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GRPCRoute Support

What is GRPCRoute?

The GRPCRoute is a custom resource defined in the Gateway API that specifies how gRPC traffic should be routed. It allows you to set up routing rules based on various match criteria, such as service names and methods. With GRPCRoute, you can ensure that your gRPC traffic is directed to the appropriate backend services in a Kubernetes environment.

For a detailed reference on GRPCRoute from the Gateway API, please check the official Gateway API documentation.

Setting up a HelloWorld gRPC Server

In this section, we'll walk you through deploying a simple "HelloWorld" gRPC server and setting up the required routing rules using the Gateway API.

Deploying the Necessary Resources

  1. Apply the Gateway Configuration: This YAML file contains the definition for a gateway with an HTTPS listener.

    kubectl apply -f files/examples/my-hotel-gateway-multi-listeners.yaml

  2. Deploy the gRPC Server: Deploy the example gRPC server which will respond to the SayHello gRPC request.

    kubectl apply -f files/examples/greeter-grpc-server.yaml

  3. Set Up the gRPC Route:This YAML file contains the GRPCRoute resource which directs the gRPC traffic to our example server.

    kubectl apply -f files/examples/greeter-grpc-route.yaml

  4. Verify the Deployment:Check to make sure that our gRPC server pod is running and get its name.

    kubectl get pods -A

Testing the gRPC Server

  1. Access the gRPC Server Pod: Copy the name of the pod running the greeter-grpc-server and use it to access the pod's shell.

    kubectl exec -it <name-of-grpc-server-pod> -- bash

  2. Prepare the Test Client: Inside the pod shell, create a test client by pasting the provided Go code.

    cat << EOF > test.go
    package main
    import (
       pb ""
    func main() {
       if len(os.Args) < 3 {
       log.Fatalf("Usage: %s <address> <port>", os.Args[0])
       address := os.Args[1] + ":" + os.Args[2]
       // Create a connection with insecure TLS (no server verification).
       creds := credentials.NewTLS(&tls.Config{
           InsecureSkipVerify: true,
       conn, err := grpc.Dial(address, grpc.WithTransportCredentials(creds))
       if err != nil {
           log.Fatalf("did not connect: %v", err)
       defer conn.Close()
       c := pb.NewGreeterClient(conn)
       // Contact the server and print out its response.
       name := "world"
       if len(os.Args) > 3 {
           name = os.Args[3]
       r, err := c.SayHello(context.Background(), &pb.HelloRequest{Name: name})
       if err != nil {
           log.Fatalf("could not greet: %v", err)
       log.Printf("Greeting: %s", r.Message)

  3. Run the Test Client: Execute the test client, making sure to replace <SERVICE DNS> with the VPC Lattice service DNS and <PORT> with the port your Lattice listener uses (in this example, we use 443).

    go run test.go <SERVICE DNS> <PORT>

Expected Output

If everything is set up correctly, you should see the following output:

Greeting: Hello world

This confirms that our gRPC request was successfully routed through VPC Lattice and processed by our greeter-grpc-server.