A tenant is a group within an organization (e.g. a team or department) who shares organizational resources. We recommend each tenant deploy their own Envoy Gateway controller in their respective namespace. Below is an example of deploying Envoy Gateway by the marketing and product teams in separate namespaces.

  • Lets deploy Envoy Gateway in the marketing namespace. We are also setting the controller name to a unique string here gateway.envoyproxy.io/marketing-gatewayclass-controller.

helm install --set config.envoyGateway.gateway.controllerName=gateway.envoyproxy.io/marketing-gatewayclass-controller eg-marketing oci://docker.io/envoyproxy/gateway-helm --version v0.4.0 -n marketing --create-namespace

Lets create a GatewayClass linked to the marketing team’s Envoy Gateway controller, and as well other resources linked to it, so the backend application operated by this team can be exposed to external clients.

cat <<EOF | kubectl apply -f -
apiVersion: gateway.networking.k8s.io/v1beta1
kind: GatewayClass
metadata:
  name: eg-marketing
spec:
  controllerName: gateway.envoyproxy.io/marketing-gatewayclass-controller
---
apiVersion: gateway.networking.k8s.io/v1beta1
kind: Gateway
metadata:
  name: eg
  namespace: marketing
spec:
  gatewayClassName: eg-marketing
  listeners:
    - name: http
      protocol: HTTP
      port: 8080
---
apiVersion: v1
kind: ServiceAccount
metadata:
  name: backend
  namespace: marketing
---
apiVersion: v1
kind: Service
metadata:
  name: backend
  namespace: marketing
  labels:
    app: backend
    service: backend
spec:
  ports:
    - name: http
      port: 3000
      targetPort: 3000
  selector:
    app: backend
---
apiVersion: apps/v1
kind: Deployment
metadata:
  name: backend
  namespace: marketing
spec:
  replicas: 1
  selector:
    matchLabels:
      app: backend
      version: v1
  template:
    metadata:
      labels:
        app: backend
        version: v1
    spec:
      serviceAccountName: backend
      containers:
        - image: gcr.io/k8s-staging-ingressconformance/echoserver:v20221109-7ee2f3e
          imagePullPolicy: IfNotPresent
          name: backend
          ports:
            - containerPort: 3000
          env:
            - name: POD_NAME
              valueFrom:
                fieldRef:
                  fieldPath: metadata.name
            - name: NAMESPACE
              valueFrom:
                fieldRef:
                  fieldPath: metadata.namespace
---
apiVersion: gateway.networking.k8s.io/v1beta1
kind: HTTPRoute
metadata:
  name: backend
  namespace: marketing
spec:
  parentRefs:
    - name: eg
  hostnames:
    - "www.marketing.example.com"
  rules:
    - backendRefs:
        - group: ""
          kind: Service
          name: backend
          port: 3000
          weight: 1
      matches:
        - path:
            type: PathPrefix
            value: /
EOF

Lets port forward to the generated envoy proxy service in the marketing namespace and send a request to it

export ENVOY_SERVICE=$(kubectl get svc -n marketing --selector=gateway.envoyproxy.io/owning-gateway-namespace=marketing,gateway.envoyproxy.io/owning-gateway-name=eg -o jsonpath='{.items[0].metadata.name}')
kubectl -n marketing port-forward service/${ENVOY_SERVICE} 8888:8080 &
curl --verbose --header "Host: www.marketing.example.com" http://localhost:8888/get
*   Trying 127.0.0.1:8888...
* Connected to localhost (127.0.0.1) port 8888 (#0)
> GET /get HTTP/1.1
> Host: www.marketing.example.com
> User-Agent: curl/7.86.0
> Accept: */*
>
Handling connection for 8888
* Mark bundle as not supporting multiuse
< HTTP/1.1 200 OK
< content-type: application/json
< x-content-type-options: nosniff
< date: Thu, 20 Apr 2023 19:19:42 GMT
< content-length: 521
< x-envoy-upstream-service-time: 0
< server: envoy
<
{
 "path": "/get",
 "host": "www.marketing.example.com",
 "method": "GET",
 "proto": "HTTP/1.1",
 "headers": {
  "Accept": [
   "*/*"
  ],
  "User-Agent": [
   "curl/7.86.0"
  ],
  "X-Envoy-Expected-Rq-Timeout-Ms": [
   "15000"
  ],
  "X-Envoy-Internal": [
   "true"
  ],
  "X-Forwarded-For": [
   "10.1.0.157"
  ],
  "X-Forwarded-Proto": [
   "http"
  ],
  "X-Request-Id": [
   "c637977c-458a-48ae-92b3-f8c429849322"
  ]
 },
 "namespace": "marketing",
 "ingress": "",
 "service": "",
 "pod": "backend-74888f465f-bcs8f"
* Connection #0 to host localhost left intact
  • Lets deploy Envoy Gateway in the product namespace
helm install --set config.envoyGateway.gateway.controllerName=gateway.envoyproxy.io/product-gatewayclass-controller eg-product oci://docker.io/envoyproxy/gateway-helm --version v0.4.0 -n product --create-namespace

Lets create a GatewayClass linked to the product team’s Envoy Gateway controller, and as well other resources linked to it, so the backend application operated by this team can be exposed to external clients.

cat <<EOF | kubectl apply -f -
apiVersion: gateway.networking.k8s.io/v1beta1
kind: GatewayClass
metadata:
  name: eg-product
spec:
  controllerName: gateway.envoyproxy.io/product-gatewayclass-controller
---
apiVersion: gateway.networking.k8s.io/v1beta1
kind: Gateway
metadata:
  name: eg
  namespace: product
spec:
  gatewayClassName: eg-product
  listeners:
    - name: http
      protocol: HTTP
      port: 8080
---
apiVersion: v1
kind: ServiceAccount
metadata:
  name: backend
  namespace: product
---
apiVersion: v1
kind: Service
metadata:
  name: backend
  namespace: product
  labels:
    app: backend
    service: backend
spec:
  ports:
    - name: http
      port: 3000
      targetPort: 3000
  selector:
    app: backend
---
apiVersion: apps/v1
kind: Deployment
metadata:
  name: backend
  namespace: product
spec:
  replicas: 1
  selector:
    matchLabels:
      app: backend
      version: v1
  template:
    metadata:
      labels:
        app: backend
        version: v1
    spec:
      serviceAccountName: backend
      containers:
        - image: gcr.io/k8s-staging-ingressconformance/echoserver:v20221109-7ee2f3e
          imagePullPolicy: IfNotPresent
          name: backend
          ports:
            - containerPort: 3000
          env:
            - name: POD_NAME
              valueFrom:
                fieldRef:
                  fieldPath: metadata.name
            - name: NAMESPACE
              valueFrom:
                fieldRef:
                  fieldPath: metadata.namespace
---
apiVersion: gateway.networking.k8s.io/v1beta1
kind: HTTPRoute
metadata:
  name: backend
  namespace: product
spec:
  parentRefs:
    - name: eg
  hostnames:
    - "www.product.example.com"
  rules:
    - backendRefs:
        - group: ""
          kind: Service
          name: backend
          port: 3000
          weight: 1
      matches:
        - path:
            type: PathPrefix
            value: /
EOF

Lets port forward to the generated envoy proxy service in the product namespace and send a request to it

export ENVOY_SERVICE=$(kubectl get svc -n product --selector=gateway.envoyproxy.io/owning-gateway-namespace=product,gateway.envoyproxy.io/owning-gateway-name=eg -o jsonpath='{.items[0].metadata.name}')
kubectl -n product port-forward service/${ENVOY_SERVICE} 8889:8080 &
curl --verbose --header "Host: www.product.example.com" http://localhost:8889/get
*   Trying 127.0.0.1:8889...
* Connected to localhost (127.0.0.1) port 8889 (#0)
> GET /get HTTP/1.1
> Host: www.product.example.com
> User-Agent: curl/7.86.0
> Accept: */*
> 
Handling connection for 8889
* Mark bundle as not supporting multiuse
< HTTP/1.1 200 OK
< content-type: application/json
< x-content-type-options: nosniff
< date: Thu, 20 Apr 2023 19:20:17 GMT
< content-length: 517
< x-envoy-upstream-service-time: 0
< server: envoy
< 
{
 "path": "/get",
 "host": "www.product.example.com",
 "method": "GET",
 "proto": "HTTP/1.1",
 "headers": {
  "Accept": [
   "*/*"
  ],
  "User-Agent": [
   "curl/7.86.0"
  ],
  "X-Envoy-Expected-Rq-Timeout-Ms": [
   "15000"
  ],
  "X-Envoy-Internal": [
   "true"
  ],
  "X-Forwarded-For": [
   "10.1.0.156"
  ],
  "X-Forwarded-Proto": [
   "http"
  ],
  "X-Request-Id": [
   "39196453-2250-4331-b756-54003b2853c2"
  ]
 },
 "namespace": "product",
 "ingress": "",
 "service": "",
 "pod": "backend-74888f465f-64fjs"
* Connection #0 to host localhost left intact

With the below command you can ensure that you are no able to access the marketing team’s backend exposed using the www.marketing.example.com hostname and the product team’s data plane.

curl --verbose --header "Host: www.marketing.example.com" http://localhost:8889/get
*   Trying 127.0.0.1:8889...
* Connected to localhost (127.0.0.1) port 8889 (#0)
> GET /get HTTP/1.1
> Host: www.marketing.example.com
> User-Agent: curl/7.86.0
> Accept: */*
>
Handling connection for 8889
* Mark bundle as not supporting multiuse
< HTTP/1.1 404 Not Found
< date: Thu, 20 Apr 2023 19:22:13 GMT
< server: envoy
< content-length: 0
<
* Connection #0 to host localhost left intact

2.4 - Gateway API Support

As mentioned in the system design document, Envoy Gateway’s managed data plane is configured dynamically through Kubernetes resources, primarily Gateway API objects. Envoy Gateway supports configuration using the following Gateway API resources.

GatewayClass

A GatewayClass represents a “class” of gateways, i.e. which Gateways should be managed by Envoy Gateway. Envoy Gateway supports managing a single GatewayClass resource that matches its configured controllerName and follows Gateway API guidelines for resolving conflicts when multiple GatewayClasses exist with a matching controllerName.

Note: If specifying GatewayClass parameters reference, it must refer to an EnvoyProxy resource.

Gateway

When a Gateway resource is created that references the managed GatewayClass, Envoy Gateway will create and manage a new Envoy Proxy deployment. Gateway API resources that reference this Gateway will configure this managed Envoy Proxy deployment.

Note: Envoy Gateway does not support specifying an address for the Gateway.

HTTPRoute

An HTTPRoute configures routing of HTTP traffic through one or more Gateways. The following HTTPRoute filters are supported by Envoy Gateway:

  • requestHeaderModifier: RequestHeaderModifiers can be used to modify or add request headers before the request is proxied to its destination.
  • responseHeaderModifier: ResponseHeaderModifiers can be used to modify or add response headers before the response is sent back to the client.
  • requestMirror: RequestMirrors configure destinations where the requests should also be mirrored to. Responses to mirrored requests will be ignored.
  • requestRedirect: RequestRedirects configure policied for how requests that match the HTTPRoute should be modified and then redirected.
  • urlRewrite: UrlRewrites allow for modification of the request’s hostname and path before it is proxied to its destination.
  • extensionRef: ExtensionRefs are used by Envoy Gateway to implement extended filters. Currently, Envoy Gateway supports rate limiting and request authentication filters. For more information about these filters, refer to the rate limiting and request authentication documentation.

Notes:

  • The only BackendRef kind supported by Envoy Gateway is a Service. Routing traffic to other destinations such as arbitrary URLs is not possible.
  • The filters field within HTTPBackendRef is not supported.

TCPRoute

A TCPRoute configures routing of raw TCP traffic through one or more Gateways. Traffic can be forwarded to the desired BackendRefs based on a TCP port number.

Note: A TCPRoute only supports proxying in non-transparent mode, i.e. the backend will see the source IP and port of the Envoy Proxy instance instead of the client.

UDPRoute

A UDPRoute configures routing of raw UDP traffic through one or more Gateways. Traffic can be forwarded to the desired BackendRefs based on a UDP port number.

Note: Similar to TCPRoutes, UDPRoutes only support proxying in non-transparent mode i.e. the backend will see the source IP and port of the Envoy Proxy instance instead of the client.

GRPCRoute

A GRPCRoute configures routing of gRPC requests through one or more Gateways. They offer request matching by hostname, gRPC service, gRPC method, or HTTP/2 Header. Envoy Gateway supports the following filters on GRPCRoutes to provide additional traffic processing:

  • requestHeaderModifier: RequestHeaderModifiers can be used to modify or add request headers before the request is proxied to its destination.
  • responseHeaderModifier: ResponseHeaderModifiers can be used to modify or add response headers before the response is sent back to the client.
  • requestMirror: RequestMirrors configure destinations where the requests should also be mirrored to. Responses to mirrored requests will be ignored.

Notes:

  • The only BackendRef kind supported by Envoy Gateway is a Service. Routing traffic to other destinations such as arbitrary URLs is not currently possible.
  • The filters field within HTTPBackendRef is not supported.

TLSRoute

A TLSRoute configures routing of TCP traffic through one or more Gateways. However, unlike TCPRoutes, TLSRoutes can match against TLS-specific metadata.

ReferenceGrant

A ReferenceGrant is used to allow a resource to reference another resource in a different namespace. Normally an HTTPRoute created in namespace foo is not allowed to reference a Service in namespace bar. A ReferenceGrant permits these types of cross-namespace references. Envoy Gateway supports the following ReferenceGrant use-cases:

  • Allowing an HTTPRoute, GRPCRoute, TLSRoute, UDPRoute, or TCPRoute to reference a Service in a different namespace.
  • Allowing an HTTPRoute’s requestMirror filter to include a BackendRef that references a Service in a different namespace.
  • Allowing a Gateway’s SecretObjectReference to reference a secret in a different namespace.

2.5 - GRPC Routing

The GRPCRoute resource allows users to configure gRPC routing by matching HTTP/2 traffic and forwarding it to backend gRPC servers. To learn more about gRPC routing, refer to the Gateway API documentation.

Prerequisites

Install Envoy Gateway:

helm install eg oci://docker.io/envoyproxy/gateway-helm --version v0.4.0 -n envoy-gateway-system --create-namespace

Wait for Envoy Gateway to become available:

kubectl wait --timeout=5m -n envoy-gateway-system deployment/envoy-gateway --for=condition=Available

Installation

Install the gRPC routing example resources:

kubectl apply -f https://raw.githubusercontent.com/envoyproxy/gateway/v0.4.0/examples/kubernetes/grpc-routing.yaml

The manifest installs a GatewayClass, Gateway, a Deployment, a Service, and a GRPCRoute resource. The GatewayClass is a cluster-scoped resource that represents a class of Gateways that can be instantiated.

Note: Envoy Gateway is configured by default to manage a GatewayClass with controllerName: gateway.envoyproxy.io/gatewayclass-controller.

Verification

Check the status of the GatewayClass:

kubectl get gc --selector=example=grpc-routing

The status should reflect “Accepted=True”, indicating Envoy Gateway is managing the GatewayClass.

A Gateway represents configuration of infrastructure. When a Gateway is created, Envoy proxy infrastructure is provisioned or configured by Envoy Gateway. The gatewayClassName defines the name of a GatewayClass used by this Gateway. Check the status of the Gateway:

kubectl get gateways --selector=example=grpc-routing

The status should reflect “Ready=True”, indicating the Envoy proxy infrastructure has been provisioned. The status also provides the address of the Gateway. This address is used later in the guide to test connectivity to proxied backend services.

Check the status of the GRPCRoute:

kubectl get grpcroutes --selector=example=grpc-routing -o yaml

The status for the GRPCRoute should surface “Accepted=True” and a parentRef that references the example Gateway. The example-route matches any traffic for “grpc-example.com” and forwards it to the “yages” Service.

Testing the Configuration

Before testing GRPC routing to the yages backend, get the Gateway’s address.

export GATEWAY_HOST=$(kubectl get gateway/example-gateway -o jsonpath='{.status.addresses[0].value}')

Test GRPC routing to the yages backend using the grpcurl command.

grpcurl -plaintext -authority=grpc-example.com ${GATEWAY_HOST}:80 yages.Echo/Ping

You should see the below response

{
  "text": "pong"
}

Envoy Gateway also supports gRPC-Web requests for this configuration. The below curl command can be used to send a grpc-Web request with over HTTP/2. You should receive the same response seen in the previous command.

curl --http2-prior-knowledge -s ${GATEWAY_HOST}:80/yages.Echo/Ping -H 'Host: grpc-example.com'   -H 'Content-Type: application/grpc-web-text'   -H 'Accept: application/grpc-web-text' -XPOST -d'AAAAAAA=' | base64 -d

GRPCRoute Match

The matches field can be used to restrict the route to a specific set of requests based on GRPC’s service and/or method names. The following example shows how to match a request based on the service and method names for grpc.reflection.v1alpha.ServerReflection/ServerReflectionInfo, as well as a match for all services with a method name Ping which matches yages.Echo/Ping in our deployment.

Current implementation supports only Exact match. RegularExpression match will be supported after https://github.com/kubernetes-sigs/gateway-api/issues/1746 is resolved.

cat <<EOF | kubectl apply -f -
apiVersion: gateway.networking.k8s.io/v1alpha2
kind: GRPCRoute
metadata:
  name: yages
  labels:
    example: grpc-routing
spec:
  parentRefs:
    - name: example-gateway
  hostnames:
    - "grpc-example.com"
  rules:
    - matches:
      - method:
          method: ServerReflectionInfo
          service: grpc.reflection.v1alpha.ServerReflection
      - method:
          method: Ping
      backendRefs:
        - group: ""
          kind: Service
          name: yages
          port: 9000
          weight: 1
EOF

Verify the GRPCRoute status:

kubectl get grpcroutes --selector=example=grpc-routing -o yaml

Test GRPC routing to the yages backend using the grpcurl command.

grpcurl -plaintext -authority=grpc-example.com ${GATEWAY_HOST}:80 yages.Echo/Ping

2.6 - HTTP Redirects

The HTTPRoute resource can issue redirects to clients or rewrite paths sent upstream using filters. Note that HTTPRoute rules cannot use both filter types at once. Currently, Envoy Gateway only supports core HTTPRoute filters which consist of RequestRedirect and RequestHeaderModifier at the time of this writing. To learn more about HTTP routing, refer to the Gateway API documentation.

Prerequisites

Follow the steps from the Secure Gateways to install Envoy Gateway and the example manifest. Before proceeding, you should be able to query the example backend using HTTPS.

Redirects

Redirects return HTTP 3XX responses to a client, instructing it to retrieve a different resource. A RequestRedirect filter instructs Gateways to emit a redirect response to requests that match the rule. For example, to issue a permanent redirect (301) from HTTP to HTTPS, configure requestRedirect.statusCode=301 and requestRedirect.scheme="https":

cat <<EOF | kubectl apply -f -
apiVersion: gateway.networking.k8s.io/v1beta1
kind: HTTPRoute
metadata:
  name: http-to-https-filter-redirect
spec:
  parentRefs:
    - name: eg
  hostnames:
    - redirect.example
  rules:
    - filters:
      - type: RequestRedirect
        requestRedirect:
          scheme: https
          statusCode: 301
          hostname: www.example.com
          port: 443
      backendRefs:
      - name: backend
        port: 3000
EOF

Note: 301 (default) and 302 are the only supported statusCodes.

The HTTPRoute status should indicate that it has been accepted and is bound to the example Gateway.

kubectl get httproute/http-to-https-filter-redirect -o yaml

Get the Gateway’s address:

export GATEWAY_HOST=$(kubectl get gateway/eg -o jsonpath='{.status.addresses[0].value}')

Querying redirect.example/get should result in a 301 response from the example Gateway and redirecting to the configured redirect hostname.

$ curl -L -vvv --header "Host: redirect.example" "http://${GATEWAY_HOST}/get"
...
< HTTP/1.1 301 Moved Permanently
< location: https://www.example.com/get
...

If you followed the steps in the Secure Gateways guide, you should be able to curl the redirect location.

