arkade - The Open Source Kubernetes Marketplace
arkade provides a portable marketplace for downloading your favourite devops CLIs and installing helm charts, with a single command.
You can also download CLIs like
helm faster than you can type "apt-get/brew update".
With over 52 helm charts and apps available for Kubernetes, gone are the days of contending with dozens of README files just to set up a development stack with the usual suspects like ingress-nginx, Postgres and cert-manager.
- arkade - The Open Source Kubernetes Marketplace
Should you try arkade?
I was setting up a new dev environment yesterday. Kind, helm, kustomize, kubectl, all this stuff. My take is - arkade is highly underappreciated. I'd spend an hour in the past to install such tools. With arkade it was under ten minutes.
Ivan Velichko, SRE @ Booking.com
This is real magic get #kubernetes up and going in a second; then launch #openfaas a free better than lambda solution that uses docker images.
for getting the basics installed, nothing beats arkade it can install commonly used cli tools like kubectl locally for you, as well as common k8s pkgs like ingress-nginx or portainer
It's hard to use K8s without Arkade these days. My team at @lftechnology absolutely loves it.
I finally got around to installing Arkade, super simple! quicker to install this than the argocli standalone commands, but there are lots of handy little tools in there. also, the neat little part about arkade, not only does it make it easy to install a ton of different apps and CLIs you can also get the info on them as well pretty quickly.
You've to install latest and greatest tools for your daily @kubernetesio tasks? No problem, check out #arkade the open source #kubernetes marketplace
Thorsten Hans - Cloud Native consultant
If you want to install quickly a new tool in your dev env or in your k8s cluster you can use the Arkade (https://github.com/alexellis/arkade) easy and quick you should try out! Ps. I contribute to this project
Carlos Panato - Staff engineer @ Mattermost
arkade is the 'brew install' of Kubernetes. You can install and run an application in a single command. Finally! https://github.com/alexellis/arkade /by Alex Ellis
John Arundel - Cloud consultant, author
# Note: you can also run without `sudo` and move the binary yourself curl -sLS https://get.arkade.dev | sudo sh arkade --help ark --help # a handy alias # Windows users with Git Bash curl -sLS https://get.arkade.dev | sh
Windows users: arkade requires bash to be available, therefore Windows users should install and use Git Bash
An alias of
ark is created at installation time, so you can also run
ark install APP
Arkade can be used to install Kubernetes apps or to download CLI tools.
arkade install- install a Kubernetes app
arkade info- see the post installation screen for a Kubernetes app
arkade get- download a CLI tool
arkade update- update arkade itself
An arkade "app" could represent a helm chart such as
openfaas/faas-netes, a custom CLI installer such as
istioctl or a set of static manifests (i.e. MetalLB).
An arkade "tool" is a CLI that can be downloaded for your operating system. Arkade downloads statically-linked binaries from their upstream locations on GitHub or a the vendor's chosen URL such as with
Download CLI tools with arkade
arkade downloads the correct version of a CLI for your OS and CPU.
With automatic detection of: Windows / MacOS / Linux / Intel / ARM.
# Download a binary release of a tool arkade get kubectl # Download a specific version of that tool arkade get firstname.lastname@example.org # Download multiple tools at once arkade get kubectl \ helm \ istioctl # Download multiple specific versions arkade get email@example.com \ firstname.lastname@example.org # Override machine os/arch arkade get faas-cli \ --arch arm64 \ --os linux # Override machine os/arch arkade get faas-cli \ --arch arm64 \ --os darwin
Complete list of CLI tools
|argocd||Declarative, GitOps continuous delivery tool for Kubernetes.|
|argocd-autopilot||An opinionated way of installing Argo-CD and managing GitOps repositories.|
|arkade||Portable marketplace for downloading your favourite devops CLIs and installing helm charts, with a single command.|
|autok3s||Run Rancher Lab's lightweight Kubernetes distribution k3s everywhere.|
|buildx||Docker CLI plugin for extended build capabilities with BuildKit.|
|civo||CLI for interacting with your Civo resources.|
|clusterctl||The clusterctl CLI tool handles the lifecycle of a Cluster API management cluster|
|cosign||Container Signing, Verification and Storage in an OCI registry.|
|devspace||Automate your deployment workflow with DevSpace and develop software directly inside Kubernetes.|
|dive||A tool for exploring each layer in a docker image|
|docker-compose||Define and run multi-container applications with Docker.|
