Notice Flux is moving house! Please see https://github.com/weaveworks/flux/wiki/MoveToFluxCD
We believe in GitOps:
- You declaratively describe the entire desired state of your system in git. This includes the apps, config, dashboards, monitoring and everything else.
- What can be described can be automated. Use YAMLs to enforce
conformance of the system. You don't need to run
kubectl, all changes go through git. Use diff tools to detect divergence between observed and desired state and get notifications.
- You push code not containers. Everything is controlled through pull requests. There is no learning curve for new devs, they just use your standard git PR process. The history in git allows you to recover from any snapshot as you have a sequence of transactions. It is much more transparent to make operational changes by pull request, e.g. fix a production issue via a pull request instead of making changes to the running system.
Flux is a tool that automatically ensures that the state of a cluster matches the config in git. It uses an operator in the cluster to trigger deployments inside Kubernetes, which means you don't need a separate CD tool. It monitors all relevant image repositories, detects new images, triggers deployments and updates the desired running configuration based on that (and a configurable policy).
The benefits are: you don't need to grant your CI access to the cluster, every change is atomic and transactional, git has your audit log. Each transaction either fails or succeeds cleanly. You're entirely code centric and don't need new infrastructure.
What Flux does
Flux is most useful when used as a deployment tool at the end of a Continuous Delivery pipeline. Flux will make sure that your new container images and config changes are propagated to the cluster.
Its major features are:
- Automated git → cluster synchronisation
- Automated deployment of new container images
- Integrations with other devops tools (Helm and more)
- No additional service or infrastructure needed - Flux lives inside your cluster
- Straight-forward control over the state of deployments in the cluster (rollbacks, lock a specific version of a workload, manual deployments)
- Observability: git commits are an audit trail, and you can record events that occured, for example: why a given deployment was locked.
Who is using Flux in production
- ABA English
- ArangoDB Oasis
- Babylon Health
- College of William & Mary
- Control Plane
- Crowd Riff
- Improwised Technologies
- karriere tutor GmbH
- Under Armour
- Weave Cloud
If you too are using Flux in production; please submit a PR to add your organization to the list!
In the first years of its existence, the development of Flux was very closely coupled to that of Weave Cloud. Over the years the community around Flux grew, the numbers of integrations grew and the team started the process of generalising the code, so that more projects could easily integrate.
Get started with Flux
Get started by browsing through the documentation below:
- Background about Flux
- Get Started with Flux
- Operating Flux
As Flux is Open Source, integrations are very straight-forward. Here are a few popular ones you might want to check out:
- Managing Helm releases the GitOps way
- OpenFaaS GitOps workflow with Flux
- GitOps for Istio Canary deployments
- Fluxcloud to receive events from Flux
Community & Developer information
We welcome all kinds of contributions to Flux, be it code, issues you found, documentation, external tools, help and support or anything else really.
Instances of abusive, harassing, or otherwise unacceptable behavior
may be reported by contacting a Flux project maintainer, or Alexis
<email@example.com>. Please refer to our code of
conduct as well.
To familiarise yourself with the project and how things work, you might be interested in the following:
If you have any questions about Flux and continuous delivery:
- Read the Flux docs.
- Invite yourself to the Weave community slack and ask a question on the #flux channel.
- To be part of the conversation about Flux's development, join the flux-dev mailing list.
- Join the Weave User Group and get invited to online talks, hands-on training and meetups in your area.
- File an issue.
Your feedback is always welcome!