Accessing Akamas

To interact with your Akamas instance, you need the UI and API Gateway to be accessible from outside the cluster.

Kubernetes offers different options to expose a service outside of the cluster. The following is a list of the supported ones, with examples of how to configure them to work in your chart release:

While changing the access mode of your Akamas installation, you must also update the value of the akamasBaseUrl option of the Helm Values file to match the new endpoint used.

Port Forwarding

By default, Akams uses Cluster IPs for its services, allowing communication only inside the cluster. Still, you can leverage Kubectl's port-forward to create a private connection and expose any internal service on your local machine.

This solution is suggested to perform quick tests without exposing the application or in scenarios where cluster access to the public is not allowed.

Set akamasBaseUrl to http://localhost:9000 in your Helm Values file, and install or update your Akamas deployment using the Helm command. Once the rollout is complete, open a tunnel to the UI with the following command:

kubectl port-forward service/ui 9000:http

As long as the port-forwarding is running, you will be able to interact with the UI through the tunnel; you can also interact through the Akamas CLI by configuring the URL http://localhost:9000/akapi.

Refer to the official kubernetes documentation for more details about port-forwarding.


An Ingress is a Kubernetes object that provides service access, load balancing, and SSL termination to Kubernetes services.

To expose the Akamas UI through an Ingress, configure the Helm Values file by configuring akamasBaseUrl with the host of the Ingress (e.g.:, and by adding the snippet below:

  enabled: true
    - secretName: "<SECRET_NAME>"  # secret containing the certificate and key data
  annotations: {}  # optional

Here is a description of the fields:

  • enabled: set to true to enable the Ingress

  • tls: configure secretName with the name of the Secret containing the TLS certificate for the hostname configured in akamasBaseUrl. This secret must be created manually before applying the configuration (see TLS Secrets on the Kubernetes documentation) or managed by a certificate issuer configured in the namespace.

  • annotations: optional, provide any additional annotation required in your deployment. If your cluster leverages any certificate issuer (such as cert-manager), you can add here the annotations required to interact with the issuer.

Re-run the install command to update the configuration. Once the rollout is complete, you will be able to access the UI using the URL specified in akamasBaseUrl and interact with the CLI using ${akamasBaseUrl}/api.

Refer to the official kubernetes documentation for more details on Ingresses.

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