Sock Shop

Implementations of the Sock Shop Microservices Demo Application

Before you begin

Install Verrazzano by following the installation instructions.

NOTE: The Sock Shop example application deployment files are contained in the Verrazzano project located at <VERRAZZANO_HOME>/examples/sockshop, where <VERRAZZANO_HOME> is the root of the Verrazzano project.

Deploy the Sock Shop application

This example application provides various implementations of the Sock Shop Microservices Demo Application. It uses OAM resources to define the application deployment.

  1. Create a namespace for the Sock Shop application and add a label identifying the namespace as managed by Verrazzano.

    $ kubectl create namespace sockshop
    $ kubectl label namespace sockshop verrazzano-managed=true
  2. To deploy the application, apply the Sock Shop OAM resources. Choose to deploy either the helidon, micronaut, or spring variant.

  3. Wait for the Sock Shop application to be ready.

    $ kubectl wait \
       --for=condition=Ready pods \
       --all -n sockshop \

Explore the application

The Sock Shop microservices application implements REST API endpoints including:

  • /catalogue - Returns the Sock Shop catalog. This endpoint accepts the GET HTTP request method.
  • /register - POST { "username":"xxx", "password":"***", "email":"", "firstName":"foo", "lastName":"bar" } to create a user. This endpoint accepts the POST HTTP request method.

NOTE: The following instructions assume that you are using a Kubernetes environment, such as OKE. Other environments or deployments may require alternative mechanisms for retrieving addresses, ports, and such.

Follow these steps to test the endpoints:

  1. Get the generated host name for the application.

    $ HOST=$(kubectl get \
         -n sockshop \
         -o jsonpath={.items[0].spec.servers[0].hosts[0]})
    $ echo $HOST
    # Sample output
  2. Get the EXTERNAL_IP address of the istio-ingressgateway service.

    $ ADDRESS=$(kubectl get service \
         -n istio-system istio-ingressgateway \
         -o jsonpath='{.status.loadBalancer.ingress[0].ip}')
    $ echo $ADDRESS
    # Sample output
  3. Access the Sock Shop application:

    • Using the command line

      # Get catalogue
      $ curl -sk \
         -X GET \
         https://${HOST}/catalogue \
         --resolve ${HOST}:443:${ADDRESS}
      # Sample output
      [{"count":115,"description":"For all those leg lovers out there....", ...}]
      # Add a new user (replace values of username and password)
      $ curl -i \
         --header "Content-Type: application/json" \
         --request POST \
         --data '{"username":"foo","password":"****","email":"","firstName":"foo","lastName":"foo"}' \
         -k https://${HOST}/register \
         --resolve ${HOST}:443:${ADDRESS}
      # Add an item to the user's cart
      $ curl -i \
         --header "Content-Type: application/json" \
         --request POST \
         --data '{"itemId": "a0a4f044-b040-410d-8ead-4de0446aec7e","unitPrice": "7.99"}' \
         -k https://${HOST}/carts/{username}/items \
         --resolve ${HOST}:443:${ADDRESS}
      # Get cart items
      $ curl -i \
         -k https://${HOST}/carts/{username}/items \
         --resolve ${HOST}:443:${ADDRESS}
      # Sample output

      If you are using, then you do not need to include --resolve.

    • Local testing with a browser

      Temporarily, modify the /etc/hosts file (on Mac or Linux) or c:\Windows\System32\Drivers\etc\hosts file (on Windows 10), to add an entry mapping the host name to the ingress gateway’s EXTERNAL-IP address. For example:

      Then, you can access the application in a browser at

      If you are using, then you can access the application in a browser using the HOST variable (for example, https://${HOST}/catalogue). If you are going through a proxy, you may need to add * to the NO_PROXY list.

    • Using your own DNS name

      • Point your own DNS name to the ingress gateway’s EXTERNAL-IP address.
      • In this case, you would need to edit the sock-shop-app.yaml file to use the appropriate value under the hosts section (such as yourhost.your.domain), before deploying the Sock Shop application.
      • Then, you can use a browser to access the application at https://<yourhost.your.domain>/catalogue.
  4. A variety of endpoints associated with the deployed application, are available to further explore the logs, metrics, and such. You can access them according to the directions here.


  1. Verify that the application configuration, component, workload, and ingress trait all exist.

    $ kubectl get ApplicationConfiguration -n sockshop
    $ kubectl get Component -n sockshop
    $ kubectl get VerrazzanoCoherenceWorkload -n sockshop
    $ kubectl get IngressTrait -n sockshop
  2. Verify that the Sock Shop service pods are successfully created and transition to the READY state. Note that this may take a few minutes and that you may see some of the services terminate and restart.

     $ kubectl get pods -n sockshop
     # Sample output
     NAME             READY   STATUS        RESTARTS   AGE
     carts-coh-0      1/1     Running       0          41s
     catalog-coh-0    1/1     Running       0          40s
     orders-coh-0     1/1     Running       0          39s
     payment-coh-0    1/1     Running       0          37s
     shipping-coh-0   1/1     Running       0          36s
     users-coh-0      1/1     Running       0          35s

Undeploy the application

  1. To undeploy the application, delete the Sock Shop OAM resources. Choose to undeploy either the helidon, micronaut, or spring variant.

  2. Delete the namespace sockshop after the application pods are terminated.

    $ kubectl delete namespace sockshop