Alternatives to Helm?

This page summarizes the projects mentioned and recommended in the original post on /r/kubernetes

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  • kluctl

    The missing glue to put together large Kubernetes deployments, composed of multiple smaller parts (Helm/Kustomize/...) in a manageable and unified way.

    The next step was to write a Bash script that would orchestrate many small Kustomize deployments and Helm Charts. This script got rewritten as Python and generalised in a way that it could be used in other projects as well internally. The lessons learned from that were then put into Kluctl ( and made Open Source.

  • helm-charts Helm charts repository (by companyinfo)

    My alternative to Helm is more effective use of Helm. I learned about the Helmet library chart a few weeks ago:

  • InfluxDB

    Access the most powerful time series database as a service. Ingest, store, & analyze all types of time series data in a fully-managed, purpose-built database. Keep data forever with low-cost storage and superior data compression.

  • kustomization-set-controller

    Dynamically generate Flux Kustomization objects.

  • cue

    The home of the CUE language! Validate and define text-based and dynamic configuration

    We use CUE + ArgoCD, CUE is awesome

  • carvel

    Carvel provides a set of reliable, single-purpose, composable tools that aid in your application building, configuration, and deployment to Kubernetes. This repo contains information regarding the Carvel open-source community.

    You should take a look at Carvel maybe something in it could match with your needs.

  • helm

    The Kubernetes Package Manager

    And I've found the issue

  • tanka

    Flexible, reusable and concise configuration for Kubernetes

    Although jsonette might be considered more complex Tanka is a great alternative for k8s config management.

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  • kusion

    Platform Engineering Engine: Deliver intentions to Kubernetes and Clouds

    You can try kusion for a complete platform engineering solution from CI to CD

  • kustomize

    Customization of kubernetes YAML configurations

    I think the combination of Kustomize and helm works in my experience. For advanced use cases, you can also see KRM functions in Kustomize.

NOTE: The number of mentions on this list indicates mentions on common posts plus user suggested alternatives. Hence, a higher number means a more popular project.

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