Service Map & Hubble UI

This tutorial guides you through enabling the Hubble UI to access the graphical service map.



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

Enable the Hubble UI

If you have not done so already, enable the Hubble UI by running the following command:

cilium hubble enable --ui
🔑 Found existing CA in secret cilium-ca
✨ Patching ConfigMap cilium-config to enable Hubble...
♻️  Restarted Cilium pods
✅ Relay is already deployed
✅ Hubble UI is already deployed
helm upgrade cilium cilium/cilium --version 1.10.7 \
   --namespace $CILIUM_NAMESPACE \
   --reuse-values \
   --set hubble.relay.enabled=true \
   --set hubble.ui.enabled=true

Open the Hubble UI

Open the Hubble UI in your browser by running cilium hubble ui. It will automatically set up a port forward to the hubble-ui service in your Kubernetes cluster and make it available on a local port on your machine.

cilium hubble ui
Forwarding from -> 8081
Forwarding from [::]:12000 -> 8081


The above command will block and continue running while the port forward is active. You can interrupt the command to abort the port forward and re-run the command to make the UI accessible again.

If your browser has not automatically opened the UI, open the page http://localhost:12000 in your browser. You should see a screen with an invitation to select a namespace, use the namespace selector dropdown on the left top corner to select a namespace:


In this example, we are deploying the Star Wars demo from the Identity-Aware and HTTP-Aware Policy Enforcement guide. However you can apply the same techniques to observe application connectivity dependencies in your own namespace, and clusters for application of any type.

Once the deployment is ready, issue a request from both spaceships to emulate some traffic.

$ kubectl exec xwing -- curl -s -XPOST deathstar.default.svc.cluster.local/v1/request-landing
Ship landed
$ kubectl exec tiefighter -- curl -s -XPOST deathstar.default.svc.cluster.local/v1/request-landing
Ship landed

These requests will then be displayed in the UI as service dependencies between the different pods:


In the bottom of the interface, you may also inspect each recent Hubble flow event in your current namespace individually.

Inspecting a wide variety of network traffic

In order to generate some network traffic, run the connectivity test in a loop:

while true; do cilium connectivity test; done

To see the traffic in Hubble, open http://localhost:12000/cilium-test in your browser.