CloudCore & EdgeCore Config

KubeEdge requires configuration on both Cloud side (KubeEdge Master) and Edge side (KubeEdge Worker Node)

Configuration Cloud side (KubeEdge Master)

Setting up cloud side requires two steps

  1. Modification of the configuration files
  2. Edge node will be auto registered by default. Users can still choose to register manually.

Modification of the configuration file

Cloudcore requires changes in cloudcore.yaml configuration file.

Create and set cloudcore config file

Create the /etc/kubeedge/config folder

# the default configuration file path is '/etc/kubeedge/config/cloudcore.yaml'
# also you can specify it anywhere with '--config'
mkdir -p /etc/kubeedge/config/

Either create a minimal configuration with command ~/kubeedge/cloudcore --minconfig

~/kubeedge/cloudcore --minconfig > /etc/kubeedge/config/cloudcore.yaml

or a full configuration with command ~/kubeedge/cloudcore --defaultconfig

~/kubeedge/cloudcore --defaultconfig > /etc/kubeedge/config/cloudcore.yaml

Edit the configuration file

vim /etc/kubeedge/config/cloudcore.yaml

Verify the configurations before running cloudcore

Modification in cloudcore.yaml

In the cloudcore.yaml, modify the below settings.

  1. Either kubeAPIConfig.kubeConfig or kubeAPIConfig.master : This would be the path to your kubeconfig file. It might be either




    depending on where you have setup your kubernetes by performing the below step:

    To start using your cluster, you need to run the following as a regular user:
    mkdir -p $HOME/.kube
    sudo cp -i /etc/kubernetes/admin.conf $HOME/.kube/config
    sudo chown $(id -u):$(id -g) $HOME/.kube/config

    By default, cloudcore use https connection to Kubernetes apiserver. If master and kubeConfig are both set, master will override any value in kubeconfig.

  2. Configure all the IP addresses of CloudCore which are exposed to the edge nodes(like floating IP) in the advertiseAddress, which will be add to SANs in cert of cloudcore.


Adding the edge nodes (KubeEdge Worker Node) on the Cloud side (KubeEdge Master)

Node registration can be completed in two ways:

  1. Node - Automatic Registration
  2. Node - Manual Registration

Node - Automatic Registration

Edge node can be registered automatically if the value of field modules.edged.registerNode in edgecore’s config is set to true.

    registerNode: true

Node - Manual Registration

Copy $GOPATH/src/ to your working directory and change to the name of edge node
mkdir -p ~/kubeedge/yaml
cp $GOPATH/src/ ~/kubeedge/yaml


  "kind": "Node",
  "apiVersion": "v1",
  "metadata": {
    "name": "edge-node",
    "labels": {
      "name": "edge-node",
      "": ""

Note: 1. the must keep in line with edgecore’s config modules.edged.hostnameOverride.

  1. Make sure role is set to edge for the node. For this a key of the form "" must be present in metadata.labels. If role is not set for the node, the pods, configmaps and secrets created/updated in the cloud cannot be synced with the node they are targeted for.
Deploy edge node (you must run the command on cloud side)
kubectl apply -f ~/kubeedge/yaml/node.json

Configuration Edge side (KubeEdge Worker Node)

Create and set edgecore config file

Create the /etc/kubeedge/config folder

    # the default configration file path is '/etc/kubeedge/config/edgecore.yaml'
    # also you can specify it anywhere with '--config'
    mkdir -p /etc/kubeedge/config/

Either create a minimal configuration with command ~/kubeedge/edgecore --minconfig

    ~/kubeedge/edgecore --minconfig > /etc/kubeedge/config/edgecore.yaml

or a full configuration with command ~/kubeedge/edgecore --defaultconfig

~/kubeedge/edgecore --defaultconfig > /etc/kubeedge/config/edgecore.yaml

Edit the configuration file

    vim /etc/kubeedge/config/edgecore.yaml

Verify the configurations before running edgecore

Modification in edgecore.yaml

  1. Check modules.edged.podSandboxImage : This is very important and must be set correctly.

To check the architecture of your machine run the following

getconf LONG_BIT

+ `kubeedge/pause-arm:3.1` for arm arch
+ `kubeedge/pause-arm64:3.1` for arm64 arch
+ `kubeedge/pause:3.1` for x86 arch
  1. Before KubeEdge v1.3: check whether the cert files for modules.edgehub.tlsCaFile and modules.edgehub.tlsCertFile and modules.edgehub.tlsPrivateKeyFile exists. If those files not exist, you need to copy them from cloud side.