Path Redirects

Path redirects use an HTTP Path Modifier to replace either entire paths or path prefixes. For example, the HTTPRoute below will issue a 302 redirect to all path.redirect.example requests whose path begins with /get to /status/200.

cat <<EOF | kubectl apply -f -
apiVersion: gateway.networking.k8s.io/v1beta1
kind: HTTPRoute
metadata:
  name: http-filter-path-redirect
spec:
  parentRefs:
    - name: eg
  hostnames:
    - path.redirect.example
  rules:
    - matches:
      - path:
          type: PathPrefix
          value: /get
      filters:
      - type: RequestRedirect
        requestRedirect:
          path:
            type: ReplaceFullPath
            replaceFullPath: /status/200
          statusCode: 302
      backendRefs:
      - name: backend
        port: 3000
EOF

The HTTPRoute status should indicate that it has been accepted and is bound to the example Gateway.

kubectl get httproute/http-filter-path-redirect -o yaml

Querying path.redirect.example should result in a 302 response from the example Gateway and a redirect location containing the configured redirect path.

Query the path.redirect.example host:

curl -vvv --header "Host: path.redirect.example" "http://${GATEWAY_HOST}/get"

You should receive a 302 with a redirect location of http://path.redirect.example/status/200.

2.7 - HTTP Request Headers

The HTTPRoute resource can modify the headers of a request before forwarding it to the upstream service. HTTPRoute rules cannot use both filter types at once. Currently, Envoy Gateway only supports core HTTPRoute filters which consist of RequestRedirect and RequestHeaderModifier at the time of this writing. To learn more about HTTP routing, refer to the Gateway API documentation.

A RequestHeaderModifier filter instructs Gateways to modify the headers in requests that match the rule before forwarding the request upstream. Note that the RequestHeaderModifier filter will only modify headers before the request is sent from Envoy to the upstream service and will not affect response headers returned to the downstream client.

Prerequisites

Follow the steps from the Quickstart Guide to install Envoy Gateway and the example manifest. Before proceeding, you should be able to query the example backend using HTTP.

Adding Request Headers

The RequestHeaderModifier filter can add new headers to a request before it is sent to the upstream. If the request does not have the header configured by the filter, then that header will be added to the request. If the request already has the header configured by the filter, then the value of the header in the filter will be appended to the value of the header in the request.

cat <<EOF | kubectl apply -f -
apiVersion: gateway.networking.k8s.io/v1beta1
kind: HTTPRoute
metadata:
  name: http-headers
spec:
  parentRefs:
  - name: eg
  hostnames:
  - headers.example
  rules:
  - matches:
    - path:
        type: PathPrefix
        value: /
    backendRefs:
    - group: ""
      kind: Service
      name: backend
      port: 3000
      weight: 1
    filters:
    - type: RequestHeaderModifier
      requestHeaderModifier:
        add:
        - name: "add-header"
          value: "foo"
EOF

The HTTPRoute status should indicate that it has been accepted and is bound to the example Gateway.

kubectl get httproute/http-headers -o yaml

Get the Gateway’s address:

export GATEWAY_HOST=$(kubectl get gateway/eg -o jsonpath='{.status.addresses[0].value}')

Querying headers.example/get should result in a 200 response from the example Gateway and the output from the example app should indicate that the upstream example app received the header add-header with the value: something,foo

$ curl -vvv --header "Host: headers.example" "http://${GATEWAY_HOST}/get" --header "add-header: something"
...
> GET /get HTTP/1.1
> Host: headers.example
> User-Agent: curl/7.81.0
> Accept: */*
> add-header: something
>
* Mark bundle as not supporting multiuse
< HTTP/1.1 200 OK
< content-type: application/json
< x-content-type-options: nosniff
< content-length: 474
< x-envoy-upstream-service-time: 0
< server: envoy
<
...
 "headers": {
  "Accept": [
   "*/*"
  ],
  "Add-Header": [
   "something",
   "foo"
  ],
...

Setting Request Headers

Setting headers is similar to adding headers. If the request does not have the header configured by the filter, then it will be added, but unlike adding request headers which will append the value of the header if the request already contains it, setting a header will cause the value to be replaced by the value configured in the filter.

cat <<EOF | kubectl apply -f -
apiVersion: gateway.networking.k8s.io/v1beta1
kind: HTTPRoute
metadata:
  name: http-headers
spec:
  parentRefs:
  - name: eg
  hostnames:
  - headers.example
  rules:
  - backendRefs:
    - group: ""
      kind: Service
      name: backend
      port: 3000
      weight: 1
    matches:
    - path:
        type: PathPrefix
        value: /
    filters:
    - type: RequestHeaderModifier
      requestHeaderModifier:
        set:
        - name: "set-header"
          value: "foo"
EOF

Querying headers.example/get should result in a 200 response from the example Gateway and the output from the example app should indicate that the upstream example app received the header add-header with the original value something replaced by foo.

$ curl -vvv --header "Host: headers.example" "http://${GATEWAY_HOST}/get" --header "set-header: something"
...
> GET /get HTTP/1.1
> Host: headers.example
> User-Agent: curl/7.81.0
> Accept: */*
> add-header: something
>
* Mark bundle as not supporting multiuse
< HTTP/1.1 200 OK
< content-type: application/json
< x-content-type-options: nosniff
< content-length: 474
< x-envoy-upstream-service-time: 0
< server: envoy
<
 "headers": {
  "Accept": [
   "*/*"
  ],
  "Set-Header": [
   "foo"
  ],
...

Removing Request Headers

Headers can be removed from a request by simply supplying a list of header names.

Setting headers is similar to adding headers. If the request does not have the header configured by the filter, then it will be added, but unlike adding request headers which will append the value of the header if the request already contains it, setting a header will cause the value to be replaced by the value configured in the filter.

cat <<EOF | kubectl apply -f -
apiVersion: gateway.networking.k8s.io/v1beta1
kind: HTTPRoute
metadata:
  name: http-headers
spec:
  parentRefs:
  - name: eg
  hostnames:
  - headers.example
  rules:
  - matches:
    - path:
        type: PathPrefix
        value: /
    backendRefs:
    - group: ""
      name: backend
      port: 3000
      weight: 1
    filters:
    - type: RequestHeaderModifier
      requestHeaderModifier:
        remove:
        - "remove-header"
EOF

Querying headers.example/get should result in a 200 response from the example Gateway and the output from the example app should indicate that the upstream example app received the header add-header, but the header remove-header that was sent by curl was removed before the upstream received the request.

$ curl -vvv --header "Host: headers.example" "http://${GATEWAY_HOST}/get" --header "add-header: something" --header "remove-header: foo"
...
> GET /get HTTP/1.1
> Host: headers.example
> User-Agent: curl/7.81.0
> Accept: */*
> add-header: something
>
* Mark bundle as not supporting multiuse
< HTTP/1.1 200 OK
< content-type: application/json
< x-content-type-options: nosniff
< content-length: 474
< x-envoy-upstream-service-time: 0
< server: envoy
<

 "headers": {
  "Accept": [
   "*/*"
  ],
  "Add-Header": [
   "something"
  ],
...

Combining Filters

Headers can be added/set/removed in a single filter on the same HTTPRoute and they will all perform as expected

cat <<EOF | kubectl apply -f -
apiVersion: gateway.networking.k8s.io/v1beta1
kind: HTTPRoute
metadata:
  name: http-headers
spec:
  parentRefs:
  - name: eg
  hostnames:
  - headers.example
  rules:
  - matches:
    - path:
        type: PathPrefix
        value: /
    backendRefs:
    - group: ""
      kind: Service
      name: backend
      port: 3000
      weight: 1
    filters:
    - type: RequestHeaderModifier
      requestHeaderModifier:
        add:
        - name: "add-header-1"
          value: "foo"
        set:
        - name: "set-header-1"
          value: "bar"
        remove:
        - "removed-header"
EOF

2.8 - HTTP Response Headers

The HTTPRoute resource can modify the headers of a response before responding it to the downstream service. To learn more about HTTP routing, refer to the Gateway API documentation.

A ResponseHeaderModifier filter instructs Gateways to modify the headers in responses that match the rule before responding to the downstream. Note that the ResponseHeaderModifier filter will only modify headers before the response is returned from Envoy to the downstream client and will not affect request headers forwarding to the upstream service.

Prerequisites

Follow the steps from the Quickstart Guide to install Envoy Gateway and the example manifest. Before proceeding, you should be able to query the example backend using HTTP.

Adding Response Headers

The ResponseHeaderModifier filter can add new headers to a response before it is sent to the upstream. If the response does not have the header configured by the filter, then that header will be added to the response. If the response already has the header configured by the filter, then the value of the header in the filter will be appended to the value of the header in the response.

cat <<EOF | kubectl apply -f -
apiVersion: gateway.networking.k8s.io/v1beta1
kind: HTTPRoute
metadata:
  name: http-headers
spec:
  parentRefs:
  - name: eg
  hostnames:
  - headers.example
  rules:
  - matches:
    - path:
        type: PathPrefix
        value: /
    backendRefs:
    - group: ""
      kind: Service
      name: backend
      port: 3000
      weight: 1
    filters:
    - type: ResponseHeaderModifier
      responseHeaderModifier:
        add:
        - name: "add-header"
          value: "foo"
EOF

The HTTPRoute status should indicate that it has been accepted and is bound to the example Gateway.

kubectl get httproute/http-headers -o yaml

Get the Gateway’s address:

export GATEWAY_HOST=$(kubectl get gateway/eg -o jsonpath='{.status.addresses[0].value}')

Querying headers.example/get should result in a 200 response from the example Gateway and the output from the example app should indicate that the downstream client received the header add-header with the value: foo

$ curl -vvv --header "Host: headers.example" "http://${GATEWAY_HOST}/get" -H 'X-Echo-Set-Header: X-Foo: value1'
...
> GET /get HTTP/1.1
> Host: headers.example
> User-Agent: curl/7.81.0
> Accept: */*
> X-Echo-Set-Header: X-Foo: value1
>
* Mark bundle as not supporting multiuse
< HTTP/1.1 200 OK
< content-type: application/json
< x-content-type-options: nosniff
< content-length: 474
< x-envoy-upstream-service-time: 0
< server: envoy
< x-foo: value1
< add-header: foo
<
...
 "headers": {
  "Accept": [
   "*/*"
  ],
  "X-Echo-Set-Header": [
   "X-Foo: value1"
  ]
...

Setting Response Headers

Setting headers is similar to adding headers. If the response does not have the header configured by the filter, then it will be added, but unlike adding response headers which will append the value of the header if the response already contains it, setting a header will cause the value to be replaced by the value configured in the filter.

cat <<EOF | kubectl apply -f -
apiVersion: gateway.networking.k8s.io/v1beta1
kind: HTTPRoute
metadata:
  name: http-headers
spec:
  parentRefs:
  - name: eg
  hostnames:
  - headers.example
  rules:
  - backendRefs:
    - group: ""
      kind: Service
      name: backend
      port: 3000
      weight: 1
    matches:
    - path:
        type: PathPrefix
        value: /
    filters:
    - type: ResponseHeaderModifier
      responseHeaderModifier:
        set:
        - name: "set-header"
          value: "foo"
EOF

Querying headers.example/get should result in a 200 response from the example Gateway and the output from the example app should indicate that the downstream client received the header set-header with the original value value1 replaced by foo.

$ curl -vvv --header "Host: headers.example" "http://${GATEWAY_HOST}/get" -H 'X-Echo-Set-Header: set-header: value1'
...
> GET /get HTTP/1.1
> Host: headers.example
> User-Agent: curl/7.81.0
> Accept: */*
> X-Echo-Set-Header: set-header: value1
>
* Mark bundle as not supporting multiuse
< HTTP/1.1 200 OK
< content-type: application/json
< x-content-type-options: nosniff
< content-length: 474
< x-envoy-upstream-service-time: 0
< server: envoy
< set-header: foo
<
 "headers": {
  "Accept": [
   "*/*"
  ],
  "X-Echo-Set-Header": [
    "set-header": value1"
  ]
...

Removing Response Headers

Headers can be removed from a response by simply supplying a list of header names.

Setting headers is similar to adding headers. If the response does not have the header configured by the filter, then it will be added, but unlike adding response headers which will append the value of the header if the response already contains it, setting a header will cause the value to be replaced by the value configured in the filter.

cat <<EOF | kubectl apply -f -
apiVersion: gateway.networking.k8s.io/v1beta1
kind: HTTPRoute
metadata:
  name: http-headers
spec:
  parentRefs:
  - name: eg
  hostnames:
  - headers.example
  rules:
  - matches:
    - path:
        type: PathPrefix
        value: /
    backendRefs:
    - group: ""
      name: backend
      port: 3000
      weight: 1
    filters:
    - type: ResponseHeaderModifier
      responseHeaderModifier:
        remove:
        - "remove-header"
EOF

Querying headers.example/get should result in a 200 response from the example Gateway and the output from the example app should indicate that the header remove-header that was sent by curl was removed before the upstream received the response.

$ curl -vvv --header "Host: headers.example" "http://${GATEWAY_HOST}/get" -H 'X-Echo-Set-Header: remove-header: value1'
...
> GET /get HTTP/1.1
> Host: headers.example
> User-Agent: curl/7.81.0
> Accept: */*
> X-Echo-Set-Header: remove-header: value1
>
* Mark bundle as not supporting multiuse
< HTTP/1.1 200 OK
< content-type: application/json
< x-content-type-options: nosniff
< content-length: 474
< x-envoy-upstream-service-time: 0
< server: envoy
<

 "headers": {
  "Accept": [
   "*/*"
  ],
  "X-Echo-Set-Header": [
    "remove-header": value1"
  ]
...

Combining Filters

Headers can be added/set/removed in a single filter on the same HTTPRoute and they will all perform as expected

cat <<EOF | kubectl apply -f -
apiVersion: gateway.networking.k8s.io/v1beta1
kind: HTTPRoute
metadata:
  name: http-headers
spec:
  parentRefs:
  - name: eg
  hostnames:
  - headers.example
  rules:
  - matches:
    - path:
        type: PathPrefix
        value: /
    backendRefs:
    - group: ""
      kind: Service
      name: backend
      port: 3000
      weight: 1
    filters:
    - type: ResponseHeaderModifier
      responseHeaderModifier:
        add:
        - name: "add-header-1"
          value: "foo"
        set:
        - name: "set-header-1"
          value: "bar"
        remove:
        - "removed-header"
EOF

2.9 - HTTP Routing

The HTTPRoute resource allows users to configure HTTP routing by matching HTTP traffic and forwarding it to Kubernetes backends. Currently, the only supported backend supported by Envoy Gateway is a Service resource. This guide shows how to route traffic based on host, header, and path fields and forward the traffic to different Kubernetes Services. To learn more about HTTP routing, refer to the Gateway API documentation.

Prerequisites

Install Envoy Gateway:

helm install eg oci://docker.io/envoyproxy/gateway-helm --version v0.4.0 -n envoy-gateway-system --create-namespace

Wait for Envoy Gateway to become available:

kubectl wait --timeout=5m -n envoy-gateway-system deployment/envoy-gateway --for=condition=Available

Installation

Install the HTTP routing example resources:

kubectl apply -f https://raw.githubusercontent.com/envoyproxy/gateway/v0.4.0/examples/kubernetes/http-routing.yaml

The manifest installs a GatewayClass, Gateway, four Deployments, four Services, and three HTTPRoute resources. The GatewayClass is a cluster-scoped resource that represents a class of Gateways that can be instantiated.

Note: Envoy Gateway is configured by default to manage a GatewayClass with controllerName: gateway.envoyproxy.io/gatewayclass-controller.

Verification

Check the status of the GatewayClass:

kubectl get gc --selector=example=http-routing

The status should reflect “Accepted=True”, indicating Envoy Gateway is managing the GatewayClass.

A Gateway represents configuration of infrastructure. When a Gateway is created, Envoy proxy infrastructure is provisioned or configured by Envoy Gateway. The gatewayClassName defines the name of a GatewayClass used by this Gateway. Check the status of the Gateway:

kubectl get gateways --selector=example=http-routing

The status should reflect “Ready=True”, indicating the Envoy proxy infrastructure has been provisioned. The status also provides the address of the Gateway. This address is used later in the guide to test connectivity to proxied backend services.

The three HTTPRoute resources create routing rules on the Gateway. In order to receive traffic from a Gateway, an HTTPRoute must be configured with parentRefs which reference the parent Gateway(s) that it should be attached to. An HTTPRoute can match against a single set of hostnames. These hostnames are matched before any other matching within the HTTPRoute takes place. Since example.com, foo.example.com, and bar.example.com are separate hosts with different routing requirements, each is deployed as its own HTTPRoute - example-route, ``foo-route, and bar-route.

Check the status of the HTTPRoutes:

kubectl get httproutes --selector=example=http-routing -o yaml

The status for each HTTPRoute should surface “Accepted=True” and a parentRef that references the example Gateway. The example-route matches any traffic for “example.com” and forwards it to the “example-svc” Service.

Testing the Configuration

Before testing HTTP routing to the example-svc backend, get the Gateway’s address.

export GATEWAY_HOST=$(kubectl get gateway/example-gateway -o jsonpath='{.status.addresses[0].value}')

Test HTTP routing to the example-svc backend.

curl -vvv --header "Host: example.com" "http://${GATEWAY_HOST}/"

A 200 status code should be returned and the body should include "pod": "example-backend-*" indicating the traffic was routed to the example backend service. If you change the hostname to a hostname not represented in any of the HTTPRoutes, e.g. “www.example.com”, the HTTP traffic will not be routed and a 404 should be returned.

The foo-route matches any traffic for foo.example.com and applies its routing rules to forward the traffic to the “foo-svc” Service. Since there is only one path prefix match for /login, only foo.example.com/login/* traffic will be forwarded. Test HTTP routing to the foo-svc backend.

curl -vvv --header "Host: foo.example.com" "http://${GATEWAY_HOST}/login"

A 200 status code should be returned and the body should include "pod": "foo-backend-*" indicating the traffic was routed to the foo backend service. Traffic to any other paths that do not begin with /login will not be matched by this HTTPRoute. Test this by removing /login from the request.

curl -vvv --header "Host: foo.example.com" "http://${GATEWAY_HOST}/"

The HTTP traffic will not be routed and a 404 should be returned.

Similarly, the bar-route HTTPRoute matches traffic for bar.example.com. All traffic for this hostname will be evaluated against the routing rules. The most specific match will take precedence which means that any traffic with the env:canary header will be forwarded to bar-svc-canary and if the header is missing or not canary then it’ll be forwarded to bar-svc. Test HTTP routing to the bar-svc backend.

curl -vvv --header "Host: bar.example.com" "http://${GATEWAY_HOST}/"

A 200 status code should be returned and the body should include "pod": "bar-backend-*" indicating the traffic was routed to the foo backend service.

Test HTTP routing to the bar-canary-svc backend by adding the env: canary header to the request.

curl -vvv --header "Host: bar.example.com" --header "env: canary" "http://${GATEWAY_HOST}/"

A 200 status code should be returned and the body should include "pod": "bar-canary-backend-*" indicating the traffic was routed to the foo backend service.

2.10 - HTTP URL Rewrite

HTTPURLRewriteFilter defines a filter that modifies a request during forwarding. At most one of these filters may be used on a Route rule. This MUST NOT be used on the same Route rule as a HTTPRequestRedirect filter.

Prerequisites

Follow the steps from the Quickstart Guide to install Envoy Gateway and the example manifest. Before proceeding, you should be able to query the example backend using HTTP.

