How to Install Helm

Install Helm for managing Kubernetes package deployments on Ubuntu

Helm is the package manager for Kubernetes that simplifies deploying and managing applications on a Kubernetes cluster. It streamlines the process with pre-configured packages (charts) and simplifies updates, rollbacks, and collaboration in a Kubernetes environment.

How to install Helm

  1. Install Helm

    Install Helm using apt.

  2. Check installation

    Check that Helm has been installed and can access the Kubernetes cluster.

  3. Configure Helm for K3s

    If using K3s, set the configuration for Helm

Install Helm

To install follow the official installation instructions or run the following apt commands for installation on Debian/Ubuntu.

curl | gpg --dearmor | sudo tee /usr/share/keyrings/helm.gpg > /dev/null
sudo apt-get install apt-transport-https --yes
echo "deb [arch=$(dpkg --print-architecture) signed-by=/usr/share/keyrings/helm.gpg] all main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/helm-stable-debian.list
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install helm

Check Helm installation

Check that the Helm has been installed and can search packages.

$ helm search hub nfs
WARNING: Kubernetes configuration file is group-readable. This is insecure. Location: /etc/rancher/k3s/k3s.yaml
WARNING: Kubernetes configuration file is world-readable. This is insecure. Location: /etc/rancher/k3s/k3s.yaml
URL                                                     CHART VERSION   APP VERSION     DESCRIPTION                                    1.0.1           4.0.2           nfs-subdir-external-provisioner is an automatic...      1.1.2           2.2.2           A lightweight, robust, flexible, and containeri...      0.1.6           v3.1.0-k8s1.11  nfs-client-provisioner is an automatic provisio...

Use Helm with K3s

Add --kubeconfig /etc/rancher/k3s/k3s.yaml to the Helm commands to specify the location of the Kubernetes configuration file.

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