BGP Peer Resource (bgpPeer)

A BGP Peer resource (bgpPeer) represents a remote BGP peer with which the node(s) in a Calico cluster will peer. Configuring BGP peers allows you to peer a Calico network with your datacenter fabric (e.g. ToR). For more information on cluster layouts, see Calico’s documentation on L3 Topologies.

For calicoctl commands that specify a resource type on the CLI, the following aliases are supported (all case insensitive): bgppeer, bgppeers, bgpp, bgpps, bp, bps.

Sample YAML

apiVersion: v1
kind: bgpPeer
  scope: node
  node: rack1-host1
  asNumber: 63400

BGP Peer Definition


Field Description Accepted Values Schema
scope Determines the Calico nodes to which this peer applies. global, node string
node Must be specified if scope is node, and must be omitted when scope is global. The hostname of the node to which this peer applies. string
peerIP The IP address of this peer. Valid IPv4 or IPv6 address. string


Field Description Accepted Values Schema Default
asNumber The AS Number of this peer. A valid AS Number, may be specified in dotted notation. integer/string  

Peer Scopes

BGP Peers can exist at either a global scope or a node scope. A peer’s scope determines which Calico nodes will attempt to establish a BGP session with that peer.

Global Peer

If this is a global scoped BGP peer, all nodes in the cluster will attempt to establish a BGP connection with it.

Node Peer

A BGP peer can also be added at the node scope, meaning only a single specified node will peer with it. BGP peer resources of this nature must specify a node to inform Calico which node this peer is targeting.