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Overview of Dapr on Kubernetes

Overview of how to get Dapr running on your Kubernetes cluster

Dapr on Kubernetes

Dapr can be configured to run on any supported versions of Kubernetes. To achieve this, Dapr begins by deploying the dapr-sidecar-injector, dapr-operator, dapr-placement, and dapr-sentry Kubernetes services. These provide first-class integration to make running applications with Dapr easy.

  • dapr-operator: Manages component updates and Kubernetes services endpoints for Dapr (state stores, pub/subs, etc.)
  • dapr-sidecar-injector: Injects Dapr into annotated deployment pods and adds the environment variables DAPR_HTTP_PORT and DAPR_GRPC_PORT to enable user-defined applications to easily communicate with Dapr without hard-coding Dapr port values.
  • dapr-placement: Used for actors only. Creates mapping tables that map actor instances to pods
  • dapr-sentry: Manages mTLS between services and acts as a certificate authority. For more information read the security overview.

Deploying Dapr to a Kubernetes cluster

Read this guide to learn how to deploy Dapr to your Kubernetes cluster.

Adding Dapr to a Kubernetes deployment

Deploying and running a Dapr enabled application into your Kubernetes cluster is as simple as adding a few annotations to the pods schema. To give your service an id and port known to Dapr, turn on tracing through configuration and launch the Dapr sidecar container, you annotate your Kubernetes pod like this. For more information check dapr annotations

  annotations: "true" "nodeapp" "3000" "tracing"

Pulling container images from private registries

Dapr works seamlessly with any user application container image, regardless of its origin. Simply init Dapr and add the Dapr annotations to your Kubernetes definition to add the Dapr sidecar.

The Dapr control-plane and sidecar images come from the daprio Docker Hub container registry, which is a public registry.

For information about pulling your application images from a private registry, reference the Kubernetes documentation. If you are using Azure Container Registry with Azure Kubernetes Service, reference the AKS documentation.


You can see some examples here in the Kubernetes getting started quickstart.

Supported versions

Dapr support for Kubernetes is aligned with Kubernetes Version Skew Policy.

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