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Follow the instructions below to deploy WSO2 API Microgateway in Kubernetes.

Step 1 - Follow the installation prerequisites

Make sure to do the following:

  1. Carry  out the installation prerequisites for WSO2 API Microgateway Toolkit.
  2. Install and setup kubectl in your client machine.
  3. Setup a Kubernetes cluster.
  4. Make sure that kubectl points to your Kubernetes cluster.

Step 2 - Create a Microgateway project

  1. Navigate to a preferred workspace folder using the command line to set the location that is used to store the Microgateway project.
  2. Create a project.
    Let's create a project named k8s_project  by running the following command. This will create the folder structure for the artifacts to be included.

    micro-gw init <project_name> 
    micro-gw init k8s_project  
    Project 'k8s_project' is initialized successfully.

Step 3 - Build the Microgateway project

  1. Add the API to the project. 

    Navigate to the  /petstore/api_definitions  directory and add the OpenAPI definition(s) to this  directory. Let's use the  Petstore sample OpenAPI definition in this scenario.

    The latter mentioned instructions uses the developer first approach. However, if you wish to work with APIs that you have published in WSO2 API Manager, you can either import a single API or you can import the APIs as a group.

  2. Create the input for WSO2 API Microgateway Toolkit.
    Create a deployment.toml file that you will use as the input when creating the microgateway project. This TOML file should contain the relevant deployment configurations as shown below. For more information on each of the above parameters, see deployment.toml for Kubernetes.

        enable = true
        #name = ''
        #labels = ''
        #replicas = ''
        #enableLiveness = ''
        #initialDelaySeconds = ''
        #periodSeconds = ''
        #livenessPort = ''
        #imagePullPolicy = ''
        #image = ''
        #env = ''
        #buildImage = ''
        #copyFiles = ''
        #dockerHost = ''
        #dockerCertPath = ''
        #push = ''
        #username = ''
        #password = ''
        #baseImage = ''
        #singleYAML = ''
        enable = true
        #name = ''
        #labels = ''
        serviceType = 'NodePort'
        #port = ''
        enable = true
        ballerinaConf = '<MICROGW_TOOLKIT_HOME>/resources/conf/micro-gw.conf'
        #    name = ''
        #    mountPath = ''
        #    readOnly = false
        #    data = ['']

    Make sure to specify the complete path for the ballerinaConf, by replacing the <MICROGW_TOOLKIT_HOME> placeholder with the full path.

  3. Build the microgateway project.

    Use your command line tool to navigate to where the project directory ( k8s_project ) was created and execute the following command to build the project. 

    micro-gw build <project_name> --deployment-config deployment.toml
    micro-gw build k8s_project --deployment-config deployment.toml

    This generates the following Kubernetes resources.

    ├── k8s_project

    │   └── docker

    │       └── Dockerfile

    ├── k8s_project_config_map.yaml

    ├── k8s_project_deployment.yaml

    └── k8s_project_svc.yaml

    The Docker image to be deployed in Kubernetes is created in your local registry. You can find the image k8s_project:latest when you execute the Docker images command.

    Step 4 - Deploy the Docker image in a Kubernetes environment

    Let's SCP the image to the Kubernetes nodes to deploy the Docker image in a K8s environment.

    For more options on deploying the Docker image in a Kubernetes environment, see the Deployment related FAQs.

    1. Save the Docker image to a tar file.

      docker save <MGW-project-name>:latest > <Docker-image-name>.tar
      docker save k8s_project:latest > image.tar
    2. SCP the image to the Kubernetes nodes. 

      scp -i <identity-file> image.tar [email protected]<K8s_NODE_IP>:
      • Identity file - This refers to the public key of the Kubernetes node. For example you can get a for GCE. You have to scp the Docker image for each and every Kubernetes node.

        When using minikube, the username is docker and you can find the IP address by using the minikube ip command.

    3. Load the Docker image in the Kubernetes nodes.
      You need to execute the following command in the Kubernetes nodes. 

      docker load < [Docker-image-name].tar
      docker load < image.tar

Step 5 - Start the Kubernetes cluster

Deploy WSO2 API Microgateway in Kubernetes by deploying the Kubernetes resources (artifacts) and starting WSO2 API Microgateway.

kubectl create -f <MGW-project-name>/target/kubernetes/
kubectl create -f k8s_project/target/kubernetes/

Step 6 - Invoke the sample API

Step 6.1 - Obtain token

After the APIs are exposed via WSO2 API Microgateway, which you deployed in a Kubernetes cluster, you can invoke an API with a valid JWT token or an opaque access token.
In order to use JWT tokens, WSO2 API Microgateway should be presented with a JWT signed by a trusted OAuth2 service.
Let's use the following sample JWT token that never expires, which was generated using WSO2 API Manager for testing purposes.

JWT Token

More information

  • You can obtain a JWT token from any third-party secure token service or via the WSO2 API Manager. 
  • Alternatively, you can also use an OAuth2 token to invoke the API.

For more information, see the FAQs on Working with Tokens.

Step 6.2 - Invoke the API

Invoke the API using the JWT token using the following command.

  1. Execute the command below to set a self-contained OAuth2.0 access token in the JWT format as a variable on your terminal session.


    When you are deploying the Microgateway in production, make sure to change its default certificates.

  2. You can now invoke the API running on the Microgateway using the following cURL command.

    curl -X GET "<Any_Kubernetes_Node_IP>:<NodePort>/<API-context>/<API-resource>" -H "accept: application/xml" -H "Authorization:Bearer <JWT_TOKEN>" -k

    As this example uses NodePort as the service typein Kubernetes, you can access the API using any of the Kubernetes node IP addresses and node ports when using the latter mentioned service type.
    In addition, you can use the kubectl get svc command to list down the services that run on Kubernetes in order to get the port. However, to identify an external IP of the Kubernetes cluster you can use the command 
    kubectl get nodes -o yaml | grep -B 1 "type: ExternalIP"
    If you use minukube as the Kuberneterse cluster, then you can find the external IP by using the minikube ip command.

    curl -X GET "https://localhost:32616/petstore/v1/pet/findByStatus?status=available" -H "accept: application/xml" -H "Authorization:Bearer $TOKEN" -k
    curl -X GET "https://localhost:32616/petstore/v1/pet/1" -H "accept: application/xml" -H "Authorization:Bearer $TOKEN" -k

    In the above example, localhost is used as the Kubernetes node IP, because it was based on Kubenetes that was provided by Docker for Mac. 

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