Access Open Match Endpoints

This guide covers how to access Open Match Services when they are set up with Cluster IP or with External IP.

You can talk to Open Match either via an in-cluster or out-of-cluster service client.

Access Open Match via an out-of-cluster service client

To access Open Match via an out-of-cluster client, the first step is to expose a Service onto an external IP address. We recommend exposing your service using Kubernetes Load Balancers in production for a public IP if needed. Open Match provides two different ways to configure your service with Load Balancer. The following provides examples to expose the backend service with code examples in Go.

1 Exposing the Service using Cloud Load Balancer

a. Modify the install.yaml files of the latest release

# Download the latest install.yaml file

Find and modify the spec.type fields of the Service that you want to expose to LoadBalancer.

kind: Service
apiVersion: v1
  name: om-backend
  type: LoadBalancer

Save the changes and deploy Open Match

kubectl apply -f ./install.yaml

b. Configure Load Balancer using the Helm chart

If you don’t have Helm installed locally, or Tiller installed in your Kubernetes cluster, read the Using Helm documentation to get started.

Open Match’s helm chart lives under the install/helm/open-match folder of the root directory. To install Open Match with Load Balancer enabled:

# Expose Service onto a public IP using helm cli
helm upgrade [YOUR_HELM_RELEASE_NAME] --install --wait --debug -n open-match \
    --set global.gcpProjectId=[YOUR_GCPPROJECT_ID] \
    --set backend.portType=LoadBalancer

2. Wait for the external IP address

$ kubectl get services -n open-match om-backend
# The output is similar to this
# Note: If the external IP address is shown as <pending>, wait for a minute and enter the same command again.
NAME         TYPE        CLUSTER-IP   EXTERNAL-IP   PORT(S)               AGE
om-backend   LoadBalancer        50505/TCP,51505/TCP   3h2m

3. Talk to Open Match using an out-of-cluster client with the external IP

// Create a gRPC backend client
conn, err := grpc.Dial("<external-ip>:50505", grpc.WithInsecure())
beClient := pb.NewBackendClient(conn)
import (

    metav1 ""

// Get the Open Match backend service object using the kubernetes go client
svc, err := kubeClient.CoreV1().Services("open-match").Get("om-backend", metav1.GetOptions{})
if err != nil {

if len(svc.Status.LoadBalancer.Ingress) == 0 {
    panic(errors.New(fmt.Sprintf("service: %s does not have ingress exposed.\n", svcName)))

externalIP := svc.Status.LoadBalancer.Ingress[0].IP

Access Open Match via an in-cluster service client

To access Open Match with a service client deployed in the same namespace as Open Match

// Create a gRPC backend client
conn, err := grpc.Dial("om-backend:50505", grpc.WithInsecure())
beClient := pb.NewBackendClient(conn)

To access Open Match with a service client deployed in other namespaces than Open Match

// Create a gRPC backend client
// [OPEN-MATCH-NAMESPACE] is usually open-match if you install Open Match via the official yaml files.
conn, err := grpc.Dial("om-backend.[OPEN-MATCH-NAMESPACE]:50505", grpc.WithInsecure())
beClient := pb.NewBackendClient(conn)

Last modified January 18, 2024