Rewrite URL Prefix Path

You can configure to rewrite the prefix in the url like below. In this example, any curls to http://${GATEWAY_HOST}/get/xxx will be rewritten to http://${GATEWAY_HOST}/replace/xxx.

cat <<EOF | kubectl apply -f -
apiVersion: gateway.networking.k8s.io/v1beta1
kind: HTTPRoute
metadata:
  name: http-filter-url-rewrite
spec:
  parentRefs:
    - name: eg
  hostnames:
    - path.rewrite.example
  rules:
    - matches:
      - path:
          value: "/get"
      filters:
      - type: URLRewrite
        urlRewrite:
          path:
            type: ReplacePrefixMatch
            replacePrefixMatch: /replace
      backendRefs:
      - name: backend
        port: 3000
EOF

The HTTPRoute status should indicate that it has been accepted and is bound to the example Gateway.

kubectl get httproute/http-filter-url-rewrite -o yaml

Get the Gateway’s address:

export GATEWAY_HOST=$(kubectl get gateway/eg -o jsonpath='{.status.addresses[0].value}')

Querying http://${GATEWAY_HOST}/get/origin/path should rewrite to http://${GATEWAY_HOST}/replace/origin/path.

$ curl -L -vvv --header "Host: path.rewrite.example" "http://${GATEWAY_HOST}/get/origin/path"
...
> GET /get/origin/path HTTP/1.1
> Host: path.rewrite.example
> User-Agent: curl/7.85.0
> Accept: */*
>

< HTTP/1.1 200 OK
< content-type: application/json
< x-content-type-options: nosniff
< date: Wed, 21 Dec 2022 11:03:28 GMT
< content-length: 503
< x-envoy-upstream-service-time: 0
< server: envoy
<
{
 "path": "/replace/origin/path",
 "host": "path.rewrite.example",
 "method": "GET",
 "proto": "HTTP/1.1",
 "headers": {
  "Accept": [
   "*/*"
  ],
  "User-Agent": [
   "curl/7.85.0"
  ],
  "X-Envoy-Expected-Rq-Timeout-Ms": [
   "15000"
  ],
  "X-Envoy-Original-Path": [
   "/get/origin/path"
  ],
  "X-Forwarded-Proto": [
   "http"
  ],
  "X-Request-Id": [
   "fd84b842-9937-4fb5-83c7-61470d854b90"
  ]
 },
 "namespace": "default",
 "ingress": "",
 "service": "",
 "pod": "backend-6fdd4b9bd8-8vlc5"
...

You can see that the X-Envoy-Original-Path is /get/origin/path, but the actual path is /replace/origin/path.

Rewrite URL Full Path

You can configure to rewrite the fullpath in the url like below. In this example, any request sent to http://${GATEWAY_HOST}/get/origin/path/xxxx will be rewritten to http://${GATEWAY_HOST}/force/replace/fullpath.

cat <<EOF | kubectl apply -f -
apiVersion: gateway.networking.k8s.io/v1beta1
kind: HTTPRoute
metadata:
  name: http-filter-url-rewrite
spec:
  parentRefs:
    - name: eg
  hostnames:
    - path.rewrite.example
  rules:
    - matches:
      - path:
          type: PathPrefix
          value: "/get/origin/path"
      filters:
      - type: URLRewrite
        urlRewrite:
          path:
            type: ReplaceFullPath
            replaceFullPath: /force/replace/fullpath
      backendRefs:
      - name: backend
        port: 3000
EOF

The HTTPRoute status should indicate that it has been accepted and is bound to the example Gateway.

kubectl get httproute/http-filter-url-rewrite -o yaml

Querying http://${GATEWAY_HOST}/get/origin/path/extra should rewrite the request to http://${GATEWAY_HOST}/force/replace/fullpath.

$ curl -L -vvv --header "Host: path.rewrite.example" "http://${GATEWAY_HOST}/get/origin/path/extra"
...
> GET /get/origin/path/extra HTTP/1.1
> Host: path.rewrite.example
> User-Agent: curl/7.85.0
> Accept: */*
>
* Mark bundle as not supporting multiuse
< HTTP/1.1 200 OK
< content-type: application/json
< x-content-type-options: nosniff
< date: Wed, 21 Dec 2022 11:09:31 GMT
< content-length: 512
< x-envoy-upstream-service-time: 0
< server: envoy
<
{
 "path": "/force/replace/fullpath",
 "host": "path.rewrite.example",
 "method": "GET",
 "proto": "HTTP/1.1",
 "headers": {
  "Accept": [
   "*/*"
  ],
  "User-Agent": [
   "curl/7.85.0"
  ],
  "X-Envoy-Expected-Rq-Timeout-Ms": [
   "15000"
  ],
  "X-Envoy-Original-Path": [
   "/get/origin/path/extra"
  ],
  "X-Forwarded-Proto": [
   "http"
  ],
  "X-Request-Id": [
   "8ab774d6-9ffa-4faa-abbb-f45b0db00895"
  ]
 },
 "namespace": "default",
 "ingress": "",
 "service": "",
 "pod": "backend-6fdd4b9bd8-8vlc5"
...

You can see that the X-Envoy-Original-Path is /get/origin/path/extra, but the actual path is /force/replace/fullpath.

Rewrite Host Name

You can configure to rewrite the hostname like below. In this example, any requests sent to http://${GATEWAY_HOST}/get with --header "Host: path.rewrite.example" will rewrite host into envoygateway.io.

cat <<EOF | kubectl apply -f -
apiVersion: gateway.networking.k8s.io/v1beta1
kind: HTTPRoute
metadata:
  name: http-filter-url-rewrite
spec:
  parentRefs:
    - name: eg
  hostnames:
    - path.rewrite.example
  rules:
    - matches:
      - path:
          type: PathPrefix
          value: "/get"
      filters:
      - type: URLRewrite
        urlRewrite:
          hostname: "envoygateway.io"
      backendRefs:
      - name: backend
        port: 3000
EOF

The HTTPRoute status should indicate that it has been accepted and is bound to the example Gateway.

kubectl get httproute/http-filter-url-rewrite -o yaml

Querying http://${GATEWAY_HOST}/get with --header "Host: path.rewrite.example" will rewrite host into envoygateway.io.

$ curl -L -vvv --header "Host: path.rewrite.example" "http://${GATEWAY_HOST}/get"
...
> GET /get HTTP/1.1
> Host: path.rewrite.example
> User-Agent: curl/7.85.0
> Accept: */*
>
* Mark bundle as not supporting multiuse
< HTTP/1.1 200 OK
< content-type: application/json
< x-content-type-options: nosniff
< date: Wed, 21 Dec 2022 11:15:15 GMT
< content-length: 481
< x-envoy-upstream-service-time: 0
< server: envoy
<
{
 "path": "/get",
 "host": "envoygateway.io",
 "method": "GET",
 "proto": "HTTP/1.1",
 "headers": {
  "Accept": [
   "*/*"
  ],
  "User-Agent": [
   "curl/7.85.0"
  ],
  "X-Envoy-Expected-Rq-Timeout-Ms": [
   "15000"
  ],
  "X-Forwarded-Host": [
   "path.rewrite.example"
  ],
  "X-Forwarded-Proto": [
   "http"
  ],
  "X-Request-Id": [
   "39aa447c-97b9-45a3-a675-9fb266ab1af0"
  ]
 },
 "namespace": "default",
 "ingress": "",
 "service": "",
 "pod": "backend-6fdd4b9bd8-8vlc5"
...

You can see that the X-Forwarded-Host is path.rewrite.example, but the actual host is envoygateway.io.

2.11 - HTTPRoute Traffic Splitting

The HTTPRoute resource allows one or more backendRefs to be provided. Requests will be routed to these upstreams if they match the rules of the HTTPRoute. If an invalid backendRef is configured, then HTTP responses will be returned with status code 500 for all requests that would have been sent to that backend.

Installation

Follow the steps from the Quickstart Guide to install Envoy Gateway and the example manifest. Before proceeding, you should be able to query the example backend using HTTP.

Single backendRef

When a single backendRef is configured in a HTTPRoute, it will receive 100% of the traffic.

cat <<EOF | kubectl apply -f -
apiVersion: gateway.networking.k8s.io/v1beta1
kind: HTTPRoute
metadata:
  name: http-headers
spec:
  parentRefs:
  - name: eg
  hostnames:
  - backends.example
  rules:
  - matches:
    - path:
        type: PathPrefix
        value: /
    backendRefs:
    - group: ""
      kind: Service
      name: backend
      port: 3000
EOF

The HTTPRoute status should indicate that it has been accepted and is bound to the example Gateway.

kubectl get httproute/http-headers -o yaml

Get the Gateway’s address:

export GATEWAY_HOST=$(kubectl get gateway/eg -o jsonpath='{.status.addresses[0].value}')

Querying backends.example/get should result in a 200 response from the example Gateway and the output from the example app should indicate which pod handled the request. There is only one pod in the deployment for the example app from the quickstart, so it will be the same on all subsequent requests.

$ curl -vvv --header "Host: backends.example" "http://${GATEWAY_HOST}/get"
...
> GET /get HTTP/1.1
> Host: backends.example
> User-Agent: curl/7.81.0
> Accept: */*
> add-header: something
>
* Mark bundle as not supporting multiuse
< HTTP/1.1 200 OK
< content-type: application/json
< x-content-type-options: nosniff
< content-length: 474
< x-envoy-upstream-service-time: 0
< server: envoy
<
...
 "namespace": "default",
 "ingress": "",
 "service": "",
 "pod": "backend-79665566f5-s589f"
...

Multiple backendRefs

If multiple backendRefs are configured, then traffic will be split between the backendRefs equally unless a weight is configured.

First, create a second instance of the example app from the quickstart:

cat <<EOF | kubectl apply -f -
---
apiVersion: v1
kind: ServiceAccount
metadata:
  name: backend-2
---
apiVersion: v1
kind: Service
metadata:
  name: backend-2
  labels:
    app: backend-2
    service: backend-2
spec:
  ports:
    - name: http
      port: 3000
      targetPort: 3000
  selector:
    app: backend-2
---
apiVersion: apps/v1
kind: Deployment
metadata:
  name: backend-2
spec:
  replicas: 1
  selector:
    matchLabels:
      app: backend-2
      version: v1
  template:
    metadata:
      labels:
        app: backend-2
        version: v1
    spec:
      serviceAccountName: backend-2
      containers:
        - image: gcr.io/k8s-staging-ingressconformance/echoserver:v20221109-7ee2f3e
          imagePullPolicy: IfNotPresent
          name: backend-2
          ports:
            - containerPort: 3000
          env:
            - name: POD_NAME
              valueFrom:
                fieldRef:
                  fieldPath: metadata.name
            - name: NAMESPACE
              valueFrom:
                fieldRef:
                  fieldPath: metadata.namespace
EOF

Then create an HTTPRoute that uses both the app from the quickstart and the second instance that was just created

cat <<EOF | kubectl apply -f -
apiVersion: gateway.networking.k8s.io/v1beta1
kind: HTTPRoute
metadata:
  name: http-headers
spec:
  parentRefs:
  - name: eg
  hostnames:
  - backends.example
  rules:
  - matches:
    - path:
        type: PathPrefix
        value: /
    backendRefs:
    - group: ""
      kind: Service
      name: backend
      port: 3000
    - group: ""
      kind: Service
      name: backend-2
      port: 3000
EOF

Querying backends.example/get should result in 200 responses from the example Gateway and the output from the example app that indicates which pod handled the request should switch between the first pod and the second one from the new deployment on subsequent requests.

$ curl -vvv --header "Host: backends.example" "http://${GATEWAY_HOST}/get"
...
> GET /get HTTP/1.1
> Host: backends.example
> User-Agent: curl/7.81.0
> Accept: */*
> add-header: something
>
* Mark bundle as not supporting multiuse
< HTTP/1.1 200 OK
< content-type: application/json
< x-content-type-options: nosniff
< content-length: 474
< x-envoy-upstream-service-time: 0
< server: envoy
<
...
 "namespace": "default",
 "ingress": "",
 "service": "",
 "pod": "backend-75bcd4c969-lsxpz"
...

Weighted backendRefs

If multiple backendRefs are configured and an un-even traffic split between the backends is desired, then the weight field can be used to control the weight of requests to each backend. If weight is not configured for a backendRef it is assumed to be 1.

The weight field in a backendRef controls the distribution of the traffic split. The proportion of requests to a single backendRef is calculated by dividing its weight by the sum of all backendRef weights in the HTTPRoute. The weight is not a percentage and the sum of all weights does not need to add up to 100.

The HTTPRoute below will configure the gateway to send 80% of the traffic to the backend service, and 20% to the backend-2 service.

cat <<EOF | kubectl apply -f -
apiVersion: gateway.networking.k8s.io/v1beta1
kind: HTTPRoute
metadata:
  name: http-headers
spec:
  parentRefs:
  - name: eg
  hostnames:
  - backends.example
  rules:
  - matches:
    - path:
        type: PathPrefix
        value: /
    backendRefs:
    - group: ""
      kind: Service
      name: backend
      port: 3000
      weight: 8
    - group: ""
      kind: Service
      name: backend-2
      port: 3000
      weight: 2
EOF

Invalid backendRefs

backendRefs can be considered invalid for the following reasons:

  • The group field is configured to something other than "". Currently, only the core API group (specified by omitting the group field or setting it to an empty string) is supported
  • The kind field is configured to anything other than Service. Envoy Gateway currently only supports Kubernetes Service backendRefs
  • The backendRef configures a service with a namespace not permitted by any existing ReferenceGrants
  • The port field is not configured or is configured to a port that does not exist on the Service
  • The named Service configured by the backendRef cannot be found

Modifying the above example to make the backend-2 backendRef invalid by using a port that does not exist on the Service will result in 80% of the traffic being sent to the backend service, and 20% of the traffic receiving an HTTP response with status code 500.

cat <<EOF | kubectl apply -f -
apiVersion: gateway.networking.k8s.io/v1beta1
kind: HTTPRoute
metadata:
  name: http-headers
spec:
  parentRefs:
  - name: eg
  hostnames:
  - backends.example
  rules:
  - matches:
    - path:
        type: PathPrefix
        value: /
    backendRefs:
    - group: ""
      kind: Service
      name: backend
      port: 3000
      weight: 8
    - group: ""
      kind: Service
      name: backend-2
      port: 9000
      weight: 2
EOF

Querying backends.example/get should result in 200 responses 80% of the time, and 500 responses 20% of the time.

$ curl -vvv --header "Host: backends.example" "http://${GATEWAY_HOST}/get"
> GET /get HTTP/1.1
> Host: backends.example
> User-Agent: curl/7.81.0
> Accept: */*
>
* Mark bundle as not supporting multiuse
< HTTP/1.1 500 Internal Server Error
< server: envoy
< content-length: 0
<

2.12 - Rate limit

Rate limit is a feature that allows the user to limit the number of incoming requests to a predefined value based on attributes within the traffic flow.

Here are some reasons why you may want to implements Rate limits

  • To prevent malicious activity such as DDoS attacks.
  • To prevent applications and its resources (such as a database) from getting overloaded.
  • To create API limits based on user entitlements.

Envoy Gateway supports Global rate limiting, where the rate limit is common across all the instances of Envoy proxies where its applied i.e. if the data plane has 2 replicas of Envoy running, and the rate limit is 10 requests/second, this limit is common and will be hit if 5 requests pass through the first replica and 5 requests pass through the second replica within the same second.

Envoy Gateway introduces a new CRD called RateLimitFilter that allows the user to describe their rate limit intent. This instantiated resource can be linked to a HTTPRoute resource using an ExtensionRef filter.

Prerequisites

Install Envoy Gateway

  • Follow the steps from the Quickstart Guide to install Envoy Gateway and the example manifest. Before proceeding, you should be able to query the example backend using HTTP.

Install Redis

  • The global rate limit feature is based on Envoy Ratelimit which requires a Redis instance as its caching layer. Lets install a Redis deployment in the redis-system namespce.
cat <<EOF | kubectl apply -f -
kind: Namespace
apiVersion: v1
metadata:
  name: redis-system 
---
apiVersion: apps/v1
kind: Deployment
metadata:
  name: redis
  namespace: redis-system
  labels:
    app: redis
spec:
  replicas: 1
  selector:
    matchLabels:
      app: redis
  template:
    metadata:
      labels:
        app: redis
    spec:
      containers:
      - image: redis:6.0.6
        imagePullPolicy: IfNotPresent
        name: redis
        resources:
          limits:
            cpu: 1500m
            memory: 512Mi
          requests:
            cpu: 200m
            memory: 256Mi
---
apiVersion: v1
kind: Service
metadata:
  name: redis
  namespace: redis-system 
  labels:
    app: redis
  annotations:
spec:
  ports:
  - name: redis
    port: 6379
    protocol: TCP
    targetPort: 6379
  selector:
    app: redis
---

EOF

Enable Global Rate limit in Envoy Gateway

  • The default installation of Envoy Gateway installs a default EnvoyGateway configuration and attaches it using a ConfigMap. In the next step, we will update this resource to enable rate limit in Envoy Gateway as well as configure the URL for the Redis instance used for Global rate limiting.
cat <<EOF | kubectl apply -f -
apiVersion: v1
kind: ConfigMap
metadata:
  name: envoy-gateway-config
  namespace: envoy-gateway-system
data:
  envoy-gateway.yaml: |
    apiVersion: config.gateway.envoyproxy.io/v1alpha1
    kind: EnvoyGateway
    provider:
      type: Kubernetes
    gateway:
      controllerName: gateway.envoyproxy.io/gatewayclass-controller
    rateLimit:
      backend:
        type: Redis
        redis:
          url: redis.redis-system.svc.cluster.local:6379
EOF
  • After updating the ConfigMap, you will need to restart the envoy-gateway deployment so the configuration kicks in
kubectl rollout restart deployment envoy-gateway -n envoy-gateway-system

Rate limit specific user

Here is an example of a rate limit implemented by the application developer to limit a specific user by matching on a custom x-user-id header with a value set to one.

cat <<EOF | kubectl apply -f -
apiVersion: gateway.envoyproxy.io/v1alpha1
kind: RateLimitFilter
metadata:
  name: ratelimit-specific-user
spec:
  type: Global
  global:
    rules:
    - clientSelectors:
      - headers:
        - name: x-user-id
          value: one
      limit:
        requests: 3
        unit: Hour
---
apiVersion: gateway.networking.k8s.io/v1beta1
kind: HTTPRoute
metadata:
  name: http-ratelimit
spec:
  parentRefs:
  - name: eg
  hostnames:
  - ratelimit.example 
  rules:
  - matches:
    - path:
        type: PathPrefix
        value: /
    filters:
    - type: ExtensionRef
      extensionRef:
        group: gateway.envoyproxy.io
        kind: RateLimitFilter
        name: ratelimit-specific-user
    backendRefs:
    - group: ""
      kind: Service
      name: backend
      port: 3000
EOF

The HTTPRoute status should indicate that it has been accepted and is bound to the example Gateway.

kubectl get httproute/http-ratelimit -o yaml

Get the Gateway’s address:

export GATEWAY_HOST=$(kubectl get gateway/eg -o jsonpath='{.status.addresses[0].value}')

Lets query ratelimit.example/get 4 times. We should receive a 200 response from the example Gateway for the first 3 requests and then receive a 429 status code for the 4th request since the limit is set at 3 requests/Hour for the request which contains the header x-user-id and value one.

for i in {1..4}; do curl -I --header "Host: ratelimit.example" --header "x-user-id: one" http://${GATEWAY_HOST}/get ; sleep 1; done
HTTP/1.1 200 OK
content-type: application/json
x-content-type-options: nosniff
date: Wed, 08 Feb 2023 02:33:31 GMT
content-length: 460
x-envoy-upstream-service-time: 4
server: envoy

HTTP/1.1 200 OK
content-type: application/json
x-content-type-options: nosniff
date: Wed, 08 Feb 2023 02:33:32 GMT
content-length: 460
x-envoy-upstream-service-time: 2
server: envoy

HTTP/1.1 200 OK
content-type: application/json
x-content-type-options: nosniff
date: Wed, 08 Feb 2023 02:33:33 GMT
content-length: 460
x-envoy-upstream-service-time: 0
server: envoy

HTTP/1.1 429 Too Many Requests
x-envoy-ratelimited: true
date: Wed, 08 Feb 2023 02:33:34 GMT
server: envoy
transfer-encoding: chunked

You should be able to send requests with the x-user-id header and a different value and receive successful responses from the server.

