Integration Guide - Kong Ingress Controller

The Moesif Kong plugin captures API traffic from Kong Ingress Controller and logs it to Moesif API Analytics. This plugin leverages an asynchronous design and doesn’t add any latency to your API calls.

  • Kong is an open-source API gateway and middleware layer.
  • Moesif is an API analytics and monitoring service.

This plugin supports automatic analysis of REST, GraphQL, and other APIs.

How to Install

Create a ConfigMap with the Moesif Plugin Code

You’ll need to clone the kong-moesif-plugin and navigate to the kong/plugins directory to create a configMap using

kubectl create configmap kong-plugin-moesif --from-file=moesif -n kong

Please ensure that this is created in the same namespace as the one in which Kong is going to be installed.

Add Kong Chart

Please Note that this section assumes that you’ve helm kong chart available, if not please add kong helm chart. If you already have helm kong chart available, please skip this step.

You’ll need to add the kong chart and update the repo via Helm.

helm repo add kong https://charts.konghq.com

helm repo update

Load Moesif Plugin

With Helm, you could load the Moesif plugin by adding the following values to your values.yaml file:

plugins:
  configMaps:
  - name: kong-plugin-moesif
    pluginName: moesif

Deploy the Kubernetes Ingress Controller

You’ll need to patch the kong ingress controller deployment with the Moesif plugin and rollout the deployment.

helm upgrade kong kong/kong --namespace kong --values values.yaml

Enabling the plugin Globally

Create a global-plugin.yaml file

apiVersion: configuration.konghq.com/v1
kind: KongClusterPlugin
metadata:
  name: moesif
  annotations:
    kubernetes.io/ingress.class: kong
  labels:
    global: "true"
config:
  application_id: Your Moesif Application Id
  debug: false
plugin: moesif

and then apply the plugin globally.

kubectl  apply -f global-plugin.yaml

Your Moesif Application Id can be found in the Moesif Portal. After signing up for a Moesif account, your Moesif Application Id will be displayed during the onboarding steps.

You can always find your Moesif Application Id at any time by logging into the Moesif Portal, click on the top right menu, and then clicking API Keys.

Please note that setting the label global to “true” will apply the plugin globally in Kong, meaning it will be executed for every request that is proxied via Kong.

Please ensure that this is created in the same namespace as the one in which Kong is installed. If your namespace is different from kong, you should change this command accordingly.

Parameters

The Moesif Kong Plugin has a variety of options for things like data scrubbing and tweaking performance.

Parameter Default Description
name   The name of the plugin to use, in this case kong-plugin-moesif
service_id   The id of the Service which this plugin will target.
route_id   The id of the Route which this plugin will target.
enabled true Whether this plugin will be applied.
consumer_id   The id of the Consumer which this plugin will target.
api_id   The id of the API which this plugin will target. Note: The API Entity is deprecated in favor of Services since CE 0.13.0 and EE 0.32.
application_id   The Moesif application token provided to you by Moesif.
api_endpoint https://api.moesif.net URL for the Moesif API.
timeout (deprecated) 1000 Timeout in milliseconds when connecting/sending data to Moesif.
connect_timeout 1000 Timeout in milliseconds when connecting to Moesif.
send_timeout 2000 Timeout in milliseconds when sending data to Moesif.
keepalive 5000 Value in milliseconds that defines for how long an idle connection will live before being closed.
api_version 1.0 API Version you want to tag this request with.
disable_capture_request_body false Disable logging of request body.
disable_capture_response_body false Disable logging of response body.
request_header_masks {} An array of request header fields to mask.
request_body_masks {} An array of request body fields to mask.
response_header_masks {} An array of response header fields to mask.
response_body_masks {} An array of response body fields to mask.
batch_size 200 Maximum batch size when sending to Moesif.
user_id_header   Request or response header to use for identifying the User. See identifying users.
company_id_header   Request or response header to use for identifying the Company. See identifying companies.
authorization_header_name authorization Request header containing a Bearer or Basic token to extract user id. See identifying users. Also, supports a comma separated string. We will check headers in order like "X-Api-Key,Authorization".
authorization_user_id_field sub Field name in JWT/OpenId token’s payload for identifying users. Only applicable if authorization_header_name is set and is a Bearer token. See identifying users.
authorization_company_id_field ’’ Field name in JWT/OpenId token’s payload for identifying companies. Only applicable if authorization_header_name is set and is a Bearer token. See identifying companies.
disable_gzip_payload_decompression false If set to true, will disable decompressing body in Kong.
max_callback_time_spent 2000 Limiter on how much time to send events to Moesif per worker cycle.
request_max_body_size_limit 100000 Maximum request body size in bytes to log.
response_max_body_size_limit 100000 Maximum response body size in bytes to log.
request_query_masks {} An array of query string params fields to mask.
event_queue_size 5000 Maximum number of events to hold in queue before sending to Moesif. In case of network issues when not able to connect/send event to Moesif, skips adding new to event to queue to prevent memory overflow.
debug false If set to true, prints internal log messages for debugging integration issues.

Identifying users

This plugin will automatically identify API users so you can associate API traffic to web traffic and create cross-platform funnel reports of your customer journey. The default algorithm covers most authorization designs and works as follows:

  1. If the user_id_header option is set, read the value from the specified HTTP header key user_id_header.
  2. Else if Kong defined a value for x-consumer-custom-id, x-consumer-username, or x-consumer-id (in that order), use that value.
  3. Else if an authorization token is present in authorization_header_name, parse the user id from the token as follows:
    • If header contains Bearer, base64 decode the string and use the value defined by authorization_user_id_field (by default is sub).
    • If header contains Basic, base64 decode the string and use the username portion (before the : character).

For advanced configurations, you can define a custom header containing the user id via user_id_header or override the options authorization_header_name and authorization_user_id_field.

Identifying companies

You can associate API users to companies for tracking account-level usage. This can be done either:

  1. Defining company_id_header, Moesif will use the value present in that header.
  2. Use the Moesif update user API to set a company_id for a user. Moesif will associate the API calls automatically.
  3. Else if an authorization token is present in authorization_header_name, parse the company id from the token as follows:
    • If header contains Bearer, base64 decode the string and use the value defined by authorization_company_id_field (by default is ``).

Other integrations

To view more documentation on integration options, please visit the Integration Options Documentation.