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System Images

When RKE is deploying Kubernetes, there are several images that are pulled. These images are used as Kubernetes system components as well as helping to deploy these system components.

As of v0.1.6, the functionality of a couple of the system images were consolidated into a single rancher/rke-tools image to simplify and speed the deployment process.

You can configure the network plug-ins, ingress controller and dns provider as well as the options for these add-ons separately in the cluster.yml.

Below is an example of the list of system images used to deploy Kubernetes through RKE. The default versions of Kubernetes are tied to specific versions of system images.


As versions of RKE are released, the tags on these images will no longer be up to date. This list is specific for v1.10.3-rancher2.

etcd: rancher/coreos-etcd:v3.2.24
alpine: rancher/rke-tools:v0.1.24
nginx_proxy: rancher/rke-tools:v0.1.24
cert_downloader: rancher/rke-tools:v0.1.24
kubernetes: rancher/hyperkube:v1.13.1-rancher1
kubernetes_services_sidecar: rancher/rke-tools:v0.1.24
pod_infra_container: rancher/pause-amd64:3.1

# kube-dns images
kubedns: rancher/k8s-dns-kube-dns-amd64:1.15.0
dnsmasq: rancher/k8s-dns-dnsmasq-nanny-amd64:1.15.0
kubedns_sidecar: rancher/k8s-dns-sidecar-amd64:1.15.0
kubedns_autoscaler: rancher/cluster-proportional-autoscaler-amd64:1.0.0

# CoreDNS images
coredns: coredns/coredns:1.2.6
coredns_autoscaler: rancher/cluster-proportional-autoscaler-amd64:1.0.0

# Flannel images
flannel: rancher/coreos-flannel:v0.10.0
flannel_cni: rancher/coreos-flannel-cni:v0.3.0

# Calico images
calico_node: rancher/calico-node:v3.4.0
calico_cni: rancher/calico-cni:v3.4.0
calico_controllers: ""
calico_ctl: rancher/calico-ctl:v2.0.0

# Canal images
canal_node: rancher/calico-node:v3.4.0
canal_cni: rancher/calico-cni:v3.4.0
canal_flannel: rancher/coreos-flannel:v0.10.0

# Weave images
weave_node: weaveworks/weave-kube:2.5.0
weave_cni: weaveworks/weave-npc:2.5.0

# Ingress controller images
ingress: rancher/nginx-ingress-controller:0.21.0-rancher1
ingress_backend: rancher/nginx-ingress-controller-defaultbackend:1.4

# Metrics server image
metrics_server: rancher/metrics-server-amd64:v0.3.1

Before v0.1.6, instead of using the rancher/rke-tools image, we used the following images:

alpine: alpine:latest
nginx_proxy: rancher/rke-nginx-proxy:v0.1.1
cert_downloader: rancher/rke-cert-deployer:v0.1.1
kubernetes_services_sidecar: rancher/rke-service-sidekick:v0.1.0

Air-gapped Setups

If you have an air-gapped setup and cannot access, you will need to set up your private registry in your cluster configuration file. After you set up private registry, you will need to update these images to pull from your private registry.