Chart version: 0.6.1
Api version: v1
App version: 0.9.5
DEPRECATED Open source, tool for automating Kubernetes deployme...
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Install Chart:
helm install keel center/stable/keel
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Keel - automated Kubernetes deployments for the rest of us - DEPRECATED

This chart is deprecated! You can find the new chart in: - Source: - Charts repository:

Keel is a tool for automating Kubernetes deployment updates. Keel is stateless, robust and lightweight.

Keel provides several key features:

  • Kubernetes and Helm providers - Keel has direct integrations with Kubernetes and Helm.

  • No CLI/API - tired of ***ctl for everything? Keel doesn’t have one. Gets job done through labels, annotations, charts.

  • Semver policies - specify update policy for each deployment/Helm release individually.

  • Automatic Google Container Registry configuration - Keel automatically sets up topic and subscriptions for your deployment images by periodically scanning your environment.

  • Native, DockerHub and Quay webhooks support - once webhook is received impacted deployments will be identified and updated.

  • Polling - when webhooks and pubsub aren’t available - Keel can still be useful by checking Docker Registry for new tags (if current tag is semver) or same tag SHA digest change (ie: latest).

  • Notifications - out of the box Keel has Slack and standard webhook notifications, more info here

Note: For now Keel gets installed into kube-system namespace by default as where Helm’s Tiller is installed.

Installing the Chart with Kubernetes provider support

Docker image polling and Kubernetes provider are set by default, then Kubernetes deployments can be upgraded when new Docker image is available:

helm upgrade --install keel stable/keel"

Installing the Chart with Helm provider support

Docker image polling is set by default, but we need to enable Helm provider support, then Helm releases can be upgraded when new Docker image is available:

helm upgrade --install keel stable/keel --set helmProvider.enabled="true"

Setting up Helm release to be automatically updated by Keel

Add the following to your app’s values.yaml file and do helm upgrade ...:

  # keel policy (all/major/minor/patch/force)
  policy: all
  # trigger type, defaults to events such as pubsub, webhooks
  trigger: poll
  # polling schedule
  pollSchedule: "@every 3m"
  # images to track and update
    - repository: image.repository # it must be the same names as your app's values
      tag: image.tag # it must be the same names as your app's values

The same can be applied with --set flag without using values.yaml file:

helm upgrade --install whd webhookdemo --reuse-values \
  --set keel.policy="all",keel.trigger="poll",keel.pollSchedule="@every 3m" \
  --set keel.images[0].repository="image.repository" \
  --set keel.images[0].tag="image.tag"

You can read in more details about supported policies, triggers and etc in the User Guide.

Also you should check the Webhooh demo app and it’s chart to have more clear idea how to set automatic updates.

Uninstalling the Chart

To uninstall/delete the keel deployment:

$ helm delete keel

The command removes all the Kubernetes components associated with the chart and deletes the release.


The following table lists has the main configurable parameters (polling, triggers, notifications, service) of the Keel chart and they apply to both Kubernetes and Helm providers:

Parameter Description Default
polling.enabled Docker registries polling true
helmProvider.enabled Enable/disable Helm provider false
gcr.enabled Enable/disable GCR Registry false
gcr.projectID GCP Project ID GCR belongs to
gcr.pubsub.enabled Enable/disable GCP Pub/Sub trigger false
webhook.enabled Enable/disable Webhook Notification false
webhook.endpoint Remote webhook endpoint
slack.enabled Enable/disable Slack Notification false
slack.token Slack token Slack channel
slack.approvalChannel Slack approval channel
slack.botName Slack Bot name
service.enable Enable/disable Keel service false
service.type Keel service type LoadBalancer
service.externalPort Keel service port 9300
webhookRelay.enabled Enable/disable WebhookRelay integration false
webhookRelay.key WebhookRelay key
webhookRelay.secret WebhookRelay secret
webhookRelay.bucket WebhookRelay bucket

Specify each parameter using the --set key=value[,key=value] argument to helm install.

Alternatively, a YAML file that specifies the values for the above parameters can be provided while installing the chart. For example,

$ helm install --name keel -f values.yaml stable/keel

Tip: You can use the default values.yaml