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KrakenD: How to Deploy to Kubernetes

Sample steps to deploy KrakenD to Kubernetes

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Recently, I was looking for a free and open-source API Gateway and I found KrakenD, an ultra-performant open-source Gateway that can transform, aggregate, or remove data from multiple services, with linear scalability.

KrakenD needs no programming and offers a declarative way to create the endpoints. It is well structured and layered and open to extending its functionality using plug-and-play middleware developed by the community or in-house.

As such, I decided to give KrakenD a try. For my first article on KrakenD, I will be focusing on how to deploy KrakenD to Kubernetes.

How to Deploy to Kubernetes

To deploy to Kubernetes, we will need 3 files:

  • config.yml
  • deployment.yml
  • service.yml


We are using ConfigMap to store our KrakenD configuration (krakend.json) and later mount it at /etc/config/krakend in the deployment.

To find out more about how to configure, you may refer to the following links below:


The official image used in this deployment.yml is devopsfaith/krakend:1.4.1-alpine (latest as of 13 Feb 2022)


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Wei Kang

Wei Kang

Once a programmer, always a programmer