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Konstraint is a CLI tool to assist with the creation and management of templates and constraints when using Gatekeeper.


go install

A docker image is also provided for each release:

docker run -v $PWD:/konstraint create /konstraint/examples


To create the Gatekeeper resources, use konstraint create <policy_dir>.

To generate the accompanying documentation, use konstraint doc <policy_dir>.

Both commands support the --output flag to specify where to save the output. For more detailed usage documentation, see the CLI Documentation.

Why this tool exists

Automatically copy Rego to the ConstraintTemplate

When writing policies for Gatekeeper, the Rego must be added to ConstraintTemplates in order for Gatekeeper to enforce the policy. This creates a scenario in which the Rego is written in a .rego file, and then copied into the ConstraintTemplate. When a change is needed to be made to the Rego, both instances must be updated.

Automatically update all ConstraintTemplates with library changes

Gatekeeper supports importing libraries into ConstraintTemplates with the libs field. If a change is required to the imported library, every template must be updated to include this new change.

Enable writing the same policies for Conftest and Gatekeeper

With Gatekeeper, policies are evaluated in the context of an AdmissionReview. This means that policies are typically written with a prefix of

With Conftest, policies are written against yaml files.

This creates a scenario where the policy needs to be written differently depending upon the context in which the policy is being evaluated in.

Kubernetes Libraries

In the examples/lib directory, there are multiple libraries that enable policies to be written for both Conftest and Gatekeeper.

You can include as little or as many of these libraries into your policies as desired.


By first validating the Kubernetes manifests with Conftest on a local machine, we can catch manifests that would otherwise violate policy without needing to deploy to a cluster running Gatekeeper.


Konstraint ran without error, but I don't see any new files.

This typically means no policies were found, or the policies did not have any violation[] rules, so they are not compatible with Gatekeeper.

For more information, see How Constraints are Created.

My ConstraintTemplates are missing the input parameters

Input parameters can be specified by using one or more @parameter <name> <type> tags in the comment header block. If you use input parameters, Konstraint will skip generating the Constraint resource for that policy.

For more information, see Using Input Parameters.