for i in {1..4}; do curl -I --header "Host: ratelimit.example" --header "x-user-id: two" http://${GATEWAY_HOST}/get ; sleep 1; done
HTTP/1.1 200 OK
content-type: application/json
x-content-type-options: nosniff
date: Wed, 08 Feb 2023 02:34:36 GMT
content-length: 460
x-envoy-upstream-service-time: 0
server: envoy

HTTP/1.1 200 OK
content-type: application/json
x-content-type-options: nosniff
date: Wed, 08 Feb 2023 02:34:37 GMT
content-length: 460
x-envoy-upstream-service-time: 0
server: envoy

HTTP/1.1 200 OK
content-type: application/json
x-content-type-options: nosniff
date: Wed, 08 Feb 2023 02:34:38 GMT
content-length: 460
x-envoy-upstream-service-time: 0
server: envoy

HTTP/1.1 200 OK
content-type: application/json
x-content-type-options: nosniff
date: Wed, 08 Feb 2023 02:34:39 GMT
content-length: 460
x-envoy-upstream-service-time: 0
server: envoy

Rate limit distinct users

Here is an example of a rate limit implemented by the application developer to limit distinct users who can be differentiated based on the value in the x-user-id header. Here, user one (recognised from the traffic flow using the header x-user-id and value one) will be rate limited at 3 requests/hour and so will user two (recognised from the traffic flow using the header x-user-id and value two).

cat <<EOF | kubectl apply -f -
apiVersion: gateway.envoyproxy.io/v1alpha1
kind: RateLimitFilter
metadata:
  name: ratelimit-distinct-users
spec:
  type: Global
  global:
    rules:
    - clientSelectors:
      - headers:
        - type: Distinct
          name: x-user-id
      limit:
        requests: 3
        unit: Hour
---
apiVersion: gateway.networking.k8s.io/v1beta1
kind: HTTPRoute
metadata:
  name: http-ratelimit
spec:
  parentRefs:
  - name: eg
  hostnames:
  - ratelimit.example 
  rules:
  - matches:
    - path:
        type: PathPrefix
        value: /
    filters:
    - type: ExtensionRef
      extensionRef:
        group: gateway.envoyproxy.io
        kind: RateLimitFilter
        name: ratelimit-distinct-users
    backendRefs:
    - group: ""
      kind: Service
      name: backend
      port: 3000
EOF

Lets run the same command again with the header x-user-id and value one set in the request. We should the first 3 requests succeeding and the 4th request being rate limited.

for i in {1..4}; do curl -I --header "Host: ratelimit.example" --header "x-user-id: one" http://${GATEWAY_HOST}/get ; sleep 1; done
HTTP/1.1 200 OK
content-type: application/json
x-content-type-options: nosniff
date: Wed, 08 Feb 2023 02:33:31 GMT
content-length: 460
x-envoy-upstream-service-time: 4
server: envoy

HTTP/1.1 200 OK
content-type: application/json
x-content-type-options: nosniff
date: Wed, 08 Feb 2023 02:33:32 GMT
content-length: 460
x-envoy-upstream-service-time: 2
server: envoy

HTTP/1.1 200 OK
content-type: application/json
x-content-type-options: nosniff
date: Wed, 08 Feb 2023 02:33:33 GMT
content-length: 460
x-envoy-upstream-service-time: 0
server: envoy

HTTP/1.1 429 Too Many Requests
x-envoy-ratelimited: true
date: Wed, 08 Feb 2023 02:33:34 GMT
server: envoy
transfer-encoding: chunked

You should see the same behavior when the value for header x-user-id is set to two and 4 requests are sent.

for i in {1..4}; do curl -I --header "Host: ratelimit.example" --header "x-user-id: two" http://${GATEWAY_HOST}/get ; sleep 1; done
HTTP/1.1 200 OK
content-type: application/json
x-content-type-options: nosniff
date: Wed, 08 Feb 2023 02:33:31 GMT
content-length: 460
x-envoy-upstream-service-time: 4
server: envoy

HTTP/1.1 200 OK
content-type: application/json
x-content-type-options: nosniff
date: Wed, 08 Feb 2023 02:33:32 GMT
content-length: 460
x-envoy-upstream-service-time: 2
server: envoy

HTTP/1.1 200 OK
content-type: application/json
x-content-type-options: nosniff
date: Wed, 08 Feb 2023 02:33:33 GMT
content-length: 460
x-envoy-upstream-service-time: 0
server: envoy

HTTP/1.1 429 Too Many Requests
x-envoy-ratelimited: true
date: Wed, 08 Feb 2023 02:33:34 GMT
server: envoy
transfer-encoding: chunked

Rate limit all requests

This example shows you how to rate limit all requests matching the HTTPRoute rule at 3 requests/Hour by leaving the clientSelectors field unset.

cat <<EOF | kubectl apply -f -
apiVersion: gateway.envoyproxy.io/v1alpha1
kind: RateLimitFilter
metadata:
  name: ratelimit-all-requests
spec:
  type: Global
  global:
    rules:
    - limit:
        requests: 3
        unit: Hour
---
apiVersion: gateway.networking.k8s.io/v1beta1
kind: HTTPRoute
metadata:
  name: http-ratelimit
spec:
  parentRefs:
  - name: eg
  hostnames:
  - ratelimit.example 
  rules:
  - matches:
    - path:
        type: PathPrefix
        value: /
    filters:
    - type: ExtensionRef
      extensionRef:
        group: gateway.envoyproxy.io
        kind: RateLimitFilter
        name: ratelimit-all-requests
    backendRefs:
    - group: ""
      kind: Service
      name: backend
      port: 3000
EOF
for i in {1..4}; do curl -I --header "Host: ratelimit.example" http://${GATEWAY_HOST}/get ; sleep 1; done
HTTP/1.1 200 OK
content-type: application/json
x-content-type-options: nosniff
date: Wed, 08 Feb 2023 02:33:31 GMT
content-length: 460
x-envoy-upstream-service-time: 4
server: envoy

HTTP/1.1 200 OK
content-type: application/json
x-content-type-options: nosniff
date: Wed, 08 Feb 2023 02:33:32 GMT
content-length: 460
x-envoy-upstream-service-time: 2
server: envoy

HTTP/1.1 200 OK
content-type: application/json
x-content-type-options: nosniff
date: Wed, 08 Feb 2023 02:33:33 GMT
content-length: 460
x-envoy-upstream-service-time: 0
server: envoy

HTTP/1.1 429 Too Many Requests
x-envoy-ratelimited: true
date: Wed, 08 Feb 2023 02:33:34 GMT
server: envoy
transfer-encoding: chunked

Rate limit Client IP Addresses

Here is an example of a rate limit implemented by the application developer to limit distinct users who can be differentiated based on their IP address (also reflected in the X-Forwarded-For header).

cat <<EOF | kubectl apply -f -
apiVersion: gateway.envoyproxy.io/v1alpha1
kind: RateLimitFilter
metadata:
  name: ratelimit-all-ips
spec:
  type: Global
  global:
    rules:
    - clientSelectors:
      - sourceIP: 0.0.0.0/0
      limit:
        requests: 3
        unit: Hour
---
apiVersion: gateway.networking.k8s.io/v1beta1
kind: HTTPRoute
metadata:
  name: http-ratelimit
spec:
  parentRefs:
  - name: eg
  hostnames:
  - ratelimit.example 
  rules:
  - matches:
    - path:
        type: PathPrefix
        value: /
    filters:
    - type: ExtensionRef
      extensionRef:
        group: gateway.envoyproxy.io
        kind: RateLimitFilter
        name: ratelimit-all-ips
    backendRefs:
    - group: ""
      kind: Service
      name: backend
      port: 3000
EOF
for i in {1..4}; do curl -I --header "Host: ratelimit.example" http://${GATEWAY_HOST}/get ; sleep 1; done
HTTP/1.1 200 OK
content-type: application/json
x-content-type-options: nosniff
date: Tue, 28 Mar 2023 08:28:45 GMT
content-length: 512
x-envoy-upstream-service-time: 0
server: envoy

HTTP/1.1 200 OK
content-type: application/json
x-content-type-options: nosniff
date: Tue, 28 Mar 2023 08:28:46 GMT
content-length: 512
x-envoy-upstream-service-time: 0
server: envoy

HTTP/1.1 200 OK
content-type: application/json
x-content-type-options: nosniff
date: Tue, 28 Mar 2023 08:28:48 GMT
content-length: 512
x-envoy-upstream-service-time: 0
server: envoy

HTTP/1.1 429 Too Many Requests
x-envoy-ratelimited: true
date: Tue, 28 Mar 2023 08:28:48 GMT
server: envoy
transfer-encoding: chunked

(Optional) Editing Kubernetes Resources settings for the Rate Limit Service

  • The default installation of Envoy Gateway installs a default EnvoyGateway configuration and provides the initial rate limit kubernetes resources settings. such as replicas is 1, requests resources cpu is 100m, memory is 512Mi. the others like container image, securityContext and pod annotations and securityContext can be modified by modifying the ConfigMap.
cat <<EOF | kubectl apply -f -
apiVersion: v1
kind: ConfigMap
metadata:
  name: envoy-gateway-config
  namespace: envoy-gateway-system
data:
  envoy-gateway.yaml: |
    apiVersion: config.gateway.envoyproxy.io/v1alpha1
    kind: EnvoyGateway
    provider:
      type: Kubernetes
      kubernetes:
        rateLimitDeployment:
          replicas: 1
          container:
            image: envoyproxy/ratelimit:master
            resources:
              requests:
                cpu: 100m
                memory: 512Mi
            securityContext:
              runAsUser: 2000
              allowPrivilegeEscalation: false
          pod:
            annotations:
              key1: val1
              key2: val2
            securityContext:
              runAsUser: 1000
              runAsGroup: 3000
              fsGroup: 2000
              fsGroupChangePolicy: "OnRootMismatch"
    gateway:
      controllerName: gateway.envoyproxy.io/gatewayclass-controller
    rateLimit:
      backend:
        type: Redis
        redis:
          url: redis.redis-system.svc.cluster.local:6379
EOF
  • After updating the ConfigMap, you will need to restart the envoy-gateway deployment so the configuration kicks in
kubectl rollout restart deployment envoy-gateway -n envoy-gateway-system

2.13 - Request Authentication

This guide provides instructions for configuring JSON Web Token (JWT) authentication. JWT authentication checks if an incoming request has a valid JWT before routing the request to a backend service. Currently, Envoy Gateway only supports validating a JWT from an HTTP header, e.g. Authorization: Bearer <token>.

Installation

Follow the steps from the Quickstart guide to install Envoy Gateway and the example manifest. Before proceeding, you should be able to query the example backend using HTTP.

Configuration

Allow requests with a valid JWT by creating an AuthenticationFilter and referencing it from the example HTTPRoute.

kubectl apply -f https://raw.githubusercontent.com/envoyproxy/gateway/v0.4.0/examples/kubernetes/authn/jwt.yaml

The HTTPRoute is now updated to authenticate requests for /foo and allow unauthenticated requests to /bar. The /foo route rule references an AuthenticationFilter that provides the JWT authentication configuration.

Verify the HTTPRoute configuration and status:

kubectl get httproute/backend -o yaml

The AuthenticationFilter is configured for JWT authentication and uses a single JSON Web Key Set (JWKS) provider for authenticating the JWT.

Verify the AuthenticationFilter configuration:

kubectl get authenticationfilter/jwt-example -o yaml

Testing

Ensure the GATEWAY_HOST environment variable from the Quickstart guide is set. If not, follow the Quickstart instructions to set the variable.

echo $GATEWAY_HOST

Verify that requests to /foo are denied without a JWT:

curl -sS -o /dev/null -H "Host: www.example.com" -w "%{http_code}\n" http://$GATEWAY_HOST/foo

A 401 HTTP response code should be returned.

Get the JWT used for testing request authentication:

TOKEN=$(curl https://raw.githubusercontent.com/envoyproxy/gateway/main/examples/kubernetes/authn/test.jwt -s) && echo "$TOKEN" | cut -d '.' -f2 - | base64 --decode -

Note: The above command decodes and returns the token’s payload. You can replace f2 with f1 to view the token’s header.

Verify that a request to /foo with a valid JWT is allowed:

curl -sS -o /dev/null -H "Host: www.example.com" -H "Authorization: Bearer $TOKEN" -w "%{http_code}\n" http://$GATEWAY_HOST/foo

A 200 HTTP response code should be returned.

Verify that requests to /bar are allowed without a JWT:

curl -sS -o /dev/null -H "Host: www.example.com" -w "%{http_code}\n" http://$GATEWAY_HOST/bar

Clean-Up

Follow the steps from the Quickstart guide to uninstall Envoy Gateway and the example manifest.

Delete the AuthenticationFilter:

kubectl delete authenticationfilter/jwt-example

Next Steps

Checkout the Developer Guide to get involved in the project.

2.14 - Secure Gateways

This guide will help you get started using secure Gateways. The guide uses a self-signed CA, so it should be used for testing and demonstration purposes only.

Prerequisites

  • OpenSSL to generate TLS assets.

Installation

Follow the steps from the Quickstart Guide to install Envoy Gateway and the example manifest. Before proceeding, you should be able to query the example backend using HTTP.

TLS Certificates

Generate the certificates and keys used by the Gateway to terminate client TLS connections.

Create a root certificate and private key to sign certificates:

openssl req -x509 -sha256 -nodes -days 365 -newkey rsa:2048 -subj '/O=example Inc./CN=example.com' -keyout example.com.key -out example.com.crt

Create a certificate and a private key for www.example.com:

openssl req -out www.example.com.csr -newkey rsa:2048 -nodes -keyout www.example.com.key -subj "/CN=www.example.com/O=example organization"
openssl x509 -req -days 365 -CA example.com.crt -CAkey example.com.key -set_serial 0 -in www.example.com.csr -out www.example.com.crt

Store the cert/key in a Secret:

kubectl create secret tls example-cert --key=www.example.com.key --cert=www.example.com.crt

Update the Gateway from the Quickstart guide to include an HTTPS listener that listens on port 443 and references the example-cert Secret:

kubectl patch gateway eg --type=json --patch '[{
   "op": "add",
   "path": "/spec/listeners/-",
   "value": {
      "name": "https",
      "protocol": "HTTPS",
      "port": 443,
      "tls": {
        "mode": "Terminate",
        "certificateRefs": [{
          "kind": "Secret",
          "group": "",
          "name": "example-cert",
        }],
      },
    },
}]'

Verify the Gateway status:

kubectl get gateway/eg -o yaml

Testing

Clusters without External LoadBalancer Support

Get the name of the Envoy service created the by the example Gateway:

export ENVOY_SERVICE=$(kubectl get svc -n envoy-gateway-system --selector=gateway.envoyproxy.io/owning-gateway-namespace=default,gateway.envoyproxy.io/owning-gateway-name=eg -o jsonpath='{.items[0].metadata.name}')

Port forward to the Envoy service:

kubectl -n envoy-gateway-system port-forward service/${ENVOY_SERVICE} 8443:443 &

Query the example app through Envoy proxy:

curl -v -HHost:www.example.com --resolve "www.example.com:8443:127.0.0.1" \
--cacert example.com.crt https://www.example.com:8443/get

Clusters with External LoadBalancer Support

Get the External IP of the Gateway:

export GATEWAY_HOST=$(kubectl get gateway/eg -o jsonpath='{.status.addresses[0].value}')

Query the example app through the Gateway:

curl -v -HHost:www.example.com --resolve "www.example.com:443:${GATEWAY_HOST}" \
--cacert example.com.crt https://www.example.com/get

Multiple HTTPS Listeners

Create a TLS cert/key for the additional HTTPS listener:

openssl req -out foo.example.com.csr -newkey rsa:2048 -nodes -keyout foo.example.com.key -subj "/CN=foo.example.com/O=example organization"
openssl x509 -req -days 365 -CA example.com.crt -CAkey example.com.key -set_serial 0 -in foo.example.com.csr -out foo.example.com.crt

Store the cert/key in a Secret:

kubectl create secret tls foo-cert --key=foo.example.com.key --cert=foo.example.com.crt

Create another HTTPS listener on the example Gateway:

kubectl patch gateway eg --type=json --patch '[{
   "op": "add",
   "path": "/spec/listeners/-",
   "value": {
      "name": "https-foo",
      "protocol": "HTTPS",
      "port": 443,
      "hostname": "foo.example.com",
      "tls": {
        "mode": "Terminate",
        "certificateRefs": [{
          "kind": "Secret",
          "group": "",
          "name": "foo-cert",
        }],
      },
    },
}]'

Update the HTTPRoute to route traffic for hostname foo.example.com to the example backend service:

kubectl patch httproute backend --type=json --patch '[{
   "op": "add",
   "path": "/spec/hostnames/-",
   "value": "foo.example.com",
}]'

Verify the Gateway status:

kubectl get gateway/eg -o yaml

Follow the steps in the Testing section to test connectivity to the backend app through both Gateway listeners. Replace www.example.com with foo.example.com to test the new HTTPS listener.

Cross Namespace Certificate References

A Gateway can be configured to reference a certificate in a different namespace. This is allowed by a ReferenceGrant created in the target namespace. Without the ReferenceGrant, a cross-namespace reference is invalid.

Before proceeding, ensure you can query the HTTPS backend service from the Testing section.

To demonstrate cross namespace certificate references, create a ReferenceGrant that allows Gateways from the “default” namespace to reference Secrets in the “envoy-gateway-system” namespace:

$ cat <<EOF | kubectl apply -f -
apiVersion: gateway.networking.k8s.io/v1alpha2
kind: ReferenceGrant
metadata:
  name: example
  namespace: envoy-gateway-system
spec:
  from:
  - group: gateway.networking.k8s.io
    kind: Gateway
    namespace: default
  to:
  - group: ""
    kind: Secret
EOF

Delete the previously created Secret:

kubectl delete secret/example-cert

The Gateway HTTPS listener should now surface the Ready: False status condition and the example HTTPS backend should no longer be reachable through the Gateway.

kubectl get gateway/eg -o yaml

Recreate the example Secret in the envoy-gateway-system namespace:

kubectl create secret tls example-cert -n envoy-gateway-system --key=www.example.com.key --cert=www.example.com.crt

Update the Gateway HTTPS listener with namespace: envoy-gateway-system, for example:

$ cat <<EOF | kubectl apply -f -
apiVersion: gateway.networking.k8s.io/v1beta1
kind: Gateway
metadata:
  name: eg
spec:
  gatewayClassName: eg
  listeners:
    - name: http
      protocol: HTTP
      port: 80
    - name: https
      protocol: HTTPS
      port: 443
      tls:
        mode: Terminate
        certificateRefs:
          - kind: Secret
            group: ""
            name: example-cert
            namespace: envoy-gateway-system
EOF

The Gateway HTTPS listener status should now surface the Ready: True condition and you should once again be able to query the HTTPS backend through the Gateway.

Lastly, test connectivity using the above Testing section.

Clean-Up

Follow the steps from the Quickstart Guide to uninstall Envoy Gateway and the example manifest.

Delete the Secrets:

kubectl delete secret/example-cert
kubectl delete secret/foo-cert

RSA + ECDSA Dual stack certificates

This section gives a walkthrough to generate RSA and ECDSA derived certificates and keys for the Server, which can then be configured in the Gateway listener, to terminate TLS traffic.

Prerequisites

Follow the steps from the Quickstart Guide to install Envoy Gateway and the example manifest. Before proceeding, you should be able to query the example backend using HTTP.

Follow the steps in the TLS Certificates section in the guide to generate self-signed RSA derived Server certificate and private key, and configure those in the Gateway listener configuration to terminate HTTPS traffic.

