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Basic Form Support

NOTE: This feature is under heavy development. Some of the described below may change in the future.

Since Kubeapps 1.6.0, it's possible to include a JSON schema with a chart that defines the structure of the values.yaml file. This JSON schema is used with two goals:

  • Validate that the given values satisfy the schema defined. In case the submitted values are not valid, the installation or upgrade will fail. This has been introduced with Helm v3.
  • Present the user with a simpler so the chart is easier to deploy and configure.

The goal of this feature is to present the user with the most common parameters which are typically modified before deploying a chart (like username and password) in a more user-friendly form.

This document specifies what's needed to be defined in order to present this basic form to the users of a chart.

Create a values.schema.json

This file, introduced with Helm v3, is a JSON Schema that defines the structure of the values.yaml file of the chart, including as many validations as needed. If a chart includes its schema, the values used are validated before submitting the new release.

This file can define some or every possible value of the chart. Once it's written it should be included in the Helm package. The proposal to include it in Helm can be found here.

Additional annotations used to identify basic parameters

In order to identify which values should be presented in the form, it's necessary to include some special tags.

First of all, it's necessary to specify the tag form and set it to true. All the properties marked with this tag in the schema will be represented in the form. For example:

    "wordpressUsername": {
      "type": "string",
      "form": true
    },

With the definition above, we are marking the value wordpressUsername as a value to be represented in the form. Note that the type tag, apart than for validating that the submitted value has the correct type, will be used to render the proper HTML components to represent the input in the form:

username-input

In addition to the type, there are other tags that can be used to customize the way the parameter is represented:

  • title is used to render the title of the parameter. If it's not specified, Kubeapps will use the path of the value (i.e. credentials.username).
  • description is used to include additional information of the parameter.
  • default is used to set a default value. Note that this field will only be used if the values.yaml file doesn't have already a default value for the parameter.

Custom type: Slider

It's possible to render a component as a slider, users can then drag and drop this slider to select their preferred value:

disk-input

In order to render a slider, there are some requirements and additional tags that you may need to set:

  • The only supported type for the moment is a string. Other types like integer will be transformed to a string.
  • It's necessary to specify the tag render and set it to slider.
  • The tag sliderMin identifies the minimum value the slider allows (this can be bypassed writting a smaller value in the input).
  • The tag sliderMax identifies the maximum value the slider allows (this can be bypassed writting a bigger value in the input).
  • The tag sliderUnit specifies the unit of the value to set. For example Gi.

This is an example of a slider param:

    "size": {
      "type": "string",
      "title": "Disk Size",
      "form": true,
      "render": "slider",
      "sliderMin": 1,
      "sliderMax": 100,
      "sliderUnit": "Gi"
    }

Subsections

When a property of type object is set with a form identifier, it will be rendered as a subsection. A subsection is a set of parameters that are grouped together:

hostname-section

All the parameters within an object will be rendered in the subsection.

Note that in some cases, a parameter cause that the rest of parameters are no longer relevant. For example, setting ingress.enabled to false makes the ingress.hostname irrelevant. To avoid confussion, you can hide that parameter setting the special tag hidden. The tag hidden can be a string pointing to the parameter that needs to be true to hide the element or an object to also set the value that the pointed value needs to match.

This is an example for a subsection with a parameter that can be hidden:

    "ingress": {
      "type": "object",
      "form": "ingress",
      "title": "Ingress Details",
      "properties": {
        "enabled": {
          "type": "boolean",
          "form": "enableIngress",
          "title": "Use a custom hostname",
          "description": "Enable the ingress resource that allows you to access the WordPress installation."
        },
        "hostname": {
          "type": "string",
          "form": "hostname",
          "title": "Hostname",
          "hidden": {
            "value": "ingress.enabled",
            "condition": false
          }
        }
      }
    },

Note that the parameter that hides another parameter doesn't need to be within the section itself. In this other example, mariadb.enabled is used to hide some parameters within externalDatabase:

    "mariadb": {
      "type": "object",
      "properties": {
        "enabled": {
          "type": "boolean",
          "title": "Use a new MariaDB database hosted in the cluster",
          "form": "useSelfHostedDatabase",
        }
      }
    },
    "externalDatabase": {
      "type": "object",
      "title": "External Database Details",
      "form": "externalDatabase",
      "properties": {
        "host": {
          "type": "string",
          "form": "externalDatabaseHost",
          "title": "Database Host",
          "hidden": "mariadb.enabled"
        },
      }
    },

Example

This is a working example for the WordPress chart

And the resulting form:

basic-form

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