Setting up Hubble Observability

Hubble is the observability layer of Cilium and can be used to obtain cluster-wide visibility into the network and security layer of your Kubernetes cluster.


This guide assumes that Cilium has been correctly installed in your Kubernetes cluster. Please see Cilium Quick Installation for more information. If unsure, run cilium status and validate that Cilium is up and running.

Enable Hubble in Cilium

In order to enable Hubble, run the command cilium hubble enable as shown below:

$ cilium hubble enable
🔑 Found existing CA in secret cilium-ca
✨ Patching ConfigMap cilium-config to enable Hubble...
♻️  Restarted Cilium pods
🔑 Generating certificates for Relay...
2021/04/13 17:11:23 [INFO] generate received request
2021/04/13 17:11:23 [INFO] received CSR
2021/04/13 17:11:23 [INFO] generating key: ecdsa-256
2021/04/13 17:11:23 [INFO] encoded CSR
2021/04/13 17:11:23 [INFO] signed certificate with serial number 365589302067830033295858933512588007090526050046
2021/04/13 17:11:24 [INFO] generate received request
2021/04/13 17:11:24 [INFO] received CSR
2021/04/13 17:11:24 [INFO] generating key: ecdsa-256
2021/04/13 17:11:24 [INFO] encoded CSR
2021/04/13 17:11:24 [INFO] signed certificate with serial number 644167683731852948186644541769558498727586273511
✨ Deploying Relay...


Enabling Hubble requires the TCP port 4244 to be open on all nodes running Cilium. This is required for Relay to operate correctly.

Run cilium status to validate that Hubble is enabled and running:

$ cilium status
 /¯¯\__/¯¯\    Cilium:         OK
 \__/¯¯\__/    Operator:       OK
 /¯¯\__/¯¯\    Hubble:         OK
 \__/¯¯\__/    ClusterMesh:    disabled

DaemonSet         cilium                   Desired: 3, Ready: 3/3, Available: 3/3
Deployment        cilium-operator          Desired: 1, Ready: 1/1, Available: 1/1
Deployment        hubble-relay             Desired: 1, Ready: 1/1, Available: 1/1
Containers:       cilium                   Running: 3
                  cilium-operator          Running: 1
                  hubble-relay             Running: 1
Image versions    cilium-operator 1
                  hubble-relay    1
                  cilium          3

Install the Hubble Client

In order to access the observability data collected by Hubble, install the Hubble CLI:

Download the latest hubble release:

if [ "$(uname -m)" = "aarch64" ]; then HUBBLE_ARCH=arm64; fi
curl -L --fail --remote-name-all$HUBBLE_VERSION/hubble-linux-${HUBBLE_ARCH}.tar.gz{,.sha256sum}
sha256sum --check hubble-linux-${HUBBLE_ARCH}.tar.gz.sha256sum
sudo tar xzvfC hubble-linux-${HUBBLE_ARCH}.tar.gz /usr/local/bin
rm hubble-linux-${HUBBLE_ARCH}.tar.gz{,.sha256sum}

Validate Hubble API Access

In order to access the Hubble API, create a port forward to the Hubble service from your local machine. This will allow you to connect the Hubble client to the local port 4245 and access the Hubble Relay service in your Kubernetes cluster. For more information on this method, see Use Port Forwarding to Access Application in a Cluster.

$ cilium hubble port-forward&
Forwarding from -> 4245
Forwarding from [::]:4245 -> 4245

Now you can validate that you can access the Hubble API via the installed CLI:

$ hubble status
Healthcheck (via localhost:4245): Ok
Current/Max Flows: 11917/12288 (96.98%)
Flows/s: 11.74
Connected Nodes: 3/3

You can also query the flow API and look for flows:

$ hubble observe


If you port forward to a port other than 4245, make sure to use the --server flag or HUBBLE_SERVER environment variable to set the Hubble server address (default: localhost:4245). For more information, check out Hubble CLI’s help message by running hubble help status or hubble help observe as well as hubble config for configuring Hubble CLI.

Next Steps