Adding entries to Pod /etc/hosts with HostAliases
Adding entries to a Pod’s /etc/hosts file provides Pod-level override of hostname resolution when DNS and other options are not applicable. In 1.7, users can add these custom entries with the HostAliases field in PodSpec.
Modification not using HostAliases is not suggested because the file is managed by Kubelet and can be overwritten on during Pod creation/restart.
- Default Hosts File Content
- Adding Additional Entries with HostAliases
- Why Does Kubelet Manage the Hosts File?
Default Hosts File Content
Let’s start an Nginx Pod which is assigned a Pod IP:
kubectl run nginx --image nginx --generator=run-pod/v1
Examine a Pod IP:
kubectl get pods --output=wide
NAME READY STATUS RESTARTS AGE IP NODE nginx 1/1 Running 0 13s 10.200.0.4 worker0
The hosts file content would look like this:
kubectl exec nginx -- cat /etc/hosts
# Kubernetes-managed hosts file. 127.0.0.1 localhost ::1 localhost ip6-localhost ip6-loopback fe00::0 ip6-localnet fe00::0 ip6-mcastprefix fe00::1 ip6-allnodes fe00::2 ip6-allrouters 10.200.0.4 nginx
By default, the
hosts file only includes IPv4 and IPv6 boilerplates like
localhost and its own hostname.
Adding Additional Entries with HostAliases
In addition to the default boilerplate, we can add additional entries to the
hosts file to resolve
10.1.2.3, we can by adding HostAliases to the Pod under
This Pod can be started with the following commands:
kubectl apply -f hostaliases-pod.yaml
Examine a Pod IP and status:
kubectl get pod --output=wide
NAME READY STATUS RESTARTS AGE IP NODE hostaliases-pod 0/1 Completed 0 6s 10.200.0.5 worker0
hosts file content would look like this:
kubectl logs hostaliases-pod
# Kubernetes-managed hosts file. 127.0.0.1 localhost ::1 localhost ip6-localhost ip6-loopback fe00::0 ip6-localnet fe00::0 ip6-mcastprefix fe00::1 ip6-allnodes fe00::2 ip6-allrouters 10.200.0.5 hostaliases-pod # Entries added by HostAliases. 127.0.0.1 foo.local bar.local 10.1.2.3 foo.remote bar.remote
With the additional entries specified at the bottom.
Why Does Kubelet Manage the Hosts File?
Because of the managed-nature of the file, any user-written content will be overwritten whenever the
hosts file is remounted by Kubelet in the event of a container restart or a Pod reschedule. Thus, it is not suggested to modify the contents of the file.