To use Opta, you first need to create some simple yaml configuration files that describe your needs. In the following guide we will deploy a simple python flask application.
For Opta to work, the prerequisite tools needed are:
Then you can simply install opta using this command (detailed instructions):
/bin/bash -c "$(curl -fsSL https://docs.opta.dev/install.sh)"
Make sure the Azure cloud credentials are configured in your terminal.
2: Environment creation
Before you can deploy your app, you need to first create an environment (like staging, prod etc.) This will sets up the base infrastructure (like network and cluster) that will be the foundation for your app.
Note that it costs around $5 per day to run this on Azure. So make sure to destroy it after you’re done (opta has a destroy command so it should be easy :))!
Create this file and name it
# opta.yaml name: staging # name of the environment org_name: my-org # A unique identifier for your organization providers: azurerm: location: centralus tenant_id: XXX # your Azure tenant id subscription_id: YYY # your Azure subscription id modules: - type: base - type: k8s-cluster admin_group_object_ids:  - type: k8s-base
For the first run, this step takes approximately 15 min.
It configures 3 Opta modules:
- base: setup networking
- k8s-cluster: create a AKS cluster
- k8s-base: setup base infrastructure for k8s
For more information about what is created, see Azure Architecture.
Once done, the
apply command lists all the resource created, for example:
# partial output of opta apply k8s_cluster_name = [The Kubernetes cluster name] load_balancer_raw_ip = [Load Balancer IP] Opta updates complete!
3: Service creation
In this step we will create a service - which is basically a http server packaged in a docker container.
Here is a simple hello world app, the source code is here.
Create a new opta file for your service.
# hello.yaml name: hello environments: - name: staging path: "opta.yaml" # the file we created in previous step modules: - type: k8s-service name: hello port: http: 80 # from https://github.com/run-x/hello-opta image: ghcr.io/run-x/hello-opta/hello-opta:main healthcheck_path: "/" # path on the load balancer to access this service public_uri: "/hello"
Now you are ready to deploy your service.
opta apply -c hello.yaml
# partial output of opta apply -c hello.yaml hello-hello-k8s-service-586447679-fgmld * Running on http://10.0.147.114:80/ ... module.hello.helm_release.k8s-service: Creation complete after 53s [id=staging-hello] Opta updates complete!
Now, your service is deployed, you can:
- Access your service using the load balancer (public) (public)
# see output above or run `opta output | grep load_balancer_raw_ip` export load_balancer_raw_ip=... # the service is reachable at /hello (set in the `public_uri` property) curl http://$load_balancer_raw_ip/hello <p>Hello from Opta.!</p>
- SSH into the container
opta shell -c hello.yaml root@staging-hello-k8s-service-57d8b6f478-vwzkc:/#
- See the application logs
opta logs -c hello.yaml Showing the logs for server hello-hello-k8s-service-586447679-fgmld of your service hello-hello-k8s-service-586447679-fgmld * Running on http://10.0.147.114:80/ hello-hello-k8s-service-586447679-fgmld 127.0.0.1 - - [23/Dec/2021 19:42:18] "GET / HTTP/1.1" 200 -
- If you have
kubectlinstalled, you can use it to connect to the kubernetes cluster
# configure the kubeconfig file # note: if you don't want to use the default path $HOME/.kube/config, set the env var KUBECONFIG first opta configure-kubectl # Opta created all the kubernetes resources for your service kubectl get all --namespace hello NAME READY STATUS RESTARTS AGE pod/hello-hello-k8s-service-586447679-fgmld 2/2 Running 0 17m NAME TYPE CLUSTER-IP EXTERNAL-IP PORT(S) AGE service/hello ClusterIP 172.20.221.139 <none> 80/TCP 17m NAME READY UP-TO-DATE AVAILABLE AGE deployment.apps/hello-hello-k8s-service 1/1 1 1 17m NAME DESIRED CURRENT READY AGE replicaset.apps/hello-hello-k8s-service-586447679 1 1 1 17m NAME REFERENCE TARGETS MINPODS MAXPODS REPLICAS AGE horizontalpodautoscaler.autoscaling/hello-hello-k8s-service Deployment/hello-hello-k8s-service 18%/80%, 1%/80% 1 3 1 17m
Once you’re finished playing around with these examples, you may clean up by running the following command from the environment directory:
# destroy the service resources opta destroy -c hello.yaml # destroy the environment resources opta destroy -c opta.yaml
5: Next steps
- View the Azure Architecture
- Check out how to templatize with variables
- Check out more examples: github
- Use your own docker image: Custom Image
- Set up a domain name for your service: Configure DNS
- Use secrets: Secrets
- Set up observability integrations in one line(!): Observability
- Explore all the infrastructure that Opta sets up for you: Architecture
- Explore the api for all modules: Reference
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