|doctl||Official command line interface for the DigitalOcean API.|
|eksctl||Amazon EKS Kubernetes cluster management|
|faas-cli||Official CLI for OpenFaaS.|
|flux||Continuous Delivery solution for Kubernetes powered by GitOps Toolkit.|
|gh||GitHub’s official command line tool.|
|goreleaser||Deliver Go binaries as fast and easily as possible|
|helm||The Kubernetes Package Manager: Think of it like apt/yum/homebrew for Kubernetes.|
|helmfile||Deploy Kubernetes Helm Charts|
|hugo||Static HTML and CSS website generator.|
|influx||InfluxDB’s command line interface (influx) is an interactive shell for the HTTP API.|
|inlets-pro||Cloud Native Tunnel for HTTP and TCP traffic.|
|inletsctl||Automates the task of creating an exit-server (tunnel server) on public cloud infrastructure.|
|istioctl||Service Mesh to establish a programmable, application-aware network using the Envoy service proxy.|
|jq||jq is a lightweight and flexible command-line JSON processor|
|k0s||Zero Friction Kubernetes|
|k0sctl||A bootstrapping and management tool for k0s clusters|
|k10multicluster||Multi-cluster support for K10.|
|k10tools||Tools for evaluating and debugging K10.|
|k3d||Helper to run Rancher Lab's k3s in Docker.|
|k3sup||Bootstrap Kubernetes with k3s over SSH < 1 min.|
|k9s||Provides a terminal UI to interact with your Kubernetes clusters.|
|kail||Kubernetes log viewer.|
|kanctl||Framework for application-level data management on Kubernetes.|
|kgctl||A CLI to manage Kilo, a multi-cloud network overlay built on WireGuard and designed for Kubernetes.|
|kim||Build container images inside of Kubernetes. (Experimental)|
|kind||Run local Kubernetes clusters using Docker container nodes.|
|kops||Production Grade K8s Installation, Upgrades, and Management.|
|krew||Package manager for kubectl plugins.|
|kube-bench||Checks whether Kubernetes is deployed securely by running the checks documented in the CIS Kubernetes Benchmark.|
|kubebuilder||Framework for building Kubernetes APIs using custom resource definitions (CRDs).|
|kubectl||Run commands against Kubernetes clusters|
|kubectx||Faster way to switch between clusters.|
|kubens||Switch between Kubernetes namespaces smoothly.|
|kubescape||kubescape is the first tool for testing if Kubernetes is deployed securely as defined in Kubernetes Hardening Guidance by to NSA and CISA|
|kubeseal||A Kubernetes controller and tool for one-way encrypted Secrets|
|kubestr||Kubestr discovers, validates and evaluates your Kubernetes storage options.|
|kubetail||Bash script to tail Kubernetes logs from multiple pods at the same time.|
|kustomize||Customization of kubernetes YAML configurations|
|linkerd2||Ultralight, security-first service mesh for Kubernetes.|
|mc||MinIO Client is a replacement for ls, cp, mkdir, diff and rsync commands for filesystems and object storage.|
|metal||Official Equinix Metal CLI|
|minikube||Runs the latest stable release of Kubernetes, with support for standard Kubernetes features.|
|nats||Utility to interact with and manage NATS.|
|nerdctl||Docker-compatible CLI for containerd, with support for Compose|
|nova||Find outdated or deprecated Helm charts running in your cluster.|
|opa||General-purpose policy engine that enables unified, context-aware policy enforcement across the entire stack.|
|osm||Open Service Mesh uniformly manages, secures, and gets out-of-the-box observability features.|
|pack||Build apps using Cloud Native Buildpacks.|
|packer||Build identical machine images for multiple platforms from a single source configuration.|
|polaris||Run checks to ensure Kubernetes pods and controllers are configured using best practices.|
|popeye||Scans live Kubernetes cluster and reports potential issues with deployed resources and configurations.|
|porter||With Porter you can package your application artifact, tools, etc. as a bundle that can distribute and install.|
|rekor-cli||Secure Supply Chain - Transparency Log|
|stern||Multi pod and container log tailing for Kubernetes.|
|terraform||Infrastructure as Code for major cloud providers.|
|tfsec||Security scanner for your Terraform code|
|tilt||A multi-service dev environment for teams on Kubernetes.|
|tkn||A CLI for interacting with Tekton.|
|trivy||Vulnerability Scanner for Containers and other Artifacts, Suitable for CI.|
|vagrant||Tool for building and distributing development environments.|
|vcluster||Create fully functional virtual Kubernetes clusters - Each vcluster runs inside a namespace of the underlying k8s cluster.|
|waypoint||Easy application deployment for Kubernetes and Amazon ECS|
|yq||Portable command-line YAML processor.|
Note to contributors, run
arkade get --output markdown to generate this list
This is a time saver compared to searching for download pages every time you need a tool.
arkade get TOOL as a doing for CLIs, what
arkade install does for helm.
