What is Kubefirst?
Kubefirst is a fully automated and operational open source platform that includes some of the best tools available in the
Kubernetes space, all working together from a single command. By running
kubefirst cluster create against your empty
AWS cloud account, you'll get a GitOps cloud management and application delivery ecosystem complete with automated
Terraform workflows, Vault secrets management, GitLab or GitHub integrations with Argo, and demo applications
that demonstrate how it all pieces together.
If you don't want to use your AWS account and test on your machine,
kubefirst local provide a very similar experience without using any cloud.
How to install Kubefirst CLI
brew install kubefirst/tools/kubefirst
There are a few other ways to install Kubefirst for different operating systems, architectures, and containerized environments. See our installation README for non-brew details.
To upgrade an existing Kubefirst install to the latest version run
brew update brew upgrade kubefirst
Kubefirst dependencies: brew install will download AWS IAM Authenticator dependency, that is Helm requirement to authenticate to EKS cluster.
kubefirstCLI runs on your localhost and will create an AWS EKS cluster that includes GitLab or GitHub, Vault, ArgoCD and Argo Workflow, and example applications with the Metaphors application to demonstrate how everything on the platform works.
- The install takes about 30 minutes to execute. Day-2 operations can't commonly be done within the same hour of cluster provisioning. Kubefirst is solving this on our open source platform. We really hope that is worth a GitHub Kubefirst repository star to you (top right corner).
- Your self-hosted GitLab or cloud GitHub will come preconfigured with four Git repositories
- All of the infrastructure as code will be in your GitOps repository in the Terraform directory. IAC workflows are fully automated with Atlantis by merely opening a merge request against the
- All of the applications running in your Kubernetes cluster are registered in the GitOps repository in the root
- The Metaphors repositories only needs an update to the main branch to deliver the example application to your new development, staging, and production environments. It will hook into your new Vault for secrets, demonstrate automated certs, automated DNS, and GitOps application delivery. Our CI/CD is powered by Argo CD, Argo Workflows, GitLab or GitHub, and Vault.
- The result will be the most comprehensive start to managing a Kubernetes-centric cloud entirely on open source that you keep and can adjust as you see fit. It is an exceptional fully functioning starting point, with the most comprehensive scope we've ever seen in open source.
- We'd love to advise your project on next steps - see our available white glove and commercial services.
Note: If you run in
cloud aws, this infrastructure will run in your AWS cloud and is subject to associated AWS fees - about $10/day USD.
to run. Removal of this infrastructure is also automated with a single
kubefirst cluster destroy command.
Differences between selection available
|how to use||
|vault||yes, in dev mode.||yes, backed with DynamoDB and KMS||yes, backed with DynamoDB and KMS|
|git runner||yes, github runners||yes, github runners||yes, gitlab runners|
|HTTPS/SSL Certificates||yes, using mkcert||yes, using let's encrypt||yes, using let's encrypt|
|external secrets manager||yes||yes||yes|
*1: On local, atlantis uses an ngrok tunnel to allow github to call us back, so it may not be production ready.
*2: Learn more about mkcert here
AWS Cloud Selection
Once you run
kubefirst cluster create command at the end of the installation will open a new browser tab with the Console UI at
https://kubefirst.<your.domain> to provide you a dashboard to navigate through the different services that were previsioned.
Once you run
kubefirst local command at the end of the installation will open a new browser tab with the Console UI at
https://kubefirst.localdev.me to provide you a dashboard to navigate through the different services that were previsioned.
Kubefirst also makes it easy to destroy a previsioned cluster. By calling the
kubefirst cluster destroy(for AWS Cloud Selection) or
kubefirst local destroy(for local Selection) command, all provisioned resources are deleted. This is a process that takes some minutes to be finished, since all created resources need to
be properly destroyed.
On AWS cloud selection, one step that takes some minutes to conclude is the EKS cluster deletion because Kubefirst destroys every resource that was created during the installation, including VPC, load balancer, sub networks and everything else that was created like Argo CD, Argo Workflow, demo applications, and GitLab self-hosted.