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Prerequisites

  • Review Pixie's requirements to make sure that your Kubernetes cluster is supported.

  • Determine if you already have Operator Lifecycle Manager (OLM) deployed to your cluster, possibly to the default olm namespace. Pixie uses the Kubernetes Operator pattern to manage its Vizier, which handles data collection and query execution (see the Architecture diagram). The OLM is used to install, update and manage the Vizier Operator.

1. (Optional) Use the Pixie CLI to Check the Requirements

Install the Pixie CLI following the directions here.

Check if your K8s cluster meets Pixie's requirements by running:

px deploy --check_only

If your cluster fails any checks, you may still proceed with installation, but it is unlikely that Pixie will work on your cluster.

2. Create deployment key

Create a deployment key following the directions here.

3. Deploy Pixie

Deploy Pixie in your target cluster by running:

# Add the Pixie operator chart.
helm repo add pixie-operator https://pixie-operator-charts.storage.googleapis.com
# Get latest information about Pixie chart.
helm repo update
# Install the Pixie chart (No OLM present on cluster).
helm install pixie pixie-operator/pixie-operator-chart --set deployKey=<deploy-key-goes-here> --set clusterName=<cluster-name> --namespace pl --create-namespace
# Install the Pixie chart (OLM already exists on cluster).
helm install pixie pixie-operator/pixie-operator-chart --set deployKey=<deploy-key-goes-here> --set clusterName=<cluster-name> --namespace pl --create-namespace --set deployOLM=false

Pixie will deploy pods to the pl, px-operator, and olm(if deploying the OLM) namespaces.

4. Verify

To verify that Pixie is running in your environment you can check the admin page or run:

# Check pods are up
kubectl get pods -n pl
# Check Pixie Platform status
px get viziers
# Check PEM stats
px get pems
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