Network Policy

If you are running Cilium on Kubernetes, you can benefit from Kubernetes distributing policies for you. In this mode, Kubernetes is responsible for distributing the policies across all nodes and Cilium will automatically apply the policies. Two formats are available to configure network policies natively with Kubernetes:


For more information, see the official NetworkPolicy documentation.


The CiliumNetworkPolicy is very similar to the standard NetworkPolicy. The purpose is provide the functionality which is not yet supported in NetworkPolicy. Ideally all of the functionality will be merged into the standard resource format and this CRD will no longer be required.

The raw specification of the resource in Go looks like this:

type CiliumNetworkPolicy struct {
        metav1.TypeMeta `json:",inline"`
        // +optional
        Metadata metav1.ObjectMeta `json:"metadata"`

        // Spec is the desired Cilium specific rule specification.
        Spec *api.Rule `json:"spec,omitempty"`

        // Specs is a list of desired Cilium specific rule specification.
        Specs api.Rules `json:"specs,omitempty"`

Describes the policy. This includes:

  • Name of the policy, unique within a namespace
  • Namespace of where the policy has been injected into
  • Set of labels to identify resource in Kubernetes
Field which contains a Rule Basics
Field which contains a list of Rule Basics. This field is useful if multiple rules must be removed or added atomatically.


See Layer 3 Examples for a detailed list of example policies.