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K8up Backup Operator

K8up is a Kubernetes backup operator based on Restic that will handle PVC and application backups on a Kubernetes or OpenShift cluster.

Just create a schedule and a credentials object in the namespace you’d like to backup. It’s that easy. K8up takes care of the rest. It also provides a Prometheus endpoint for monitoring.


The documentation is written in AsciiDoc and published with Antora to It's source is available in the docs/ directory.


K8up is written using the Operator SDK.

You'll need:

  • A running Kubernetes cluster (minishift, minikube, k3s, ... you name it)
  • kubectl and kustomize
  • Go development environment
  • Your favorite IDE (with a Go plugin)
  • Docker
  • make

To run the end-to-end test (e.g. make e2e-test), you additionally need:

  • helm (version 3)
  • jq
  • node and npm
  • bash (installed, doesn't have to be your default shell)
  • shasum or sha1sum
  • base64
  • find

These are the most common make targets: build, test, docker-build, run, kind-run. Run make help to get an overview over the relevant targets and their intentions.

Generate Kubernetes code

If you make changes to the CRD structs you'll need to run code generation. This can be done with make:

make generate

Install CRDs

CRDs can be either installed on the cluster by running make install or using kubectl apply -k config/crd/

Currently there's an issue using make install related to how the CRDs are specified. Therefore settle to the second approach for now.

Run the operator

You can run the operator in different ways:

  1. as a container image (see quickstart)
  2. using make run (provide your own kubeconfig)
  3. using make kind-run (uses KIND to install a cluster in docker and provides its own kubeconfig in testbin/)
  4. using a configuration of your favorite IDE

Best is if you have minio installed somewhere to be able to setup the needed env values. It needs to be reachable from within your dev cluster.

Run E2E tests

K8up supports both OpenShift 3.11 clusters and newer Kubernetes clusters 1.16+. However, to support OpenShift 3.11 a legacy CRD definition with is needed, while K8s 1.22+ only supports You need node and npm to run the tests, as it runs with DETIK.

To run e2e tests, execute:

make e2e-test

To test compatibility of k8up with OpenShift 3.11 (or any other specific K8s version), you can run end-to-end tests like this:

make e2e-test -e CRD_SPEC_VERSION=v1beta1 -e KIND_NODE_VERSION=v1.13.12 -e KIND_KUBECTL_ARGS=--validate=false -e BACKUP_ENABLE_LEADER_ELECTION=false

To test just a specific e2e test, run:

make e2e-test -e BATS_FILES=test-00-deployment.bats

To remove the local KIND cluster and other e2e resources, run:

make e2e-clean

To cleanup all created artifacts, there's always:

make clean

Example configurations

There are a number of example configurations in config/samples. Apply them using kubectl apply -f config/samples/somesample.yaml