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Linkerd gets a makeover with a fancy new UI in version 2.1

Eirini-Eleni Papadopoulou
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It is time for a major makeover for Linkerd and it comes in the form of a fancy new UI in the newly-released 2.1 version. But that is not all! This release is stuffed with a bunch of new features and important updates. Let’s take a look.

It’s been almost two months after its last update but Linkerd is back with the first stable update to 2.0 and it is stuffed with major updates and new features.

Most notably, the new release features massive improvements for the dashboard UI. But let’s take a closer look at all the highlights.

All the goodies

Linkerd 2.1 brings a couple exciting experimental features including proxy auto-injection, single namespace installs, and a high-availability mode for the control plane. But let’s check out the three major updates that come with this release.

Per-route metrics – Now provides metrics not just at the service level but at the route level. This means that Linkerd can reveal failures, slowdowns, or changes in traffic levels to a particular API call in a service. Per-route metrics are built on another significant addition to Linkerd 2.1: service profiles.

Service Profiles – Introducing the concept of the service profile, a lightweight way of providing information about a service to Linkerd. This information includes the service’s routes, i.e. the API calls that it is expected to respond to, and the way that Linkerd should treat these routes. They provide a fundamental building block for the project: the ability to configure Linkerd’s behavior on a per-service basis. As a side note, service profiles are implemented as a Kubernetes CRD, bringing the grand total of Linkerd-created Kubernetes CRDs to 1.

Fancy new UI – Improved web dashboard in many ways, including a switch over to Material UI. This new look should feel like home to anyone familiar with the Kubernetes dashboard. Here’s how it looks like:

Check out the official blog post for more info on the new release, or head over to the changelog to find out all the updates included in Linkerd 2.1.

SEE ALSO: Linkerd 2.0 promises to change the way we manage service-to-service communication

Getting started

You can easily download the stable 2.1 release by running:


Eirini-Eleni Papadopoulou
Eirini-Eleni Papadopoulou was the editor for Coming from an academic background in East Asian Studies, she decided that it was time to go back to her high-school hobby that was computer science and she dived into the development world. Other hobbies include esports and League of Legends, although she never managed to escape elo hell (yet), and she is a guest writer/analyst for competitive LoL at TGH.

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