Adding a new tool for download is as simple as editing tools.go.
Installing apps with arkade
You'll need a Kubernetes cluster to arkade. Unlike cloud-based marketplaces, arkade doesn't have any special pre-requirements and can be used with any private or public cluster.
Create a Kubernetes cluster
If you have Docker installed, then you can install Kubernetes using KinD in a matter of moments:
arkade get email@example.com \ firstname.lastname@example.org kind create cluster
You can also download k3d k3s in the same way with
arkade get k3d.
Install a Kubernetes app
No need to worry about whether you're installing to Intel or ARM architecture, the correct values will be set for you automatically.
arkade install openfaas \ --gateways 2 \ --load-balancer false
The post-installation message shows you how to connect. And whenever you want to see those details again, just run
arkade info openfaas.
There's even more options you can chose with
arkade install openfaas --help - the various flags you see map to settings from the helm chart README, that you'd usually have to look up and set via a
If there's something missing from the list of flags that you need, arkade also supports
--set for any arkade app that uses helm. Note that not every app uses helm.
Remember how awkward it was last time you installed the Kubernetes dashboard? And how you could never remember the command to get the token to log in?
arkade install kubernetes-dashboard
Forgot your token?
arkade info kubernetes-dashboard
This is an example of an arkade app that uses static YAML manifests instead of helm.
Prefer Portainer? Just run:
arkade install portainer
Uninstall an app
arkade uninstall or
arkade delete for more information on how to remove applications from a Kubernetes cluster.
Reduce the repetition
Normally up to a dozen commands (including finding and downloading helm), now just one. No searching for the correct CRD to apply, no trying to install helm, no trying to find the correct helm repo to add:
arkade install cert-manager
Other common tools:
arkade install ingress-nginx arkade install metrics-server
Say goodbye to values.yaml and hello to flags
We use strongly typed Go CLI flags, so that you can run
--help instead of trawling through countless Helm chart README files to find the correct
--set combination for what you want.
arkade install ingress-nginx --help Install ingress-nginx. This app can be installed with Host networking for cases where an external LB is not available. please see the --host-mode flag and the ingress-nginx docs for more info Usage: arkade install ingress-nginx [flags] Aliases: ingress-nginx, nginx-ingress Examples: arkade install ingress-nginx --namespace default Flags: -h, --help help for ingress-nginx --host-mode If we should install ingress-nginx in host mode. -n, --namespace string The namespace used for installation (default "default") --update-repo Update the helm repo (default true)
You can also set helm overrides, for apps which use helm via
ark install openfaas --set faasIdler.dryRun=false
After installation, an info message will be printed with help for usage, you can get back to this at any time via:
arkade info <NAME>
Apps are easier to discover and install than helm chart which involve many more manual steps, however when you compound apps together, they really save you time.
Get a self-hosted TLS registry with authentication
Here's how you can get a self-hosted Docker registry with TLS and authentication in just 5 commands on an empty cluster:
Here's how you would bootstrap OpenFaaS with TLS:
arkade install ingress-nginx arkade install cert-manager arkade install openfaas arkade install openfaas-ingress \ --email email@example.com \ --domain openfaas.example.com
And here's what it looks like for a private Docker registry with authentication enabled:
arkade install ingress-nginx arkade install cert-manager arkade install docker-registry arkade install docker-registry-ingress \ --email firstname.lastname@example.org \ --domain reg.example.com
Get a public IP for a private cluster and your IngressController
arkade install inlets-operator \ --access-token $HOME/digitalocean-token \ --region lon1 \ --provider digitalocean
This makes your cluster behave like it was on a public cloud and LoadBalancer IPs go from Pending to a real, functioning IP.
Explore the apps
You can view the various apps available with
arkade install / --help, more are available when you run the command yourself.
