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Getting Started

Let's get an app deployed with Weave GitOps.

This is Work In Progress


In this short guide, we will see how to get a simple workload running in a cluster using GitOps, and then make a change to that deployment and see it updated automatically via GitOps. Further guides will then show how to move that workload into staging and/or production.


This guide is for Mac and Linux only (so far!). At the moment, Weave GitOps supports Github.

Gitlab and other Git providers are coming soon.

To get this working you need:

  1. A Github account
  2. A Github token
  3. kubectl installed
  4. A development Kubernetes cluster (this guide uses kind)
  5. Kind requires Docker

Github Token#

You need a Github Token with repo access.

If you don't already have one, please follow the Github guide

Make sure that the token is in your environment as GITHUB_TOKEN

Install the CLI#

Please follow the instructions in the CLI installation page to install the command-line tool.

Getting Started with a Kind cluster and Podinfo workload#

Create the cluster#

  1. Create a fresh kind cluster:
kind create cluster
Creating cluster "kind" ...
โœ“ Ensuring node image (kindest/node:v1.20.2) ๐Ÿ–ผ
โœ“ Preparing nodes ๐Ÿ“ฆ
โœ“ Writing configuration ๐Ÿ“œ
โœ“ Starting control-plane ๐Ÿ•น๏ธ
โœ“ Installing CNI ๐Ÿ”Œ
โœ“ Installing StorageClass ๐Ÿ’พ
Set kubectl context to "kind-kind"
You can now use your cluster with:
kubectl cluster-info --context kind-kind
Have a nice day! ๐Ÿ‘‹

You now will have the right kubeconfig for the kind cluster.

Install Weave GitOps onto the cluster#

  1. Install Weave GitOps into the currently active Kubernetes cluster:
wego install

You should see:

โœš generating manifests
โœ” manifests build completed
โ–บ installing components in wego-system namespace
โ—Ž verifying installation

The install will pause while the containers are loaded into the cluster. (roughly 1 to 2 minutes depending on your system)

Once the system is verified you will see:

โœ” notification-controller: deployment ready
โœ” image-reflector-controller: deployment ready
โœ” image-automation-controller: deployment ready
โœ” source-controller: deployment ready
โœ” kustomize-controller: deployment ready
โœ” helm-controller: deployment ready
โœ” install finished
  1. You can see what has been installed:
kubectl get pods --namespace wego-system
helm-controller-69667f94bc-ptpp7 1/1 Running 0 5m
image-automation-controller-6cd8b8fb95-4wzbh 1/1 Running 0 5m
image-reflector-controller-55fb577bf9-4ccds 1/1 Running 0 5m
kustomize-controller-6977b8cdd4-rlt75 1/1 Running 0 5m
notification-controller-5c4d48f476-smb7r 1/1 Running 0 5m
source-controller-b4b88948f-jwkf4 1/1 Running 0 5m

Configure Weave GitOps to reconcile the workload automatically#

First we will fork a basic workload repository, then we will add the wego GitOps automation to deploy into the cluster

Fork and clone the Podinfo repository#

We are going to use a deployment of the podinfo sample Kubernetes app as the workload to test.

  1. Fork the following repository on Github:


  1. Clone the fork using SSH (replacing <yr-org-goes-here>)
git clone<yr-org-goes-here>/podinfo-deploy.git

(Note Weave GitOps doesn't support repositories that are cloned via HTTPS)

  1. Change directory into the path where you cloned your fork of podinfo-deploy - for example:
cd podinfo-deploy

This repository only contains Kubernetes YAMLs (and a README):

โ”œโ”€โ”€ backend
โ”‚ย ย  โ”œโ”€โ”€ deployment.yaml
โ”‚ย ย  โ”œโ”€โ”€ hpa.yaml
โ”‚ย ย  โ””โ”€โ”€ service.yaml
โ”œโ”€โ”€ frontend
โ”‚ย ย  โ”œโ”€โ”€ deployment.yaml
โ”‚ย ย  โ””โ”€โ”€ service.yaml
โ””โ”€โ”€ namespace.yaml
2 directories, 7 files
  1. Let's enable GitOps for this workload
wego app add .

