Beginners Guide to Helm

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Last Updated on May 10, 2019

Helm is the package manager for Kubernetes. It is the easiest way to install new applications on your Kubernetes cluster.

This website contains a complete directory of all charts available to install from the official repository. We have grouped them into categories to make browsing for new applications quick and easy.

But how do you actually install them? The first step is to install Helm on your laptop by following this guide.

Make sure you have kubectl working with a valid context pointing to an existing cluster, or local minikube installation, then simply run helm init and it will automatically configure everything required to start installing charts.

Behind the scenes running helm init will install the server side component called Tiller. This all happens magically so you shouldn’t need to do anything.

If you find an application that you’d like to install while browsing this site simply click the visit website button on the listing. You’ll generally find the install command that you can copy and paste into your terminal.

Using Helm in Production

All of the above is good for testing but you may want to investigate RBAC options when using in production.

Also if you are thinking about automating the installation of charts we’ve had some success using terraform-provider-helm.


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