This documentation is for Flux (v1) and Helm Operator (v1). Both projects are in maintenance mode and will soon reach end-of-life. We strongly recommend you familiarise yourself with the newest Flux and start looking at your migration path.
For documentation regarding the latest Flux, please refer to this section.
Upgrading to Flux v1
Flux v1 is a major improvement over the previous versions, and is different enough that you need to do a bit of work to upgrade it.
In previous releases of Flux, much of the work was done by the service. This meant that to get a useful system, you had to run both the daemon and the service in your cluster. In version 1, the daemon does all of the mechanical work by itself.
Differences between old Flux and Flux v1
In version 1 the daemon is more self-sufficient and easier to set up. It is also more capable, and in particular, it now synchronises your cluster with the manifests you keep in git – enabling you to use git (and GitHub) workflows to manage your cluster.
|Old Flux||Flux v1|
|Setting up the repo|
|Supplying Docker registry credentials|
|The daemon finds credentials for itself by looking at Kubernetes resources|
|Managing your cluster with Flux|
In summary, you will need to:
- Remove the old Flux resources from your cluster
- Delete any deployment keys
- Run the new Flux resources
- Install a new deploy key
First, it will help in a few places to have an old fluxctl around. Download it from GitHub:
curl -o fluxctl_030 https://github.com/fluxcd/flux/releases/download/0.3.0/fluxctl_linux_amd64 # or if using macOS, # curl -o fluxctl_030 https://github.com/fluxcd/flux/releases/download/0.3.0/fluxctl_darwin_amd64 chmod a+x ./fluxctl_030
If you are running Flux in “standalone” mode
Set the environment variable FLUX_URL to point to the Flux service you are running, as described in the old deployment docs. The particular URL will differ, depending on how you have told Kubernetes to expose the Flux service.
Before making any changes, get the config so that it can be consulted later:
./fluxctl_030 get-config --fingerprint=md5 | tee old-config.yaml
Remove old Flux resources
Important! If you have Flux resources committed to git
The first thing to do here is to remove any manifests for running Flux you have stored in git, before deleting them in the cluster (below). If you don’t remove these, running the new Flux daemon will restore the old configuration.
You can delete the Flux resources by referring to the manifest files used to create them. If you don’t have the files on hand, you can try using the example deployment as a stand-in:
git clone --branch 0.3.0 firstname.lastname@example.org:fluxcd/flux flux-0.3.0 kubectl delete --ignore-not-found -R -f ./flux-0.3.0/deploy
That’s something of a sledgehammer! But it should cover most cases.
Delete deployment keys
It’s good practice to remove any unused deployment keys. If you’re
using GitHub, look at the settings for the repository you were
pointing Flux at, and delete the key Flux was using. To check you are
removing the correct key, you can see the fingerprint of the key used
by Flux in the file
old-config.yaml that was created earlier.
Configure and run new Flux resources
First, it is important to understand that Flux manages more of your cluster resources now. It will automatically apply the manifests that appear in your config repo, either by creating or by updating them. In other words, it tries to keep the cluster running whatever is represented in the repo. (Though it doesn’t delete things, yet).
To run Flux without connecting to Weave Cloud, adapt the manifests
provided in the
with the git parameters (URL, path, and branch) from
old-config.yaml, and then apply them with
kubectl. Consider adding
these adapted manifests to your own config repo.
The daemon now has an API itself, so you can point fluxctl directly at it (the example manifests include a Kubernetes service so you can do just that).
You may find that you need to set FLUX_URL again, to take account of the new deployment. See the setup instructions for guidance.
To see the SSH key created by Flux, download the latest fluxctl from the release page and run:
You will need to add this as a deploy key, which is also described in the setup instructions linked above.
kubectl delete commands didn’t delete anything
It’s possible that the Flux resources are in an unusual namespace or given a different name. As a last resort, you can hunt down the resources by name and delete them. Use kubectl to look for likely suspects.
kubectl get serviceaccount,service,deployment --all-namespaces
Have a look for deployments and services with “flux” in the name.
I deleted the Flux resources but when I install Flux v1 they come back
The most likely explanation is that you have manifests for the resources in your config repo. When Flux v1 starts, it does a sync – and if there are manifests for the old Flux still in git, it will create those as resources.
If that’s the case, you will need to remove the manifests from git before running Flux v1.