Use the CF Marketplace to provision Kubernetes Helm Charts


An open service broker bridging the gap between Kubernetes deployments and CF marketplace.

When deployed with a Helm chart and added to the marketplace,

  • cf create-service calls to Kibosh will create the collection of Kubernetes resources described by the chart.
  • cf bind-service calls to Kibosh will expose back any services and secrets created by the chart

Overriding/Setting values as defined in values.yaml via 'cf create-service' or 'cf update-service'. The format of the json string is a nested format. Also refer to the cf cli for an example of a valid JSON object.

Example for setting the mysqlUser on cf create-service for the MySQL chart


# mysqlUser:
# mysqlPassword:

cf create-service mysql medium mysql-kibosh-service -c '{"mysqlUser":"admin"}'

Example for setting the resources.requests.memory on cf update-service for the MySQL chart


## ref:
    memory: 256Mi
    cpu: 100m

cf update-service mysql-kibosh-service -c '{"resources": {"requests": {"memory": "256Mi"}}}'

Cluster Targeting

It is possible to target service creation to a specific cluster. Values are pulled straght from ~/.kube/config file for desired cluster.

json format

  "clusterConfig" : {
    "server":"<~/.kube/config Server value>",
    "token":"<~/.kube/config Token value>",
    "certificateAuthorityData":"<~/.kube/config CertificatAuthorityData value>"

cf create-service mysql medium mysql-kibosh-service -c '{"clusterConfig":{"server":"...","token":"...","certificateAuthorityData":"..."}}

For some in depth discussion, see this blog post: Use Kubernetes Helm Packages to Build Pivotal Cloud Foundry tiles


Changes required in Chart

  • Plans (cf marketplace) Kibosh requires that helm chart has additional file that describes plan in plans.yaml at root level
    - name: "small"
      description: "default (small) plan for mysql"
      file: "small.yaml"
    - name: "medium"
      description: "medium sized plan for mysql"
      file: "medium.yaml"
    file is a filename that exists in the plans subdirectory of the chart. File names should consist of only lowercase letters, digits, ., or -. The standard values.yaml file in the helm chart sets the defaults. Each plan's yaml file is a set of values overriding the defaults present in values.yaml. Copy any key/value pairs to override from values.yaml into a new plan file and change their value. See kibosh-sample's sample-charts for a few examples.

In order to successfully pull private images, we're imposing some requirements on the values.yaml file structure

  • Single image charts should use this structure:
    image: "my-image"
    imageTag: "5.7.14"
  • Multi-image charts shoud use this structure:
        image: "my-first-image"
        imageTag: "5.7.14"
        image: "my-second-image"
        imageTag: "1.2.3"

Plan Specific Clusters

This feature is experimental and the syntax will likely change in the future

By default, Kibosh will create all deployments in the same cluster. It's also possible for each plan to target a different cluster. In plans.yaml, the plan specifies a credentials file:

- name: "small"
  description: "default (small) plan for mysql"
  file: "small.yaml"
  credentials: "small-creds.yaml"

The contents of this file mirror what would appear in the .kube/config file. For example, small-creds.yaml would contain:

apiVersion: v1
  - cluster:
      certificate-authority-data: bXktY2VydA==
    name: my-cluster
  - context:
      cluster: my-cluster
      user: my-user
    name: my-cluster
current-context: my-cluster
kind: Config
preferences: {}
  - name: my-user
      token: eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJzdWIiOiIxMjM0NTY3ODkwIiwibmFtZSI6IkpvaG4gRG9lIiwiaWF0IjoxNTE2MjM5MDIyfQ.SflKxwRJSMeKKF2QT4fwpMeJf36POk6yJV_adQssw5c

Other Requirement

  • When defining a Service, to expose this back to any applications that are bound, type: LoadBalancer is a current requirement. NodePort is also an option and Kibosh will add externalIPs and nodePort to bind json, but NodePort does carry significant risks and probably should not be used in production: is not robust to cluster scaling events, upgrades or other IP changes.
  • Resizing disks has limitiations. To support upgrade:
  • Selectors are immutable
    • This means that chart name cannot change (the name is generally used in selectors)

Private registries

When the environment settings for a private registry are present (REG_SERVER, REG_USER, REG_PASS), then Kibosh will transform images to pull them from the private registry. It assumes the image is already present (see the Kibosh deployment). It will patch the default service account in the instance namespaces to add in the registry credentials.

Be sure that REG_SERVER contains any required path information. For example, in gcp

Contributing to Kibosh

We welcome comments, questions, and contributions from community members. Please consider the following ways to contribute:

  • File Github issues for questions, bugs and new features and comment and vote on the ones that you are interested in.
  • If you want to contribute code, please make your code changes on a fork of this repository and submit a pull request to the master branch of Kibosh. We strongly suggest that you first file an issue to let us know of your intent, or comment on the issue you are planning to address.


To manually deploy the BOSH release, get the latest BOSH release (kibosh-release-X.X.XX.tgz) from the Github releases and upload to your director.

