fluxctl - Manage Kubernetes deployments via CLI

November 21, 2018

Control and automate deployments with $ fluxctl, a handy command line utility that talks to Weave Flux, our continuous delivery operator for Kubernetes.

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Weave Flux is the Kubernetes GitOps operator (read more about continuous delivery with GitOps), that manages deployments for you. If you are entirely new to Weave Flux, you might want to check out our get started tutorial or our guide for Helm users.

fluxctl is a command-line tool that can talk to Weave Flux - it makes it very easy to manage, automate and even roll back deployments.


Installing fluxctl just became easier!

On Mac OS

If you use Weave Flux in your cluster and you’re on a Mac, it just became a lot easier to interact with Flux on the command line. Simply run

brew install fluxctl

and you’re good to go

On Arch Linux

Install the fluxctl-bin package from the AUR:

git clone https://aur.archlinux.org/fluxctl-bin.git
cd fluxctl-bin
makepkg -si

(Thanks Simon Weald for making this available for Arch!)

If none of the above work for you, simply grab the most recent fluxctl build (for Mac, Linux or Windows) from our release page.

Here’s what fluxctl lets you do

After you have installed Weave Flux agent and fluxctl, the first step is getting the public key from Weave Flux, so you can add it as a deploy key to e.g. Github.

Simply run the command:

fluxctl identity

Which displays something like this:


Add this public key to your repository as your deploy key and you’re good to go. (For this blog post I simply forked the flux-example repository.)

Now Weave Flux will start watching your image registry and deploying services to the cluster. With fluxctl you can find out what the state of your deployments are and the available releases.

fluxctl list-controllers

Displays something like this:

CONTROLLER                     CONTAINER   IMAGE                                         RELEASE  POLICY
default:deployment/flux        flux        quay.io/weaveworks/flux:1.7.0                 ready    
default:deployment/helloworld  helloworld  quay.io/weaveworks/helloworld:master-a000001  ready    
                               sidecar     quay.io/weaveworks/sidecar:master-a000001              
default:deployment/memcached   memcached   memcached:1.4.25                              ready    

Or list images with:

fluxctl list-images -c default:deployment/helloworld

CONTROLLER                     CONTAINER   IMAGE                          CREATED
default:deployment/helloworld  helloworld  quay.io/weaveworks/helloworld  
                                           --> master-07a1b6b             27 Dec 17 14:06 UTC
                                               master-a000004             13 Nov 17 14:57 UTC
                                               master-a000003             13 Nov 17 14:45 UTC
                                               master-9a16ff945b9e        20 Jul 16 13:19 UTC
                                               master-b31c617a0fe3        20 Jul 16 13:19 UTC
                                               master-a000002             12 Jul 16 17:17 UTC
                                               master-a000001             12 Jul 16 17:16 UTC
                               sidecar     quay.io/weaveworks/sidecar     
                                           --> master-a000002             23 Aug 16 10:05 UTC
                                               master-a000001             23 Aug 16 09:53 UTC

So it looks like our helloworld deployment is not on the latest available image version.

Automating deployments, and getting deployments automatically synced to the cluster is as easy as this:

fluxctl automate --controller=default:deployment/helloworld

Since we added the deploy key to Github at the very start, the config change is live in our config repository as well. In true GitOps fashion, you now have an audit trail and can easily re-deploy current status in case of disaster recovery or redeploy an identical environment.

If you wanted to deploy only a subset of releases to your cluster, you can do that too. You can filter images by running:

fluxctl policy --controller=default:deployment/helloworld --tag-all='glob:master-*'

You can either use glob, semver or regexp for filtering.

fluxctl is a great tool, and it offers a lot more than what we have covered in the post. Find more information about fluxctl in our docs.

If you want to know more, join to us in the #flux Slack channel. Any other help, feedback, and questions are always welcome as well!

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