Access Services From Within the Cluster

This page describes how to access services from within the cluster.

All the services deployed in the cluster are visible to each other. That makes it easy to connect them together.

Before you begin

You need to have a UMH cluster. If you do not already have a cluster, you can create one by following the Getting Started guide.

You also need to access the system where the cluster is running, either by logging into it or by using a remote shell.

Connect to a service from another service

To connect to a service from another service, you can use the service name as the host name.

To get a list of available services and related ports you can run the following command from the instance:

sudo $(which kubectl) get svc -n united-manufacturing-hub --kubeconfig /etc/rancher/k3s/k3s.yaml

All of them are available from within the cluster. The ones of type LoadBalancer are also available from outside the cluster using the node IP and the port listed in the Ports column.

Use the port on the left side of the colon (:) to connect to the service from outside the cluster. For example, the database is available on port 5432.


The most common use case is to connect to the MQTT Broker from Node-RED.

To do that, when you create the MQTT node, you can use the service name united-manufacturing-hub-mqtt as the host name and one the ports listed in the Ports column.

The MQTT service name has changed since version 0.9.10. If you are using an older version, use united-manufacturing-hub-vernemq instead of united-manufacturing-hub-mqtt.

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