How To Enable Access Logs on Openshift Default Routes

Put some brain when a route is not working as expected, or your consumers are not able to reach the service

Alex Vazquez
4 min readMay 12, 2022


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We all know that Openshift is an outstanding Kubernetes Distribution and one of the most used mainly when talking about private-cloud deployments. Based on the solid reputation of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Openshift was able to create a solid product that is becoming almost a standard for most enterprises.

It provides a lot of extensions from the Vanilla Kubernetes style, including some of the open-source industry standards such as Prometheus, Thanos, and Grafana for Metrics Monitoring or ELK stack for Logging Aggregation but also including its extensions such as the Openshift Routes.

Openshift Routes was the initial solution before the Ingress concept was a reality inside the standard. Now, it also implements following that pattern to keep it compatible. It is backed by HAProxy, one of the most known reverse-proxy available in the open-source community.

One of the tricky parts by default is knowing how to debug when one of your routes is not working as expected. The way you create routes is so easy that anyone can make it in a few clicks, and if everything works as expected, that’s awesome.

But if it doesn’t, the problems start because, by default, you don’t get any logging about what’s happening. But that’s what we are going to solve here.

First, we will talk a little more about how this is configured. Currently (Openshift 4.8 version), this is implemented, as I said, using HAProxy by default so if you are using other technology as ingresses such as Istio or Nginx, this article is not for you (but don’t forget to leave a comment if a similar kind of article would be of your interest so I can also bring it to the back-log :) )

From the implementation perspective, this is implemented using the Operator Framework, so the ingress is deployed as an Operator, and it is available in the openshift-ingress-operator namespace.



Alex Vazquez

PSG Senior Architect at TIBCO Software with a focus on Cloud Development, Event Processing and Enterprise Integration