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Version: 0.17.0

Template CLI tools Enterprise

The enterprise gitops CLI tool provides a set of commands to help you manage your templates.

Here we're going to talk about the gitops create template command that allows you to render templates locally and airgapped, without a full WGE installation in a kubernetes cluster.

The gitops create template command

Use cases

  • CI/CD systems where you want to render a template and then use the output in a pipeline
  • Quicking debugging templates


  • The gitops create template command only works with GitOpsTemplate objects. It does not work with CAPITemplate objects. You should be able to migrate any CAPITemplate objects to GitOpsTemplate with some small tweaks. See the differences here CAPITemplate vs GitOpsTemplate


See the Weave Gitops Enterprise installation instructions for details on how to install the EE gitops CLI tool.

Getting started

Given a GitOpsTemplate on the local filesystem can supply the required parameters and render the template to either

  1. The current kubecontext directly (default)
  2. stdout with --export
  3. The file system with --output-dir, this will use the spec.resourcestemplates[].path fields in the template to determine where to write the rendered files. This is the recommended approach for GitOps as you can then commit the rendered files to your repository.
gitops create template \
--template-file capd-capi-template.yaml \
--output-dir ./clusters/ \
--values CLUSTER_NAME=foo


As with the UI you can add profiles to your template. However instead of reading the latest version of a profile and its layers from a HelmRepository object in the cluster, we instead read from your local helm cache.

helm repo add weaveworks-charts
helm repo update

This particular helm repo provides a version of the cert-manager repo and others.

Supplying values to a profile

You can supply a values.yaml file to a profile using the values parameter. For example we can supply cert-managers values.yaml with:

gitops create template \
--template-file capd-capi-template.yaml \
--output-dir ./out \
--values CLUSTER_NAME=foo \
--profiles "name=cert-manager,namespace=foo,version=>0.1,values=cert-manager-values.yaml"

Supplying a config file instead of command line flags

Instead of specifying the parameters on the command line you can supply a config file. For example the above involation can be replaced with a config file:

template-file: capd-capi-template.yaml
output-dir: ./out
- name=cert-manager,namespace=foo,version=>0.1,values=cert-manager-values.yaml

and invoked with:

gitops create template --config config.yaml