Pre-checks

While testing in Cluster without External LoadBalancer Support, we can query the example app through Envoy proxy while enforcing an RSA cipher, as shown below:

curl -v -HHost:www.example.com --resolve "www.example.com:8443:127.0.0.1" \
--cacert example.com.crt https://www.example.com:8443/get  -Isv --ciphers ECDHE-RSA-CHACHA20-POLY1305 --tlsv1.2 --tls-max 1.2

Since the Secret configured at this point is an RSA based Secret, if we enforce the usage of an ECDSA cipher, the call should fail as follows

$ curl -v -HHost:www.example.com --resolve "www.example.com:8443:127.0.0.1" \
--cacert example.com.crt https://www.example.com:8443/get  -Isv --ciphers ECDHE-ECDSA-CHACHA20-POLY1305 --tlsv1.2 --tls-max 1.2

* Added www.example.com:8443:127.0.0.1 to DNS cache
* Hostname www.example.com was found in DNS cache
*   Trying 127.0.0.1:8443...
* Connected to www.example.com (127.0.0.1) port 8443 (#0)
* ALPN: offers h2
* ALPN: offers http/1.1
* Cipher selection: ECDHE-ECDSA-CHACHA20-POLY1305
*  CAfile: example.com.crt
*  CApath: none
* (304) (OUT), TLS handshake, Client hello (1):
* error:1404B410:SSL routines:ST_CONNECT:sslv3 alert handshake failure
* Closing connection 0

Moving forward in the doc, we will be configuring the existing Gateway listener to accept both kinds of ciphers.

TLS Certificates

Reuse the the CA certificate and key pair generated in the Secure Gateways guide and use this CA to sign both RSA and ECDSA Server certificates. Note the CA certificate and key names are example.com.crt and example.com.key respectively.

Create an ECDSA certificate and a private key for www.example.com:

openssl ecparam -noout -genkey -name prime256v1 -out www.example.com.ecdsa.key
openssl req -new -SHA384 -key www.example.com.ecdsa.key -nodes -out www.example.com.ecdsa.csr -subj "/CN=www.example.com/O=example organization"
openssl x509 -req -SHA384  -days 365 -in www.example.com.ecdsa.csr -CA example.com.crt -CAkey example.com.key -CAcreateserial -out www.example.com.ecdsa.crt

Store the cert/key in a Secret:

kubectl create secret tls example-cert-ecdsa --key=www.example.com.ecdsa.key --cert=www.example.com.ecdsa.crt

Patch the Gateway with this additional ECDSA Secret:

kubectl patch gateway eg --type=json --patch '[{
   "op": "add",
   "path": "/spec/listeners/1/tls/certificateRefs/-",
   "value": {
      "name": "example-cert-ecdsa",
    },
}]'

Verify the Gateway status:

kubectl get gateway/eg -o yaml

Testing

Again, while testing in Cluster without External LoadBalancer Support, we can query the example app through Envoy proxy while enforcing an RSA cipher, which should work as it did before:

curl -v -HHost:www.example.com --resolve "www.example.com:8443:127.0.0.1" \
--cacert example.com.crt https://www.example.com:8443/get  -Isv --ciphers ECDHE-RSA-CHACHA20-POLY1305 --tlsv1.2 --tls-max 1.2
...
* TLSv1.2 (IN), TLS change cipher, Change cipher spec (1):
* TLSv1.2 (IN), TLS handshake, Finished (20):
* SSL connection using TLSv1.2 / ECDHE-RSA-CHACHA20-POLY1305
...

Additionally, querying the example app while enforcing an ECDSA cipher should also work now:

curl -v -HHost:www.example.com --resolve "www.example.com:8443:127.0.0.1" \
--cacert example.com.crt https://www.example.com:8443/get  -Isv --ciphers ECDHE-ECDSA-CHACHA20-POLY1305 --tlsv1.2 --tls-max 1.2
...
* TLSv1.2 (IN), TLS change cipher, Change cipher spec (1):
* TLSv1.2 (IN), TLS handshake, Finished (20):
* SSL connection using TLSv1.2 / ECDHE-ECDSA-CHACHA20-POLY1305
...

SNI based Certificate selection

This sections gives a walkthrough to generate multiple certificates corresponding to different FQDNs. The same Gateway listener can then be configured to terminate TLS traffic for multiple FQDNs based on the SNI matching.

Prerequisites

Follow the steps from the Quickstart Guide to install Envoy Gateway and the example manifest. Before proceeding, you should be able to query the example backend using HTTP.

Follow the steps in the TLS Certificates section in the guide to generate self-signed RSA derived Server certificate and private key, and configure those in the Gateway listener configuration to terminate HTTPS traffic.

Additional Configurations

Using the TLS Certificates section in the guide we first generate additional Secret for another Host www.sample.com.

openssl req -x509 -sha256 -nodes -days 365 -newkey rsa:2048 -subj '/O=sample Inc./CN=sample.com' -keyout sample.com.key -out sample.com.crt

openssl req -out www.sample.com.csr -newkey rsa:2048 -nodes -keyout www.sample.com.key -subj "/CN=www.sample.com/O=sample organization"
openssl x509 -req -days 365 -CA sample.com.crt -CAkey sample.com.key -set_serial 0 -in www.sample.com.csr -out www.sample.com.crt

kubectl create secret tls sample-cert --key=www.sample.com.key --cert=www.sample.com.crt

Note that all occurrences of example.com were just replaced with sample.com

Next we update the Gateway configuration to accommodate the new Certificate which will be used to Terminate TLS traffic:

kubectl patch gateway eg --type=json --patch '[{
   "op": "add",
   "path": "/spec/listeners/1/tls/certificateRefs/-",
   "value": {
      "name": "sample-cert",
    },
}]'

Finally, we update the HTTPRoute to route traffic for hostname www.sample.com to the example backend service:

kubectl patch httproute backend --type=json --patch '[{
  "op": "add",
  "path": "/spec/hostnames/-",
  "value": "www.sample.com",
}]'

Testing

Clusters without External LoadBalancer Support

Get the name of the Envoy service created the by the example Gateway:

export ENVOY_SERVICE=$(kubectl get svc -n envoy-gateway-system --selector=gateway.envoyproxy.io/owning-gateway-namespace=default,gateway.envoyproxy.io/owning-gateway-name=eg -o jsonpath='{.items[0].metadata.name}')

Port forward to the Envoy service:

kubectl -n envoy-gateway-system port-forward service/${ENVOY_SERVICE} 8443:443 &

Query the example app through Envoy proxy:

curl -v -HHost:www.example.com --resolve "www.example.com:8443:127.0.0.1" \
--cacert example.com.crt https://www.example.com:8443/get -I

Similarly, query the sample app through the same Envoy proxy:

curl -v -HHost:www.sample.com --resolve "www.sample.com:8443:127.0.0.1" \
--cacert sample.com.crt https://www.sample.com:8443/get -I

Since the multiple certificates are configured on the same Gateway listener, Envoy was able to provide the client with appropriate certificate based on the SNI in the client request.

Clusters with External LoadBalancer Support

Refer to the steps mentioned earlier in the guide under Testing in clusters with External LoadBalancer Support

Next Steps

Checkout the Developer Guide to get involved in the project.

2.15 - TCP Routing

TCPRoute provides a way to route TCP requests. When combined with a Gateway listener, it can be used to forward connections on the port specified by the listener to a set of backends specified by the TCPRoute. To learn more about HTTP routing, refer to the Gateway API documentation.

Installation

Install Envoy Gateway:

helm install eg oci://docker.io/envoyproxy/gateway-helm --version v0.4.0 -n envoy-gateway-system --create-namespace

Wait for Envoy Gateway to become available:

kubectl wait --timeout=5m -n envoy-gateway-system deployment/envoy-gateway --for=condition=Available

Configuration

In this example, we have one Gateway resource and two TCPRoute resources that distribute the traffic with the following rules:

All TCP streams on port 8088 of the Gateway are forwarded to port 3001 of foo Kubernetes Service. All TCP streams on port 8089 of the Gateway are forwarded to port 3002 of bar Kubernetes Service. In this example two TCP listeners will be applied to the Gateway in order to route them to two separate backend TCPRoutes, note that the protocol set for the listeners on the Gateway is TCP:

Install the GatewayClass and a tcp-gateway Gateway first.

cat <<EOF | kubectl apply -f -
kind: GatewayClass
apiVersion: gateway.networking.k8s.io/v1beta1
metadata:
  name: eg
spec:
  controllerName: gateway.envoyproxy.io/gatewayclass-controller
---
apiVersion: gateway.networking.k8s.io/v1beta1
kind: Gateway
metadata:
  name: tcp-gateway
spec:
  gatewayClassName: eg
  listeners:
  - name: foo
    protocol: TCP
    port: 8088
    allowedRoutes:
      kinds:
      - kind: TCPRoute
  - name: bar
    protocol: TCP
    port: 8089
    allowedRoutes:
      kinds:
      - kind: TCPRoute
EOF

Install two services foo and bar, which are binded to backend-1 and backend-2.

cat <<EOF | kubectl apply -f -
apiVersion: v1
kind: Service
metadata:
  name: foo
  labels:
    app: backend-1
spec:
  ports:
    - name: http
      port: 3001
      targetPort: 3000
  selector:
    app: backend-1
---
apiVersion: v1
kind: Service
metadata:
  name: bar
  labels:
    app: backend-2
spec:
  ports:
    - name: http
      port: 3002
      targetPort: 3000
  selector:
    app: backend-2
---
apiVersion: apps/v1
kind: Deployment
metadata:
  name: backend-1
spec:
  replicas: 1
  selector:
    matchLabels:
      app: backend-1
      version: v1
  template:
    metadata:
      labels:
        app: backend-1
        version: v1
    spec:
      containers:
        - image: gcr.io/k8s-staging-ingressconformance/echoserver:v20221109-7ee2f3e
          imagePullPolicy: IfNotPresent
          name: backend-1
          ports:
            - containerPort: 3000
          env:
            - name: POD_NAME
              valueFrom:
                fieldRef:
                  fieldPath: metadata.name
            - name: NAMESPACE
              valueFrom:
                fieldRef:
                  fieldPath: metadata.namespace
            - name: SERVICE_NAME
              value: foo
---
apiVersion: apps/v1
kind: Deployment
metadata:
  name: backend-2
spec:
  replicas: 1
  selector:
    matchLabels:
      app: backend-2
      version: v1
  template:
    metadata:
      labels:
        app: backend-2
        version: v1
    spec:
      containers:
        - image: gcr.io/k8s-staging-ingressconformance/echoserver:v20221109-7ee2f3e
          imagePullPolicy: IfNotPresent
          name: backend-2
          ports:
            - containerPort: 3000
          env:
            - name: POD_NAME
              valueFrom:
                fieldRef:
                  fieldPath: metadata.name
            - name: NAMESPACE
              valueFrom:
                fieldRef:
                  fieldPath: metadata.namespace
            - name: SERVICE_NAME
              value: bar
EOF

Install two TCPRoutes tcp-app-1 and tcp-app-2 with different sectionName:

cat <<EOF | kubectl apply -f -
apiVersion: gateway.networking.k8s.io/v1alpha2
kind: TCPRoute
metadata:
  name: tcp-app-1
spec:
  parentRefs:
  - name: tcp-gateway
    sectionName: foo
  rules:
  - backendRefs:
    - name: foo
      port: 3001
---
apiVersion: gateway.networking.k8s.io/v1alpha2
kind: TCPRoute
metadata:
  name: tcp-app-2
spec:
  parentRefs:
  - name: tcp-gateway
    sectionName: bar
  rules:
  - backendRefs:
    - name: bar
      port: 3002
EOF

In the above example we separate the traffic for the two separate backend TCP Services by using the sectionName field in the parentRefs:

spec:
  parentRefs:
  - name: tcp-gateway
    sectionName: foo

This corresponds directly with the name in the listeners in the Gateway:

  listeners:
  - name: foo
    protocol: TCP
    port: 8088
  - name: bar
    protocol: TCP
    port: 8089

In this way each TCPRoute “attaches” itself to a different port on the Gateway so that the foo service is taking traffic for port 8088 from outside the cluster and bar service takes the port 8089 traffic.

Before testing, please get the tcp-gateway Gateway’s address first:

export GATEWAY_HOST=$(kubectl get gateway/tcp-gateway -o jsonpath='{.status.addresses[0].value}')

You can try to use nc to test the TCP connections of envoy gateway with different ports, and you can see them succeeded:

nc -zv ${GATEWAY_HOST} 8088

nc -zv ${GATEWAY_HOST} 8089

You can also try to send requests to envoy gateway and get responses as shown below:

curl -i "http://${GATEWAY_HOST}:8088"

HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Content-Type: application/json
X-Content-Type-Options: nosniff
Date: Tue, 03 Jan 2023 10:18:36 GMT
Content-Length: 267

{
 "path": "/",
 "host": "xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:8088",
 "method": "GET",
 "proto": "HTTP/1.1",
 "headers": {
  "Accept": [
   "*/*"
  ],
  "User-Agent": [
   "curl/7.85.0"
  ]
 },
 "namespace": "default",
 "ingress": "",
 "service": "foo",
 "pod": "backend-1-c6c5fb958-dl8vl"
}

You can see that the traffic routing to foo service when sending request to 8088 port.

curl -i "http://${GATEWAY_HOST}:8089"

HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Content-Type: application/json
X-Content-Type-Options: nosniff
Date: Tue, 03 Jan 2023 10:19:28 GMT
Content-Length: 267

{
 "path": "/",
 "host": "xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:8089",
 "method": "GET",
 "proto": "HTTP/1.1",
 "headers": {
  "Accept": [
   "*/*"
  ],
  "User-Agent": [
   "curl/7.85.0"
  ]
 },
 "namespace": "default",
 "ingress": "",
 "service": "bar",
 "pod": "backend-2-98fcff498-hcmgb"
}                                            

You can see that the traffic routing to bar service when sending request to 8089 port.

2.16 - TLS Passthrough

This guide will walk through the steps required to configure TLS Passthrough via Envoy Gateway. Unlike configuring Secure Gateways, where the Gateway terminates the client TLS connection, TLS Passthrough allows the application itself to terminate the TLS connection, while the Gateway routes the requests to the application based on SNI headers.

Prerequisites

  • OpenSSL to generate TLS assets.

Installation

Follow the steps from the Quickstart Guide to install Envoy Gateway and the example manifest. Before proceeding, you should be able to query the example backend using HTTP.

TLS Certificates

Generate the certificates and keys used by the Service to terminate client TLS connections. For the application, we’ll deploy a sample echoserver app, with the certificates loaded in the application Pod.

Note: These certificates will not be used by the Gateway, but will remain in the application scope.

Create a root certificate and private key to sign certificates:

openssl req -x509 -sha256 -nodes -days 365 -newkey rsa:2048 -subj '/O=example Inc./CN=example.com' -keyout example.com.key -out example.com.crt

Create a certificate and a private key for passthrough.example.com:

openssl req -out passthrough.example.com.csr -newkey rsa:2048 -nodes -keyout passthrough.example.com.key -subj "/CN=passthrough.example.com/O=some organization"
openssl x509 -req -sha256 -days 365 -CA example.com.crt -CAkey example.com.key -set_serial 0 -in passthrough.example.com.csr -out passthrough.example.com.crt

Store the cert/keys in A Secret:

kubectl create secret tls server-certs --key=passthrough.example.com.key --cert=passthrough.example.com.crt

Deployment

Deploy TLS Passthrough application Deployment, Service and TLSRoute:

kubectl apply -f https://raw.githubusercontent.com/envoyproxy/gateway/v0.4.0/examples/kubernetes/tls-passthrough.yaml

Patch the Gateway from the Quickstart guide to include a TLS listener that listens on port 6443 and is configured for TLS mode Passthrough:

kubectl patch gateway eg --type=json --patch '[{
   "op": "add",
   "path": "/spec/listeners/-",
   "value": {
      "name": "tls",
      "protocol": "TLS",
      "hostname": "passthrough.example.com",
      "tls": {"mode": "Passthrough"}, 
      "port": 6443,
    },
}]'

Testing

Clusters without External LoadBalancer Support

Get the name of the Envoy service created the by the example Gateway:

export ENVOY_SERVICE=$(kubectl get svc -n envoy-gateway-system --selector=gateway.envoyproxy.io/owning-gateway-namespace=default,gateway.envoyproxy.io/owning-gateway-name=eg -o jsonpath='{.items[0].metadata.name}')

Port forward to the Envoy service:

kubectl -n envoy-gateway-system port-forward service/${ENVOY_SERVICE} 6043:6443 &

Curl the example app through Envoy proxy:

curl -v --resolve "passthrough.example.com:6043:127.0.0.1" https://passthrough.example.com:6043 \
--cacert passthrough.example.com.crt

Clusters with External LoadBalancer Support

You can also test the same functionality by sending traffic to the External IP of the Gateway:

export GATEWAY_HOST=$(kubectl get gateway/eg -o jsonpath='{.status.addresses[0].value}')

Curl the example app through the Gateway, e.g. Envoy proxy:

curl -v -HHost:passthrough.example.com --resolve "passthrough.example.com:6443:${GATEWAY_HOST}" \
--cacert example.com.crt https://passthrough.example.com:6443/get

Clean-Up

Follow the steps from the Quickstart Guide to uninstall Envoy Gateway and the example manifest.

Delete the Secret:

kubectl delete secret/server-certs

Next Steps

Checkout the Developer Guide to get involved in the project.

2.17 - UDP Routing

The UDPRoute resource allows users to configure UDP routing by matching UDP traffic and forwarding it to Kubernetes backends. This guide will use CoreDNS example to walk you through the steps required to configure UDPRoute on Envoy Gateway.

Note: UDPRoute allows Envoy Gateway to operate as a non-transparent proxy between a UDP client and server. The lack of transparency means that the upstream server will see the source IP and port of the Gateway instead of the client. For additional information, refer to Envoy’s UDP proxy documentation.

Prerequisites

Install Envoy Gateway:

helm install eg oci://docker.io/envoyproxy/gateway-helm --version v0.4.0 -n envoy-gateway-system --create-namespace

Wait for Envoy Gateway to become available:

kubectl wait --timeout=5m -n envoy-gateway-system deployment/envoy-gateway --for=condition=Available

Installation

Install CoreDNS in the Kubernetes cluster as the example backend. The installed CoreDNS is listening on UDP port 53 for DNS lookups.

kubectl apply -f https://raw.githubusercontent.com/envoyproxy/gateway/v0.4.0/examples/kubernetes/udp-routing-example-backend.yaml

Wait for the CoreDNS deployment to become available:

kubectl wait --timeout=5m deployment/coredns --for=condition=Available

Update the Gateway from the Quickstart guide to include a UDP listener that listens on UDP port 5300:

kubectl patch gateway eg --type=json --patch '[{
   "op": "add",
   "path": "/spec/listeners/-",
   "value": {
      "name": "coredns",
      "protocol": "UDP",
      "port": 5300,
      "allowedRoutes": {
         "kinds": [{
            "kind": "UDPRoute"
          }]
      }
    },
}]'

Verify the Gateway status:

kubectl get gateway/eg -o yaml

Configuration

Create a UDPRoute resource to route UDP traffic received on Gateway port 5300 to the CoredDNS backend.

cat <<EOF | kubectl apply -f -
apiVersion: gateway.networking.k8s.io/v1alpha2
kind: UDPRoute
metadata:
  name: coredns
spec:
  parentRefs:
    - name: eg
      sectionName: coredns
  rules:
    - backendRefs:
        - name: coredns
          port: 53
EOF

Verify the UDPRoute status:

kubectl get udproute/coredns -o yaml

Testing

Get the External IP of the Gateway:

export GATEWAY_HOST=$(kubectl get gateway/eg -o jsonpath='{.status.addresses[0].value}')

Use dig command to query the dns entry foo.bar.com through the Gateway.

dig @${GATEWAY_HOST} -p 5300 foo.bar.com

You should see the result of the dns query as the below output, which means that the dns query has been successfully routed to the backend CoreDNS.

Note: 49.51.177.138 is the resolved address of GATEWAY_HOST.

; <<>> DiG 9.18.1-1ubuntu1.1-Ubuntu <<>> @49.51.177.138 -p 5300 foo.bar.com
; (1 server found)
;; global options: +cmd
;; Got answer:
;; ->>HEADER<<- opcode: QUERY, status: NOERROR, id: 58125
;; flags: qr aa rd; QUERY: 1, ANSWER: 0, AUTHORITY: 0, ADDITIONAL: 3
;; WARNING: recursion requested but not available

;; OPT PSEUDOSECTION:
; EDNS: version: 0, flags:; udp: 1232
; COOKIE: 24fb86eba96ebf62 (echoed)
;; QUESTION SECTION:
;foo.bar.com.			IN	A

;; ADDITIONAL SECTION:
foo.bar.com.		0	IN	A	10.244.0.19
_udp.foo.bar.com.	0	IN	SRV	0 0 42376 .

