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Install on Google Kubernetes Engine
This guide walks you through the installation of the latest version of all Knative components using pre-built images.
You can find guides for other platforms here.
Before you begin
Cloud Run on GKE is a hosted offering on top of GKE that builds around Istio and Knative Serving.
Knative requires a Kubernetes cluster v1.14 or newer, as well as a compatible
kubectl. This guide walks you through creating a cluster with the correct
specifications for Knative on Google Cloud Platform (GCP).
This guide assumes you are using
bash in a Mac or Linux environment; some
commands will need to be adjusted for use in a Windows environment.
Installing the Google Cloud SDK and
- If you already have
kubectl, you can skip these steps.
Tip: To check which version of
kubectlyou have installed, enter:
Download and install the
gcloudcommand line tool: https://cloud.google.com/sdk/docs/quickstarts
gcloud components install kubectl
gcloud auth login
Setting environment variables
To simplify the command lines for this walkthrough, we need to define a few environment variables.
CLUSTER_ZONE variables, you can replace
us-west1-c with cluster name and zone of your choosing.
CLUSTER_NAME needs to be lowercase and unique among any other Kubernetes
clusters in your GCP project. The zone can be
any compute zone available on GCP.
These variables are used later to create a Kubernetes cluster.
export CLUSTER_NAME=knative export CLUSTER_ZONE=us-west1-c
Setting up a Google Cloud Platform project
You need a Google Cloud Platform (GCP) project to create a Google Kubernetes Engine cluster.
PROJECTenvironment variable, you can replace
my-knative-projectwith the desired name of your GCP project. If you don’t have one, we’ll create one in the next step.
- If you don’t have a GCP project, create and set it as your
gcloud projects create $PROJECT --set-as-default
You also need to enable billing for your new project.
- If you already have a GCP project, make sure your project is set as your
gcloud config set core/project $PROJECT
gcloud config get-value projectto view the ID of your default GCP project.
- Enable the necessary APIs:
gcloud services enable \ cloudapis.googleapis.com \ container.googleapis.com \ containerregistry.googleapis.com
Creating a Kubernetes cluster
To make sure the cluster is large enough to host Knative and its dependencies, the recommended configuration for a cluster is:
- Kubernetes version 1.14 or later
- 4 vCPU nodes (
- Node autoscaling, up to 10 nodes
- API scopes for
- Create a Kubernetes cluster on GKE with the required specifications:
gcloud beta container clusters create $CLUSTER_NAME \ --addons=HorizontalPodAutoscaling,HttpLoadBalancing,Istio \ --machine-type=n1-standard-4 \ --cluster-version=latest --zone=$CLUSTER_ZONE \ --enable-stackdriver-kubernetes --enable-ip-alias \ --enable-autoscaling --min-nodes=1 --max-nodes=10 \ --enable-autorepair \ --scopes cloud-platform
- Grant cluster-admin permissions to the current user:
kubectl create clusterrolebinding cluster-admin-binding \ --clusterrole=cluster-admin \ --user=$(gcloud config get-value core/account)
Admin permissions are required to create the necessary RBAC rules for Knative.
The following commands install all available Knative components as well as the standard set of observability plugins. To customize your Knative installation, see Performing a Custom Knative Installation.
- To install Knative, first install the CRDs by running the
kubectl applycommand once with the
-l knative.dev/crd-install=trueflag. This prevents race conditions during the install, which cause intermittent errors:
kubectl apply --selector knative.dev/crd-install=true \ --filename https://github.com/knative/serving/releases/download/v0.10.0/serving.yaml \ --filename https://github.com/knative/eventing/releases/download/v0.10.0/release.yaml \ --filename https://github.com/knative/serving/releases/download/v0.10.0/monitoring.yaml
- To complete the install of Knative and its dependencies, run the
kubectl applycommand again, this time without the
--selectorflag, to complete the install of Knative and its dependencies:
kubectl apply --filename https://github.com/knative/serving/releases/download/v0.10.0/serving.yaml \ --filename https://github.com/knative/eventing/releases/download/v0.10.0/release.yaml \ --filename https://github.com/knative/serving/releases/download/v0.10.0/monitoring.yaml
- Monitor the Knative components until all of the components show a
kubectl get pods --namespace knative-serving kubectl get pods --namespace knative-eventing kubectl get pods --namespace knative-monitoring
Now that your cluster has Knative installed, you can see what Knative has to offer.
To deploy your first app with the Getting Started with Knative App Deployment guide.
Get started with Knative Eventing by walking through one of the Eventing Samples.
Running a cluster in Kubernetes Engine costs money, so you might want to delete the cluster when you’re done if you’re not using it. Deleting the cluster will also remove Knative, Istio, and any apps you’ve deployed.
To delete the cluster, enter the following command:
gcloud container clusters delete $CLUSTER_NAME --zone $CLUSTER_ZONE
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