Installation with Helm
Quick start instructions for the setup and configuration of Istio using Helm. This is the recommended install method for installing Istio to your production environment as it offers rich customization to the Istio control plane and the sidecars for the Istio data plane.
Check the Requirements for Pods and Services on Pods and Services.
Istio by default uses
LoadBalancerservice object types. Some platforms do not support
LoadBalancerservice objects. For platforms lacking
LoadBalancersupport, install Istio with
NodePortsupport instead with the flags
--set gateways.istio-ingressgateway.type=NodePort --set gateways.istio-egressgateway.type=NodePortappended to the end of the Helm operation.
If using a Helm version prior to 2.10.0, install Istio’s Custom Resource Definitions via
kubectl apply, and wait a few seconds for the CRDs to be committed in the kube-apiserver:
$ kubectl apply -f install/kubernetes/helm/istio/templates/crds.yaml
If you are enabling
certmanager, you also need to install its CRDs as well and wait a few seconds for the CRDs to be committed in the kube-apiserver:
$ kubectl apply -f install/kubernetes/helm/istio/charts/certmanager/templates/crds.yaml
Choose one of the following two mutually exclusive options described below.
Option 1: Install with Helm via
Render Istio’s core components to a Kubernetes manifest called
$ helm template install/kubernetes/helm/istio --name istio --namespace istio-system > $HOME/istio.yaml
Install the components via the manifest:
$ kubectl create namespace istio-system $ kubectl apply -f $HOME/istio.yaml
Option 2: Install with Helm and Tiller via
This option allows Helm and Tiller to manage the lifecycle of Istio.
If a service account has not already been installed for Tiller, install one:
$ kubectl apply -f install/kubernetes/helm/helm-service-account.yaml
Install Tiller on your cluster with the service account:
$ helm init --service-account tiller
$ helm install install/kubernetes/helm/istio --name istio --namespace istio-system
For option 1, uninstall using
$ kubectl delete -f $HOME/istio.yaml
For option 2, uninstall using Helm:
$ helm delete --purge istio
If your Helm version is less than 2.9.0, then you need to manually cleanup extra job resource before redeploy new version of Istio chart:
$ kubectl -n istio-system delete job --all
If desired, delete the CRDs:
$ kubectl delete -f install/kubernetes/helm/istio/templates/crds.yaml -n istio-system
Describes the options available when installing Istio using the included Helm chart.
Install minimal Istio using Helm.
Instructions to download the Istio release.
Describes the requirements for Kubernetes pods and services to run Istio.
Instructions to setup Minikube for use with Istio.
Install Istio with the included Ansible playbook.