arkade install --help ark --help Examples: arkade install arkade install openfaas --helm3 --gateways=2 arkade install inlets-operator --token-file $HOME/do-token
|docker-registry-ingress||Install registry ingress with TLS|
|openfaas-ingress||Install openfaas ingress with TLS|
|docker-registry||Install a Docker registry|
|mqtt-connector||Install mqtt-connector for OpenFaaS|
|kafka||Install Confluent Platform Kafka|
|loki||Install Loki for monitoring and tracing|
|chart||Install the specified helm chart|
|cron-connector||Install cron-connector for OpenFaaS|
|kafka-connector||Install kafka-connector for OpenFaaS|
|portainer||Install portainer to visualise and manage containers|
|kong-ingress||Install kong-ingress for OpenFaaS|
|opa-gatekeeper||Install Open Policy Agent (OPA) Gatekeeper|
|prometheus||Install Prometheus for monitoring|
|kanister||Install kanister for application-level data management|
|openfaas-loki||Install Loki-OpenFaaS and Configure Loki logs provider for OpenFaaS|
|nginx-inc||Install nginx-inc for OpenFaaS|
|metallb-arp||Install MetalLB in L2 (ARP) mode|
|nfs-provisioner||Install nfs client provisioner|
|nats-connector||Install OpenFaaS connector for NATS|
|tekton||Install Tekton pipelines and dashboard|
|consul-connect||Install Consul Service Mesh|
There are 52 apps that you can install on your cluster.
Note to contributors, run
arkade install --print-table to generate this list
Community & contributing
Do you use this project?
Alex created this project for developers just like yourself. If you use arkade, become a sponsor so that he can continue to grow and improve it for your future use.
Tutorials & community blog posts
Video review from Rancher Labs
Watch a video walk-through by Alex Ellis
- arkade by example — Kubernetes apps, the easy way
😎- Alex Ellis
- Walk-through — install Kubernetes to your Raspberry Pi in 15 minutes
- Get a TLS-enabled Docker registry in 5 minutes - Alex Ellis
- Get TLS for OpenFaaS the easy way with arkade - Alex Ellis
- A bit of Istio before tea-time - Alex Ellis
- Kubernetes: Automatic Let's Encrypt Certificates for Services with arkade
- Introducing Arkade - The Kubernetes app installer - Alistair Hey
- Portainer for kubernetes in less than 60 seconds!! - by Saiyam Pathak
- Video walk-through with DJ Adams - Pi & Kubernetes with k3s, k3sup, arkade and OpenFaaS
- Coffee chat: Easy way to install Kubernetes Apps - arkade (ark) by Sachin Jha
- Arkade & OpenFaaS: serverless on the spot by Blaise Pabon
Suggest a new app
To suggest a new app, please check past issues and raise an issue for it. Think also whether your app suggestion would be a good candidate for a Sponsored App.
You can now propose your project or product as a Sponsored App. Sponsored Apps work just like any other app that we've curated, however they will have a note next to them in the app description
(sponsored) and a link to your chosen site upon installation. An app sponsorship can be purchased for a minimum of 12 months and includes free development of the Sponsored App, with ongoing support via GitHub for the Sponsored App for the duration only. Ongoing support will be limited to a set amount of hours per month.
When your sponsorship expires the Sponsored App will be removed from arkade, and the ongoing support will cease. A Sponsored App can be renewed 60 days prior to expiration subject to a separate agreement and payment.
arkade VENDOR install PRODUCT arkade acmeco install dashboard
Current sponsored apps include:
Venafi for Machine Identity:
arkade venafi install --help arkade venafi info --help
Kasten (k10) for Kubernetes backup and restore:
arkade kasten install --help arkade install k10 \ --set eula.accept=true \ --set clusterName=my-k10 \ --set prometheus.server.enabled=false arkade kasten info k10
Contact us to find out how you can have your Sponsored App added to arkade.
arkade compare to
In the same way that brew uses git and Makefiles to compile applications for your Mac,
arkade uses upstream helm charts and
kubectl to install applications to your Kubernetes cluster. arkade exposes strongly-typed flags for the various popular options for helm charts, and enables easier discovery through
arkade install --help and
arkade install APP --help.
Is arkade suitable for production use?
If you consider helm suitable, and
kubectl then yes, arkade by definition uses those tools and the upstream artifacts of OSS projects.
Do you want to run arkade in a CI or CD pipeline? Go ahead.
What is in scope for
Generally speaking, tools that are used with the various arkade apps or with Kubernetes are in scope. If you want to propose a tool, raise a GitHub issue.
What about package management?
arkade get provides a faster alternative to package managers like
brew, you're free to use either or both at the same time.
Automatic download of tools
When required, tools, CLIs, and the helm binaries are downloaded and extracted to
If installing a tool which uses helm3, arkade will check for a cached version and use that, otherwise it will download it on demand.
Did you accidentally run arkade as root? Running as root is not required, and will mean your KUBECONFIG environment variable will be ignored. You can revert this using the notes on release 0.1.18.
Improving the code or fixing an issue
Both Issues and PRs have their own templates. Please fill out the whole template.
All commits must be signed-off as part of the Developer Certificate of Origin (DCO)
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