Global network set

A global network set resource (GlobalNetworkSet) represents an arbitrary set of IP subnetworks/CIDRs, allowing it to be matched by Calico policy. Network sets are useful for applying policy to traffic coming from (or going to) external, non-Calico, networks.

The metadata for each network set includes a set of labels. When Calico is calculating the set of IPs that should match a source/destination selector within a global network policy rule, it includes the CIDRs from any network sets that match the selector.

Important: Since Calico matches packets based on their source/destination IP addresses, Calico rules may not behave as expected if there is NAT between the Calico-enabled node and the networks listed in a network set. For example, in Kubernetes, incoming traffic via a service IP is typically SNATed by the kube-proxy before reaching the destination host so Calico’s workload policy will see the kube-proxy’s host’s IP as the source instead of the real source.

For calicoctl commands that specify a resource type on the CLI, the following aliases are supported (all case insensitive): globalnetworkset, globalnetworksets.

Sample YAML

kind: GlobalNetworkSet
  name: a-name-for-the-set
    role: external-database

Global network set definition


Field Description Accepted Values Schema
name The name of this network set. Lower-case alphanumeric with optional - string
labels A set of labels to apply to this endpoint.   map


Field Description Accepted Values Schema Default
nets The IP networks/CIDRs to include in the set. Valid IPv4 or IPv6 CIDRs, for example “” list