Get Started

Let's go through a simple example of deploying a single pod holding an nginx container.

This tutorial will teach you:

  • The basics of how Kalm organizes deployments into applications
  • How to create application configurations
  • How to open a port and direct traffic to an application

Step 1: Create Application

The main page of Kalm shows a list of applications. Press the Add Application button

add application

Enter a name for your application, then press Create Application

name application

Step 2: Create Component

An application is made of one or more components. Each component typically holds a docker image. In this example, we will create a component which contains the official nginx image

Under the Basic Information section, enter a name such as "webserver" into the Name field and nginx:alpine into the Image field. Leave all other fields as is and click Deploy Component.

create component

After a few seconds, a single Pod holding the nginx:alpine image will be deployed to your cluster.

first pod

Step 3: Examining and Updating

Let's examine our pod to see if nginx is deployed. Kalm provides a handy terminal for quick examinations. Open a shell to our pod by clicking on the shell icon.

shell button

Run a few commands, for example:

cd /etc/nginx
cat nginx.conf

It seems that nginx is correctly installed!

shell commands

Next let's go back to the Components list by clicking on Components in the navigation sidebar.

Currently one pod is running. Let's scale up our application. Click the Edit button.

edit component

Change the number of replicas to 3 and click Deploy.

increase replicas

After a few moments, there should be three pods running.

three pods

Kubernetes is declarative, which means you specify the end result("I want 3 pods"), and the Kubernetes control plane figures out how best to achieve the end result for you("let's add 2 more").

Step 4: Ports and Routing

Let's make our application accessible in the browser. We can do this by opening a port on our component, then adding a route to it.

First we'll open a port. Once again, we'll go the components area and click on Edit, then click on the Networking tab.

networking tab

To open a port, we need to specify a Container Port and a Service Port. Kalm tries to be helpful by providing a visual reminder of which is which.

The Container port should be 80 because its what the nginx:alpine image defaults to. The Service port can be an arbitrary port of your choosing, such as 8080.

specify ports

Click Deploy to apply changes.


During the deployment you may notice that the number of pods temporarily exceeds three. Kalm by default uses rolling update, which means pods are incrementally added and removed one by one, resulting in zero downtime.

rolling updates

Now that the port is open, let's add a route. Click Routes in the navigation sidebar tab, then click Add Route

add route

The cluster ip address should be displayed under the Hosts field. Enter this address in the Hosts field.

specify host


For minikube, if no ip is shown, run minikube tunnel and refresh the page.

In the Targets section, select our "webserver" component from the dropdown.

add target

Click CREATE ROUTE. Our route is now completely setup.

There should be a new entry in the Routes table. Click on the link in the Domain column to open our app in a new browser tab.

open in browser

Great, our nginx webserver app is working!

nginx success

You've just installed an application on your cluster, modified it, scaled it, and setup routing to make it accessible from the outside world!

All the heavy lifting is done via Kubernetes and istio. Kalm is simply applying the appropriate configurations to your cluster. In fact anyone with familiarity with Kubernetes should be able to create the same application configuration with a text editor and kubectl. We encourage this as an exercise for the reader.

Next Step

Admittedly our "application" is rather trivial. In the next tutorial, let's go over a more representative application containing multiple microservices working together.

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