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Tectonic ships with CoreOS's signature automated operations, runs multi-cloud, and is the fastest, most secure path to Kubernetes.

Installing a custom Helm-based app

While all ClusterServiceVersion-v1 resources require an operator, not all applications will require developers to write a custom operator. The Helm App Operator Kit makes it possible to leverage a pre-existing Helm chart in order to deploy a series of Kubernetes resources as a unified application.

git clone https://github.com/coreos/helm-app-operator-kit
cd helm-app-operator-kit

To create a new application, the Helm App Operator kit provides both a shell script and instructions to manually execute what the shell script automates.


To create and register the sample application type in your Tectonic cluster, run the generate-and-install-example.sh script, and follow its instructions:

Enter your namespace for the example application: mytestnamespace
Enter the Docker repository in which to place the built operator (example: quay.io/mynamespace/example-sao): quay.io/myquayuser/myrepo


To manually create and register the sample application type in your Tectonic cluster:

1) Replace all instances of YOUR_NAMESPACE_HERE in the yaml files found in this directory with the Kubernetes namespace in which you wish to register the new application type:

sed -i.orig 's/YOUR_NAMESPACE_HERE/mynamespace/g' *.yaml

2) Replace all instances of YOUR_REPO_IMAGE_HERE in the yaml files found in this directory with the container repository in which you wish to store the built operator:

sed -i.orig 's#YOUR_REPO_IMAGE_HERE#quay.io/mynamespace/mysampleapp#g' *.yaml

3) Build and push an image of the operator that contains the example Helm chart:

docker build -t quay.io/mynamespace/mysampleapp:latest .
docker push quay.io/mynamespace/mysampleapp:latest

4) Create the Kubernetes resource (CustomResourceDefinition) for new instances of your application and install the operator (ClusterServiceVersion-v1) into your namespace:

kubectl create -f example-app.crd.yaml
kubectl create -f example-app-operator.v0.0.1.clusterserviceversion.yaml

5) Wait a minute or two for the application kind to register.

Creating an instance of the example application

After the CustomResourceDefinition and ClusterServiceVersion-v1 resources for the new application have been applied, new instances of that app can be created:

cat <<EOF | kubectl create -f -
apiVersion: example-apps.example.com/v1alpha1
kind: ExampleApp
  name: sample-example
  size: 2

Note that the contents of the spec block is the contents used in the chart in example-chart/values.yaml.