Image Overview: calico-csi

Overview: calico-csi Chainguard Image

Calico is a networking and security solution that enables Kubernetes workloads and non-Kubernetes/legacy workloads to communicate seamlessly and securely.

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There are several ways you can install Calico onto a Kubernetes cluster. This document follows method recommended in the official Calico documentation which involves using the Tigera Calico operator.

After setting up and connecting to the Kubernetes cluster where you want to install Calico, install the Tigera Calico operator and custom resource definitions (CRDs).

kubectl create -f

Then apply the following YAML manifest to create two CRDs.

# ImageSet
kind: ImageSet
  name: calico-v3.26.1
    - image: calico/node
      digest: ... # Replace with $(crane digest
    - image: calico/cni
      digest: ... # Replace with $(crane digest
    - image: calico/kube-controllers
      digest: ... # Replace with $(crane digest
    - image: calico/pod2daemon-flexvol
      digest: ... # Replace with $(crane digest
    - image: calico/csi
      digest: ... # Replace with $(crane digest
    - image: calico/typha
      digest: ... # Replace with $(crane digest
    - image: calico/node-driver-registrar
      digest: ... # Replace with $(crane digest
    # This isn't used on Linux, but it needs to have a value containing a valid digest.
    - image: calico/windows-upgrade
      digest: sha256:0000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000

# Installation
kind: Installation
  name: default
  variant: Calico
  imagePath: chainguard
  imagePrefix: calico-

The combination of these ImageSet and Installation CRDs serve as a drop in replacement for Step 2 of the upstream documentation. Together, these correctly rename the Calico images to their variants.

After creating the CRDs, you can ensure that the pods are running with a command like the following.

kubectl get pods -n calico-system

Last updated: 2024-02-16 00:30