Exposing Postgres Services v1
This section explains how to expose a PostgreSQL service externally, allowing access to your PostgreSQL database from outside your Kubernetes cluster using NGINX Ingress Controller.
If you followed the QuickStart, you should have by now
a database that can be accessed inside the cluster via the
cluster-example-rw (primary) and
services in the
default namespace. Both services use port
Let's assume that you want to make the primary instance accessible from external
accesses on port
5432. A typical use case, when moving to a Kubernetes
infrastructure, is indeed the one represented by legacy applications
that cannot be easily or sustainably "containerized". A sensible workaround
is to allow those applications that most likely reside in a virtual machine
or a physical server, to access a PostgreSQL database inside a Kubernetes cluster
in the same network.
Allowing access to a database from the public network could expose your database to potential attacks from malicious users. Ensure you secure your database before granting external access or that your Kubernetes cluster is only reachable from a private network.
For this example, you will use NGINX Ingress Controller, since it is maintained directly by the Kubernetes project and can be set up on every Kubernetes cluster. Many other controllers are available (see the Kubernetes documentation for a comprehensive list).
We assume that:
- the NGINX Ingress controller has been deployed and works correctly
- it is possible to create a service of type
LoadBalancerin your cluster
Ingresses are only required to expose HTTP and HTTPS traffic. While the NGINX Ingress controller can, not all Ingress objects can expose arbitrary ports or protocols.
The first step is to create a
ConfigMap whose data field
contains info on the externally exposed port and the namespace, service and
port to point to internally.
Then, if you've installed NGINX Ingress Controller as suggested in their
documentation, you should have an
ingress-nginx service. You'll have to add
the 5432 port to the
ingress-nginx service to expose it.
The ingress will redirect incoming connections on port 5432 to your database.
You can use
cluster-expose-service.yaml and apply it
If you apply this file directly, you will overwrite any previous change
Service of the Ingress
Now you will be able to reach the PostgreSQL Cluster from outside your Kubernetes cluster.
Make sure you configure
pg_hba to allow connections from the Ingress.
On Minikube you can setup the ingress controller running:
You can then patch the deployment to allow access on port 5432.
Create a file called
patch.yaml with the following content:
and apply it to the
You can access the primary from your machine running:
- On this page
- Testing on Minikube