    From KubeEdge v1.3: just skip above check about cert files. However, if you configure the edgecore certificate manually, you must check if the path of certificate is right.

  2. Update the IP address and port of the KubeEdge CloudCore in the modules.edgehub.websocket.server and modules.edgehub.quic.server field. You need set cloudcore ip address.

  3. Configure the desired container runtime to be used as either docker or remote (for all CRI based runtimes including containerd). If this parameter is not specified docker runtime will be used by default

    runtimeType: docker


    runtimeType: remote
  4. If your runtime-type is remote, follow this guide KubeEdge CRI Configuration to setup KubeEdge with the remote/CRI based runtimes.

    Note: If your KubeEdge version is before the v1.3, then just skip the steps 6-7.

  5. Configure the IP address and port of the KubeEdge cloudcore in the modules.edgehub.httpServer which is used to apply for the certificate. For example:

  6. Configure the token.

    kubectl get secret tokensecret -n kubeedge -oyaml

    Then you get it like this:

    apiVersion: v1
      tokendata: ODEzNTZjY2MwODIzMmIxMTU0Y2ExYmI5MmRlZjY4YWQwMGQ3ZDcwOTIzYmU3YjcyZWZmOTVlMTdiZTk5MzdkNS5leUpoYkdjaU9pSklVekkxTmlJc0luUjVjQ0k2SWtwWFZDSjkuZXlKbGVIQWlPakUxT0RreE5qRTVPRGw5LmpxNENXNk1WNHlUVkpVOWdBUzFqNkRCdE5qeVhQT3gxOHF5RnFfOWQ4WFkK
    kind: Secret
      creationTimestamp: "2020-05-10T01:53:10Z"
      name: tokensecret
      namespace: kubeedge
      resourceVersion: "19124039"
      selfLink: /api/v1/namespaces/kubeedge/secrets/tokensecret
      uid: 48429ce1-2d5a-4f0e-9ff1-f0f1455a12b4
    type: Opaque

    Decode the tokendata field by base64:

    echo ODEzNTZjY2MwODIzMmIxMTU0Y2ExYmI5MmRlZjY4YWQwMGQ3ZDcwOTIzYmU3YjcyZWZmOTVlMTdiZTk5MzdkNS5leUpoYkdjaU9pSklVekkxTmlJc0luUjVjQ0k2SWtwWFZDSjkuZXlKbGVIQWlPakUxT0RreE5qRTVPRGw5LmpxNENXNk1WNHlUVkpVOWdBUzFqNkRCdE5qeVhQT3gxOHF5RnFfOWQ4WFkK |base64 -d
    # then we get:

    Copy the decoded string to the edgecore.yaml just like follow:

        token: 81356ccc08232b1154ca1bb92def68ad00d7d70923be7b72eff95e17be9937d5.eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJleHAiOjE1ODkxNjE5ODl9.jq4CW6MV4yTVJU9gAS1j6DBtNjyXPOx18qyFq_9d8XY

Configuring MQTT mode

The Edge part of KubeEdge uses MQTT for communication between deviceTwin and devices. KubeEdge supports 3 MQTT modes (internalMqttMode, bothMqttMode, externalMqttMode), set mqttMode field in edgecore.yaml to the desired mode. + internalMqttMode: internal mqtt broker is enabled (mqttMode=0). + bothMqttMode: internal as well as external broker are enabled (mqttMode=1). + externalMqttMode: only external broker is enabled (mqttMode=2).

To use KubeEdge in double mqtt or external mode, you need to make sure that mosquitto or emqx edge is installed on the edge node as an MQTT Broker.

At this point we have completed all configuration changes related to edgecore.