In this chapter, we are going to look into Helm, the Kubernetes package manager. Every successful and important platform must have a good packaging system. Helm was developed by Deis (acquired by Microsoft in April 2017) and later contributed to the Kubernetes project directly. We will start by understanding the motivation for Helm, its architecture, and its components. Then, we'll get hands-on experience and see how to use Helm and its charts within Kubernetes. This includes finding, installing, customizing, deleting, and managing charts. Last but not least, we'll cover how to create your own charts and handle versioning, dependencies, and templating.
The following topics will be covered:
- Understanding Helm
- Using Helm
- Creating your own charts