Geodesic is the fastest way to get up and running with a rock solid, production grade cloud platform built entirely from Open Source technologies.
It’s a swiss army knife for creating and building consistent platforms to be shared across a team environment.
It easily versions staging environments in a repeatable manner that can be followed by any team member.
It's a way of doing things that allows companies to collaborate on infrastructure (
snowflakes) and radically reduce Total Cost of Ownership, along with a vibrant and active slack community.
It provides a fully customizable framework for defining and building cloud infrastructures backed by AWS and powered by kubernetes. It couples best-of-breed technologies with engineering best-practices to equip organizations with the tooling that enables clusters to be spun up in record time without compromising security.
It's works natively with Mac OSX, Linux, and Windows 10 (WSL).
This project is part of our comprehensive "SweetOps" approach towards DevOps.
It's 100% Open Source and licensed under the APACHE2.
Example of running a shell based on the
cloudposse/geodesic base docker image.
These days, the typical software application is distributed as a docker image and run as a container. Why should infrastructure be any different? Since everything we write is "Infrastructure as Code", we believe that it should be treated the same way. This is the "Geodesic Way". Use containers+envs instead of unconventional wrappers, complicated folder structures and symlink hacks. Geodesic is the container for all your infrastructure automation needs that enables you to truly achieve SweetOps.
Geodesic is composed of two parts:
- It is an interactive command-line shell. The shell includes the ultimate mashup of cloud orchestration tools. Those tools are then integrated to work in concert with each other using a consistent framework. Installation of the shell is as easy as running a docker container.
- It is a distribution of essential services and reference architectures. The distribution includes a collection of 100+ Free Terraform Modules and their invocations, dozens of preconfigured Helmfiles, Helm charts for CI/CD, VPN, SSH Bastion, Automatic DNS, Automatic TLS, Automatic Monitoring, Account Management, Log Collection, Load Balancing/Routing, Image Serving, and much more. What makes these charts even more valuable is that they were designed from the ground up to work well with each other and integrate with external services for authentication (SSO/OAuth2, MFA).
An organization may chose to leverage all of these components, or just the parts that make their life easier.
We recommend starting by using
geodesic as a Docker base image (e.g.
FROM cloudposse/geodesic:... pinned to a release and base OS) in your projects.
Note: Starting with Geodesic version 0.138.0, we distribute 2 versions of Geodesic Docker images, one based on Alpine
and one based on Debian, tagged
Prior to this, all Docker images were based on Alpine only and simply tagged
VERSION. At present, the Alpine version is the most thoroughly tested
and best supported version, and the special Docker tag
latest will continue to point to the latest Alpine version while this
remains the case. However, we encourage people to use the Debian version and report any issues by opening a GitHub issue,
so that we may eventually make it the preferred version, after which point the
latest tag will point to latest Debian image. We
will maintain the
latest-debian Docker tags for those who want to commit to using one base OS or
the other but still want automatic updates.
- Review our documentation
- Check our reference architectures to learn how we architect the infrastructure
- Use our coldstart automation to get started quickly
- Quickly provision kops clusters
Customizing your Docker image
In general we recommend creating a customized version of Geodesic by creating your own Dockerfile starting with
ARG VERSION=0.138.0 ARG OS=debian FROM cloudposse/geodesic:$VERSION-$OS # Add configuration options such as setting a custom BANNER, # turning on built-in support for aws-vault or aws-okta, # setting kops configuration parameters, etc. here ENV BANNER="my-custom-geodesic"
You can see some example configuration options to include in Dockerfile.options.
You can also add extra commands by installing "packages". Both Alpine and Debian have a large selection
of packages to choose from. Cloud Posse also provides a large set of packages for installing common DevOps commands
and utilities via cloudposse/packages.
The package repositories are pre-installed in Geodesic, all you need to do is add the packages you want
RUN commands in your Dockerfile.
Installing packages in Alpine
Under Alpine, you install a package by specifying a package name and a repository label (if not the default repository). (You can also specify a version, see the Alpine documentation for details). In addition to the default package repository, Geodesic installs 3 others:
|Repository Label||Repository Name|
As always, because of Docker layer caching, you should start your command line by updating the repo indexes,
and then add your packages. Alpine uses
So, to install Teleport support from the Cloud Posse package repository,
pinned to version 4.2.x (which is the last to support Alpine), we can add this to our Dockerfile:
RUN apk update && apk add -u teleport@cloudposse=~4.2
Installing packages in Debian
apt for package management and we generally recommend using
apt-get command to install packages.
In addition to the default repositories, Geodesic pre-installs the Cloud Posse package repository
and the Google Cloud SDK package repository. Unlike with
apk, you do not need to specify a package repository when
installing a package because all repositories will be searched for it.
apt-get does not let you specify a version range on the command line, only an exact version.
So to install the Google Cloud SDK at a specific version, you need to include a trailing
-0 to indicate
the package version. For example, to install version Google Cloud SDK 300.0.0:
RUN apt-get update && apt-get install -y google-cloud-sdk=300.0.0-0
-y flag to
apt-get install. That is required for scripted installation, otherwise the command
will ask for confirmation from the keyboard before installing a package.
Customizing your shell at launch time
After you have build your Docker image, or if you are using a shared Docker image, you can
add further customization at launch time. When Geodesic stars up, it looks for customization
scripts and configuration so you can do things like add command aliases or override preconfigured options.
Detailed information about launch-time configuration is in the customization
document, available from within the shell via
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- Packages - Cloud Posse installer and distribution of native apps
- Build Harness - Collection of Makefiles to facilitate building Golang projects, Dockerfiles, Helm charts, and more
- terraform-aws-components - Catalog of reusable Terraform components and blueprints for provisioning reference architectures
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We are a DevOps Accelerator. We'll help you build your cloud infrastructure from the ground up so you can own it. Then we'll show you how to operate it and stick around for as long as you need us.
Work directly with our team of DevOps experts via email, slack, and video conferencing.
We deliver 10x the value for a fraction of the cost of a full-time engineer. Our track record is not even funny. If you want things done right and you need it done FAST, then we're your best bet.
- Reference Architecture. You'll get everything you need from the ground up built using 100% infrastructure as code.
- Release Engineering. You'll have end-to-end CI/CD with unlimited staging environments.
- Site Reliability Engineering. You'll have total visibility into your apps and microservices.
- Security Baseline. You'll have built-in governance with accountability and audit logs for all changes.
- GitOps. You'll be able to operate your infrastructure via Pull Requests.
- Training. You'll receive hands-on training so your team can operate what we build.
- Questions. You'll have a direct line of communication between our teams via a Shared Slack channel.
- Troubleshooting. You'll get help to triage when things aren't working.
- Code Reviews. You'll receive constructive feedback on Pull Requests.
- Bug Fixes. We'll rapidly work with you to fix any bugs in our projects.
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Bug Reports & Feature Requests
Please use the issue tracker to report any bugs or file feature requests.
In general, PRs are welcome. We follow the typical "fork-and-pull" Git workflow.
- Fork the repo on GitHub
- Clone the project to your own machine
- Commit changes to your own branch
- Push your work back up to your fork
- Submit a Pull Request so that we can review your changes
NOTE: Be sure to merge the latest changes from "upstream" before making a pull request!
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