The Kube-Vip cloud provider is a general purpose cloud-provider for on-prem bare-metal or virtualised environments. It’s designed to work with the kube-vip project however if a load-balancer solution follows the Kubernetes conventions then this cloud-provider will provide IP addresses that another solution can advertise.


The kube-vip-cloud-provider will only implement the loadBalancer functionality of the out-of-tree cloud-provider functionality. The design is to keep be completely decoupled from any other technologies other than the Kubernetes API, this means that the only contract is between the kube-vip-cloud-provider and the kubernetes services schema. The cloud-provider wont generate configuration information in any other format, it’s sole purpose is to ensure that a new service of type:loadBalancer has been assigned an address from an address pool. It does this by updating the <service>.spec.loadBalancerIP with an address from it’s IPAM, the responsibility of advertising that address and updating the <service>.status.loadBalancer.ingress.ip is left to the actual load-balancer such as kube-vip.io.

IP address functionality

  • IP address pools by CIDR
  • IP ranges [start address – end address]
  • Multiple pools by CIDR per namespace
  • Multiple IP ranges per namespace (handles overlapping ranges)
  • Setting of static addresses through --load-balancer-ip=x.x.x.x

Installing the kube-vip-cloud-provider

We can apply the controller manifest directly from this repository to get the latest release:

$ kubectl apply -f https://raw.githubusercontent.com/kube-vip/kube-vip-cloud-provider/main/manifest/kube-vip-cloud-controller.yaml

It uses a statefulSet and can always be viewed with the following command:

kubectl describe pods -n kube-system kube-vip-cloud-provider-0

Global and namespace pools

Global pool

Any service in any namespace will take an address from the global pool cidr/range-global.

Namespace pool

A service will take an address based upon its namespace pool cidr/rangenamespace. These would look like the following:

$ kubectl get configmap -n kube-system kubevip -o yaml

apiVersion: v1
kind: ConfigMap
  name: plndr
  namespace: kube-system

Create an IP pool using a CIDR

kubectl create configmap --namespace kube-system kubevip --from-literal cidr-global=

Create an IP range

kubectl create configmap --namespace kube-system kubevip --from-literal range-global=

Multiple pools or ranges

We can apply multiple pools or ranges by seperating them with commas.. i.e., or,


The logs for the cloud-provider controller can be viewed with the following command:

kubectl logs -n kube-system kube-vip-cloud-provider-0 -f