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Addon-operator combines Helm charts with hooks and values storage to transform charts into smart modules that configure themselves and respond to changes in the cluster. It is a sister project for shell-operator and is actively used in Deckhouse Kubernetes Platform to implement its modules.


  • Discovery of values for Helm charts — parameters can be generated, calculated or retrieved from the cluster;
  • Continuous discovery — parameters can be changed in response to cluster events;
  • Controlled Helm execution — addon-operator monitors the Helm operation to ensure the Helm chart’s successful installation. Coming soon: use kubedog to track deploy status and more;
  • Custom extra actions before and after running Helm as well as any other events via the hooks paradigm. See related shell-operator capabilities.

Additionally, addon-operator provides:

  • ease of maintenance of Kubernetes clusters: use the tools that Ops are familiar with to build your modules and hooks such as Bash, kubectl, Python, etc;
  • the execution queue of modules and hooks that ensures the launch sequence and repeated execution in case of an error, which simplifies programming of modules and ensures predictable outcome of their operation;
  • the possibility of dynamic enabling/disabling of a module (depending on detected parameters);
  • the ability to tie conditions of module activation to the activation of other modules;
  • the unified ConfigMap for the configuration of all settings;
  • the ability to run Helm only if parameters have changed. In this case, helm history would output only releases with changes;
  • global hooks for figuring out parameters and performing actions that affect several dependent modules;
  • off-the-shelf metrics for monitoring via Prometheus.


Please see the docs for more in-depth information and supported features.


You may use a prepared image flant/addon-operator to install addon-operator in a cluster. The image comprises a binary addon-operator file as well as several required tools: helm, kubectl, jq, bash.

The installation incorporates the image building process with files of modules and hooks, applying the necessary RBAC rights and deploying the image in the cluster.


To experiment with modules, hooks, and values we've prepared some examples.

Deckhouse Kubernetes Platform was an initial reason to create addon-operator, thus its modules might become a vital source of inspiration for implementing your own modules.

Sharing your examples of using addon-operator is much appreciated. Please, use the relevant Discussions section for that.

What's next?

Explore shell-operator documentation, especially its hooks section.


Please feel free to reach developers/maintainers and users via GitHub Discussions for any questions regarding addon-operator.

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Apache License 2.0, see LICENSE.