This page shows how to create a Kubernetes Service object that external clients can use to access an application running in a cluster. The Service provides load balancing for an application that has two running instances.
You need to have a Kubernetes cluster, and the kubectl command-line tool must be configured to communicate with your cluster. If you do not already have a cluster, you can create one by using Minikube, or you can use one of these Kubernetes playgrounds:
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Run a Hello World application in your cluster:
kubectl run hello-world --replicas=2 --labels="run=load-balancer-example" --image=gcr.io/google-samples/node-hello:1.0 --port=8080
Display information about the Deployment:
kubectl get deployments hello-world kubectl describe deployments hello-world
Display information about your ReplicaSet objects:
kubectl get replicasets kubectl describe replicasets
Create a Service object that exposes the deployment:
kubectl expose deployment hello-world --type=NodePort --name=example-service
Display information about the Service:
kubectl describe services example-service
The output is similar to this:
Name: example-service Namespace: default Labels: run=load-balancer-example Annotations: <none> Selector: run=load-balancer-example Type: NodePort IP: 10.32.0.16 Port: <unset> 8080/TCP TargetPort: 8080/TCP NodePort: <unset> 31496/TCP Endpoints: 10.200.1.4:8080,10.200.2.5:8080 Session Affinity: None Events: <none>
Make a note of the NodePort value for the service. For example, in the preceding output, the NodePort value is 31496.
List the pods that are running the Hello World application:
kubectl get pods --selector="run=load-balancer-example" --output=wide
The output is similar to this:
NAME READY STATUS ... IP NODE hello-world-2895499144-bsbk5 1/1 Running ... 10.200.1.4 worker1 hello-world-2895499144-m1pwt 1/1 Running ... 10.200.2.5 worker2
Get the public IP address of one of your nodes that is running
a Hello World pod. How you get this address depends on how you set
up your cluster. For example, if you are using Minikube, you can
see the node address by running
kubectl cluster-info. If you are
using Google Compute Engine instances, you can use the
gcloud compute instances list command to see the public addresses of your
On your chosen node, create a firewall rule that allows TCP traffic on your node port. For example, if your Service has a NodePort value of 31568, create a firewall rule that allows TCP traffic on port 31568. Different cloud providers offer different ways of configuring firewall rules.
Use the node address and node port to access the Hello World application:
<public-node-ip> is the public IP address of your node,
<node-port> is the NodePort value for your service. The
response to a successful request is a hello message:
As an alternative to using
kubectl expose, you can use a
service configuration file
to create a Service.
To delete the Service, enter this command:
kubectl delete services example-service
To delete the Deployment, the ReplicaSet, and the Pods that are running the Hello World application, enter this command:
kubectl delete deployment hello-world
Learn more about connecting applications with services.
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