Monday, January 29, 2018

Running a Python application on Kubernetes

This step-by-step tutorial takes you through the process of deploying a simple Python application on Kubernetes.

Running a Python application on Kubernetes
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Kubernetes is an open source platform that offers deployment, maintenance, and scaling features. It simplifies management of containerized Python applications while providing portability, extensibility, and self-healing capabilities.
Whether your Python applications are simple or more complex, Kubernetes lets you efficiently deploy and scale them, seamlessly rolling out new features while limiting resources to only those required.
In this article, I will describe the process of deploying a simple Python application to Kubernetes, including:
  • Creating Python container images
  • Publishing the container images to an image registry
  • Working with persistent volume
  • Deploying the Python application to Kubernetes


You will need Docker, kubectl, and this source code.
Docker is an open platform to build and ship distributed applications. To install Docker, follow the official documentation. To verify that Docker runs your system:
$ docker info Containers: 0 Images: 289 Storage Driver: aufs  Root Dir: /var/lib/docker/aufs  Dirs: 289 Execution Driver: native-0.2 Kernel Version: 3.16.0-4-amd64 Operating System: Debian GNU/Linux 8 (jessie) WARNING: No memory limit support WARNING: No swap limit support
kubectl is a command-line interface for executing commands against a Kubernetes cluster. Run the shell script below to install kubectl:
curl -LO$(curl -s
Deploying to Kubernetes requires a containerized application. Let's review containerizing Python applications.

Containerization at a glance

Containerization involves enclosing an application in a container with its own operating system. This full machine virtualization option has the advantage of being able to run an application on any machine without concerns about dependencies.
Roman Gaponov's article serves as a reference. Let's start by creating a container image for our Python code.

Create a Python container image

To create these images, we will use Docker, which enables us to deploy applications inside isolated Linux software containers. Docker is able to automatically build images using instructions from a Docker file.
This is a Docker file for our Python application:
FROM python:3.6 MAINTAINER XenonStack # Creating Application Source Code Directory RUN mkdir -p /k8s_python_sample_code/src # Setting Home Directory for containers WORKDIR /k8s_python_sample_code/src # Installing python dependencies COPY requirements.txt /k8s_python_sample_code/src RUN pip install --no-cache-dir -r requirements.txt # Copying src code to Container COPY . /k8s_python_sample_code/src/app # Application Environment variables ENV APP_ENV development # Exposing Ports EXPOSE 5035 # Setting Persistent data VOLUME ["/app-data"] # Running Python Application CMD ["python", ""]
This Docker file contains instructions to run our sample Python code. It uses the Python 3.5 development environment.

Build a Python Docker image

We can now build the Docker image from these instructions using this command:
docker build -t k8s_python_sample_code .
This command creates a Docker image for our Python application.

Publish the container images

We can publish our Python container image to different private/public cloud repositories, like Docker Hub, AWS ECR, Google Container Registry, etc. For this tutorial, we'll use Docker Hub.
Before publishing the image, we need to tag it to a version:
docker tag k8s_python_sample_code:latest k8s_python_sample_code:0.1

Push the image to a cloud repository

Using a Docker registry other than Docker Hub to store images requires you to add that container registry to the local Docker daemon and Kubernetes Docker daemons. You can look up this information for the different cloud registries. We'll use Docker Hub in this example.
Execute this Docker command to push the image:
docker push k8s_python_sample_code

Working with CephFS persistent storage

Kubernetes supports many persistent storage providers, including AWS EBS, CephFS, GlusterFS, Azure Disk, NFS, etc. I will cover Kubernetes persistence storage with CephFS.
To use CephFS for persistent data to Kubernetes containers, we will create two files:
apiVersion: v1 kind: PersistentVolume metadata:   name: app-disk1   namespace: k8s_python_sample_code spec:   capacity:   storage: 50Gi   accessModes:   - ReadWriteMany   cephfs:   monitors:     - ""   user: admin   secretRef:     name: ceph-secret   readOnly: false
apiVersion: v1 kind: PersistentVolumeClaim metadata:   name: appclaim1   namespace: k8s_python_sample_code spec:   accessModes:   - ReadWriteMany   resources:   requests:     storage: 10Gi
We can now use kubectl to add the persistent volume and claim to the Kubernetes cluster:
$ kubectl create -f persistent-volume.yml $ kubectl create -f persistent-volume-claim.yml
We are now ready to deploy to Kubernetes.

Deploy the application to Kubernetes

To manage the last mile of deploying the application to Kubernetes, we will create two important files: a service file and a deployment file.
Create a file and name it k8s_python_sample_code.service.yml with the following content:
apiVersion: v1 kind: Service metadata:   labels:   k8s-app: k8s_python_sample_code   name: k8s_python_sample_code   namespace: k8s_python_sample_code spec:   type: NodePort   ports:   - port: 5035   selector:   k8s-app: k8s_python_sample_code
Create a file and name it k8s_python_sample_code.deployment.yml with the following content:
apiVersion: extensions/v1beta1 kind: Deployment metadata:   name: k8s_python_sample_code   namespace: k8s_python_sample_code spec:   replicas: 1   template:   metadata:     labels:     k8s-app: k8s_python_sample_code   spec:     containers:     - name: k8s_python_sample_code       image: k8s_python_sample_code:0.1       imagePullPolicy: "IfNotPresent"       ports:       - containerPort: 5035       volumeMounts:         - mountPath: /app-data           name: k8s_python_sample_code      volumes:          - name:            persistentVolumeClaim:              claimName: appclaim1
Finally, use kubectl to deploy the application to Kubernetes:
$ kubectl create -f k8s_python_sample_code.deployment.yml $ kubectl create -f k8s_python_sample_code.service.yml
Your application was successfully deployed to Kubernetes.
You can verify whether your application is running by inspecting the running services:
kubectl get services
May Kubernetes free you from future deployment hassles!
Want to learn more about Python? Nanjekye's book, Python 2 and 3 Compatibility offers clean ways to write code that will run on both Python 2 and 3, including detailed examples of how to convert existing Python 2-compatible code to code that will run reliably on both Python 2 and 3.

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