Build a manifest by starting from the example bosh-lite manifest lite-manifest.yml and customize the cloud specific settings (az, vm_type, etc). This manifest uses a set of input variables. See values-sample.yml for example values.



Install Go dependencies

go get -u
go get -u
go get -u
go get -u
go get -u


Run make bootstrap from a clean checkout to setup initial dependencies. This will restore the locked dependency set specified by Gopkg.toml (we're no longer checking in vendor).

For a remote K8s Cluster

Copy to (which is in .gitignore) and configure the values (cluster.certificate-authority-data, cluster.server, and user.token) for a working cluster. Then run:

For minikube

Make sure minikube is running:

minikube start --vm-driver=hyperkit

Use local_dev_minikube to set up all the secrets and start kibosh:
Securing tiller

In production, tiller should be secured. It's probably good practice to use secure tiller in your local environment as well (at least some of the time) to catch issues.

To generate a set of credentials, run from inside docs/tiller-ssl/. This will create a CA cert, a cert/key pair for Tiller, and a client cert/key pair. If debugging using the helm cli, include the tls flags. For example:

helm ls --all --tls-verify --tls-ca-cert docs/tiller-ssl/ca.cert.pem --tls-cert docs/tiller-ssl/tiller.cert.pem --tls-key docs/tiller-ssl/tiller.key.pem

See Helm's for more details.


The Kibosh code loads charts from the HELM_CHART_DIR, which defaults to charts. This directory can either be a single chart (with all the changes described in the configuration, eg plans.yaml and ./plans), or, directory where each subdirectory is a chart. The multiple charts feature isn't yet supported by tile-generator.

├── mariadb
│   ├── Chart.yaml
    ├── plans
    │   ├── medium.yaml
    │   └── small.yaml
    ├── plans.yaml
    ├── templates
└── mysql
    ├── Chart.yaml
    ├── plans
    │   └── default.yaml

We have modified some example charts from stable helm repository.


make test

To generate the test-doubles, after any interface change run:

make generate


The pipeline is backed by a cluster in the shared GKE account. The default admin user in GKE has a password while Kibosh is configured to use a token. To create a user in the cluster and fetch the token, do something like:

apiVersion: v1
kind: ServiceAccount
  name: kibosh-concourse-ci
  namespace: kube-system
kind: ClusterRoleBinding
  name: kibosh-concourse-ci
  kind: ClusterRole
  name: cluster-admin
  - kind: ServiceAccount
    name: kibosh-concourse-ci
    namespace: kube-system
kubectl create -f [above contents in file].yml
kubectl get secrets --namespace=kube-system | grep "kibosh-concourse-ci"
kubectl get secret --namespace=kube-system kibosh-concourse-ci-token-pfnqs -o yaml

Dependency vendoring

To add a dependency:

dep ensure -add

To update a dependency:

dep ensure -update

Dependency vendoring with respect to helm & k8s is trickier. dep isn't able to build the tree without significant help. The Gopkg.tml has several overrides needed to get everything to compile.

Updating to a new version of helm/k8s will probably require re-visiting the override & constraint matrix built. Useful inputs into this process are:

Also run the make target cleandep to wipe out the lock file an any local state when upgrading helm/k8s, to make sure it can be rebuilt cleanly from the specified constraints.

More dep links:


Kibosh can also manage multiple charts more dynamically (without redeployment). This allows customers to add any available helm chart to their cf marketplace with minimal effort and cycle time.

There is also a corresponding cli (bazaarcli) to manage these charts.

./bazaarcli.mac -t -u admin -p 'monkey123' list
./bazaarcli.mac -t -u admin -p 'monkey123' save ~/workspace/kibosh-sample/sample-charts/mysql-0.8.2.tgz
./bazaarcli.mac -t -u admin -p 'monkey123' save ~/workspace/kibosh-sample/sample-charts/rabbitmq-1.1.9.tgz
./bazaarcli.mac -t -u admin -p 'monkey123' list

cf enable-service-access mysql
cf enable-service-access rabbitmq
cf marketplace

./bazaarcli.mac -t -u admin -p 'monkey123' delete rabbitmq
cf marketplace

To deploy in this way, start from the example bosh-lite manifest lite-bazaar-manifest.yml and customize the cloud specific settings (az, vm_type, etc). See the deploying section for more details.

Alternatively, you can also deploy Bazaar as a tile. Follow the README on that page.



Sequence diagram source via
    title Kibosh

    operator->cf: deploy tile with kibosh and helm chart
    kibosh->cf: add offering to marketplaces via errand
    user->cf: cf create-service
    cf->kibosh: OSBAPI api provision call
    kibosh-> k8s: deploy chart
    user->cf: cf bind-service
    cf->kibosh: OSBAPI api bind call
    kibosh-> k8s: k8s api to get secrets & services
    k8s->kibosh: secrets and services
    kibosh->cf: secrets and services as credentials json
    cf->app: secrets and services as env vars

MVP architecture

MVP architecture, including Kibosh packaged by tile-generator