You should see something like:

Updating parameters from environment... using URL: 'ssh://' of origin from git config...
Checking cluster status... FluxInstalled
Uploading deploy key
Commiting and pushing wego resources for application...
Pushing app manifests to repository

(If the final lines are different, then most likely you have a problem with the SSH key used to deploy.)

  1. Wait for the workload to show up in the cluster:
kubectl get pods --namespace test
backend-66b5655895-ms79n 1/1 Running 0 42s
frontend-7fb9f4bf99-qmkqh 1/1 Running 0 42s
  1. You can use the wego app status command to see the reconciliation.
wego app status podinfo-deploy
Latest successful deployment time: 2021-06-09T10:14:09Z
wego-system gitrepository/podinfo-deploy True Fetched revision: main/3c5c12f48f2bc1fdd09e0e199687f1d76e6a8b5f main/3c5c12f48f2bc1fdd09e0e199687f1d76e6a8b5f False
wego-system kustomization/podinfo-deploy True Applied revision: main/3c5c12f48f2bc1fdd09e0e199687f1d76e6a8b5f main/3c5c12f48f2bc1fdd09e0e199687f1d76e6a8b5f False

This shows you when the last deployment was as well as the specific SHA from Git that has been deployed.

You have successfully deployed the app!

  1. wego app add will have created a .wego directory in your repository (you can configure where this goes - see GitOps Automation configuration)

This directory contains the GitOps Automation configuration.

If you do a tree inside this directory you should see something like:

$ tree .wego/
โ”œโ”€โ”€ apps
โ”‚ย ย  โ””โ”€โ”€ podinfo-deploy
โ”‚ย ย  โ””โ”€โ”€ app.yaml
โ””โ”€โ”€ targets
โ””โ”€โ”€ kind-kind
โ””โ”€โ”€ podinfo-deploy
โ””โ”€โ”€ podinfo-deploy-gitops-runtime.yaml
5 directories, 2 files

You can find out more about these YAMLs and the .wego directory here.

Notice that wego has checked in this YAML into your fork (This may change in the future to create a PR instead).

  1. To access the podinfo UI you can set up a port forward into the pod.
kubectl port-forward service/frontend 9898:9898 --namespace test
Forwarding from -> 9898
Forwarding from [::1]:9898 -> 9898

NB: This command does not return

Now you can browse http://localhost:9898

Use CTRL+C to cancel the kubectl port-forward command to continue with your command prompt.

See GitOps reconciliation#

  1. The real aim of GitOps is not just to deploy once, but to reconcile as well. Let's test that out. Edit frontend/deployment.yaml

Change the PODINFO_UI_COLOR to grey:

value: "#888888"
  1. Commit the change to your forked repository.
git add .
git commit -m "change color"
git push

(If you want an even better experience, create a PR and then merge!)

  1. Wait for the reconciliation to take place
wego app status podinfo-deploy
Latest successful deployment time: 2021-06-09T10:36:26Z
wego-system gitrepository/podinfo-deploy True Fetched revision: main/0927f4649817186103f14612bd3a0426d21de601 main/0927f4649817186103f14612bd3a0426d21de601 False
wego-system kustomization/podinfo-deploy True Applied revision: main/0927f4649817186103f14612bd3a0426d21de601 main/0927f4649817186103f14612bd3a0426d21de601 False
  1. You should see the pods recycle
kubectl get pods --namespace test
backend-5cd878f8dd-rl64h 1/1 Running 0 33m
frontend-5c45876f-pnxrq 1/1 Running 0 6m51s
frontend-ff74574fc-7ntw4 0/1 ContainerCreating 0 1s

And a little later:

backend-5cd878f8dd-rl64h 1/1 Running 0 34m
frontend-5c45876f-pnxrq 0/1 Terminating 0 7m9s
frontend-ff74574fc-7ntw4 1/1 Running 0 19s

Notice that the backend has not changed and so the backend pod is not affected.

Restart the kubectl port-forward and you will see the color has changed.

(If you use a real ingress then you wouldn't need to do this).

  1. Congratulations

You have successfully demonstrated GitOps using Weave GitOps! Well done.