Add a new helm repository

Adding the bitnami repository as example

helm repo add bitnami https://charts.bitnami.com/bitnami

List installed repositories

helm repo list

Search for a package to install

helm search repo [your application name] [--versions]

Common Actions for Helm

  • helm search: search for charts
  • helm pull: download a chart to your local directory to view
  • helm install: upload the chart to Kubernetes
  • helm list: list releases of charts

Environment variables:

Name Description
$HELMCACHEHOME set an alternative location for storing cached files.
$HELMCONFIGHOME set an alternative location for storing Helm configuration.
$HELMDATAHOME set an alternative location for storing Helm data.
$HELM_DRIVER set the backend storage driver. Values are: configmap, secret, memory, postgres
$HELMDRIVERSQLCONNECTIONSTRING set the connection string the SQL storage driver should use.
$HELMNOPLUGINS disable plugins. Set HELMNOPLUGINS=1 to disable plugins.
$KUBECONFIG set an alternative Kubernetes configuration file (default "~/.kube/config")

Helm stores cache, configuration, and data based on the following configuration order:

  • If a HELM*HOME environment variable is set, it will be used
  • Otherwise, on systems supporting the XDG base directory specification, the XDG variables will be used
  • When no other location is set a default location will be used based on the operating system

By default, the default directories depend on the Operating System. The defaults are listed below:

Operating System Cache Path Configuration Path Data Path
Linux $HOME/.cache/helm $HOME/.config/helm $HOME/.local/share/helm
macOS $HOME/Library/Caches/helm $HOME/Library/Preferences/helm $HOME/Library/helm
Windows %TEMP%\helm %APPDATA%\helm %APPDATA%\helm

helm [command]

Available Commands:
completion generate autocompletions script for the specified shell
create create a new chart with the given name
dependency manage a chart's dependencies
env helm client environment information
get download extended information of a named release
help Help about any command
history fetch release history
install install a chart
lint examine a chart for possible issues
list list releases
package package a chart directory into a chart archive
plugin install, list, or uninstall Helm plugins
pull download a chart from a repository and (optionally) unpack it in local directory
repo add, list, remove, update, and index chart repositories
rollback roll back a release to a previous revision
search search for a keyword in charts
show show information of a chart
status display the status of the named release
template locally render templates
test run tests for a release
uninstall uninstall a release
upgrade upgrade a release
verify verify that a chart at the given path has been signed and is valid
version print the client version information

--add-dir-header If true, adds the file directory to the header
--alsologtostderr log to standard error as well as files
--debug enable verbose output
-h, --help help for helm
--kube-apiserver string the address and the port for the Kubernetes API server
--kube-context string name of the kubeconfig context to use
--kube-token string bearer token used for authentication
--kubeconfig string path to the kubeconfig file
--log-backtrace-at traceLocation when logging hits line file:N, emit a stack trace (default :0)
--log-dir string If non-empty, write log files in this directory
--log-file string If non-empty, use this log file
--log-file-max-size uint Defines the maximum size a log file can grow to. Unit is megabytes. If the value is 0, the maximum file size is unlimited. (default 1800)
--logtostderr log to standard error instead of files (default true)
-n, --namespace string namespace scope for this request
--registry-config string path to the registry config file (default "/home/pj/.config/helm/registry.json")
--repository-cache string path to the file containing cached repository indexes (default "/home/pj/.cache/helm/repository")
--repository-config string path to the file containing repository names and URLs (default "/home/pj/.config/helm/repositories.yaml")
--skip-headers If true, avoid header prefixes in the log messages
--skip-log-headers If true, avoid headers when opening log files
--stderrthreshold severity logs at or above this threshold go to stderr (default 2)
-v, --v Level number for the log level verbosity
--vmodule moduleSpec comma-separated list of pattern=N settings for file-filtered logging

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