No Istiod Access

Kiali behavior with no access to Istiod (the /debug endpoints are not available)


Kiali makes use of the Istiod /debug endpoints for introspection into the control plane. If this API is unavailable Kiali continues to perform, but the feature set will be degraded. The Istio API can be unavailable for various reasons:

  • The Istio API has been explicitly disabled in the Istio configuration.
  • The deployment model prevents access to the Istio API (firewalls, other networking concerns or limitations).
  • The API is configured but for some, potentially unexpected, reason can not be reached by Kiali.


When the Istio API is known to be inaccessible Kiali should be configured via the istio_api_enabled configuration item.
By default, istio_api_enabled is true.

# ...
    istio_api_enabled: false
# ...

How does it affect Kiali

When the Istio API is not available there is expected feature degradation in Kiali:

  • The control plane metrics won’t be available.
  • The proxy status won’t be available in the workloads details view.
  • The Istio validations may not be available.
  • The Kiali validations will not be available.
  • The Istio Registry Services that are not present in the Kubernetes list won’t be available.

Note that Istio Configurations will be available. This is because the list of Istio configurations is obtained using the Kubernetes API.

Istio Validations

The Istio validations won’t be available as this logic is provided by the Istio API. But, if the Istio Config was created when the validatingwebhookconfiguration web hook was enabled, the validation messages will be available and the Istio validations can be found:

The Kiali validations won’t be available, as they are degraded, so they have been disabled too.

Istio Registry Services

The Istio Registry Services won’t be available in the service list when the Istio API is disabled.

The following image shows a service list when Istio API is enabled:

The following image shows the same list when it is disabled:

Istio Configurations

The Istio Configurations are available in view and edit mode. It is important to know that the validations are disabled, so the configurations created or modified won’t be validated.

There is one scenario where the creation/deletion/edition could fail: If the Istio validation webhook is enabled but the Istio registry is not available. In this case, the webhook should be removed in order for this to work.

It can be checked with the following command:

kubectl get ValidatingWebhookConfiguration
Last modified March 23, 2023 : No istiod update (#643) (8237b68)