Adding a Kubernetes cluster

Published on July 15th, 2021

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Full active cluster on roadie

⚠️ Note, the Kubernetes plugin is only supported with AWS clusters. GKE support is coming soon.⚠️



In order to use the Kubernetes plugin, Roadie needs:

  • An Assumed Role to fetch the resources from your cluster
  • The name of your cluster
  • URL of your Kubernetes API Server endpoint

These are set within Roadie at the following url:


This page describes how to create and set up the API token.


In this section we will create an AWS role that will grant Roadie read-only access to your Kubernetes cluster’s resources.

We will use the approach which is recommended by AWS for providing this type of access. To learn more about the AWS concepts used below, you can read the following AWS documentation pages:

Step 1: Creating the cross account federation role

  1. Sign into your AWS console and navigate to the IAM service.

  2. Click on ”Role” link (this should be on the left handside of your screen).

  3. Click on the ”Create Role” button.

  4. Click on ”Another AWS Account” and add the account number on on the Kubernetes configuration page (in Roadie) and then click on ”Next: permissions”.

Another AWS Account

  1. Ignore attached policies and click on ”Next: tags” (Roadie does not need to read your AWS resources, only access to your Kubernetes cluster).

Optional: Add a tag, Key: 3rdPartyIntegration Value: Roadie

  1. Click ”Next Review”

  2. For the ”Role Name” enter: ”your-company-name-roadie-read-only-role”

Note: ”your-company-name” should be replaced by the lowercased value of your company and should follow the convention highlighted above. If it does not follow the convention, the role cannot be assumed. This is for security reasons.

  1. For the ”Role description” enter suggested description
This is a role that will be assumed by roadie to gather information on our Kubernetes clusters.

It should look like this


  1. Click ”Create role”. Your cross federation role is now created.

Step 2: Modifying trust relationships to only include the new role

  1. Search for IAM in the services box and then click on ”Roles” on the left handside tab.

  2. Search for your newly created role: ”your-company-name-roadie-read-only-role” and click on it.

You should see a page like this


  1. Click on ”Trust Relationships”, then ”Edit relationship” and add the text below:
  "Version": "2012-10-17",
  "Statement": [
      "Effect": "Allow",
      "Principal": {
        "AWS": [
      "Action": "sts:AssumeRole",
      "Condition": {
        "StringLike": {
          "aws:PrincipalArn": [

In the Json fragment above, replace the “ROLE FROM CONFIGURATION PAGE” with the role that is provided to you on the Kubernetes configuration page (See below)

AWS roadie role

  1. Save the changes.

Step 3: Set RBAC for new role

  1. Edit your Kubernetes aws-auth Configmap as per:

It should look something like this:

 - mapRoles:
   - "groups":
      - "system:authenticated"
      "rolearn": "ROLE ARN FROM STEP TWO"
      "username": "roadie"

In the yaml snippet above, replace “ROLE ARN FROM STEP TWO” with the ARN of the role created from step 2.

  1. Create an RBAC for this user:
kind: ClusterRole
  name: roadie-assume-role
  - apiGroups: [""]
      - pods
      - configmaps
      - services
      - deployments
      - replicasets
      - horizontalpodautoscalers
      - ingresses
      - "get"
      - "list"
      - "watch"
  - apiGroups: ["extensions", "apps", "autoscaling", ""]
    resources: ["deployments", "ingresses", "replicasets", "horizontalpodautoscalers"]
      - "get"
      - "list"
      - "watch"
kind: ClusterRoleBinding
  name: roadie-assume-role-binding
  kind: ClusterRole
  name: roadie-assume-role
  - kind: User
    name: roadie
  1. Add this to your cluster and you should now be good to go!

ℹ️ Note you can reuse the Role if you have multiple clusters. You will have to configure the RBAC though. ℹ️

Step 4: Adding a cluster to roadie

  1. Navigate to ”” and click on add item.
  2. Add the load balancer url, role arn and name of cluster.
  3. Click save and exit!

You will need to annotate your entities (catalog-info.yaml) with the following if you want to see data: ” ‘app=my-app,component=frontend’” For more details please vist here