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Talos Linux

A modern OS for Kubernetes.

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Talos is a modern OS for running Kubernetes: secure, immutable, and minimal. Talos is fully open source, production-ready, and supported by the people at Sidero Labs All system management is done via an API - there is no shell or interactive console. Benefits include:

  • Security: Talos reduces your attack surface: It's minimal, hardened, and immutable. All API access is secured with mutual TLS (mTLS) authentication.
  • Predictability: Talos eliminates configuration drift, reduces unknown factors by employing immutable infrastructure ideology, and delivers atomic updates.
  • Evolvability: Talos simplifies your architecture, increases your agility, and always delivers current stable Kubernetes and Linux versions.


For instructions on deploying and managing Talos, see the Documentation.


If you're interested in this project and would like to help in engineering efforts or have general usage questions, we are happy to have you! We hold a weekly meeting that all audiences are welcome to attend.

We would appreciate your feedback so that we can make Talos even better! To do so, you can take our survey.

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Contributions are welcomed and appreciated! See Contributing for our guidelines.



Some software we distribute is under the General Public License family of licenses or other licenses that require we provide you with the source code. If you would like a copy of the source code for this software, please contact us via email: info at