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Deploy a sample application

To play with Istio and demonstrate some of it's capabilities, you will deploy the example BookInfo application, which is included the Istio package.

What is the Bookinfo Application

This application is a polyglot composition of microservices are written in different languages and sample BookInfo application displays information about a book, similar to a single catalog entry of an online book store. Displayed on the page is a description of the book, book details (ISBN, number of pages, and so on), and a few book reviews.

The end-to-end architecture of the application is shown in the figure.

Figure: BookInfo deployed off the mesh

It’s worth noting that these services have no dependencies on Istio, but make an interesting service mesh example, particularly because of the multitude of services, languages and versions for the reviews service.

As shown in the figure below, proxies are sidecarred to each of the application containers.

Figure: BookInfo deployed on the mesh

Sidecars proxy can be either manually or automatically injected into the pods. Automatic sidecar injection requires that your Kubernetes api-server supports `` or `` or `` APIs. Verify whether your Kubernetes deployment supports these APIs by executing:
1kubectl api-versions | grep admissionregistration

If your environment does NOT supports either of these two APIs, then you may use manual sidecar injection to deploy the sample app.

As part of Istio deployment in Previous chapter, you have deployed the sidecar injector.

Deploying Sample App with Automatic sidecar injection

Istio, deployed as part of this workshop, will also deploy the sidecar injector. Let us now verify sidecar injector deployment.
1kubectl -n istio-system get configmaps istio-sidecar-injector


2istio-sidecar-injector 2 9h

NamespaceSelector decides whether to run the webhook on an object based on whether the namespace for that object matches the selector.

1kubectl get namespace -L istio-injection


2default Active 1h enabled
3istio-system Active 1h disabled
4kube-public Active 1h
5kube-system Active 1h

Using Meshery, navigate to the Istio management page.

  1. Enter default in the Namespace field.
  2. Click the (+) icon on the Sample Application card and select BookInfo Application from the list.

This will do 3 things:

  1. Label default namespace for sidecar injection.
  2. Deploys all the BookInfo services in the default namespace.
  3. Deploys the virtual service and gateway needed to expose the BookInfo's productpage application in the default namespace.

Verify Bookinfo deployment

  1. Verify that the deployments are all in a state of AVAILABLE before continuing.
1watch kubectl get deployment
  1. Choose a service, for instance productpage, and view it's container configuration:
1kubectl get po
3kubectl describe pod productpage-v1-.....
  1. Examine details of the services:
1kubectl describe svc productpage

Next, you will expose the BookInfo application to be accessed external from the cluster.

Alternative: Manual installation

Follow this if the above steps did not work for you

Label namespace for injection

Label the default namespace with istio-injection=enabled

1kubectl label namespace default istio-injection=enabled
1kubectl get namespace -L istio-injection


2default Active 1h enabled
3istio-system Active 1h disabled
4kube-public Active 1h
5kube-system Active 1h

Deploy BookInfo

Applying this yaml file included in the Istio package you collected in Getting Started will deploy the BookInfo app in you cluster.

1kubectl apply -f samples/bookinfo/platform/kube/bookinfo.yaml

Deploy Gateway and Virtual Service for BookInfo app

1kubectl apply -f samples/bookinfo/networking/bookinfo-gateway.yaml

Manual Sidecar Injection

Use this only when Automatic Sidecar injection doesn't work

To do a manual sidecar injection we will be using istioctl command:

1curl | istioctl kube-inject -f - > newBookInfo.yaml

Observing the new yaml file reveals that additional container Istio Proxy has been added to the Pods with necessary configurations:

2 imagePullPolicy: IfNotPresent
3 name: istio-proxy

We need to now deploy the new yaml using kubectl

1kubectl apply -f newBookInfo.yaml

To do both in a single command:

1kubectl apply -f <(curl | istioctl kube-inject -f -)

Now continue to Verify Bookinfo deployment.


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