;; Query time: 1 msec
;; SERVER: 49.51.177.138#5300(49.51.177.138) (UDP)
;; WHEN: Fri Jan 13 10:20:34 UTC 2023
;; MSG SIZE  rcvd: 114

Clean-Up

Follow the steps from the Quickstart Guide to uninstall Envoy Gateway.

Delete the CoreDNS example manifest and the UDPRoute:

kubectl delete deploy/coredns
kubectl delete service/coredns
kubectl delete cm/coredns
kubectl delete udproute/coredns

Next Steps

Checkout the Developer Guide to get involved in the project.

2.18 - Use egctl

egctl is a command line tool to provide additional functionality for Envoy Gateway users.

Installing egctl

This guide shows how to install the egctl CLI. egctl can be installed either from source, or from pre-built binary releases.

From The Envoy Gateway Project

The Envoy Gateway project provides two ways to fetch and install egctl. These are the official methods to get egctl releases. Installation through those methods can be found below the official methods.

From the Binary Releases

Every release of egctl provides binary releases for a variety of OSes. These binary versions can be manually downloaded and installed.

  1. Download your desired version
  2. Unpack it (tar -zxvf egctl_v0.4.0_linux_amd64.tar.gz)
  3. Find the egctl binary in the unpacked directory, and move it to its desired destination (mv bin/linux/amd64/egctl /usr/local/bin/egctl)

From there, you should be able to run: egctl help.

From Script

egctl now has an installer script that will automatically grab the v0.4.0 release version of egctl and install it locally.

You can fetch that script, and then execute it locally. It’s well documented so that you can read through it and understand what it is doing before you run it.

curl -fsSL -o get-egctl.sh https://gateway.envoyproxy.io/get-egctl.sh

chmod +x get-egctl.sh

# get help info of the 
bash get-egctl.sh --help

# install the v0.4.0 development version of egctl
bash VERSION=v0.4.0 get-egctl.sh

Yes, you can just use the below command if you want to live on the edge.

curl https://gateway.envoyproxy.io/get-egctl.sh | VERSION=v0.4.0 bash 

egctl experimental translate

This subcommand allows users to translate from an input configuration type to an output configuration type.

In the below example, we will translate the Kubernetes resources (including the Gateway API resources) into xDS resources.

cat <<EOF | egctl x translate --from gateway-api --to xds -f -
apiVersion: gateway.networking.k8s.io/v1beta1
kind: GatewayClass
metadata:
  name: eg
spec:
  controllerName: gateway.envoyproxy.io/gatewayclass-controller
---
apiVersion: gateway.networking.k8s.io/v1beta1
kind: Gateway
metadata:
  name: eg
  namespace: default
spec:
  gatewayClassName: eg
  listeners:
    - name: http
      protocol: HTTP
      port: 80
---
apiVersion: v1
kind: Namespace
metadata:
  name: default 
---
apiVersion: v1
kind: Service
metadata:
  name: backend
  namespace: default
  labels:
    app: backend
    service: backend
spec:
  clusterIP: "1.1.1.1"
  type: ClusterIP
  ports:
    - name: http
      port: 3000
      targetPort: 3000
      protocol: TCP
  selector:
    app: backend
---
apiVersion: gateway.networking.k8s.io/v1beta1
kind: HTTPRoute
metadata:
  name: backend
  namespace: default
spec:
  parentRefs:
    - name: eg
  hostnames:
    - "www.example.com"
  rules:
    - backendRefs:
        - group: ""
          kind: Service
          name: backend
          port: 3000
          weight: 1
      matches:
        - path:
            type: PathPrefix
            value: /
EOF
configKey: default-eg
configs:
- '@type': type.googleapis.com/envoy.admin.v3.BootstrapConfigDump
  bootstrap:
    admin:
      accessLog:
      - name: envoy.access_loggers.file
        typedConfig:
          '@type': type.googleapis.com/envoy.extensions.access_loggers.file.v3.FileAccessLog
          path: /dev/null
      address:
        socketAddress:
          address: 127.0.0.1
          portValue: 19000
    dynamicResources:
      cdsConfig:
        apiConfigSource:
          apiType: DELTA_GRPC
          grpcServices:
          - envoyGrpc:
              clusterName: xds_cluster
          setNodeOnFirstMessageOnly: true
          transportApiVersion: V3
        resourceApiVersion: V3
      ldsConfig:
        apiConfigSource:
          apiType: DELTA_GRPC
          grpcServices:
          - envoyGrpc:
              clusterName: xds_cluster
          setNodeOnFirstMessageOnly: true
          transportApiVersion: V3
        resourceApiVersion: V3
    layeredRuntime:
      layers:
      - name: runtime-0
        rtdsLayer:
          name: runtime-0
          rtdsConfig:
            apiConfigSource:
              apiType: DELTA_GRPC
              grpcServices:
              - envoyGrpc:
                  clusterName: xds_cluster
              transportApiVersion: V3
            resourceApiVersion: V3
    staticResources:
      clusters:
      - connectTimeout: 10s
        loadAssignment:
          clusterName: xds_cluster
          endpoints:
          - lbEndpoints:
            - endpoint:
                address:
                  socketAddress:
                    address: envoy-gateway
                    portValue: 18000
        name: xds_cluster
        transportSocket:
          name: envoy.transport_sockets.tls
          typedConfig:
            '@type': type.googleapis.com/envoy.extensions.transport_sockets.tls.v3.UpstreamTlsContext
            commonTlsContext:
              tlsCertificateSdsSecretConfigs:
              - name: xds_certificate
                sdsConfig:
                  pathConfigSource:
                    path: /sds/xds-certificate.json
                  resourceApiVersion: V3
              tlsParams:
                tlsMaximumProtocolVersion: TLSv1_3
              validationContextSdsSecretConfig:
                name: xds_trusted_ca
                sdsConfig:
                  pathConfigSource:
                    path: /sds/xds-trusted-ca.json
                  resourceApiVersion: V3
        type: STRICT_DNS
        typedExtensionProtocolOptions:
          envoy.extensions.upstreams.http.v3.HttpProtocolOptions:
            '@type': type.googleapis.com/envoy.extensions.upstreams.http.v3.HttpProtocolOptions
            explicitHttpConfig:
              http2ProtocolOptions: {}
- '@type': type.googleapis.com/envoy.admin.v3.ClustersConfigDump
  dynamicActiveClusters:
  - cluster:
      '@type': type.googleapis.com/envoy.config.cluster.v3.Cluster
      commonLbConfig:
        localityWeightedLbConfig: {}
      connectTimeout: 10s
      dnsLookupFamily: V4_ONLY
      loadAssignment:
        clusterName: default-backend-rule-0-match-0-www.example.com
        endpoints:
        - lbEndpoints:
          - endpoint:
              address:
                socketAddress:
                  address: 1.1.1.1
                  portValue: 3000
            loadBalancingWeight: 1
          loadBalancingWeight: 1
          locality: {}
      name: default-backend-rule-0-match-0-www.example.com
      outlierDetection: {}
      type: STATIC
- '@type': type.googleapis.com/envoy.admin.v3.ListenersConfigDump
  dynamicListeners:
  - activeState:
      listener:
        '@type': type.googleapis.com/envoy.config.listener.v3.Listener
        accessLog:
        - filter:
            responseFlagFilter:
              flags:
              - NR
          name: envoy.access_loggers.file
          typedConfig:
            '@type': type.googleapis.com/envoy.extensions.access_loggers.file.v3.FileAccessLog
            path: /dev/stdout
        address:
          socketAddress:
            address: 0.0.0.0
            portValue: 10080
        defaultFilterChain:
          filters:
          - name: envoy.filters.network.http_connection_manager
            typedConfig:
              '@type': type.googleapis.com/envoy.extensions.filters.network.http_connection_manager.v3.HttpConnectionManager
              accessLog:
              - name: envoy.access_loggers.file
                typedConfig:
                  '@type': type.googleapis.com/envoy.extensions.access_loggers.file.v3.FileAccessLog
                  path: /dev/stdout
              httpFilters:
              - name: envoy.filters.http.router
                typedConfig:
                  '@type': type.googleapis.com/envoy.extensions.filters.http.router.v3.Router
              rds:
                configSource:
                  apiConfigSource:
                    apiType: DELTA_GRPC
                    grpcServices:
                    - envoyGrpc:
                        clusterName: xds_cluster
                    setNodeOnFirstMessageOnly: true
                    transportApiVersion: V3
                  resourceApiVersion: V3
                routeConfigName: default-eg-http
              statPrefix: http
              upgradeConfigs:
              - upgradeType: websocket
              useRemoteAddress: true
        name: default-eg-http
- '@type': type.googleapis.com/envoy.admin.v3.RoutesConfigDump
  dynamicRouteConfigs:
  - routeConfig:
      '@type': type.googleapis.com/envoy.config.route.v3.RouteConfiguration
      name: default-eg-http
      virtualHosts:
      - domains:
        - '*'
        name: default-eg-http
        routes:
        - match:
            headers:
            - name: :authority
              stringMatch:
                exact: www.example.com
            prefix: /
          route:
            cluster: default-backend-rule-0-match-0-www.example.com
resourceType: all

You can also use the --type/-t flag to retrieve specific output types. In the below example, we will translate the Kubernetes resources (including the Gateway API resources) into xDS route resources.

cat <<EOF | egctl x translate --from gateway-api --to xds -t route -f -
apiVersion: gateway.networking.k8s.io/v1beta1
kind: GatewayClass
metadata:
  name: eg
spec:
  controllerName: gateway.envoyproxy.io/gatewayclass-controller
---
apiVersion: gateway.networking.k8s.io/v1beta1
kind: Gateway
metadata:
  name: eg
  namespace: default
spec:
  gatewayClassName: eg
  listeners:
    - name: http
      protocol: HTTP
      port: 80
---
apiVersion: v1
kind: Namespace
metadata:
  name: default 
---
apiVersion: v1
kind: Service
metadata:
  name: backend
  namespace: default
  labels:
    app: backend
    service: backend
spec:
  clusterIP: "1.1.1.1"
  type: ClusterIP
  ports:
    - name: http
      port: 3000
      targetPort: 3000
      protocol: TCP
  selector:
    app: backend
---
apiVersion: gateway.networking.k8s.io/v1beta1
kind: HTTPRoute
metadata:
  name: backend
  namespace: default
spec:
  parentRefs:
    - name: eg
  hostnames:
    - "www.example.com"
  rules:
    - backendRefs:
        - group: ""
          kind: Service
          name: backend
          port: 3000
          weight: 1
      matches:
        - path:
            type: PathPrefix
            value: /
EOF
'@type': type.googleapis.com/envoy.admin.v3.RoutesConfigDump
configKey: default-eg
dynamicRouteConfigs:
- routeConfig:
    '@type': type.googleapis.com/envoy.config.route.v3.RouteConfiguration
    name: default-eg-http
    virtualHosts:
    - domains:
      - '*'
      name: default-eg-http
      routes:
      - match:
          headers:
          - name: :authority
            stringMatch:
              exact: www.example.com
          prefix: /
        route:
          cluster: default-backend-rule-0-match-0-www.example.com
resourceType: route

Add Missing Resources

You can pass the --add-missing-resources flag to use dummy non Gateway API resources instead of specifying them explicitly.

For example, this will provide the same result as the above:

cat <<EOF | egctl x translate --add-missing-resources --from gateway-api --to gateway-api -t route -f -
apiVersion: gateway.networking.k8s.io/v1beta1
kind: GatewayClass
metadata:
  name: eg
spec:
  controllerName: gateway.envoyproxy.io/gatewayclass-controller
---
apiVersion: gateway.networking.k8s.io/v1beta1
kind: Gateway
metadata:
  name: eg
  namespace: default
spec:
  gatewayClassName: eg
  listeners:
    - name: http
      protocol: HTTP
      port: 80
---
apiVersion: v1
kind: Service
metadata:
  name: backend
  namespace: default
  labels:
    app: backend
    service: backend
spec:
  clusterIP: "1.1.1.1"
  type: ClusterIP
  ports:
    - name: http
      port: 3000
      targetPort: 3000
      protocol: TCP
  selector:
    app: backend
---
apiVersion: gateway.networking.k8s.io/v1beta1
kind: HTTPRoute
metadata:
  name: backend
  namespace: default
spec:
  parentRefs:
    - name: eg
  hostnames:
    - "www.example.com"
  rules:
    - backendRefs:
        - group: ""
          kind: Service
          name: backend
          port: 3000
          weight: 1
      matches:
        - path:
            type: PathPrefix
            value: /
EOF

You can see the output contains a EnvoyProxy resource that can be used as a starting point to modify the xDS bootstrap resource for the managed Envoy Proxy fleet.

envoyProxy:
  metadata:
    creationTimestamp: null
    name: default-envoy-proxy
    namespace: envoy-gateway-system
  spec:
    bootstrap: |
      admin:
        access_log:
        - name: envoy.access_loggers.file
          typed_config:
            "@type": type.googleapis.com/envoy.extensions.access_loggers.file.v3.FileAccessLog
            path: /dev/null
        address:
          socket_address:
            address: 127.0.0.1
            port_value: 19000
      dynamic_resources:
        ads_config:
          api_type: DELTA_GRPC
          transport_api_version: V3
          grpc_services:
          - envoy_grpc:
              cluster_name: xds_cluster
          set_node_on_first_message_only: true
        lds_config:
          ads: {}
        cds_config:
          ads: {}
      static_resources:
        clusters:
        - connect_timeout: 10s
          load_assignment:
            cluster_name: xds_cluster
            endpoints:
            - lb_endpoints:
              - endpoint:
                  address:
                    socket_address:
                      address: envoy-gateway
                      port_value: 18000
          typed_extension_protocol_options:
            "envoy.extensions.upstreams.http.v3.HttpProtocolOptions":
               "@type": "type.googleapis.com/envoy.extensions.upstreams.http.v3.HttpProtocolOptions"
               "explicit_http_config":
                 "http2_protocol_options": {}
          name: xds_cluster
          type: STRICT_DNS
          transport_socket:
            name: envoy.transport_sockets.tls
            typed_config:
              "@type": type.googleapis.com/envoy.extensions.transport_sockets.tls.v3.UpstreamTlsContext
              common_tls_context:
                tls_params:
                  tls_maximum_protocol_version: TLSv1_3
                tls_certificate_sds_secret_configs:
                - name: xds_certificate
                  sds_config:
                    path_config_source:
                      path: "/sds/xds-certificate.json"
                    resource_api_version: V3
                validation_context_sds_secret_config:
                  name: xds_trusted_ca
                  sds_config:
                    path_config_source:
                      path: "/sds/xds-trusted-ca.json"
                    resource_api_version: V3
      layered_runtime:
        layers:
        - name: runtime-0
          rtds_layer:
            rtds_config:
              ads: {}
            name: runtime-0      
    logging: {}
  status: {}
gatewayClass:
  metadata:
    creationTimestamp: null
    name: eg
    namespace: envoy-gateway-system
  spec:
    controllerName: gateway.envoyproxy.io/gatewayclass-controller
    parametersRef:
      group: config.gateway.envoyproxy.io
      kind: EnvoyProxy
      name: default-envoy-proxy
      namespace: envoy-gateway-system
  status:
    conditions:
    - lastTransitionTime: "2023-04-19T20:30:46Z"
      message: Valid GatewayClass
      reason: Accepted
      status: "True"
      type: Accepted
gateways:
- metadata:
    creationTimestamp: null
    name: eg
    namespace: default
  spec:
    gatewayClassName: eg
    listeners:
    - name: http
      port: 80
      protocol: HTTP
  status:
    listeners:
    - attachedRoutes: 1
      conditions:
      - lastTransitionTime: "2023-04-19T20:30:46Z"
        message: Sending translated listener configuration to the data plane
        reason: Programmed
        status: "True"
        type: Programmed
      - lastTransitionTime: "2023-04-19T20:30:46Z"
        message: Listener has been successfully translated
        reason: Accepted
        status: "True"
        type: Accepted
      name: http
      supportedKinds:
      - group: gateway.networking.k8s.io
        kind: HTTPRoute
      - group: gateway.networking.k8s.io
        kind: GRPCRoute
httpRoutes:
- metadata:
    creationTimestamp: null
    name: backend
    namespace: default
  spec:
    hostnames:
    - www.example.com
    parentRefs:
    - name: eg
    rules:
    - backendRefs:
      - group: ""
        kind: Service
        name: backend
        port: 3000
        weight: 1
      matches:
      - path:
          type: PathPrefix
          value: /
  status:
    parents:
    - conditions:
      - lastTransitionTime: "2023-04-19T20:30:46Z"
        message: Route is accepted
        reason: Accepted
        status: "True"
        type: Accepted
      - lastTransitionTime: "2023-04-19T20:30:46Z"
        message: Resolved all the Object references for the Route
        reason: ResolvedRefs
        status: "True"
        type: ResolvedRefs
      controllerName: gateway.envoyproxy.io/gatewayclass-controller
      parentRef:
        name: eg

Sometimes you might find that egctl doesn’t provide an expected result. For example, the following example provides an empty route resource:

cat <<EOF | egctl x translate --from gateway-api --type route --to xds -f -
apiVersion: gateway.networking.k8s.io/v1beta1
kind: GatewayClass
metadata:
  name: eg
spec:
  controllerName: gateway.envoyproxy.io/gatewayclass-controller
---
apiVersion: gateway.networking.k8s.io/v1beta1
kind: Gateway
metadata:
  name: eg
spec:
  gatewayClassName: eg
  listeners:
    - name: tls
      protocol: TLS
      port: 8443
---
apiVersion: gateway.networking.k8s.io/v1beta1
kind: HTTPRoute
metadata:
  name: backend
spec:
  parentRefs:
    - name: eg
  rules:
    - backendRefs:
        - group: ""
          kind: Service
          name: backend
          port: 3000
          weight: 1
      matches:
        - path:
            type: PathPrefix
            value: /
EOF
xds:
  envoy-gateway-system-eg:
    '@type': type.googleapis.com/envoy.admin.v3.RoutesConfigDump

Validating Gateway API Configuration

You can add an additional target gateway-api to show the processed Gateway API resources. For example, translating the above resources with the new argument shows that the HTTPRoute is rejected because there is no ready listener for it:

cat <<EOF | egctl x translate --from gateway-api --type route --to gateway-api,xds -f -
apiVersion: gateway.networking.k8s.io/v1beta1
kind: GatewayClass
metadata:
  name: eg
spec:
  controllerName: gateway.envoyproxy.io/gatewayclass-controller
---
apiVersion: gateway.networking.k8s.io/v1beta1
kind: Gateway
metadata:
  name: eg
spec:
  gatewayClassName: eg
  listeners:
    - name: tls
      protocol: TLS
      port: 8443
---
apiVersion: gateway.networking.k8s.io/v1beta1
kind: HTTPRoute
metadata:
  name: backend
spec:
  parentRefs:
    - name: eg
  rules:
    - backendRefs:
        - group: ""
          kind: Service
          name: backend
          port: 3000
          weight: 1
      matches:
        - path:
            type: PathPrefix
            value: /
EOF
gatewayClass:
  metadata:
    creationTimestamp: null
    name: eg
    namespace: envoy-gateway-system
  spec:
    controllerName: gateway.envoyproxy.io/gatewayclass-controller
  status:
    conditions:
    - lastTransitionTime: "2023-04-19T20:54:52Z"
      message: Valid GatewayClass
      reason: Accepted
      status: "True"
      type: Accepted
gateways:
- metadata:
    creationTimestamp: null
    name: eg
    namespace: envoy-gateway-system
  spec:
    gatewayClassName: eg
    listeners:
    - name: tls
      port: 8443
      protocol: TLS
  status:
    listeners:
    - attachedRoutes: 0
      conditions:
      - lastTransitionTime: "2023-04-19T20:54:52Z"
        message: Listener must have TLS set when protocol is TLS.
        reason: Invalid
        status: "False"
        type: Programmed
      name: tls
      supportedKinds:
      - group: gateway.networking.k8s.io
        kind: TLSRoute
httpRoutes:
- metadata:
    creationTimestamp: null
    name: backend
    namespace: envoy-gateway-system
  spec:
    parentRefs:
    - name: eg
    rules:
    - backendRefs:
      - group: ""
        kind: Service
        name: backend
        port: 3000
        weight: 1
      matches:
      - path:
          type: PathPrefix
          value: /
  status:
    parents:
    - conditions:
      - lastTransitionTime: "2023-04-19T20:54:52Z"
        message: There are no ready listeners for this parent ref
        reason: NoReadyListeners
        status: "False"
        type: Accepted
      - lastTransitionTime: "2023-04-19T20:54:52Z"
        message: Service envoy-gateway-system/backend not found
        reason: BackendNotFound
        status: "False"
        type: ResolvedRefs
      controllerName: gateway.envoyproxy.io/gatewayclass-controller
      parentRef:
        name: eg
xds:
  envoy-gateway-system-eg:
    '@type': type.googleapis.com/envoy.admin.v3.RoutesConfigDump

3 - API

This section includes APIs of Envoy Gateway.

