Tanzu Community Edition


Package Repositories, Ownership, and Packages

This document defines the Tanzu Community Edition approach to publishing package repositories and versioning.

Package Repositories

A package repository is a collection of packages. Tanzu Community Edition will provide a repository of user-managed packages. user-managed refers to packages that can be installed, by users, on top of a running Tanzu cluster.

The following characteristics are true for packages and package repositories.

a. All packages live in the Tanzu Community Edition git repository.

b. The user-managed package repositories for Tanzu Community Edition are maintained in the Tanzu Community Edition git repository.

Tanzu Community Edition provides a user-managed package repository:

  • main: contains stable packages.
    • tagged :v${MOST-RECENT-TCE-TAG}.
    • tagged :stable, representing the latest version.
      • tag is re-written every time the repository is pushed
    • tagged :$(MOST-RECENT-GIT-COMMIT-SHA, representing the most recent commit updating a package.


This section details the ownership and responsibilities for packages and package repositories.

Package Ownership

A package has an owner or set of owners. Owner(s) are responsible for:

  • Maintaining package source
  • Pushing package bundles to a registry
  • Creating PRs to update the TCE package repository

Package Repository Ownership

The package repository is owned by the Tanzu Community Edition team. The team is responsible for:

  • Merging PRs to the Tanzu Community Edition package repository
  • Pushing the Tanzu Community Edition package repository to a registry


The source for each package is found in addons/packages. The process for packaging is defined here.

Each package should be versioned using Semantic Versioning. The package versioning should be bound to the primary packaged software. For example, if a package contains 2 components, foo and bar. If the primary component is foo, and the package is called foo, then the version of the package should represent the current version of the bundled foo component. Package owners are responsible for versioning their package with the assumption that they will not break semantic versioning guarantees. Unlike other software at VMware, packages do not need to be appended with -vmwareX.

For each new instance of a major/minor package, a new directory should be introduced representing that version. Tanzu Community Edition recommends maintaining the source of at least N-2 packages, although package authors are empowered to retain more or less. Consider the following example for the Prometheus package.

$ tree -L 2 prometheus/
├── metadata.yaml
├── v1.0.5
│   ├── bundle
│   ├── package.yaml
│   └── README.md
├── v1.1.0
│   ├── bundle
│   ├── package.yaml
│   └── README.md
└── v2.0.0
    ├── bundle
    ├── package.yaml
    └── README.md

In the above, v2.0.0 is the newest package. However, v1.1.X and v1.0.X are still expected to be available. The creation of a v2.1.0 package would require a new directory, while creation of a v2.0.1 package would not (since it’s only a patch change). If v2.1.0 is created, the package owner may consider deleting v1.0.5.

🛑: We acknowledge the flat directory structure is less-than-ideal. However, this decision was made for 2 reasons. 1) it ensured compatibility with existing downstream packaging models. 2) it is a stop gap solution until we move to individual repositories for each package.

Package Updates

As a best practice, packages should be regularly updated and kept aligned with the latest stable version(s) of software they package. However, it is up to package owners as to the cadence of updates. Package owners should remember that updates to a package does not guarantee inclusion in the Tanzu Community Edition repository. This gate is currently controlled by the Tanzu Community Edition team.

As a community project, Tanzu Community Edition provides no guarantee of package updates in response to CVEs or other critical issues.

Package Update Automation

When an upstream source releases new software, ideally, automation can detect this change and make a PR for the package. Package owners are encouraged to setup automation around this flow. However, at this time it is not implemented, when it is, we’ll try to use the first case as a reference implementation.

Package Promotion in Repositories

For a package to be promoted in the main community package repository, the following must be true.

  1. A pull request incrementing the available package versioning the package repository must be made by the package owner(s)
  2. End-to-end tests prescribed by the Tanzu Community Edition team must pass
  3. The Tanzu Community Edition team must merge the change

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