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ChartMuseum is an open-source Helm Chart Repository written in Go (Golang), with support for cloud storage backends, including Google Cloud Storage and Amazon S3.

Works as a valid Helm Chart Repository, and also provides an API for uploading new chart packages to storage etc.

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Things that have been said in Helm land


"ChartMuseum is awesome"

"This is awesome!"

"Oh yes!!!! I’ve been waiting for this for so long. Makes life much easier, especially for the index.yaml creation!"

"I was thinking about writing one of these up myself. This is perfect! thanks!"

"I am jumping for joy over ChartMuseum, a full-fledged Helm repository server with upload!"

"This is really cool ... We currently have a process that generates the index file and then uploads, so this is nice"

"Really a good idea ... really really great, thanks again. I can use nginx to hold the repos and the museum to add/delete the chart. That's a whole life cycle management of chart with the current helm"

"thanks for building the museum!"


Helm Chart Repository

  • GET /index.yaml - retrieved when you run helm repo add chartmuseum http://localhost:8080/
  • GET /charts/mychart-0.1.0.tgz - retrieved when you run helm install chartmuseum/mychart
  • GET /charts/mychart-0.1.0.tgz.prov - retrieved when you run helm install with the --verify flag

Chart Manipulation

  • POST /api/charts - upload a new chart version
  • POST /api/prov - upload a new provenance file
  • DELETE /api/charts/<name>/<version> - delete a chart version (and corresponding provenance file)
  • GET /api/charts - list all charts
  • GET /api/charts/<name> - list all versions of a chart
  • GET /api/charts/<name>/<version> - describe a chart version

Uploading a Chart Package

Follow "How to Run" section below to get ChartMuseum up and running at http://localhost:8080

First create mychart-0.1.0.tgz using the Helm CLI:

cd mychart/
helm package .

Upload mychart-0.1.0.tgz:

curl --data-binary "@mychart-0.1.0.tgz" http://localhost:8080/api/charts

If you've signed your package and generated a provenance file, upload it with:

curl --data-binary "@mychart-0.1.0.tgz.prov" http://localhost:8080/api/prov

Both files can also be uploaded at once (or one at a time) on the /api/charts route using the multipart/form-data format:

curl -F "chart=@mychart-0.1.0.tgz" -F "prov=@mychart-0.1.0.tgz.prov" http://localhost:8080/api/charts

Installing Charts into Kubernetes

Add the URL to your ChartMuseum installation to the local repository list:

helm repo add chartmuseum http://localhost:8080

Search for charts:

helm search chartmuseum/

Install chart:

helm install chartmuseum/mychart

How to Run



Install the binary:

# on Linux
curl -LO https://s3.amazonaws.com/chartmuseum/release/latest/bin/linux/amd64/chartmuseum

# on macOS
curl -LO https://s3.amazonaws.com/chartmuseum/release/latest/bin/darwin/amd64/chartmuseum

chmod +x ./chartmuseum
mv ./chartmuseum /usr/local/bin

Using latest in URLs above will get the latest binary (built from master branch).

Replace latest with $(curl -s https://s3.amazonaws.com/chartmuseum/release/stable.txt) to automatically determine the latest stable release (e.g. v0.2.2).

Show all CLI options with chartmuseum --help and determine version with chartmuseum --version

Using with Amazon S3

Make sure your environment is properly setup to access my-s3-bucket

chartmuseum --debug --port=8080 \
  --storage="amazon" \
  --storage-amazon-bucket="my-s3-bucket" \
  --storage-amazon-prefix="" \

Using with Google Cloud Storage

Make sure your environment is properly setup to access my-gcs-bucket

chartmuseum --debug --port=8080 \
  --storage="google" \
  --storage-google-bucket="my-gcs-bucket" \

Using with local filesystem storage

Make sure you have read-write access to ./chartstorage (will create if doesn't exist)

chartmuseum --debug --port=8080 \
  --storage="local" \

Basic Auth

If both of the following options are provided, basic http authentication will protect all routes:

  • --basic-auth-user=<user> - username for basic http authentication
  • --basic-auth-pass=<pass> - password for basic http authentication


If both of the following options are provided, the server will listen and serve HTTPS:

  • --tls-cert=<crt> - path to tls certificate chain file
  • --tls-key=<key> - path to tls key file

Just generating index.yaml

You can specify the --gen-index option if you only wish to use ChartMuseum to generate your index.yaml file.

The contents of index.yaml will be printed to stdout and the program will exit. This is useful if you are satisfied with your current Helm CI/CD process and/or don't want to monitor another webservice.

Other CLI options

  • --log-json - output structured logs as json
  • --disable-api - disable all routes prefixed with /api
  • --allow-overwrite - allow chart versions to be re-uploaded
  • --chart-url=<url> - absolute url for .tgzs in index.yaml
  • --storage-amazon-endpoint=<endpoint> - alternative s3 endpoint
  • --chart-post-form-field-name=<field> - form field which will be queried for the chart file content
  • --prov-post-form-field-name=<field> - form field which will be queried for the provenance file content

Docker Image

Available via Docker Hub.

Example usage (S3):

docker run --rm -it \
  -p 8080:8080 \
  -v ~/.aws:/root/.aws:ro \
  chartmuseum/chartmuseum:latest \
  --debug --port=8080 \
  --storage="amazon" \
  --storage-amazon-bucket="my-s3-bucket" \
  --storage-amazon-prefix="" \

Helm Chart

There is a Helm chart for ChartMuseum itself which can be found in the official Kubernetes Charts repository.

You can also view it on KubeApps.

To install:

helm repo add incubator https://kubernetes-charts-incubator.storage.googleapis.com
helm install incubator/chartmuseum

Please note that for now, this should only be used for testing purposes. An emptyDir volume is currently being used for storage, which means your .tgzs will disappear when the pod is removed. If you can help get this to work with persistent storage or any of the cloud storage options, please submit a PR to kubernetes/charts. Thanks!

Notes on index.yaml

The repository index (index.yaml) is dynamically generated based on packages found in storage. If you store your own version of index.yaml, it will be completely ignored.

GET /index.yaml occurs when you run helm repo add chartmuseum http://localhost:8080 or helm repo update.

If you manually add/remove a .tgz package from storage, it will be immediately reflected in GET /index.yaml.

You are no longer required to maintain your own version of index.yaml using helm repo index --merge.

The --gen-index CLI option (described above) can be used to generate and print index.yaml to stdout.

Mirroring the official Kubernetes repositories

Please see scripts/mirror_k8s_repos.sh for an example of how to download all .tgz packages from the official Kubernetes repositories (both stable and incubator).

You can then use ChartMuseum to serve up an internal mirror:

chartmuseum --debug --port=8080 --storage="local" --storage-local-rootdir="./mirror"