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KubeWise is a notifications bot for Helm 3. It notifies your team chat whenever a Helm chart is installed, upgraded, rolled back or uninstalled in your Kubernetes cluster.

A demo of KubeWise posting Slack messages as ZooKeeper is installed, upgraded and uninstalled

Supported Applications

Logo Name Supported
Slack mark Slack Get started
Google Chat mark Google Hangouts Chat Get started
Webhooks Get started
Microsoft Teams mark Microsoft teams

📣 Get notified when your chosen chat app is supported.

Getting Started

In general, the getting started process has two steps:

  1. Create a bot in your team chat application.
  2. Install KubeWise, passing it an API token for the bot.

Sensitive tokens are stored securely in Kubernetes secrets. No data is ever sent to an external API (other than your chosen team chat app obviously).


How it looks

Slack sample

Step 1: Create the bot

  1. Create a Slack Bot using Slack's admin controls.
  2. Save it and grab the API token.
  3. Invite the Bot into your channel by typing /invite @kubewise in your Slack channel.
  4. Install KubeWise in your Kubernetes cluster. See below.

Step 2: Install KubeWise

kubectl create namespace kubewise
helm repo add roadie
helm install kubewise roadie/kubewise --namespace kubewise --set handler=slack --set slack.token="<api-token>" --set"#<channel>"

That's it! From now on, Helm operations will result in a message in your chosen Slack channel.

Google Hangouts Chat

How it looks

Google Hangouts Chat sample

Step 1: Create the bot

  1. Open Hangouts Chat in your browser.
  2. Go to the room to which you want to add a bot.
  3. From the dropdown menu at the top of the page, select "Configure webhooks".
  4. Under Incoming Webhooks, click ADD WEBHOOK.
  5. Name the new webhook KubeWise and set the Avatar URL to
  6. Click SAVE.
  7. Copy the URL listed next to your new webhook in the Webhook Url column. You will need this later.
  8. Click outside the dialog box to close.

Step 2: Install KubeWise

kubectl create namespace kubewise
helm repo add roadie
helm install kubewise roadie/kubewise --namespace kubewise --set handler=googlechat --set googlechat.webhookUrl="<webhook-url>"


KubeWise can be used to send a JSON payload to an arbitrary endpoint when a Helm operation occurs.

How it looks

  "appName": "zookeeper",
  "appVersion": "3.5.5",
  "namespace": "zookeeper",
  "previousAppVersion": "3.2.1",
  "action": "PRE_UNINSTALL",
  "appDescription": "Keep your stuff in the zoo",
  "installNotes": "... truncated notes ..."

Step 1: Install KubeWise

kubectl create namespace kubewise
helm repo add roadie
helm install kubewise roadie/kubewise --namespace kubewise --set handler=webhook --set webhook.url="<webhook-url>"

The optional parameter webhook.method is also supported. It defaults to POST.

Basic authentication is supported via the webhook.authToken="<api-token>" parameter. It will add the following header to the request "Authorization":"Bearer <api-token>".

Using KubeWise from outside a cluster

It is easy to use KubeWise from outside your Kubernetes cluster. It will pick up your local kubectl configuration and use it to speak to your cluster.

First, download a binary from the Releases page. For OS X, you most likely need the kubewise_0.7.4_Darwin_x86_64.tar.gz release. Unzip it.

By default, Apple prevents you from running binaries which are downloaded from the internet. To circumvent this, run the following against the downloaded binary.

xattr -d ~/path/to/kubewise

You should now be able to run it like this:

env KW_HANDLER=slack KW_SLACK_CHANNEL="#<channel>" KW_SLACK_TOKEN="<api-token>" ~/path/to/kubewise

Multiple clusters in the same channel

It's common for teams to have multiple Kubernetes clusters running such as staging and production.

KubeWise supports sending the notifications from all of your clusters to one place. In order to tell the clusters apart, it is a good idea to use the messagePrefix feature.

helm install kubewise roadie/kubewise --namespace kubewise --set messagePrefix="\`production\` " --set handler=slack --set slack.token="<api-token>" --set"#<channel>"

This will produce the following effect:

uninstalling ZooKeeper with a message prefix

Different namespaces in different channels

If you run your cluster with test and staging in different namespaces of the same cluster, you may wish to send KubeWise notifications to different places for each namespace.

The best way to accomplish this is with multiple instances of KubeWise, each locked down to a single namespace. KubeWise is small and uses few resources.

To accomplish this configuration with Helm, set clusterRole.create=false, namespaceToWatch="production" and set (for example)"#production-cluster".

Make sure you install KubeWise into the namespaceToWatch by passing the --namespace flag to Helm.

Repeat this process for as many namespaces as you wish, installing KubeWise in each one individually.

Full configuration list

Parameter Environment Variable Equivalent Default Description
handler KW_HANDLER slack The service to send the notifications to. Options are slack, webhook and googlechat. KW_SLACK_CHANNEL #general The Slack channel to send notification to when using the Slack handler.
slack.token KW_SLACK_TOKEN The Slack API token to use. Must be provided by user.
webhook.method KW_WEBHOOK_METHOD POST The webhook HTTP method to use.
webhook.url KW_WEBHOOK_URL The webhook URL to send the request to.
webhook.authToken KW_WEBHOOK_AUTH_TOKEN An optional Bearer auth header to send with the request.
googlechat.webhookUrl KW_GOOGLECHAT_WEBHOOK_URL The Google Hangouts Chat URL to use. Must be provided by user.
namespaceToWatch KW_NAMESPACE "" The cluster namespace to watch for Helm operations in. Leave blank to watch all namespaces.
messagePrefix KW_MESSAGE_PREFIX A prefix for every notification sent. Often used to identify the cluster (production, staging etc).
chartValuesDiff.enabled KW_CHART_VALUES_DIFF_ENABLED false When true, KubeWise will log a diff of the chart values when a package is upgraded or rolled back. This is useful for visualizing changes between package versions. Be extremely careful with this feature as it can leak sensitive chart values.
image.repository roadiehq/kubewise Image repository
image.tag <VERSION> Image tag
replicaCount 1 Number of KubeWise pods to deploy. More than 1 is not desirable
image.pullPolicy IfNotPresent Image pull policy
imagePullSecrets [] Image pull secrets
nameOverride "" Name override
fullnameOverride "" Full name override
rbac.create true Set to false if you would prefer to bring your own RBAC settings.
clusterRole.create true Set to false to use non-cluster role bindings. Can be used in conjunction with namespaceToWatch to ensure that KubeWise only reports on changes in a single namespace.
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