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Install Packages in an air-gapped (offline) environment
The documentation below covers topics from the imgpkg air-gapped workflow docs more concisely in order to focus on applying these workflows to kapp-controller package repositories.
You have a PackageRepository in an imgpkg bundle format in an external OCI registry that you would like to move into an OCI registry in an air-gapped environment. Once relocated, you would like to deploy the bundle as part of a PackageRepository to a Kubernetes cluster.
In order to go through this process of moving an imgpkg bundle to an air-gapped environment, you will need to have imgpkg
installed. More information on installing Carvel tools, including
imgpkg, can be found here.
Copy PackageRepository bundle to new location ¶
Most of the steps documented for the imgpkg air-gapped workflow docs
still apply in the case of working with kapp-controller package repositories. A summary of these docs is that you will need to copy your package repository
imgpkg via one of the following options:
- Option 1: From a common location connected to both registries. This option is more efficient because only changed image layers will be transferred between registries.
- Option 2: With intermediate tarball. This option works best when registries have no common network access.
A summary of steps for relocating a package repository bundle to an air-gapped environment are documented for both options below:
For Option 1:
Navigate to a location that can access both registries. If there is no such location, you have to use Option 2 steps.
Authenticate with both source and destination registries.
Copy PackageRepository bundle to the new location by running:
imgpkg copy -b index.docker.io/user1/simple-app-bundle:v1.0.0 --to-repo final-registry.corp.com/apps/simple-app-bundle
For Option 2:
Navigate to a location that can access the source registry.
Authenticate with the source registry.
Compress PackageRepository bundle into a tarball file by running:
imgpkg copy -b index.docker.io/user1/simple-app-bundle:v1.0.0 --to-tar /tmp/my-image.tar
Note: Make sure the tar file is in a location that has access to the destination registry.
Authenticate with the destination registry.
Copy the tarball file to the new location by running:
imgpkg copy --tar /tmp/my-image.tar --to-repo final-registry.corp.com/apps/simple-app-bundle
Use Relocated Bundle or Image with PackageRepository ¶
Once you have relocated the package repository bundle into the destination OCI registry in your air-gapped environment, you can now reference the relocated bundle in a PackageRepository definition:
In the event your PackageRepository needs authentication to pull the bundle, you can read more about kapp-controller’s private authentication workflows using secretgen-controller or without secretgen-controller.
After applying the PackageRepository definition above to your Kubernetes cluster, you will be able to check that the PackageRepository and its associated Packages were successfully deployed by checking the PackageRepository status:
$ kubectl get packagerepository/simple-package-repository
You will see a message of
Reconcile Succeeded in the
DESCRIPTION column of the output from
kubectl if the PackageRepository was deloyed
successfully. You can also run
kubectl get packages to see that all Packages were introduced successfully.
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