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Proxy Extensions

Current Status: Alpha (Since v2.7.0)


With UI extensions it is possible to enhance Argo CD web interface to provide valuable data to the user. However the data is restricted to the resources that belongs to the Application. With proxy extensions it is also possible to add additional functionality that have access to data provided by backend services. In this case Argo CD API server acts as a reverse-proxy authenticating and authorizing incoming requests before forwarding to the backend service.


As proxy extension is in Alpha phase, the feature is disabled by default. To enable it, it is necessary to configure the feature flag in Argo CD command parameters. The easiest way to to properly enable this feature flag is by adding the server.enable.proxy.extension key in the existing argocd-cmd-params-cm. For example:

apiVersion: v1
kind: ConfigMap
  name: argocd-cmd-params-cm
  namespace: argocd
  server.enable.proxy.extension: "true"

Once the proxy extension is enabled, it can be configured in the main Argo CD configmap (argocd-cm).

The example below demonstrate all possible configurations available for proxy extensions:

apiVersion: v1
kind: ConfigMap
  name: argocd-cm
  namespace: argocd
  extension.config: |
    - name: httpbin
        connectionTimeout: 2s
        keepAlive: 15s
        idleConnectionTimeout: 60s
        maxIdleConnections: 30
        - url:
            name: some-cluster
            server: https://some-cluster

If a the configuration is changed, Argo CD Server will need to be restarted as the proxy handlers are only registered once during the initialization of the server.

Every configuration entry is explained below:

extensions (list)

Defines configurations for all extensions enabled. (string)


Defines the endpoint that will be used to register the extension route. For example, if the value of the property is my-extension then the backend service will be exposed under the following url:


extensions.backend.connectionTimeout (duration string)

(optional. Default: 2s)

Is the maximum amount of time a dial to the extension server will wait for a connect to complete.

extensions.backend.keepAlive (duration string)

(optional. Default: 15s)

Specifies the interval between keep-alive probes for an active network connection between the API server and the extension server.

extensions.backend.idleConnectionTimeout (duration string)

(optional. Default: 60s)

Is the maximum amount of time an idle (keep-alive) connection between the API server and the extension server will remain idle before closing itself.

extensions.backend.maxIdleConnections (int)

(optional. Default: 30)

Controls the maximum number of idle (keep-alive) connections between the API server and the extension server. (list)

Defines a list with backend url by cluster. (string)


Is the address where the extension backend must be available. (object)


If provided, and multiple services are configured, will have to match the application destination name or server to have requests properly forwarded to this service URL. If there are multiple backends for the same extension this field is required. In this case at least one of the two will be required: name or server. It is better to provide both values to avoid problems with applications unable to send requests to the proper backend service. If only one backend service is configured, this field is ignored, and all requests are forwarded to the configured one. (string)


It will be matched with the value from Application.Spec.Destination.Name (string)


It will be matched with the value from Application.Spec.Destination.Server.


Once a proxy extension is configured it will be made available under the /extensions/<extension-name> endpoint exposed by Argo CD API server. The example above will proxy requests to <apiserver-host>/extensions/httpbin/ to

The diagram below illustrates an interaction possible with this configuration:

                                              │ Argo CD UI  │
                                                   │  ▲
  GET <apiserver-host>/extensions/httpbin/anything │  │ 200 OK
            + authn/authz headers                  │  │
                                                   ▼  │
                                            │Argo CD API Server│
                                                   │  ▲
                   GET │  │ 200 OK
                                                   │  │
                                                   ▼  │
                                             │ Backend Service │


Note that Argo CD API Server requires additional HTTP headers to be sent in order to enforce if the incoming request is authenticated and authorized before being proxied to the backend service. The headers are documented below:

Argo CD UI keeps the authentication token stored in a cookie (argocd.token). This value needs to be sent in the Cookie header so the API server can validate its authenticity.


Cookie: argocd.token=eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1Ni...

The entire Argo CD cookie list can also be sent. The API server will only use the argocd.token attribute in this case.

Argocd-Application-Name (mandatory)

This is the name of the project for the application for which the extension is being invoked. The header value must follow the format: "<namespace>:<app-name>".


Argocd-Application-Name: namespace:app-name

Argocd-Project-Name (mandatory)

The logged in user must have access to this project in order to be authorized.


Argocd-Project-Name: default

Argo CD API Server will ensure that the logged in user has the permission to access the resources provided by the headers above. The validation is based on pre-configured Argo CD RBAC rules. The same headers are also sent to the backend service. The backend service must also validate if the validated headers are compatible with the rest of the incoming request.

Multi Backend Use-Case

In some cases when Argo CD is configured to sync with multiple remote clusters, there might be a need to call a specific backend service in each of those clusters. The proxy-extension can be configured to address this use-case by defining multiple services for the same extension. Consider the following configuration as an example:

extension.config: |
  - name: some-extension
      - url:
          name: kubernetes.local
      - url: https://extension-name.ppd.cluster.k8s.local:8080
          server: user@ppd.cluster.k8s.local

In the example above, the API server will inspect the Application destination to verify which URL should be used to proxy the incoming request to.


When a request to /extensions/* reaches the API Server, it will first verify if it is authenticated with a valid token. It does so by inspecting if the Cookie header is properly sent from Argo CD UI extension.

Once the request is authenticated it is then verified if the user has permission to invoke this extension. The permission is enforced by Argo CD RBAC configuration. The details about how to configure the RBAC for proxy-extensions can be found in the RBAC documentation page.

Once the request is authenticated and authorized by the API server, it is then sanitized before being sent to the backend service. The request sanitization will remove sensitive information from the request like the Cookie and Authorization headers.