Ambassador is designed around a declarative, self-service management model. The core resource used to support application development teams who need to manage the edge with Ambassador is the
At its core a
Mapping resource maps a
resource to a
|is a string identifying the |
|is the URL prefix identifying your resource|
|is the name of the service handling the resource; must include the namespace (e.g. |
These resources are defined as Kubernetes Custom Resource Definitions. Here's a simple example that maps all requests to
/httpbin/ to the
httpbin.org web service:
---apiVersion: getambassador.io/v2kind: Mappingmetadata:name: httpbin-mappingspec:prefix: /httpbin/service: http://httpbin.org
Mapping resource can be managed using the same workflow as any other Kubernetes resources (e.g.,
deployment). For example, if the above
Mapping is saved into a file called
httpbin-mapping.yaml, the following command will apply the configuration directly to Ambassador:
kubectl apply -f httpbin-mapping.yaml
For production use, the general recommended best practice is to store the file in a version control system and apply the changes with a continuous deployment pipeline. For more detail, see the Ambassador Operating Model.
Mapping resources support a rich set of annotations to customize the specific routing behavior. Here's an example service for implementing the CQRS pattern (using HTTP):
---apiVersion: getambassador.io/v2kind: Mappingmetadata:name: cqrs-getspec:prefix: /cqrs/method: GETservice: getcqrs---apiVersion: getambassador.io/v2kind: Mappingmetadata:name: cqrs-putspec:prefix: /cqrs/method: PUTservice: putcqrs
More detail on each of the available annotations are discussed in subsequent sections.
To Ambassador, a
resource is a group of one or more URLs that all share a common prefix in the URL path. For example:
all share the
/resource1/ path prefix, so it can be considered a single resource. On the other hand:
share only the prefix
/ -- you could tell Ambassador Edge Stack to treat them as a single resource, but it's probably not terribly useful.
Note that the length of the prefix doesn't matter: if you want to use prefixes like
/v1/this/is/my/very/long/resource/name/, go right ahead, Ambassador Edge Stack can handle it.
Also note that Ambassador Edge Stack does not actually require the prefix to start and end with
/ -- however, in practice, it's a good idea. Specifying a prefix of
would match all of the following:
which is probably not what was intended.
Ambassador Edge Stack routes traffic to a
service is defined as:
Where everything except for the
service is optional.
schemecan be either
https; if not present, the default is
serviceis the name of a service (typically the service name in Kubernetes or Consul); it is not allowed to contain the
namespaceis the namespace in which the service is running. Starting with Ambassador 1.0.0, if not supplied, it defaults to the namespace in which the Mapping resource is defined. The default behavior can be configured using the
ambassadorModule. When using a Consul resolver,
namespaceis not allowed.
portis the port to which a request should be sent. If not specified, it defaults to
80when the scheme is
443when the scheme is
https. Note that the resolver may return a port in which case the
portsetting is ignored.
Note that while using
service.namespace.svc.cluster.local may work for Kubernetes resolvers, the preferred syntax is
Ambassador's configuration is assembled from multiple YAML blocks which are managed by independent application teams. This implies:
Ambassador Edge Stack's configuration should be under version control.
While you can always read back the Ambassador Edge Stack's configuration from Kubernetes or its diagnostic service, the Ambassador Edge Stack will not do versioning for you.
Be aware that the Ambassador Edge Stack tries to not start with a broken configuration, but it's not perfect.
Gross errors will result in the Ambassador Edge Stack refusing to start, in which case
kubectl logswill be helpful. However, it's always possible to e.g. map a resource to the wrong service, or use the wrong
rewriterules. The Ambassador Edge Stack can't detect that on its own, although its diagnostic pages can help you figure it out.
Be careful of mapping collisions.
If two different developers try to map
/user/to something, this can lead to unexpected behavior. The Ambassador Edge Stack's canary-deployment logic means that it's more likely that traffic will be split between them than that it will throw an error -- again, the diagnostic service can help you here.
Note: Unless specified, mapping attributes cannot be applied to any other resource type.