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Version: 1.8.0

How to use go-plugin-runner with APISIX Ingress


Based on version 0.3 of the go-plugin-runner plugin and version 1.4.0 of APISIX Ingress, this document walks through how you can use the go plugin runner in the APISIX ingress controller. This article goes through steps as follows:

  1. Prepare the environment.
  2. Create the cluster.
  3. Build a container image that includes the go-plugin-runner.
  4. Customize the Helm chart package.
  5. Install and deploy.
  6. Verify the function.

It is guaranteed that the final result can be derived in full based on this environment example as follows:

go-plugin-runner: 0.3
APISIX Ingress: 1.4.0
kind: v0.12.0
kubectl version(Client/Server): v1.23.5/v1.23.4
golang: 1.18

Build a cluster environment#

Select kind to build a local cluster environment. The command is as follows:

cat <<EOF | kind create cluster --config=-
kind: Cluster
- role: control-plane
- containerPort: 80
hostPort: 80
protocol: TCP
- containerPort: 443
hostPort: 443
protocol: TCP

Build the go-plugin-runner executable#

Choose a folder address /home/chever/api7/cloud_native/tasks/plugin-runner and place our apisix-go-plugin-runner project in this folder. Then you need to go to the apisix-go-plugin-runner/cmd/go-runner/plugins directory and write the plugins you need in that directory.

After writing the plugins, start compiling the executable formally, and note here that you should build static executables, not dynamic ones.

The package compile command is as follows.

CGO_ENABLED=0 go build -a -ldflags '-extldflags "-static"' .

This successfully packages a statically compiled go-runner executable in the apisix-go-plugin-runner/cmd/go-runner/ directory.

Build Docker Image#

The image is built here in preparation for installing APISIX later using helm.

Write Dockerfile#

Return to the path /home/chever/api7/cloud_native/tasks/plugin-runner and create a Dockerfile in that directory, a demonstration of which is given here.

# DockerfileForRunner
FROM apache/apisix:2.13.1-alpine

COPY ./apisix-go-plugin-runner /usr/local/apisix-go-plugin-runner

Here I will again emphasize the path address as follows where the executable file is located.


Please make a note of this address. We will use it in the rest of the configuration.

Begin to build Docker Image#

Start building a Docker image based on the Dockerfile. The command is executed in the /home/chever/api7/cloud_native/tasks/plugin-runner directory. The command is as follows:

docker build -t apisix/forrunner:0.1 .

Command Explanation: Build an image with the name apisix/forrunner and mark it as version 0.1.

Load the image to the cluster environment#

kind load docker-image apisix/forrunner:0.1

Load the image into the kind cluster environment to pull the custom local image for installation during the helm installation.

Install APISIX Ingress#

Then install APISIX using helm with the following command in the directory of Apache APISIX Helm Chart:

#  We use Apisix 3.0 in this example. If you're using Apisix v2.x, please set to v2
helm install apisix apisix/apisix \
--set service.type=NodePort \
--set apisix.image.repository=custom/apisix \
--set apisix.image.tag=v0.1 \
--set extPlugin.enabled=true \
--set extPlugin.cmd='{"/usr/local/apisix-go-plugin-runner/go-runner", "run"}' \
--set ingress-controller.enabled=true \
--create-namespace \
--namespace apisix-admin \
--set ingress-controller.config.apisix.serviceName=apisix-admin \
--set ingress-controller.config.apisix.adminAPIVersion=$ADMIN_API_VERSION

Create httpbin service and ApisixRoute resources#

Create an httpbin backend resource to run with the deployed ApisixRoute resource to test that the functionality is working correctly.

Create httpbin service#

Create an httpbin service with the following command:

kubectl run httpbin --image kennethreitz/httpbin --port 80

Expose the port with the following command:

kubectl expose pod httpbin --port 80

Create ApisixRoute Resource#

Create the go-plugin-runner-route.yaml file to enable the ApisixRoute resource, with the following configuration file:

kind: ApisixRoute
name: plugin-runner-demo
- name: rule1
- /get
- serviceName: httpbin
servicePort: 80
- name: ext-plugin-pre-req
enable: true
- name: "say"
value: "{\"body\": \"hello\"}"

The create resource command is as follows:

kubectl apply -f go-plugin-runner-route.yaml


The command is as follows to test if the plugin written in Golang is working correctly:

kubectl exec -it -n ${namespace of Apache APISIX} ${Pod name of Apache APISIX} -- curl -H 'Host:'

And you will see the result as follows:

Defaulted container "apisix" out of: apisix, wait-etcd (init)