Kiali is an observability console for Istio with service mesh configuration and validation capabilities. It helps you understand the structure and health of your service mesh by monitoring traffic flow to infer the topology and report errors. Kiali provides detailed metrics and a basic Grafana integration, which can be used for advanced queries. Distributed tracing is provided by integration with Jaeger.
Option 1: Quick start
Istio provides a basic sample installation to quickly get Kiali up and running:
$ kubectl apply -f https://raw.githubusercontent.com/istio/istio/release-1.16/samples/addons/kiali.yaml
This will deploy Kiali into your cluster. This is intended for demonstration only, and is not tuned for performance or security.
Option 2: Customizable install
The Kiali project offers its own quick start guide and customizable installation methods. We recommend production users follow those instructions to ensure they stay up to date with the latest versions and best practices.
For more information about using Kiali, see the Visualizing Your Mesh task.