Kubernetes Plugin

Integrate Porter with Kubernetes.

Source: https://github.com/getporter/kubernetes-plugins

Install or Upgrade

The plugin is distributed as a single binary, kubernetes. The following snippet will clone this repository, build the binary and install it to ~/.porter/plugins/.

porter plugin install kubernetes

Note that the v1 release of the plugin only works with Porter v1.0.0-alpha.20 and higher.


After installation, you must modify your porter configuration file, see an walkthrough for the kubernetes.secrets plugin configuration below.

The plugin can be used when porter is running inside a Kubernetes cluster - in which case it will connect automatically, it can also be used from outside a cluster in which case it will either use the kubeconfig file sourced from the KUBECONFIG environment variable or $HOME/.kube/config if this is not set.

When running outside a cluster the plugin requires configuration to specify which namespace it should store data in, when running inside a cluster it will use the namespace of the pod that porter is running in.

The plugin also requires that the user or service account that is being used with Kubernetes has "get","list","create","delete", and "patch" permissions on secrets in the namespace.

The Porter Operator is the primary use case for running in Kubernetes which configures the necessary service accounts via it’s configureNamespace custom action.

porter invoke porterops --action configureNamespace --param namespace=quickstart -c porterops

Plugin Configuration


The kubernetes.secrets plugin enables resolution of credential or parameter values and storing sensitive data(parameter or output values) as secrets in Kubernetes via the Porter Operator.

  1. Create, ./porter-k8s-config.yaml

  2. Add the following lines1:

    default-secrets: "kubernetes-secrets"
    - name: "kubernetes-secrets"
      plugin: "kubernetes.secrets"
  3. Provide the Porter config to the configureNamespace operator bundle action

    porter invoke operator --action=configureNamespace --param namespace=<namespace name> --param porterConfig=porter-k8s-config.toml -c kind -n=operator
  • If the plugin is being used outside of a Kubernetes cluster then add the following lines to specify the namespace to be used to store data:

    default-secrets: "kubernetes-secrets"
      - name: "kubernetes-secrets"
        plugin: "kubernetes.secrets"
          namespace: "<namespace name>"

In both cases the Kubernetes secret must be created with a credential key

kubectl --namespace "<namespace name>" create secret generic password --from-literal=credential=test 

Porter credentials file test-credentials.yaml

schemaType: CredentialSet
schemaVersion: 1.0.1
namespace: ''
name: kubernetes-plugin-test
- name: test-cred
    secret: password
porter credentials apply test-credentials.yaml