Enabling Istio on Fission

This is the very first step for fission to integrate with Istio. For those interested in trying to integrate fission with istio, following is the set up tutorial.

Test Environment

  • Google Kubernetes Engine: 1.9.2-gke.1

Set Up

Create Kubernetes v1.9+ cluster

Enable both RBAC & initializer features on kubernetes cluster.

$ export ZONE=<zone name>
$ gcloud container clusters create istio-demo-1 \
    --machine-type=n1-standard-2 \
    --num-nodes=1 \
    --no-enable-legacy-authorization \
    --zone=$ZONE \

Grant cluster admin permissions

Grant admin permission for system:serviceaccount:kube-system:default and current user.

# for system:serviceaccount:kube-system:default
$ kubectl create clusterrolebinding --user system:serviceaccount:kube-system:default kube-system-cluster-admin --clusterrole cluster-admin

# for current user
$ kubectl create clusterrolebinding cluster-admin-binding --clusterrole=cluster-admin --user=$(gcloud config get-value core/account)

Set up Istio environment

For Istio 0.5.1 you can follow the installation tutorial below. Also, you can follow the latest installation guides on Istio official site: Quick Start and Sidecar Injection.

Download Istio 0.5.1

$ export ISTIO_VERSION=0.5.1
$ curl -L https://git.io/getLatestIstio | sh -
$ cd istio-0.5.1

Apply istio related YAML files

$ kubectl apply -f install/kubernetes/istio.yaml

Automatic sidecar injection

$ kubectl api-versions | grep admissionregistration

Installing the webhook

Download the missing files in istio release 0.5.1

$ wget https://raw.githubusercontent.com/istio/istio/master/install/kubernetes/webhook-create-signed-cert.sh -P install/kubernetes/
$ wget https://raw.githubusercontent.com/istio/istio/master/install/kubernetes/webhook-patch-ca-bundle.sh -P install/kubernetes/
$ chmod +x install/kubernetes/webhook-create-signed-cert.sh install/kubernetes/webhook-patch-ca-bundle.sh

Install the sidecar injection configmap.

$ ./install/kubernetes/webhook-create-signed-cert.sh \
    --service istio-sidecar-injector \
    --namespace istio-system \
    --secret sidecar-injector-certs

$ kubectl apply -f install/kubernetes/istio-sidecar-injector-configmap-release.yaml

Install the sidecar injector

$ cat install/kubernetes/istio-sidecar-injector.yaml | \
     ./install/kubernetes/webhook-patch-ca-bundle.sh > \

$ kubectl apply -f install/kubernetes/istio-sidecar-injector-with-ca-bundle.yaml

# Check sidecar injector status
$ kubectl -n istio-system get deployment -listio=sidecar-injector
istio-sidecar-injector   1         1         1            1           26s

Install fission

Set default namespace for helm installation, here we use fission as example namespace.

$ export FISSION_NAMESPACE=fission

Create namespace & add label for Istio sidecar injection.

$ kubectl create namespace $FISSION_NAMESPACE
$ kubectl label namespace $FISSION_NAMESPACE istio-injection=enabled
$ kubectl config set-context $(kubectl config current-context) --namespace=$FISSION_NAMESPACE

Follow the installation guide to install fission with flag enableIstio true.

$ helm install --namespace $FISSION_NAMESPACE --set enableIstio=true --name istio-demo <chart-fission-all-url>

Create a function

Set environment

$ export FISSION_URL=http://$(kubectl --namespace fission get svc controller -o=jsonpath='{..ip}')
$ export FISSION_ROUTER=$(kubectl --namespace fission get svc router -o=jsonpath='{..ip}')

Let’s create a simple function with Node.js.

# hello.js
module.exports = async function(context) {
    return {
        status: 200,
        body: "Hello, World!\n"

Create environment

$ fission env create --name nodejs --image fission/node-env:latest

Create function

$ fission fn create --name h1 --env nodejs --code hello.js --method GET

Create route

$ fission route create --method GET --url /h1 --function h1

Access function

$ curl http://$FISSION_ROUTER/h1
Hello, World!

Install Istio Add-ons

  • Prometheus
$ kubectl apply -f istio-0.5.1/install/kubernetes/addons/prometheus.yaml
$ kubectl -n istio-system port-forward $(kubectl -n istio-system get pod -l app=prometheus -o jsonpath='{.items[0].metadata.name}') 9090:9090

Web Link:

  • Grafana

Please install Prometheus first.

grafana min

$ kubectl apply -f istio-0.5.1/install/kubernetes/addons/grafana.yaml
$ kubectl -n istio-system port-forward $(kubectl -n istio-system get pod -l app=grafana -o jsonpath='{.items[0].metadata.name}') 3000:3000

Web Link:

  • Jaegar

jaeger min

$ kubectl apply -n istio-system -f https://raw.githubusercontent.com/jaegertracing/jaeger-kubernetes/master/all-in-one/jaeger-all-in-one-template.yml
$ kubectl port-forward -n istio-system $(kubectl get pod -n istio-system -l app=jaeger -o jsonpath='{.items[0].metadata.name}') 16686:16686

Web Link: http://localhost:16686