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This is an introduction to installing and using Knative to deploy apps as cloud functions on a Kubernetes cluster. As of July 2019, Knative depends on Istio, so this guide includes details about working with both frameworks. Scripts and notes are found in linked GitLab repos.

The document covers a variety of topics through the following guides:

  1. Install
  2. Deploy App as Knative Service
  3. Create Revisions and Route Traffic
  4. Develop Pub-Sub Patterns with Knative Eventing
    • Direct Delivery (Cron Job Source)
    • Queued Events (Container Source)



As stated in the Knative docs: Knative requires a Kubernetes cluster v1.19 or newer. Also kubectl v1.19 is required.

All instructions and scripts are available in this repo.

Deploy App as Knative Service

Once you have installed Knative and Istio on your Kubernetes cluster, you can easily deploy a sample app. Again, see this repo for instructions.

Create Revisions and Route Traffic

Knative automatically creates a new revision each time that changes are made to an existing service. A revision is an immutable snapshot of your code and configuration at a certain point in time. Revisions are essential for rolling back to previous releases and distributing traffic across multiple revisions.

Scripts and config files are found in this repo.

Develop Pub-Sub Patterns with Knative Eventing

Knative supports event emission and consumption. A consumer is a regular Knative Service. The producer either exists within the cluster or it has a proxy within the cluster that communicate with the original producer outside the cluster to forward messages to consumers.


Last update: November 29, 2021