3.1 - Config APIs

Packages

config.gateway.envoyproxy.io/v1alpha1

Package v1alpha1 contains API schema definitions for the config.gateway.envoyproxy.io API group.

Resource Types

EnvoyGateway

EnvoyGateway is the schema for the envoygateways API.

FieldDescription
apiVersion stringconfig.gateway.envoyproxy.io/v1alpha1
kind stringEnvoyGateway
EnvoyGatewaySpec EnvoyGatewaySpecEnvoyGatewaySpec defines the desired state of EnvoyGateway.

EnvoyGatewayFileProvider

EnvoyGatewayFileProvider defines configuration for the File provider.

Appears in:

EnvoyGatewayKubernetesProvider

EnvoyGatewayKubernetesProvider defines configuration for the Kubernetes provider.

Appears in:

FieldDescription
rateLimitDeployment KubernetesDeploymentSpecRateLimitDeployment defines the desired state of the Envoy ratelimit deployment resource. If unspecified, default settings for the managed Envoy ratelimit deployment resource are applied.

EnvoyGatewayProvider

EnvoyGatewayProvider defines the desired configuration of a provider.

Appears in:

FieldDescription
type ProviderTypeType is the type of provider to use. Supported types are “Kubernetes”.
kubernetes EnvoyGatewayKubernetesProviderKubernetes defines the configuration of the Kubernetes provider. Kubernetes provides runtime configuration via the Kubernetes API.
file EnvoyGatewayFileProviderFile defines the configuration of the File provider. File provides runtime configuration defined by one or more files. This type is not implemented until https://github.com/envoyproxy/gateway/issues/1001 is fixed.

EnvoyGatewaySpec

EnvoyGatewaySpec defines the desired state of Envoy Gateway.

Appears in:

FieldDescription
gateway GatewayGateway defines desired Gateway API specific configuration. If unset, default configuration parameters will apply.
provider EnvoyGatewayProviderProvider defines the desired provider and provider-specific configuration. If unspecified, the Kubernetes provider is used with default configuration parameters.
rateLimit RateLimitRateLimit defines the configuration associated with the Rate Limit service deployed by Envoy Gateway required to implement the Global Rate limiting functionality. The specific rate limit service used here is the reference implementation in Envoy. For more details visit https://github.com/envoyproxy/ratelimit. This configuration is unneeded for “Local” rate limiting.
extension ExtensionExtension defines an extension to register for the Envoy Gateway Control Plane.

EnvoyProxy

EnvoyProxy is the schema for the envoyproxies API.

FieldDescription
apiVersion stringconfig.gateway.envoyproxy.io/v1alpha1
kind stringEnvoyProxy
metadata ObjectMetaRefer to Kubernetes API documentation for fields of metadata.
spec EnvoyProxySpecEnvoyProxySpec defines the desired state of EnvoyProxy.

EnvoyProxyKubernetesProvider

EnvoyProxyKubernetesProvider defines configuration for the Kubernetes resource provider.

Appears in:

FieldDescription
envoyDeployment KubernetesDeploymentSpecEnvoyDeployment defines the desired state of the Envoy deployment resource. If unspecified, default settings for the managed Envoy deployment resource are applied.
envoyService KubernetesServiceSpecEnvoyService defines the desired state of the Envoy service resource. If unspecified, default settings for the managed Envoy service resource are applied.

EnvoyProxyProvider

EnvoyProxyProvider defines the desired state of a resource provider.

Appears in:

FieldDescription
type ProviderTypeType is the type of resource provider to use. A resource provider provides infrastructure resources for running the data plane, e.g. Envoy proxy, and optional auxiliary control planes. Supported types are “Kubernetes”.
kubernetes EnvoyProxyKubernetesProviderKubernetes defines the desired state of the Kubernetes resource provider. Kubernetes provides infrastructure resources for running the data plane, e.g. Envoy proxy. If unspecified and type is “Kubernetes”, default settings for managed Kubernetes resources are applied.

EnvoyProxySpec

EnvoyProxySpec defines the desired state of EnvoyProxy.

Appears in:

FieldDescription
provider EnvoyProxyProviderProvider defines the desired resource provider and provider-specific configuration. If unspecified, the “Kubernetes” resource provider is used with default configuration parameters.
logging ProxyLoggingLogging defines logging parameters for managed proxies. If unspecified, default settings apply. This type is not implemented until https://github.com/envoyproxy/gateway/issues/280 is fixed.
bootstrap stringBootstrap defines the Envoy Bootstrap as a YAML string. Visit https://www.envoyproxy.io/docs/envoy/latest/api-v3/config/bootstrap/v3/bootstrap.proto#envoy-v3-api-msg-config-bootstrap-v3-bootstrap to learn more about the syntax. If set, this is the Bootstrap configuration used for the managed Envoy Proxy fleet instead of the default Bootstrap configuration set by Envoy Gateway. Some fields within the Bootstrap that are required to communicate with the xDS Server (Envoy Gateway) and receive xDS resources from it are not configurable and will result in the EnvoyProxy resource being rejected. Backward compatibility across minor versions is not guaranteed. We strongly recommend using egctl x translate to generate a EnvoyProxy resource with the Bootstrap field set to the default Bootstrap configuration used. You can edit this configuration, and rerun egctl x translate to ensure there are no validation errors.

Extension

Extension defines the configuration for registering an extension to the Envoy Gateway control plane.

Appears in:

FieldDescription
resources GroupVersionKind arrayResources defines the set of K8s resources the extension will handle.
hooks ExtensionHooksHooks defines the set of hooks the extension supports
service ExtensionServiceService defines the configuration of the extension service that the Envoy Gateway Control Plane will call through extension hooks.

ExtensionHooks

ExtensionHooks defines extension hooks across all supported runners

Appears in:

FieldDescription
xdsTranslator XDSTranslatorHooksXDSTranslator defines all the supported extension hooks for the xds-translator runner

ExtensionService

ExtensionService defines the configuration for connecting to a registered extension service.

Appears in:

FieldDescription
host stringHost define the extension service hostname.
port integerPort defines the port the extension service is exposed on.
tls ExtensionTLSTLS defines TLS configuration for communication between Envoy Gateway and the extension service.

ExtensionTLS

ExtensionTLS defines the TLS configuration when connecting to an extension service

Appears in:

FieldDescription
certificateRef SecretObjectReferenceCertificateRef contains a references to objects (Kubernetes objects or otherwise) that contains a TLS certificate and private keys. These certificates are used to establish a TLS handshake to the extension server.
CertificateRef can only reference a Kubernetes Secret at this time.

Gateway

Gateway defines the desired Gateway API configuration of Envoy Gateway.

Appears in:

FieldDescription
controllerName stringControllerName defines the name of the Gateway API controller. If unspecified, defaults to “gateway.envoyproxy.io/gatewayclass-controller”. See the following for additional details: https://gateway-api.sigs.k8s.io/v1alpha2/references/spec/#gateway.networking.k8s.io/v1alpha2.GatewayClass

GroupVersionKind

GroupVersionKind unambiguously identifies a Kind. It can be converted to k8s.io/apimachinery/pkg/runtime/schema.GroupVersionKind

Appears in:

FieldDescription
group string
version string
kind string

KubernetesContainerSpec

KubernetesContainerSpec defines the desired state of the Kubernetes container resource.

Appears in:

FieldDescription
resources ResourceRequirementsResources required by this container. More info: https://kubernetes.io/docs/concepts/configuration/manage-resources-containers/
securityContext SecurityContextSecurityContext defines the security options the container should be run with. If set, the fields of SecurityContext override the equivalent fields of PodSecurityContext. More info: https://kubernetes.io/docs/tasks/configure-pod-container/security-context/
image stringImage specifies the EnvoyProxy container image to be used, instead of the default image.

KubernetesDeploymentSpec

KubernetesDeploymentSpec defines the desired state of the Kubernetes deployment resource.

Appears in:

FieldDescription
replicas integerReplicas is the number of desired pods. Defaults to 1.
pod KubernetesPodSpecPod defines the desired annotations and securityContext of container.
container KubernetesContainerSpecContainer defines the resources and securityContext of container.

KubernetesPodSpec

KubernetesPodSpec defines the desired state of the Kubernetes pod resource.

Appears in:

FieldDescription
annotations object (keys:string, values:string)Annotations are the annotations that should be appended to the pods. By default, no pod annotations are appended.
securityContext PodSecurityContextSecurityContext holds pod-level security attributes and common container settings. Optional: Defaults to empty. See type description for default values of each field.

KubernetesServiceSpec

KubernetesServiceSpec defines the desired state of the Kubernetes service resource.

Appears in:

FieldDescription
annotations object (keys:string, values:string)Annotations that should be appended to the service. By default, no annotations are appended.
type ServiceTypeType determines how the Service is exposed. Defaults to LoadBalancer. Valid options are ClusterIP and LoadBalancer. “LoadBalancer” means a service will be exposed via an external load balancer (if the cloud provider supports it). “ClusterIP” means a service will only be accessible inside the cluster, via the cluster IP.

LogComponent

Underlying type: string

LogComponent defines a component that supports a configured logging level. This type is not implemented until https://github.com/envoyproxy/gateway/issues/280 is fixed.

Appears in:

LogLevel

Underlying type: string

LogLevel defines a log level for system logs. This type is not implemented until https://github.com/envoyproxy/gateway/issues/280 is fixed.

Appears in:

ProviderType

Underlying type: string

ProviderType defines the types of providers supported by Envoy Gateway.

Appears in:

ProxyLogging

ProxyLogging defines logging parameters for managed proxies. This type is not implemented until https://github.com/envoyproxy/gateway/issues/280 is fixed.

Appears in:

FieldDescription
level object (keys:LogComponent, values:LogLevel)Level is a map of logging level per component, where the component is the key and the log level is the value. If unspecified, defaults to “System: Info”.

RateLimit

RateLimit defines the configuration associated with the Rate Limit Service used for Global Rate Limiting.

Appears in:

FieldDescription
backend RateLimitDatabaseBackendBackend holds the configuration associated with the database backend used by the rate limit service to store state associated with global ratelimiting.

RateLimitDatabaseBackend

RateLimitDatabaseBackend defines the configuration associated with the database backend used by the rate limit service.

Appears in:

FieldDescription
type RateLimitDatabaseBackendTypeType is the type of database backend to use. Supported types are: * Redis: Connects to a Redis database.
redis RateLimitRedisSettingsRedis defines the settings needed to connect to a Redis database.

RateLimitDatabaseBackendType

Underlying type: string

RateLimitDatabaseBackendType specifies the types of database backend to be used by the rate limit service.

Appears in:

RateLimitRedisSettings

RateLimitRedisSettings defines the configuration for connecting to a Redis database.

Appears in:

FieldDescription
url stringURL of the Redis Database.

ServiceType

Underlying type: string

ServiceType string describes ingress methods for a service

Appears in:

XDSTranslatorHook

Underlying type: string

XDSTranslatorHook defines the types of hooks that an Envoy Gateway extension may support for the xds-translator

Appears in:

XDSTranslatorHooks

XDSTranslatorHooks contains all the pre and post hooks for the xds-translator runner.

Appears in:

FieldDescription
pre XDSTranslatorHook array
post XDSTranslatorHook array

3.2 - Extension APIs

Packages

gateway.envoyproxy.io/v1alpha1

Package v1alpha1 contains API schema definitions for the gateway.envoyproxy.io API group.

Resource Types

AuthenticationFilter

FieldDescription
apiVersion stringgateway.envoyproxy.io/v1alpha1
kind stringAuthenticationFilter
metadata ObjectMetaRefer to Kubernetes API documentation for fields of metadata.
spec AuthenticationFilterSpecSpec defines the desired state of the AuthenticationFilter type.

AuthenticationFilterSpec

AuthenticationFilterSpec defines the desired state of the AuthenticationFilter type.

Appears in:

FieldDescription
type AuthenticationFilterTypeType defines the type of authentication provider to use. Supported provider types are “JWT”.
jwtProviders JwtAuthenticationFilterProvider arrayJWT defines the JSON Web Token (JWT) authentication provider type. When multiple jwtProviders are specified, the JWT is considered valid if any of the providers successfully validate the JWT. For additional details, see https://www.envoyproxy.io/docs/envoy/latest/configuration/http/http_filters/jwt_authn_filter.html.

AuthenticationFilterType

Underlying type: string

AuthenticationFilterType is a type of authentication provider.

Appears in:

GlobalRateLimit

GlobalRateLimit defines global rate limit configuration.

Appears in:

FieldDescription
rules RateLimitRule arrayRules are a list of RateLimit selectors and limits. Each rule and its associated limit is applied in a mutually exclusive way i.e. if multiple rules get selected, each of their associated limits get applied, so a single traffic request might increase the rate limit counters for multiple rules if selected.

HeaderMatch

HeaderMatch defines the match attributes within the HTTP Headers of the request.

Appears in:

FieldDescription
type HeaderMatchTypeType specifies how to match against the value of the header.
name stringName of the HTTP header.
value stringValue within the HTTP header. Due to the case-insensitivity of header names, “foo” and “Foo” are considered equivalent. Do not set this field when Type=“Distinct”, implying matching on any/all unique values within the header.

HeaderMatchType

Underlying type: string

HeaderMatchType specifies the semantics of how HTTP header values should be compared. Valid HeaderMatchType values are “Exact”, “RegularExpression”, and “Distinct”.

Appears in:

JwtAuthenticationFilterProvider

JwtAuthenticationFilterProvider defines the JSON Web Token (JWT) authentication provider type and how JWTs should be verified:

Appears in:

FieldDescription
name stringName defines a unique name for the JWT provider. A name can have a variety of forms, including RFC1123 subdomains, RFC 1123 labels, or RFC 1035 labels.
issuer stringIssuer is the principal that issued the JWT and takes the form of a URL or email address. For additional details, see https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc7519#section-4.1.1 for URL format and https://rfc-editor.org/rfc/rfc5322.html for email format. If not provided, the JWT issuer is not checked.
audiences string arrayAudiences is a list of JWT audiences allowed access. For additional details, see https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc7519#section-4.1.3. If not provided, JWT audiences are not checked.
remoteJWKS RemoteJWKSRemoteJWKS defines how to fetch and cache JSON Web Key Sets (JWKS) from a remote HTTP/HTTPS endpoint.

RateLimitFilter

RateLimitFilter allows the user to limit the number of incoming requests to a predefined value based on attributes within the traffic flow.

FieldDescription
apiVersion stringgateway.envoyproxy.io/v1alpha1
kind stringRateLimitFilter
metadata ObjectMetaRefer to Kubernetes API documentation for fields of metadata.
spec RateLimitFilterSpecSpec defines the desired state of RateLimitFilter.

RateLimitFilterSpec

RateLimitFilterSpec defines the desired state of RateLimitFilter.

Appears in:

FieldDescription
type RateLimitTypeType decides the scope for the RateLimits. Valid RateLimitType values are “Global”.
global GlobalRateLimitGlobal defines global rate limit configuration.

RateLimitRule

RateLimitRule defines the semantics for matching attributes from the incoming requests, and setting limits for them.

Appears in:

FieldDescription
clientSelectors RateLimitSelectCondition arrayClientSelectors holds the list of select conditions to select specific clients using attributes from the traffic flow. All individual select conditions must hold True for this rule and its limit to be applied. If this field is empty, it is equivalent to True, and the limit is applied.
limit RateLimitValueLimit holds the rate limit values. This limit is applied for traffic flows when the selectors compute to True, causing the request to be counted towards the limit. The limit is enforced and the request is ratelimited, i.e. a response with 429 HTTP status code is sent back to the client when the selected requests have reached the limit.

RateLimitSelectCondition

RateLimitSelectCondition specifies the attributes within the traffic flow that can be used to select a subset of clients to be ratelimited. All the individual conditions must hold True for the overall condition to hold True.

Appears in:

FieldDescription
headers HeaderMatch arrayHeaders is a list of request headers to match. Multiple header values are ANDed together, meaning, a request MUST match all the specified headers.
sourceIP stringSourceIP is the IP CIDR that represents the range of Source IP Addresses of the client. These could also be the intermediate addresses through which the request has flown through and is part of the X-Forwarded-For header. For example, 192.168.0.1/32, 192.168.0.0/24, 001:db8::/64. All IP Addresses within the specified SourceIP CIDR are treated as a single client selector and share the same rate limit bucket.

RateLimitType

Underlying type: string

RateLimitType specifies the types of RateLimiting.

Appears in:

RateLimitUnit

Underlying type: string

RateLimitUnit specifies the intervals for setting rate limits. Valid RateLimitUnit values are “Second”, “Minute”, “Hour”, and “Day”.

Appears in:

RateLimitValue

RateLimitValue defines the limits for rate limiting.

Appears in:

FieldDescription
requests integer
unit RateLimitUnit

RemoteJWKS

RemoteJWKS defines how to fetch and cache JSON Web Key Sets (JWKS) from a remote HTTP/HTTPS endpoint.

Appears in:

FieldDescription
uri stringURI is the HTTPS URI to fetch the JWKS. Envoy’s system trust bundle is used to validate the server certificate.

4 - Get Involved

This section includes contents related to Contributions

4.1 - Roadmap

This section records the roadmap of Envoy Gateway.

This document serves as a high-level reference for Envoy Gateway users and contributors to understand the direction of the project.

Contributing to the Roadmap

  • To add a feature to the roadmap, create an issue or join a community meeting to discuss your use case. If your feature is accepted, a maintainer will assign your issue to a release milestone and update this document accordingly.
  • To help with an existing roadmap item, comment on or assign yourself to the associated issue.
  • If a roadmap item doesn’t have an issue, create one, assign yourself to the issue, and reference this document. A maintainer will submit a pull request to add the feature to the roadmap. Note: The feature should be discussed in an issue or a community meeting before implementing it.

If you don’t know where to start contributing, help is needed to reduce technical, automation, and documentation debt. Look for issues with the help wanted label to get started.

Details

Roadmap features and timelines may change based on feedback, community contributions, etc. If you depend on a specific roadmap item, you’re encouraged to attend a community meeting to discuss the details, or help us deliver the feature by contributing to the project.

Last Updated: April 2023

v0.2.0: Establish a Solid Foundation

  • Complete the core Envoy Gateway implementation- Issue #60.
  • Establish initial testing, e2e, integration, etc- Issue #64.
  • Establish user and developer project documentation- Issue #17.
  • Achieve Gateway API conformance (e.g. routing, LB, Header transformation, etc.)- Issue #65.
  • Setup a CI/CD pipeline- Issue #63.

v0.3.0: Drive Advanced Features through Extension Mechanisms

v0.4.0: Customizing Envoy Gateway

  • Extending Envoy Gateway control plane Issue #20
  • Helm based installation for Envoy Gateway Issue #650
  • Customizing managed Envoy Proxy Kubernetes resource fields Issue #648
  • Configuring xDS Bootstrap Issue #31

v0.5.0: Observability and Scale

  • Observability for control plane and data plane Issue #701.
  • Compute and document Envoy Gateway performance Issue #1365.
  • Allow users to configure xDS Resources Issue #24.

v0.6.0: Preparation for GA

4.2 - Developer Guide

This section tells how to develop Envoy Gateway.

