Hello World - Python

A simple web app written in Python that you can use for testing. It reads in an env variable TARGET and prints “Hello \${TARGET}!“. If TARGET is not specified, it will use “World” as the TARGET.


  • A Kubernetes cluster with Knative installed. Follow the installation instructions if you need to create one.
  • Docker installed and running on your local machine, and a Docker Hub account configured (we’ll use it for a container registry).

Steps to recreate the sample code

While you can clone all of the code from this directory, hello world apps are generally more useful if you build them step-by-step. The following instructions recreate the source files from this folder.

  1. Create a new directory and cd into it:
   mkdir app
   cd app
  1. Create a file named app.py and copy the code block below into it:
   import os

   from flask import Flask

   app = Flask(__name__)

   def hello_world():
       target = os.environ.get('TARGET', 'World')
       return 'Hello {}!\n'.format(target)

   if __name__ == "__main__":
       app.run(debug=True,host='',port=int(os.environ.get('PORT', 8080)))
  1. Create a file named Dockerfile and copy the code block below into it. See official Python docker image for more details.
   # Use the official Python image.
   # https://hub.docker.com/_/python
   FROM python:3.7

   # Copy local code to the container image.
   ENV APP_HOME /app
   COPY . .

   # Install production dependencies.
   RUN pip install Flask gunicorn

   # Run the web service on container startup. Here we use the gunicorn
   # webserver, with one worker process and 8 threads.
   # For environments with multiple CPU cores, increase the number of workers
   # to be equal to the cores available.
   CMD exec gunicorn --bind :$PORT --workers 1 --threads 8 app:app
  1. Create a new file, service.yaml and copy the following service definition into the file. Make sure to replace {username} with your Docker Hub username.
   apiVersion: serving.knative.dev/v1alpha1
   kind: Service
     name: helloworld-python
     namespace: default
               image: docker.io/{username}/helloworld-python
                 - name: TARGET
                   value: "Python Sample v1"

Build and deploy this sample

Once you have recreated the sample code files (or used the files in the sample folder) you’re ready to build and deploy the sample app.

  1. Use Docker to build the sample code into a container. To build and push with Docker Hub, run these commands replacing {username} with your Docker Hub username:
   # Build the container on your local machine
   docker build -t {username}/helloworld-python .

   # Push the container to docker registry
   docker push {username}/helloworld-python
  1. After the build has completed and the container is pushed to docker hub, you can deploy the app into your cluster. Ensure that the container image value in service.yaml matches the container you built in the previous step. Apply the configuration using kubectl:
   kubectl apply --filename service.yaml
  1. Now that your service is created, Knative will perform the following steps:

    • Create a new immutable revision for this version of the app.
    • Network programming to create a route, ingress, service, and load balance for your app.
    • Automatically scale your pods up and down (including to zero active pods).
  2. To find the IP address for your service, use these commands to get the ingress IP for your cluster. If your cluster is new, it may take sometime for the service to get asssigned an external IP address.

   # In Knative 0.2.x and prior versions, the `knative-ingressgateway` service was used instead of `istio-ingressgateway`.

   # The use of `knative-ingressgateway` is deprecated in Knative v0.3.x.
   # Use `istio-ingressgateway` instead, since `knative-ingressgateway`
   # will be removed in Knative v0.4.
   if kubectl get configmap config-istio -n knative-serving &> /dev/null; then

   kubectl get svc $INGRESSGATEWAY --namespace istio-system

   NAME                     TYPE           CLUSTER-IP     EXTERNAL-IP      PORT(S)                                      AGE
   xxxxxxx-ingressgateway   LoadBalancer   80:32380/TCP,443:32390/TCP,32400:32400/TCP   2d
  1. To find the URL for your service, use
   kubectl get ksvc helloworld-python  --output=custom-columns=NAME:.metadata.name,DOMAIN:.status.domain
   NAME                DOMAIN
   helloworld-python   helloworld-python.default.example.com
  1. Now you can make a request to your app to see the result. Replace {IP_ADDRESS} with the address you see returned in the previous step.
   curl -H "Host: helloworld-python.default.example.com" http://{IP_ADDRESS}
   Hello Python Sample v1!

Remove the sample app deployment

To remove the sample app from your cluster, delete the service record:

kubectl delete --filename service.yaml