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Kubernetes Manifold

Manifold gives you a single account to purchase and manage cloud services from multiple providers, giving you managed logging, email, MySQL, Postgres, Memcache, Redis, and more. Manifold also lets you register configurations for your services external to Manifold's marketplace, giving you a single location to organize and manage the credentials for your environments.

This package allows you to load Manifold credentials into your Kubernetes cluster. These credentials will be stored as a Kubernetes secrets so you can use them as such in your deployments.


We've utilised Kubernetes' CRD implementation to allow you to define fine grained control over your credentials. As with our Terraform provider, we allow you to filter out projects, resources and specific credentials you want to load.

Getting started

To use this, you'll need an account with Manifold and some configuration stored there. You can provision free or paid plans, or insert and manage your own configuration values.

You'll also want to install the Manifold CLI so that you can generate auth tokens.

Defining credentials

Defining credentials happens through our Custom Resource Definition. We have two ways of defining how you would like to get credentials.

Note: Currently, Kubernetes does not provide a way to validate CRDs. Because of this, we advise you to double check your definitions and monitor the output of the controller if you experience issues. Adding validation is a work in progress. Once this is added to the Kubernetes core, we'll look at providing this as well.

Note: The minimum requirement to define a specific credential is its key. If you provide a name, this name will be used as a key reference in the k8s secret. A default value can also be provided. If a default value is provided for a key that does not exist in the Manifold credentials list, this default value will be used to populate the credential.


You can load multiple credentials at once for a specific project, as described in this manifest file.


If you only want to get the credentials from a specific resource, you can do this as described in this manifest file.

Referencing the credentials

Once you've set up the controller (see setting up the controller), the controller will start looking for the resources defined earlier and write the values from Manifold to the respective Kubernetes secret. This means that when a credential changes, the secret will also be updated automatically with the new value.

By using exsiting Kubernetes secrets, we allow you to use the Manifold credentials as secrets. We've provided an example manifest file.

Defining secret types

Kubernetes allows you to set up different types of secrets, such as Opaque, Docker Registry, TLS, ….

The Manifold CRD allows you to create Opaque and Docker Registry types. The Opaque type is the default and is transparant, meaning that all credentials that are available through your custom resource will be loaded as a secret.

Docker Registry

Using the Docker Registry type it's possible to create a secret which will make it possible to pull images from a private registry. This secret type requires you to have the following credentials available:


There is the optional DOCKER_SERVER if your registry is anything other than Docker Hub.

We've provided an example on how to use the docker-registry secret type.


Setting up the Manifold Auth Token to retrieve the credentials

Once the controller is installed, you'll also want to enable access to the Manifold API. First, you'll need to create a new Auth Token:

$ manifold tokens create

Once you have the token, you'll want to create a new Kubernetes Secret:

$ kubectl create namespace manifold-system
$ kubectl create --namespace=manifold-system secret generic manifold-api-secrets --from-literal=api_token=<AUTH_TOKEN> --from-literal=team=<MANIFOLD_TEAM>

Note: The team value is optional. If a team is provided in the controller (see below), only resources that define this team will be picked up and used to load the credentials. If no team is defined, this is ignored.

Setting up the controller

First, you'll need to set up the controller. The controller takes care of monitoring your Resource Definitions and populating the correct Kubernetes Secrets with Manifold Credentials. Without it, nothing will happen.

$ kubectl create -f

Note: You can customise this credentials-controller file. This is a general purpose Deployment. MANIFOLD_API_TOKEN is a required environment variable for the controller.

With RBAC installed

To use RBAC, we'll add additional ClusterRoles to allow managing CRDs and secrets.

Note: If you are using Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) you may need to give yourself additional privileges to create the ClusterRole defined in rbac.yaml

kubectl create clusterrolebinding your-user-cluster-admin-binding --clusterrole=cluster-admin

Defining the ClusterRole:

$ kubectl create -f


To release a new version of this package, use the Make target release:

$ VERSION=0.1.2 make release

This will update the Version in version.go, commit the changes and set up a new tag.