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This doc explains the development workflow so you can get started contributing to Skaffold!

Getting started

First you will need to setup your GitHub account and create a fork:

  1. Create a GitHub account
  2. Setup GitHub access via SSH
  3. Create and checkout a repo fork

Once you have those, you can iterate on skaffold:

  1. Build your dev version of skaffold
  2. Verify changes locally
  3. Run skaffold tests
  4. Build docs if you are making doc changes

When you're ready, you can create a PR!

You may also be interested in contributing to the docs.

Checkout your fork

The Go tools require that you clone the repository to the src/ directory in your GOPATH.

To check out this repository:

  1. Create your own fork of this repo

  2. Clone it to your machine:

    mkdir -p ${GOPATH}/src/
    cd ${GOPATH}/src/
    git clone${YOUR_GITHUB_USERNAME}/skaffold.git
    cd skaffold
    git remote add upstream
    git remote set-url --push upstream no_push

    Adding the upstream remote sets you up nicely for regularly syncing your fork.

Building skaffold

To build with your local changes you have two options:

  1. Build the skaffold binary:

    ./out/skaffold version

    You can then run this binary directly, or copy/symlink it into your path.

  2. Build and install the skaffold binary:

    make install
    skaffold version

    This will install skaffold via go install (note that if you have manually downloaded and installed skaffold to /usr/bin/local, this is will probably take precedence in your path over your $GOPATH/bin).

    If you are unsure if you are running a released or locally built version of skaffold, you can run skaffold version - output which includes dirty indicates you have built the binary locally.

Verifying local changes

If you are iterating on skaffold and want to see your changes in action, you can:

  1. Build skaffold
  2. Use the quickstart example

Testing skaffold

skaffold has both unit tests and integration tests.

Unit Tests

The unit tests live with the code they test and can be run with:

make test

These tests will not run correctly unless you have checked out your fork into your $GOPATH.

Integration tests

The integration tests live in integration and run the examples as tests. They can be run with:

make integration-test

These tests require push access to a project in GCP, and so can only be run by maintainers who have access. These tests will be kicked off by reviewers for submitted PRs.

Building skaffold docs

The latest version of the skaffold site is based on the Hugo theme of the template.

Testing docs locally

Before creating a PR with doc changes, we recommend that you locally verify the generated docs with:

make preview-docs

Once PRs with doc changes are merged, they will get automatically published to the docs for the latest build to which at release time will be published with the latest release to

Previewing the docs on the PR

Mark your PR with docs-modifications label. Our PR review process will answer in comments in ~5 minutes with the URL of your preview and will remove the label.

Testing the Skaffold binary release process

Skaffold release process works with Google Cloud Build within our own project k8s-skaffold and the skaffold release bucket, gs://skaffold.

In order to be able to iterate/fix the release process you can pass in your own project and bucket as parameters to the build.

We continuously release builds under gs://skaffold/builds. This is done by triggering cloudbuild.yaml on every push to master.

To run a build on your own project:

gcloud builds submit --config deploy/cloudbuild.yaml --substitutions=_RELEASE_BUCKET=<personal-bucket>,COMMIT_SHA=$(git rev-parse HEAD) --project <personalproject>

We release stable versions under gs://skaffold/releases. This is done by triggering cloudbuild-release.yaml on every new tag in our Github repo.

To test a release on your own project:

gcloud builds submit --config deploy/cloudbuild-release.yaml --substitutions=_RELEASE_BUCKET=<personal-bucket>,TAG_NAME=testrelease_v1234 --project <personalproject>

Note: if gcloud submit fails with something similar to the error message below, run dep ensure && dep prune to remove the broken symlinks

ERROR: gcloud crashed (OSError): [Errno 2] No such file or directory: './vendor/'

To just run a release without Google Cloud Build only using your local Docker daemon, you can run:

make -j release GCP_PROJECT=<personalproject> RELEASE_BUCKET=<personal-bucket>

Creating a PR

When you have changes you would like to propose to skaffold, you will need to:

  1. Ensure the commit message(s) describe what issue you are fixing and how you are fixing it (include references to issue numbers if appropriate)
  2. Create a pull request


Each PR must be reviewed by a maintainer. This maintainer will add the kokoro:run label to a PR to kick of the integration tests, which must pass for the PR to be submitted.