Envoy Gateway is built using a make-based build system. Our CI is based on Github Actions using workflows.

Prerequisites

go

make

docker

python3

  • Need a python3 program
  • Must have a functioning venv module; this is part of the standard library, but some distributions (such as Debian and Ubuntu) replace it with a stub and require you to install a python3-venv package separately.

Quickstart

  • Run make help to see all the available targets to build, test and run Envoy Gateway.

Building

  • Run make build to build all the binaries.
  • Run make build BINS="envoy-gateway" to build the Envoy Gateway binary.
  • Run make build BINS="egctl" to build the egctl binary.

Note: The binaries get generated in the bin/$OS/$ARCH directory, for example, bin/linux/amd64/.

Testing

  • Run make test to run the golang tests.

  • Run make testdata to generate the golden YAML testdata files.

Running Linters

  • Run make lint to make sure your code passes all the linter checks. Note: The golangci-lint configuration resides here.

Building and Pushing the Image

  • Run IMAGE=docker.io/you/gateway-dev make image to build the docker image.
  • Run IMAGE=docker.io/you/gateway-dev make push-multiarch to build and push the multi-arch docker image.

Note: Replace IMAGE with your registry’s image name.

Deploying Envoy Gateway for Test/Dev

  • Run make create-cluster to create a Kind cluster.

Option 1: Use the Latest gateway-dev Image

  • Run TAG=latest make kube-deploy to deploy Envoy Gateway in the Kind cluster using the latest image. Replace latest to use a different image tag.

Option 2: Use a Custom Image

  • Run make kube-install-image to build an image from the tip of your current branch and load it in the Kind cluster.
  • Run IMAGE_PULL_POLICY=IfNotPresent make kube-deploy to install Envoy Gateway into the Kind cluster using your custom image.

Deploying Envoy Gateway in Kubernetes

  • Run TAG=latest make kube-deploy to deploy Envoy Gateway using the latest image into a Kubernetes cluster (linked to the current kube context). Preface the command with IMAGE or replace TAG to use a different Envoy Gateway image or tag.
  • Run make kube-undeploy to uninstall Envoy Gateway from the cluster.

Note: Envoy Gateway is tested against Kubernetes v1.24.0.

Demo Setup

  • Run make kube-demo to deploy a demo backend service, gatewayclass, gateway and httproute resource (similar to steps outlined in the Quickstart docs) and test the configuration.
  • Run make kube-demo-undeploy to delete the resources created by the make kube-demo command.

Run Gateway API Conformance Tests

The commands below deploy Envoy Gateway to a Kubernetes cluster and run the Gateway API conformance tests. Refer to the Gateway API conformance homepage to learn more about the tests. If Envoy Gateway is already installed, run TAG=latest make run-conformance to run the conformance tests.

On a Linux Host

  • Run TAG=latest make conformance to create a Kind cluster, install Envoy Gateway using the latest gateway-dev image, and run Gateway API conformance tests.

On a Mac Host

Since Mac doesn’t support directly exposing the Docker network to the Mac host, use one of the following workarounds to run conformance tests:

  • Deploy your own Kubernetes cluster or use Docker Desktop with Kubernetes support and then run TAG=latest make kube-deploy run-conformance. This will install Envoy Gateway using the latest gateway-dev image to the Kubernetes cluster using the current kubectl context and run the conformance tests. Use make kube-undeploy to uninstall Envoy Gateway.
  • Install and run Docker Mac Net Connect and then run TAG=latest make conformance.

Note: Preface commands with IMAGE or replace TAG to use a different Envoy Gateway image or tag. If TAG is unspecified, the short SHA of your current branch is used.

Debugging the Envoy Config

An easy way to view the envoy config that Envoy Gateway is using is to port-forward to the admin interface port (currently 19000) on the Envoy deployment that corresponds to a Gateway so that it can be accessed locally.

Get the name of the Envoy deployment. The following example is for Gateway eg in the default namespace:

export ENVOY_DEPLOYMENT=$(kubectl get deploy -n envoy-gateway-system --selector=gateway.envoyproxy.io/owning-gateway-namespace=default,gateway.envoyproxy.io/owning-gateway-name=eg -o jsonpath='{.items[0].metadata.name}')

Port forward the admin interface port:

kubectl port-forward deploy/${ENVOY_DEPLOYMENT} -n envoy-gateway-system 19000:19000

Now you are able to view the running Envoy configuration by navigating to 127.0.0.1:19000/config_dump.

There are many other endpoints on the Envoy admin interface that may be helpful when debugging.

JWT Testing

An example JSON Web Token (JWT) and JSON Web Key Set (JWKS) are used for the request authentication user guide. The JWT was created by the JWT Debugger, using the RS256 algorithm. The public key from the JWTs verify signature was copied to JWK Creator for generating the JWK. The JWK Creator was configured with matching settings, i.e. Signing public key use and the RS256 algorithm. The generated JWK was wrapped in a JWKS structure and is hosted in the repo.

4.3 - Contributing

This section tells how to contribute to Envoy Gateway.

We welcome contributions from the community. Please carefully review the project goals and following guidelines to streamline your contributions.

Communication

  • Before starting work on a major feature, please contact us via GitHub or Slack. We will ensure no one else is working on it and ask you to open a GitHub issue.
  • A “major feature” is defined as any change that is > 100 LOC altered (not including tests), or changes any user-facing behavior. We will use the GitHub issue to discuss the feature and come to agreement. This is to prevent your time being wasted, as well as ours. The GitHub review process for major features is also important so that affiliations with commit access can come to agreement on the design. If it’s appropriate to write a design document, the document must be hosted either in the GitHub issue, or linked to from the issue and hosted in a world-readable location.
  • Small patches and bug fixes don’t need prior communication.

Inclusivity

The Envoy Gateway community has an explicit goal to be inclusive to all. As such, all PRs must adhere to the following guidelines for all code, APIs, and documentation:

  • The following words and phrases are not allowed:
    • Whitelist: use allowlist instead.
    • Blacklist: use denylist or blocklist instead.
    • Master: use primary instead.
    • Slave: use secondary or replica instead.
  • Documentation should be written in an inclusive style. The Google developer documentation contains an excellent reference on this topic.
  • The above policy is not considered definitive and may be amended in the future as industry best practices evolve. Additional comments on this topic may be provided by maintainers during code review.

Submitting a PR

  • Fork the repo.
  • Hack
  • DCO sign-off each commit. This can be done with git commit -s.
  • Submit your PR.
  • Tests will automatically run for you.
  • We will not merge any PR that is not passing tests.
  • PRs are expected to have 100% test coverage for added code. This can be verified with a coverage build. If your PR cannot have 100% coverage for some reason please clearly explain why when you open it.
  • Any PR that changes user-facing behavior must have associated documentation in the docs folder of the repo as well as the changelog.
  • All code comments and documentation are expected to have proper English grammar and punctuation. If you are not a fluent English speaker (or a bad writer ;-)) please let us know and we will try to find some help but there are no guarantees.
  • Your PR title should be descriptive, and generally start with type that contains a subsystem name with () if necessary and summary followed by a colon. format chore/docs/feat/fix/refactor/style/test: summary. Examples:
    • “docs: fix grammar error”
    • “feat(translator): add new feature”
    • “fix: fix xx bug”
    • “chore: change ci & build tools etc”
  • Your PR commit message will be used as the commit message when your PR is merged. You should update this field if your PR diverges during review.
  • Your PR description should have details on what the PR does. If it fixes an existing issue it should end with “Fixes #XXX”.
  • If your PR is co-authored or based on an earlier PR from another contributor, please attribute them with Co-authored-by: name <name@example.com>. See GitHub’s multiple author guidance for further details.
  • When all tests are passing and all other conditions described herein are satisfied, a maintainer will be assigned to review and merge the PR.
  • Once you submit a PR, please do not rebase it. It’s much easier to review if subsequent commits are new commits and/or merges. We squash and merge so the number of commits you have in the PR doesn’t matter.
  • We expect that once a PR is opened, it will be actively worked on until it is merged or closed. We reserve the right to close PRs that are not making progress. This is generally defined as no changes for 7 days. Obviously PRs that are closed due to lack of activity can be reopened later. Closing stale PRs helps us to keep on top of all the work currently in flight.

Maintainer PR Review Policy

  • See CODEOWNERS.md for the current list of maintainers.
  • A maintainer representing a different affiliation from the PR owner is required to review and approve the PR.
  • When the project matures, it is expected that a “domain expert” for the code the PR touches should review the PR. This person does not require commit access, just domain knowledge.
  • The above rules may be waived for PRs which only update docs or comments, or trivial changes to tests and tools (where trivial is decided by the maintainer in question).
  • If there is a question on who should review a PR please discuss in Slack.
  • Anyone is welcome to review any PR that they want, whether they are a maintainer or not.
  • Please make sure that the PR title, commit message, and description are updated if the PR changes significantly during review.
  • Please clean up the title and body before merging. By default, GitHub fills the squash merge title with the original title, and the commit body with every individual commit from the PR. The maintainer doing the merge should make sure the title follows the guidelines above and should overwrite the body with the original commit message from the PR (cleaning it up if necessary) while preserving the PR author’s final DCO sign-off.

Decision making

This is a new and complex project, and we need to make a lot of decisions very quickly. To this end, we’ve settled on this process for making (possibly contentious) decisions:

  • For decisions that need a record, we create an issue.
  • In that issue, we discuss opinions, then a maintainer can call for a vote in a comment.
  • Maintainers can cast binding votes on that comment by reacting or replying in another comment.
  • Non-maintainer community members are welcome to cast non-binding votes by either of these methods.
  • Voting will be resolved by simple majority.
  • In the event of deadlocks, the question will be put to steering instead.

DCO: Sign your work

The sign-off is a simple line at the end of the explanation for the patch, which certifies that you wrote it or otherwise have the right to pass it on as an open-source patch. The rules are pretty simple: if you can certify the below (from developercertificate.org):

Developer Certificate of Origin
Version 1.1

Copyright (C) 2004, 2006 The Linux Foundation and its contributors.
660 York Street, Suite 102,
San Francisco, CA 94110 USA

Everyone is permitted to copy and distribute verbatim copies of this
license document, but changing it is not allowed.


Developer's Certificate of Origin 1.1

By making a contribution to this project, I certify that:

(a) The contribution was created in whole or in part by me and I
    have the right to submit it under the open source license
    indicated in the file; or

(b) The contribution is based upon previous work that, to the best
    of my knowledge, is covered under an appropriate open source
    license and I have the right under that license to submit that
    work with modifications, whether created in whole or in part
    by me, under the same open source license (unless I am
    permitted to submit under a different license), as indicated
    in the file; or

(c) The contribution was provided directly to me by some other
    person who certified (a), (b) or (c) and I have not modified
    it.

(d) I understand and agree that this project and the contribution
    are public and that a record of the contribution (including all
    personal information I submit with it, including my sign-off) is
    maintained indefinitely and may be redistributed consistent with
    this project or the open source license(s) involved.

then you just add a line to every git commit message:

Signed-off-by: Joe Smith <joe@gmail.com>

using your real name (sorry, no pseudonyms or anonymous contributions.)

You can add the sign-off when creating the git commit via git commit -s.

If you want this to be automatic you can set up some aliases:

git config --add alias.amend "commit -s --amend"
git config --add alias.c "commit -s"

Fixing DCO

If your PR fails the DCO check, it’s necessary to fix the entire commit history in the PR. Best practice is to squash the commit history to a single commit, append the DCO sign-off as described above, and force push. For example, if you have 2 commits in your history:

git rebase -i HEAD^^
(interactive squash + DCO append)
git push origin -f

Note, that in general rewriting history in this way is a hindrance to the review process and this should only be done to correct a DCO mistake.

4.4 - Code of Conduct

This section includes Code of Conduct of Envoy Gateway.

Envoy Gateway follows the CNCF Code of Conduct.

4.5 - Maintainers

This section includes Maintainers of Envoy Gateway.

The following maintainers, listed in alphabetical order, own everything

  • @AliceProxy
  • @arkodg
  • @Xunzhuo
  • @zirain
  • @qicz

Emeritus Maintainers

  • @danehans
  • @alexgervais
  • @skriss
  • @youngnick

4.6 - Release Process

This section tells the release process of Envoy Gateway.

This document guides maintainers through the process of creating an Envoy Gateway release.

Release Candidate

The following steps should be used for creating a release candidate.

Prerequisites

  • Permissions to push to the Envoy Gateway repository.

Set environment variables for use in subsequent steps:

export MAJOR_VERSION=0
export MINOR_VERSION=3
export RELEASE_CANDIDATE_NUMBER=1
export GITHUB_REMOTE=origin
  1. Clone the repo, checkout the main branch, ensure it’s up-to-date, and your local branch is clean.

  2. Create a topic branch for adding the release notes and updating the VERSION file with the release version. Refer to previous release notes and VERSION for additional details.

  3. Sign, commit, and push your changes to your fork.

  4. Submit a Pull Request to merge the changes into the main branch. Do not proceed until your PR has merged and the Build and Test has successfully completed.

  5. Create a new release branch from main. The release branch should be named release/v${MAJOR_VERSION}.${MINOR_VERSION}, e.g. release/v0.3.

    git checkout -b release/v${MAJOR_VERSION}.${MINOR_VERSION}
    
  6. Push the branch to the Envoy Gateway repo.

    git push ${GITHUB_REMOTE} release/v${MAJOR_VERSION}.${MINOR_VERSION}
    
  7. Create a topic branch for updating the Envoy proxy image to the tag supported by the release. Reference PR #958 for additional details on updating the image tag.

  8. Sign, commit, and push your changes to your fork.

  9. Submit a Pull Request to merge the changes into the release/v${MAJOR_VERSION}.${MINOR_VERSION} branch. Do not proceed until your PR has merged into the release branch and the Build and Test has completed for your PR.

  10. Ensure your release branch is up-to-date and tag the head of your release branch with the release candidate number.

    git tag -a v${MAJOR_VERSION}.${MINOR_VERSION}.0-rc.${RELEASE_CANDIDATE_NUMBER} -m 'Envoy Gateway v${MAJOR_VERSION}.${MINOR_VERSION}.0-rc.${RELEASE_CANDIDATE_NUMBER} Release Candidate'
    
  11. Push the tag to the Envoy Gateway repository.

    git push ${GITHUB_REMOTE} v${MAJOR_VERSION}.${MINOR_VERSION}.0-rc.${RELEASE_CANDIDATE_NUMBER}
    
  12. This will trigger the release GitHub action that generates the release, release artifacts, etc.

  13. Confirm that the release workflow completed successfully.

  14. Confirm that the Envoy Gateway image with the correct release tag was published to Docker Hub.

  15. Confirm that the release was created.

  16. Note that the Quickstart Guide references are not updated for release candidates. However, test the quickstart steps using the release candidate by manually updating the links.

  17. Generate the GitHub changelog.

  18. Ensure you check the “This is a pre-release” checkbox when editing the GitHub release.

  19. If you find any bugs in this process, please create an issue.

Setup cherry picker action

After release branch cut, RM (Release Manager) should add job cherrypick action for target release.

Configuration looks like following:

  cherry_pick_release_v0_4:
    runs-on: ubuntu-latest
    name: Cherry pick into release-v0.4
    if: ${{ contains(github.event.pull_request.labels.*.name, 'cherrypick/release-v0.4') && github.event.pull_request.merged == true }}
    steps:
      - name: Checkout
        uses: actions/checkout@b4ffde65f46336ab88eb53be808477a3936bae11  # v4.1.1
        with:
          fetch-depth: 0
      - name: Cherry pick into release/v0.4
        uses: carloscastrojumo/github-cherry-pick-action@a145da1b8142e752d3cbc11aaaa46a535690f0c5  # v1.0.9
        with:
          branch: release/v0.4
          title: "[release/v0.4] {old_title}"
          body: "Cherry picking #{old_pull_request_id} onto release/v0.4"
          labels: |
            cherrypick/release-v0.4            
          # put release manager here
          reviewers: |
            AliceProxy            

Replace v0.4 with real branch name, and AliceProxy with the real name of RM.

Minor Release

The following steps should be used for creating a minor release.

Prerequisites

  • Permissions to push to the Envoy Gateway repository.
  • A release branch that has been cut from the corresponding release candidate. Refer to the Release Candidate section for additional details on cutting a release candidate.

Set environment variables for use in subsequent steps:

export MAJOR_VERSION=0
export MINOR_VERSION=3
export GITHUB_REMOTE=origin
  1. Clone the repo, checkout the main branch, ensure it’s up-to-date, and your local branch is clean.

  2. Create a topic branch for adding the release notes, release announcement, and versioned release docs.

    1. Create the release notes. Reference previous release notes for additional details. Note: The release notes should be an accumulation of the release candidate release notes and any changes since the release candidate.
    2. Create a release announcement. Refer to PR #635 as an example release announcement.
    3. Include the release in the compatibility matrix. Refer to PR #1002 as an example.
    4. Generate the versioned release docs:
       make docs-release TAG=v${MAJOR_VERSION}.${MINOR_VERSION}
    
  3. Sign, commit, and push your changes to your fork.

  4. Submit a Pull Request to merge the changes into the main branch. Do not proceed until all your PRs have merged and the Build and Test has completed for your final PR.

  5. Checkout the release branch.

    git checkout -b release/v${MAJOR_VERSION}.${MINOR_VERSION} $GITHUB_REMOTE/release/v${MAJOR_VERSION}.${MINOR_VERSION}
    
  6. If the tip of the release branch does not match the tip of main, perform the following:

    1. Create a topic branch from the release branch.

    2. Cherry-pick the commits from main that differ from the release branch.

    3. Run tests locally, e.g. make lint.

    4. Sign, commit, and push your topic branch to your Envoy Gateway fork.

    5. Submit a PR to merge the topic from of your fork into the Envoy Gateway release branch.

    6. Do not proceed until the PR has merged and CI passes for the merged PR.

    7. If you are still on your topic branch, change to the release branch:

      git checkout release/v${MAJOR_VERSION}.${MINOR_VERSION}
      
    8. Ensure your local release branch is up-to-date:

      git pull $GITHUB_REMOTE release/v${MAJOR_VERSION}.${MINOR_VERSION}
      
  7. Tag the head of your release branch with the release tag. For example:

    git tag -a v${MAJOR_VERSION}.${MINOR_VERSION}.0 -m 'Envoy Gateway v${MAJOR_VERSION}.${MINOR_VERSION}.0 Release'
    

    Note: The tag version differs from the release branch by including the .0 patch version.

  8. Push the tag to the Envoy Gateway repository.

    git push origin v${MAJOR_VERSION}.${MINOR_VERSION}.0
    
  9. This will trigger the release GitHub action that generates the release, release artifacts, etc.

  10. Confirm that the release workflow completed successfully.

  11. Confirm that the Envoy Gateway image with the correct release tag was published to Docker Hub.

  12. Confirm that the release was created.

  13. Confirm that the steps in the Quickstart Guide work as expected.

  14. Generate the GitHub changelog and include the following text at the beginning of the release page:

# Release Announcement

Check out the [v${MAJOR_VERSION}.${MINOR_VERSION} release announcement]
(https://gateway.envoyproxy.io/releases/v${MAJOR_VERSION}.${MINOR_VERSION}.html) to learn more about the release.

If you find any bugs in this process, please create an issue.

Announce the Release

It’s important that the world knows about the release. Use the following steps to announce the release.

  1. Set the release information in the Envoy Gateway Slack channel. For example:

    Envoy Gateway v${MAJOR_VERSION}.${MINOR_VERSION} has been released: https://github.com/envoyproxy/gateway/releases/tag/v${MAJOR_VERSION}.${MINOR_VERSION}.0
    
  2. Send a message to the Envoy Gateway Slack channel. For example:

    On behalf of the entire Envoy Gateway community, I am pleased to announce the release of Envoy Gateway
    v${MAJOR_VERSION}.${MINOR_VERSION