Service Location


Lightbend Orchestration is no longer actively developed and will reach its End of Life on April 15, 2020.

We recommend Migrating to the Improved Kubernetes Deployment Experience.

Service location facilities are provided by the tooling. This allows you to seamlessly discover other services without having to worry about how that maps to DNS addresses or how to asynchronously perform DNS lookups. To find other services, you simply need to specify the service and endpoint names. If the services are in a different namespace, that can also be specified.


This feature is automatically enabled for Lagom applications 1. It can be manually enabled with the following build configuration:

enableServiceDiscovery := true

1 Note that while it is enabled, your Lagom application still needs to be modified to bind the service locator. Use the configuration below to do that.

Lagom Java

Add the following configuration to your application.conf file to enable the Lagom Java Service Locator:

play.modules.enabled +=

Lagom Scala

When declaring your Lagom application, for each service you will need to mix in the com.lightbend.rp.servicediscovery.lagom.scaladsl.LagomServiceLocatorComponents trait:

import com.lightbend.rp.servicediscovery.lagom.scaladsl.LagomServiceLocatorComponents


class LagomLoader extends LagomApplicationLoader {
  override def load(context: LagomApplicationContext) =
    new MyLagomApplication(context) with LagomServiceLocatorComponents



Below, you’ll find some example code that uses the service locator to find the http endpoint of my-service:

import com.lightbend.rp.servicediscovery.scaladsl.ServiceLocator

val service: Future[Option[Service]] =
  ServiceLocator.lookupOne(name = "my-service", endpoint = "http")

For Lagom applications, a service locator implementation is provided. It will attempt to find other services with the endpoint name http by default (following the conventions noted under Endpoint Detection & Declaration).

External Services

If you have external services, you can use the --external-service argument when generating deployment resources. For example, the following command will specify that the service cas_native (Lagom’s default Cassandra service name) should point to an external service address (_cql._tcp.reactive-sandbox-cassandra.default.svc.cluster.local):

macOS / Linux
rp generate-kubernetes-resources my-service-impl:1.0.0 \
  --external-service cas_native=_cql._tcp.reactive-sandbox-cassandra.default.svc.cluster.local
rp.exe generate-kubernetes-resources my-service-impl:1.0.0 \
  --external-service cas_native=_cql._tcp.reactive-sandbox-cassandra.default.svc.cluster.local