Dapr sentry service overview

Overview of the Dapr sentry process

The Dapr sentry service manages mTLS between services and acts as a certificate authority. It generates mTLS certificates and distributes them to any running sidecars. This allows sidecars to communicate with encrypted, mTLS traffic. For more information read the sidecar-to-sidecar communication overview.

Self-hosted mode

The sentry service Docker container is started automatically as part of dapr init. It can also be run manually as a process if you are running in slim-init mode.

Kubernetes mode

The sentry service is deployed as part of dapr init -k, or via the Dapr Helm charts. For more information on running Dapr on Kubernetes, visit the Kubernetes hosting page.

Further reading