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GitHub Repositories

When you install the GitHub version of Kubefirst, a couple of new repositories will be added to your GitHub organization.

GitHub repositories

Repository Summary


The GitOps repo houses all of our IAC and all our GitOps configurations. All the infrastructure that you receive with Kubefirst was produced by some combination of Terraform and ArgoCD. You will add to this repository as your business needs require new infrastructure or new applications.

metaphor suite

The Metaphor suite is a set of example applications used to showcase certain features of the Kubefirst platform. The Metaphor apps have CI/CD that deliver each app to a development, staging, and production namespace in your Kubernetes cluster. The metaphor service apps' secrets in vault are bound to the metaphor app through the use of external-secrets, a handy Kubernetes utility to keep Kubernetes secrets in sync with the vault source of truth. It also demonstrates how DNS entries are automatically created in Route 53 using external-dns. It has auto-renewing, short-lived certificates generated and auto-renewed as well, using cert-manager and the Let's Encrypt cluster-issuer.

The available Metaphor applications are, Metaphor (NodeJS API), Metaphor (Go API) and Metaphor Frontend. The Metaphor applications are describe in more details here.

GitHub Repository Management

These GitHub repositories are being managed in Terraform.

As you need additional GitHub repositories, just add a new section of Terraform code to terraform/github/

module "your_repo_name" {
  depends_on = [
  source                                = "./templates/gitlab-repo"
  group_name                            =
  repo_name                             = "your-repo-name"
  create_ecr                            = true
  initialize_with_readme                = true
  only_allow_merge_if_pipeline_succeeds = false
  remove_source_branch_after_merge      = true

GitHub's Terraform provider provides many more configuration options than just these settings. Check them out and add to your default settings once you're comfortable with the platform.

Take a look at the Resources section of the GitHub provider documentation .

That was just GitHub. Take a look at all the Terraform providers that are available; the list of technologies you can manage in Terraform is really impressive.

Making Terraform Changes

To make infrastructure and configuration changes with Terraform, simply open a pull request in the gitops repository. Your pull request will automatically provide plans, state locks, and applies, and even comment in the pull request itself. You'll have a simple, peer reviewable, auditable changelog of all infrastructure and configuration changes.

All this automation is possible because of Atlantis. Atlantis is a tool that runs in your Kubernetes cluster and via a webhook, listens for pull requests in your GitOps repository. When it sees a pull request, it will run terraform plan, and post the plan as a comment in the pull request. If the Terraform plan succeed, Atlantis will run terraform apply, and post the results as a comment in the pull request.