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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 kubectl, kind, kubectx and helm faster than you can type "apt-get/brew update".

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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.

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 @

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.

Greg runs Fullstack JS and is a JavaScript developer

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.

Michael Cade @ Kasten

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 ( 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! /by Alex Ellis

John Arundel - Cloud consultant, author

Getting arkade

# Note: you can also run without `sudo` and move the binary yourself
curl -sLS | sudo sh

arkade --help
ark --help  # a handy alias

# Windows users with Git Bash
curl -sLS | 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

Usage overview

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 kubectl and terraform.

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 kubectl@v1.22.0

# Download multiple tools at once
arkade get kubectl \
  helm \

# Download multiple specific versions
arkade get faas-cli@0.13.15 \

# 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.
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.
k3s Lightweight Kubernetes
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.
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.

Think of 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 kubectl@v1.22.0 \

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 values.yaml file.

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

Run 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

  arkade install ingress-nginx [flags]

  ingress-nginx, nginx-ingress

  arkade install ingress-nginx --namespace default

  -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)

Override with --set

You can also set helm overrides, for apps which use helm via --set

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>

Compounding apps

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 \

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 \

Get a public IP for a private cluster and your IngressController

And if you're running on a private cloud, on-premises or on your laptop, you can simply add the inlets-operator using inlets to get a secure TCP tunnel and a public IP address.

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

  arkade install
  arkade install openfaas --helm3 --gateways=2
  arkade install inlets-operator --token-file $HOME/do-token


istio Install istio
docker-registry-ingress Install registry ingress with TLS
ingress-nginx Install ingress-nginx
openfaas-ingress Install openfaas ingress with TLS
docker-registry Install a Docker registry
registry-creds Install registry-creds
sealed-secret Install sealed-secrets
influxdb Install influxdb
mongodb Install mongodb
kube-image-prefetch Install kube-image-prefetch
gitea Install gitea
mqtt-connector Install mqtt-connector for OpenFaaS
kafka Install Confluent Platform Kafka
cert-manager Install cert-manager
loki Install Loki for monitoring and tracing
redis Install redis
argocd Install argocd
falco Install Falco
rabbitmq Install rabbitmq
waypoint Install Waypoint
chart Install the specified helm chart
metrics-server Install metrics-server
linkerd Install linkerd
cron-connector Install cron-connector for OpenFaaS
kafka-connector Install kafka-connector for OpenFaaS
crossplane Install Crossplane
minio Install minio
openfaas Install openfaas
portainer Install portainer to visualise and manage containers
OSM Install osm
kong-ingress Install kong-ingress for OpenFaaS
opa-gatekeeper Install Open Policy Agent (OPA) Gatekeeper
cockroachdb Install CockroachDB
prometheus Install Prometheus for monitoring
kanister Install kanister for application-level data management
kube-state-metrics Install kube-state-metrics
kubernetes-dashboard Install kubernetes-dashboard
postgresql Install postgresql
kyverno Install Kyverno
openfaas-loki Install Loki-OpenFaaS and Configure Loki logs provider for OpenFaaS
traefik2 Install traefik2
inlets-operator Install inlets-operator
nginx-inc Install nginx-inc for OpenFaaS
cassandra Install cassandra
metallb-arp Install MetalLB in L2 (ARP) mode
grafana Install grafana
nfs-provisioner Install nfs client provisioner
gitlab Install GitLab
nats-connector Install OpenFaaS connector for NATS
jenkins Install jenkins
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.

Sponsor this project

Tutorials & community blog posts

Video review from Rancher Labs

Watch a video walk-through by Alex Ellis

Featured tutorials

Community posts

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.

Sponsored apps

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.


How does arkade compare to helm?

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 arkade get?

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 apt and 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 $HOME/.arkade.

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

Before contributing code, please see the CONTRIBUTING guide. Note that arkade uses the same guide as

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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