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About kapp-controller

kapp-controller provides declarative APIs to customize, install, and update your Kubernetes applications and packages. It is a part of the Carvel toolkit and follows core Carvel design principles. Get started with the tutorial!

Choice for authors; consistency for consumers

Kubernetes configuration takes many forms – plain YAML configurations, Helm charts, ytt templates, jsonnet templates, etc. Software running on Kubernetes lives in many different places: a Git repository, an archive over HTTP, a Helm repository, etc.

kapp-controller provides software authors flexibility to choose their own configuration tools, while providing software consumers with consistent declarative APIs to customize, install, and update software on Kubernetes from various sources.

Lightweight and composable

kapp-controller breaks down the installation of applications and packages into three easy to understand steps:

  • Fetch: get configuration and OCI images from various sources including a Git repository, a local ConfigMap, a Helm chart, an OCI registry, etc.
  • Template: take user provided values to customize software using ytt templates, helm templates, and more
  • Deploy: create/update resources on the cluster

GitOps and Continuous Delivery

With its layered approach, kapp-controller can be used as:

Share software and build distributions

Use kapp-controller’s Package Management features along with Carvel’s imgpkg bundles to distribute Package Repositories that can be added to cluster to provide a catalog of software for users to install. Package Repositries can be automatically updated ensuring users always have access to latest versions of software. Package Repositories and Packages can also be relocated and run in air-gapped environments.

Reliable and ready for production!

kapp-controller has been hardened and is in use on production Kubernetes clusters. Learn more through case studies on our blog.