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Pluto is a utility to help users find deprecated Kubernetes apiVersions in their code repositories and their helm releases.


Check out the documentation at


Kubernetes sometimes deprecates apiVersions. Most notably, a large number of deprecations happened in the 1.16 release. This is fine, and it's a fairly easy thing to deal with. However, it can be difficult to find all the places where you might have used a version that will be deprecated in your next upgrade.

You might think, "I'll just ask the api-server to tell me!", but this is fraught with danger. If you ask the api-server to give you deployments.v1.apps, and the deployment was deployed as deployments.v1beta1.extensions, the api-server will quite happily convert the api version and return a manifest with apps/v1. This is fairly well outlined in the discussion in this issue.

So, long story short, finding the places where you have deployed a deprecated apiVersion can be challenging. This is where pluto comes in. You can use pluto to check a couple different places where you might have placed a deprecated version:

  • Infrastructure-as-Code repos: Pluto can check both static manifests and Helm charts for deprecated apiVersions
  • Live Helm releases: Pluto can check both Helm 2 and Helm 3 releases running in your cluster for deprecated apiVersions

Kubernetes Deprecation Policy

You can read the full policy here

Long story short, apiVersions get deprecated, and then they eventually get removed entirely. Pluto differentiates between these two, and will tell you if a version is DEPRECATED or REMOVED

GitHub Action Usage

Want to use pluto within your GitHub workflows?

- name: Download Pluto
  uses: FairwindsOps/pluto/github-action@master

- name: Use pluto
  run: |
    pluto detect-files -d pkg/finder/testdata

Join the Fairwinds Open Source Community

The goal of the Fairwinds Community is to exchange ideas, influence the open source roadmap, and network with fellow Kubernetes users. Chat with us on Slack or join the user group to get involved!

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Other Projects from Fairwinds

Enjoying Pluto? Check out some of our other projects:

  • Polaris - Audit, enforce, and build policies for Kubernetes resources, including over 20 built-in checks for best practices
  • Goldilocks - Right-size your Kubernetes Deployments by compare your memory and CPU settings against actual usage
  • Nova - Check to see if any of your Helm charts have updates available
  • rbac-manager - Simplify the management of RBAC in your Kubernetes clusters

Or check out the full list

Fairwinds Insights

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