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Garry Chen


This article walks you through using Nocalhost to seamlessly connect your local development machine to a remote Kubernetes cluster, allowing you to use your favourite IDE to develop and debug Apache APISIX ingress controller. Giving you the ability to comfortably develop and debug your remote apps with your existing skills.

This article covers:

  1. Deploy the APISIX Ingress controller to the remote Kubernetes cluster within IDE
  2. Developing and debugging APISIX ingress controller in Kubernetes without image rebuilding


  • Prepare an available Kubernetes cluster in your workstation. You can use any Kubernetes clusters that you have namespace admin privilege.
  • Helm v3.0+ installed.
  • GoLand IDE 2020.03+ (I am using GoLand 2021.2 in this article)
  • Install Nocalhost JetBrains plugin
  • Install Go 1.13 or later

Deploy APISIX Ingress Controller#

I'm going to deploy APISIX Ingress Controller by Nocalhost within GoLand:

  1. Open the Nocalhost plugin within GoLand
  2. Use the cluster inspector to select the namespace that you want to deploy.
  3. Right-click the selected namespace, choose Deploy Application, and select Helm Repo as installation method.
  4. In the following dialog box, input
    • apisix-ingress-controller as Name
    • as Chart URL
Deploy APISIX ingress controller

Let's test the apisix-ingress-controller after deployment by enable the port-forwarding within IDE:

  1. Find the apisix-ingress-controller workload in the cluster inspector, right-click and select the Port Forward
  2. Add the port-forwarding 8080:8080
  3. Visiting the in local and check the result
Test the deployment


Step 1. Add Nocalhost configuration#

Before we start to develop, we need to add the Nocalhost configuration.

  1. Right-click the apisix-ingress-controller in Nocalhost's cluster inspector and select Dev Config
  2. Copy and paste the following Nocalhost configuration to the file just opened. Remember to save it.
name: apisix-ingress-controllerserviceType: deploymentcontainers:    - name: apisix-ingress-controller      dev:          gitUrl:          image:          shell: ""          workDir: /home/nocalhost-dev          resources: null          portForward:              - 8080:8080

What did I configure?#

  • We deployed a development workload called apisix-ingress-controller
  • When starting development mode, Nocalhost will:
    • use the image to start the development container
    • After entering development mode, Nocalhost will open the terminal and start the /bin/sh by default (as is empty) and entering the /home/nocalhost-dev folder.
  • There is no resources limitation for this development container
  • Nocalhost will forward the 8080 port of the development container to the local computer's 8080 port

Step 2. Start development mode#

  1. Right-click the deployment apisix-ingress-controller in cluster inspector, select Start DevMode
  2. Choose your source code directory if you have already cloned in local, or let Nocalhost clone the source code for you by entering the apache/apisix-ingress-controller repository URL
  3. Wait for the operations, Nocalhost will open the remote terminal within IDE after entering DevMode

Now start the apisix-ingress-controller process by entering the following command in the remote terminal:

go run main.go ingress --config-path conf/config-default.yaml

After the apisix-ingress-controller has started, access the service by visiting on local and check the result.

Entering DevMode

Step 3. Change code and check result#

Now I will make some code changes and check the result.

  1. Stop the apisix-ingress-controller process
  2. Search healthz and find the router.go file. Change the healthzResponse status code from ok to Hello Nocalhost
  3. Start the process again and check the change result in local
⭐️   No need to rebuild image or restart container, see result under seconds   ⭐️

Step 4. End development mode#

Now close the development window and end development mode.

  1. Right-click the apisix-ingress-controller in the cluster inspector
  2. Select End DevMode

Nocalhost will make apisix-ingress-controller end development mode, and reset the apisix-ingress-controller Pod to its original version. Enable the port-forwarding and check the result after ending development mode.

Ending DevMode
Code Change

All code changes in development mode will only take effect in the development container.

After exiting the development mode, Nocalhost will reset the remote container to its original state (before the code is modified). In this way, after exiting the development mode, the modification of the code will not cause any changes or impact on the original environment.


Debugging an application is not easy, and debugging an application in the Kubernetes cluster is even more difficult. Nocalhost is here to help by providing the same debugging experience you're used in the IDE when debugging in the remote Kubernetes cluster.

Step 1. Add Configuration#

Exit DevMode

Remember to exit the development mode before applying the new configuration. Nocalhost will use the latest configuration the next time you enter development mode.

Open the Nocalhost configuration and add remote debugging configuration

name: apisix-ingress-controllerserviceType: deploymentcontainers:    - name: apisix-ingress-controller      dev:          gitUrl:          image:          shell: ""          workDir: /home/nocalhost-dev          resources: null          command:              debug:                - ./          debug:              remoteDebugPort: 9009          hotReload: true          portForward:              - 8080:8080
  • dev.command.debug: the commands that Nocalhost will run when debugging remotely. I'm using a bash shell script file
  • dev.debug.remoteDebugPort: the local port that Nocalhost will forward the remote debugging port data to.
  • dev.hotReload: when Nocalhost detects file changes, it will automatically execute the defined command in without losing the state of app.

Step 2. Add debugging commands#

Add the file with the following shell scripts in your source code directory.
#! /bin/sh
# Only add this if you are in Chinaexport GOPROXY=
# The debug scriptsdlv --headless --log --listen=:9009 --api-version=2 --accept-multiclient debug main.go -- ingress --config-path conf/config-default.yaml

The Delve listening port needs to be the same as remoteDebugPort in the configuration.

Step 3. Start remote debugging#

After adding configuration and shell file, we can start remote debugging:

  1. Right-click apisix-ingress-controller and choose Remote Debug
  2. Nocalhost will put apisix-ingress-controller into development mode and start the scripts in automatically
Start remote debugging

Step 4. Step through breakpoints#

Now set a breakpoint on the healthz function. Hover over just to the left of the line number and click on the red dot. Once it’s set, visit in your local browser, GoLand should pop to the foreground. Click the play button to close the request and the progress should continue loading.

In addition, as I enable the dev.hotReload, so every time you make the code change, Nocalhost will automatically re-run the scripts in This is very useful when you make the code change and debug again.

Setting up breakpoints and run the service

Remote Run#

Not just remote debugging, Nocalhost also provides an easy way to run your Go service in the Kubernetes cluster, plus hot reload!

Similar to remote debugging, add the following Nocalhost configuration:

name: apisix-ingress-controllerserviceType: deploymentcontainers:    - name: apisix-ingress-controller      dev:          gitUrl:          image:          shell: ""          workDir: /home/nocalhost-dev          resources: null          command:              run:                - ./              debug:                - ./          debug:              remoteDebugPort: 9009          hotReload: true          portForward:              - 8080:8080
Exit DevMode

Remember to exit DevMode before apply the new Nocalhost configuration.

Then add a file into your source folder:
#! /bin/sh
# Execution Scriptsgo run main.go ingress --config-path conf/config-default.yaml

Now you can using the remote run feature by:

  1. Right-click apisix-ingress-controller in cluster inspector, choose Remote Run
  2. Nocalhost will put apisix-ingress-controller into development mode and start the scripts in automatically

Now every time you make code changes, Nocalhost will automatically trigger the scripts in You can now enjoy the hot reload for Go without complex configuration.

Remote run


Today, we’ve learned how to use Nocalhost to develop and debug the APISIX ingress controller in Kubernetes. Now, instead of waiting for slow local development processes, we can iterate quickly with an instant feedback loop and a productive cloud-native development environment.