Ingress Routing

Ingress Routing with Ingress Gateway as a Daemon Set

The Istio Ingress Gateway is deployed as a Kubernetes Daemon Set with every Ingress Gateway directly listening on ports 80 and 443. This allows a variety of ways to route to the Ingress Gateway.

Routing with Load Balancer Service

On cloud providers that support external load balancers, a typical production installation will use a LoadBalancer Service to allow traffic to reach the Istio Ingress Gateway.

Ingress Routing with a load balancer Service

Routing directly to Worker Nodes

For non-production use cases (e.g. demos or testing), it can be useful to not require a load balancer and instead have DNS (or client-side /etc/hosts) resolve directly to the IP(s) of Kubernetes workers.

As an example, let’s consider a Kubernetes cluster with three worker nodes. These workers are reachable at,, and DNS has been configured to map * to these three IP addresses.

The following diagram shows what this might look like:

Ingress Routing directly to workers

Routing with an external configured Load Balancer

An alternative to using a Kubernetes Load Balancer service to manage your infrastructure Load Balancer is to use an externally configured Load Balancer. This is valuable on infrastructures that don’t support the Kubernetes Load Balancer Service. The external Load Balancer would be configured to receive and forward traffic to the Kubernetes Worker nodes on ports 80 and 443.

Ingress Routing with external load balancer