Nginx Ingress Integrator

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latest/stable 84 22 Feb 2024
Ubuntu 20.04
latest/edge 87 29 Feb 2024
Ubuntu 20.04
v2/edge 84 09 Jan 2024
Ubuntu 20.04
juju deploy nginx-ingress-integrator
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How to add the Ingress relation.


You will need:

  • A laptop or desktop running Ubuntu (or you can use a VM).
  • Juju and Microk8s installed. We’ll also want to make sure the ingress add-on is enabled, which we can do by running microk8s enable ingress.
  • Charmcraft installed.
  • A code editor of your choice.

Create a charm

First of all, let’s create a very basic charm to add our relation to.

mkdir my-charm
cd my-charm
charmcraft init

You’ll then see the following output:

Charmed operator package file and directory tree initialised.

Now edit the following package files to provide fundamental charm metadata and other information:


Let’s start by updating metadata.yaml. We want to update the display-name to “My Charm”, and the summary and description to “A charm with a relation to nginx ingress integrator”.

We can leave the other files as is for now, but if we want to publish this charm later, we’ll want to update them before doing so.

Deploy the charm

Now let’s deploy the charm just to confirm everything is working as expected without the relation. To do that, just run this:

charmcraft pack

This will build the charm inside an LXC for you. The output will tell you the location of the built charm. In my case, that was my-charm_ubuntu-22.04-amd64.charm.

Now let’s add a juju model and deploy our charm.

juju add-model ingress-test
juju deploy ./my-charm_ubuntu-22.04-amd64.charm --resource httpbin-image=kennethreitz/httpbin

To inspect the deployment, let’s run juju status. Once the application reaches a status of active idle our application has been deployed. We can visit it in a browser by getting the IP address of the unit and then going to http://${ip_of_unit}.

Note that juju status includes two IP addresses, one for the “Unit” and one for the “App”. Here’s an example:

Model         Controller          Cloud/Region        Version  SLA          Timestamp
ingress-test  microk8s-localhost  microk8s/localhost  2.9.37   unsupported  12:12:17+01:00

App       Version  Status  Scale  Charm     Channel  Rev  Address         Exposed  Message
my-charm           active      1  my-charm             0  no       

Unit         Workload  Agent  Address       Ports  Message
my-charm/0*  active    idle         

So we now have a working charm, great! However, what we don’t currently have is ingress for our application configured. MicroK8s sets up networking in such a way that you can reach the IPs of units directly, but in a production Kubernetes cluster things don’t work in this way. Also, we’re visiting a cluster-internal IP address directly, what if we want a real hostname/IP address for this? We’ll need to configure Ingress for this to be possible.

Also, you may notice that you can visit the Unit IP address in a browser, but not the App IP address. Why is that? The reason is that the App IP address refers to a Kubernetes Service so as you add other units to the charm they would in theory be reachable through the same IP. However, Juju doesn’t yet have a mechanism for a charm to define what port that Service should be configured with, and this why we can’t use it to browse the web site (which is listening on port 80).

Add the Ingress relation

First of all, let’s grab the relation library. We can do this by running this:

charmcraft fetch-lib charms.nginx_ingress_integrator.v0.ingress

This has downloaded lib/charms/nginx_ingress_integrator/v0/ Now we just need to update charm/

Add the following just after import logging:

# Add this just after `import logging`.
from charms.nginx_ingress_integrator.v0.ingress import IngressRequires

Then add the following to the end of your charm’s __init__ method:

self.ingress = IngressRequires(self, {"service-hostname": self.config["external-hostname"] or,
                                      "service-port": 80})

And now add the following to top of the _on_config_changed method:

self.ingress.update_config({"service-hostname": self.config["external-hostname"] or})

As you can see, we’re adding support for a configuration option of external-hostname that will be used when configuring ingress. Let’s update config.yaml to enable this. Add the following the end of that file:

    description: |
      The external hostname to use. Will default to the name of the deployed
    default: ""
    type: string

Now we just need to add the relation definition to metadata.yaml. Add the following to the end of that file:

    interface: ingress

Now let’s rebuild our charm and run a charm upgrade.

charmcraft pack
juju refresh my-charm --path=./my-charm_ubuntu-22.04-amd64.charm

And now we can deploy the Nginx Ingress Integrator and add the relation:

juju deploy nginx-ingress-integrator
juju relate nginx-ingress-integrator my-charm
# If you have RBAC enabled, you'll also need to run this
juju trust nginx-ingress-integrator --scope cluster

Now we just wait until juju status reports active idle for both applications, and then we can get the IP of our ingress controller. We can do this by running microk8s kubectl get pods -n ingress -o wide and looking at the “IP” field. If we now add the following to /etc/hosts we’ll be able to browse to http://my-charm/ to get to the site:

${ingress-ip}    my-charm

We can also take a look at the configured ingress resource as follows (with sample output):

$ microk8s kubectl describe ingress -n ingress-test
Name:             my-charm-ingress
Namespace:        ingress-test
Ingress Class:    public
Default backend:  <default>
  Host        Path  Backends
  ----        ----  --------
              /   my-charm-service:80 (
Annotations: 20m
  Type    Reason  Age                   From                      Message
  ----    ------  ----                  ----                      -------
  Normal  Sync    3m30s (x2 over 4m6s)  nginx-ingress-controller  Scheduled for sync

Congratulations! You’ve configured your charm to have a relation to the Nginx Ingress Integrator Operator, and are ready to deploy your charm into a production Kubernetes cluster and easily make it available to external clients.

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