Prerequisites 🔗︎

You need the Backyards CLI tool installed on your computer, as described in the Prerequisites section.

Install Backyards 🔗︎

  1. For a quick demo, you can install Backyards with the following command. This will install every Backyards component and the demo application, then generates synthetic traffic and opens a browser tab to show you the results. Skip this step if you prefer a more interactive installation.

    backyards install -a --run-demo

    The Backyards Dashboard for your Istio service mesh

  2. For an interactive installation, complete the following steps. Execute the following command to:

    • Install the Backyards core, which provides a dashboard and an internal API for handling the service mesh.
    • Install and execute the Istio operator.
    • Install a demo application (optional).
    backyards install

    Note: If you don't need the demo application, you can simply accept the defaults by pressing enter for each question as it will only install the core components. You can install additional components later.

  3. Take a look at the Backyards dashboard:

    backyards dashboard

    If you don't already have Istio workload and traffic, the dashboard will be empty.

  4. Install the demo application. If you chose not to install the demo application, you can deploy it manually:

    backyards demoapp install
  5. Generate some traffic between the components to draw a picture of the data flow.

    backyards demoapp load
  6. Open the dashboard and look around.

    backyards dashboard

    The Backyards Dashboard for your Istio service mesh

What's next? 🔗︎

Test the features of Backyards.