Prerequisites


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1. Browser Requirements

Kiali requires a modern web browser to be able to function properly.

Users accessing Kiali should be doing so using the last two versions of Chrome, Edge, Firefox or Safari.

2. Software Requirements

To run Kiali, you’re going to need two things:

You can check on their respective documentations for installation steps. For development environments, there’s also OpenShift Istio, which provides istiooc, a quickstart tool that will help you get everything configured with the least amount of hassle. You can get it here.

3. Hardware Requirements

Any machine capable of running OpenShift/OKD should be able to also run Kiali. This usually means, for production environments:

  • For masters: 16GB RAM, 4vCPUs, 40GB of hard disk space.

  • For nodes: 8GB RAM, 1vCPU, 16GB of hard disk space.

You can find more information here.

For development, and using oc cluster up, the requirements are a little lower, so 8GB of ram is usually ok, depending on how demanding your applications are, and how many services you’re planning on running at the same time on your machine. Of course, your mileage may vary, so plan accordingly.

Keep in mind that Kiali is not specially demanding of your machine resources, and, as an isolated part of your environment, should not affect your applications throughput and latency.