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A Kubernetes Ingress Controller for @labstack's Armor (
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A Kubernetes Ingress Controller for LabStack's Armor


Expose Kubernetes services via Ingress objects without the need for AWS ELBs or GCE Load Balancers.


Armor is easy to use and gets certificates from Let's Encrypt automatically.


  • Run armor as a DaemonSet and backed by a ConfigMap in your cluster, listening on ports 80 and 443 on the host.
  • Start this controller that watches your Ingress objects, creates a corresponding armor config file, updates the ConfigMap and restarts armor.


There are example manifests in the manifests folder that you can use.

Start armor in your cluster:

$ kubectl create -f manifests/armor.yaml
daemonset "armor" created

Each of your nodes will run an instance of armor and each instance will listen on port 80 and 443. Make sure nothing else is listening on these ports and allow public traffic to reach your nodes.

Armor Ingress Controller

Then deploy the ingress controller:

$ kubectl create -f manifests/controller.yaml
deployment "armor-controller" created

It periodically synchronizes your Ingress descriptions with the configuration for armor.


Create Ingress objects as usual and annotate each Ingress that you want this controller to synchronize with "armor".

Armor will be configured to automatically redirect any HTTP request to the corresponding HTTPS endpoint. On first request it will get a certificate from Let's Encrypt for the request's hostname. You need to setup global DNS records to point to your cluster so that Let's Encrypt can verify that you are the owner of the domain.

Setup A records for the hostnames you picked in your Ingress to resolve to at least one or all of the public IPs of the nodes where your armor pods are running. If you picked the DaemonSet approach from above then each instance will run exactly one copy of armor.

If you don't want to manage these A records yourself you can use mate or dns-controller to take care of that for you.


This is by far not production-ready, because:

  • The controller doesn't support the full specification of Ingress. Only path-ignoring hostname-based routing is currently supported. For instance, this allows you to forward any HTTP traffic targeted at to service foo and to service bar.
  • Armor cannot update its configuration at runtime. Therefore, after updating the ConfigMap each pod needs to be restarted. As DaemonSets currently don't supporting rolling updates the controller takes care of that by killing them all at once.


There's an extensive test suite for the controller code which should make it easy to add functionality without breaking anything. Feel free to create issues or submit pull requests.

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