Knative (pronounced kay-nay-tiv) extends Kubernetes to provide a set of middleware components that are essential to build modern, source-centric, and container-based applications that can run anywhere: on premises, in the cloud, or even in a third-party data center.

Each of the components under the Knative project attempt to identify common patterns and codify the best practices that are shared by successful real-world Kubernetes-based frameworks and applications. Knative components focus on solving many mundane but difficult tasks such as:

Developers on Knative can use familiar idioms, languages, and frameworks to deploy any workload: functions, applications, or containers.


The following Knative components are currently available:

  • Build – Source-to-container build orchestration
  • Eventing – Management and delivery of events
  • Serving – Request-driven compute that can scale to zero


Knative is designed with different personas in mind:

Diagram that displays different Audiences for Knative


Knative components offer developers Kubernetes-native APIs for deploying serverless-style functions, applications, and containers to an auto-scaling runtime.

To join the conversation, head over to the Knative users Google group.


Knative components are intended to be integrated into more polished products that cloud service providers or in-house teams in large enterprises can then operate.

Any enterprise or cloud provider can adopt Knative components into their own systems and pass the benefits along to their customers.

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