|Alpha (Feature Flag)|
kOps has experimental support for configuring clusters with IPv6-only pods and dual-stack nodes.
IPv6 mode is specified by setting
nonMasqueradeCIDR: "::/0" in the cluster spec.
--ipv6 flag of
kops create cluster sets this field, among others.
Cloud providers ¶
kOps currently supports IPv6 on AWS only.
IPv6 requires the external Cloud Controller Manager.
VPC, subnets, and topology ¶
The VPC can be either shared or managed by kOps. If shared, it must have an IPv6 pool associated.
Subnet IPv6 CIDR allocations may be specified in the cluster spec using the special syntax
where "LEN" is the prefix length and "N" is the hexadecimal sequence number of the CIDR within the VPC's IPv6 CIDR.
For example, if the VPC's CIDR is
2001:db8::/56 then the syntax
/64#a would mean
Public and utility subnets are expected to be dual-stack. Subnets of type
Private are expected to be IPv6-only.
There is a new type of subnet
DualStack which is like
Private but is dual-stack.
DualStack subnets are used by default for the control plane and APIServer nodes.
IPv6-only subnets require Kubernetes 1.22 or later. For this reason, private topology on an IPv6 cluster also requires Kubernetes 1.22 or later.
Routing and NAT64 ¶
Managed private and public subnets which have
IPv6CIDR assignments route
64:ff9b::/96 (NAT64) to whatever is specified in the
egress field of the subnet's spec, defaulting the availability zone's NAT Gateway.
If a NAT Gateway is thus needed by a managed public subnet and there are no utility subnets in that availability zone, the NAT Gateway will be placed in the first-listed public subnet in that zone.
The managed private subnets route the rest of outbound IPv6 traffic to the VPC's Egress-only Internet Gateway. The managed public subnets route the rest of outbound IPv6 traffic to the VPC's Internet Gateway.
kOps currently supports IPv6 on Calico, Cilium, and bring-your-own CNI only.
CNIs must not masquerade IPv6 addresses.
Running IPv6 with Calico requires a Debian 11 or Ubuntu 22.04 based AMI.
Future work ¶
- External-DNS does not, as of the writing of this document, support registering AAAA records.