Helm plugin that allows to use AWS S3 as a [private] chart repository.
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The Helm plugin that provides s3 protocol support.

This allows you to have private Helm chart repositories hosted on Amazon S3. Refer to this article written by @andrewlock to get a detailed use case overview.


The installation itself is simple as:

$ helm plugin install https://github.com/hypnoglow/helm-s3.git

You can install a specific release version:

$ helm plugin install https://github.com/hypnoglow/helm-s3.git --version 0.7.0

To use the plugin, you do not need any special dependencies. The installer will download versioned release with prebuilt binary from github releases. However, if you want to build the plugin from source, or you want to contribute to the plugin, please see these instructions.

Note on AWS authentication

Because this plugin assumes private access to S3, you need to provide valid AWS credentials. You can do this in the same manner as for AWS CLI tool.

So, if you want to use the plugin and you are already using AWS CLI - you are good to go, no additional configuration required. Otherwise, follow the official guide to set up credentials.

To minimize security issues, remember to configure your IAM user policies properly. As an example, a setup can provide only read access for users, and write access for a CI that builds and pushes charts to your repository.

Example Read Only IAM policy

    "Version": "2012-10-17",
    "Statement": [
            "Effect": "Allow",
            "Action": [
            "Resource": [

Example Read and Write IAM policy

    "Version": "2012-10-17",
    "Statement": [
            "Effect": "Allow",
            "Action": [
            "Resource": [


For now let's omit the process of uploading repository index and charts to s3 and assume you already have your repository index.yaml file on s3 under path s3://bucket-name/charts/index.yaml and a chart archive epicservice-0.5.1.tgz under path s3://bucket-name/charts/epicservice-0.5.1.tgz.

Add your repository:

$ helm repo add coolcharts s3://bucket-name/charts

Now you can use it as any other Helm chart repository. Try:

$ helm search coolcharts
NAME                       	VERSION	  DESCRIPTION
coolcharts/epicservice	    0.5.1     A Helm chart.

$ helm install coolchart/epicservice --version "0.5.1"

Fetching also works:

$ helm fetch s3://bucket-name/charts/epicservice-0.5.1.tgz


To create a new repository, use init:

$ helm s3 init s3://bucket-name/charts

This command generates an empty index.yaml and uploads it to the S3 bucket under /charts key.

To work with this repo by it's name, first you need to add it using native helm command:

$ helm repo add mynewrepo s3://bucket-name/charts


Now you can push your chart to this repo:

$ helm s3 push ./epicservice-0.7.2.tgz mynewrepo

On push, both remote and local repo indexes are automatically updated (that means you don't need to run helm repo update).

Your pushed chart is available:

$ helm search mynewrepo
NAME                    VERSION	 DESCRIPTION
mynewrepo/epicservice   0.7.2    A Helm chart.

Note that the plugin denies push when the chart with the same version already exists in the repository. This behavior is intentional. It is useful, for example, in CI automated pushing: if someone forgets to bump chart version - the chart would not be overwritten.

However, in some cases you want to replace existing chart version. To do so, add --force flag to a push command:

$ helm s3 push --force ./epicservice-0.7.2.tgz mynewrepo

To see other available options, use --help flag:

$ helm s3 push --help


To delete specific chart version from the repository:

$ helm s3 delete epicservice --version 0.7.2 mynewrepo

As always, both remote and local repo indexes updated automatically.

The chart is deleted from the repo:

$ helm search mynewrepo/epicservice
No results found


If your repository somehow became inconsistent or broken, you can use reindex to recreate the index in accordance with the charts in the repository.

$ helm s3 reindex mynewrepo


$ helm plugin remove s3


In use cases where you share a repo across multiple AWS accounts, you may want the ability to define object ACLS to allow charts to persist there permissions across accounts. To do so, add the flag --acl="ACL_POLICY". The list of ACLs can be found here:

$ helm s3 push --acl="bucket-owner-full-control" ./epicservice-0.7.2.tgz mynewrepo

You can also set the default ACL be setting the S3_ACL environment variable.

Using alternative S3-compatible vendors

The plugin assumes Amazon S3 by default. However, it can work with any S3-compatible object storage, like minio, DreamObjects and others. To configure the plugin to work alternative S3 backend, just define AWS_ENDPOINT (and optionally AWS_DISABLE_SSL):

$ export AWS_ENDPOINT=localhost:9000
$ export AWS_DISABLE_SSL=true

See these integration tests that use local minio docker container for a complete example.

Using S3 bucket ServerSide Encryption

To enable S3 SSE export environment variable AWS_S3_SSE and set it to desired type for example AES256.


Additional documentation is available in the docs directory. This currently includes:


Contributions are welcome. Please see these instructions that will help you to develop the plugin.