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The source-controller is a Kubernetes operator, specialised in artifacts acquisition from external sources such as Git, Helm repositories and S3 buckets. The source-controller implements the source.toolkit.fluxcd.io API and is a core component of the GitOps toolkit.


The fluxcd-source-controller package has following configurable properties.

namespaceOptionalSets namespace for k8s objects where resources of source-controller will be created.
limits_cpuOptionalSets maximum usage of cpu for source-controller deployment.
limits_memoryOptionalSets maximum usage of memory for source-controller deployment.
no_proxyOptionalSet domains for which no proxying should be performed
https_proxyOptionalSet proxy connection information
namespace: flux-system-namespace
limits_cpu: 1050m
limits_memory: 2Gi
service_port: 90
no_proxy: ""
https_proxy: ""


To install FluxCD source-controller from the Tanzu Application Platform package repository:

  1. List version information for the package by running:

    tanzu package available list fluxcd-source-controller.community.tanzu.vmware.com

    For example:

    $ tanzu package available list fluxcd-source-controller.community.tanzu.vmware.com
        \ Retrieving package versions for fluxcd-source-controller.tanzu.vmware.com...
          NAME                                                VERSION  RELEASED-AT
          fluxcd-source-controller.community.tanzu.vmware.com  0.21.2   2021-10-27 19:00:00 -0500 -05
  2. Install the package by running:

    tanzu package install fluxcd-source-controller -p fluxcd-source-controller.community.tanzu.vmware.com -v VERSION-NUMBER


    • VERSION-NUMBER is the version of the package listed in step 1.

    For example:

    tanzu package install fluxcd-source-controller -p fluxcd-source-controller.community.tanzu.vmware.com -v 0.21.2
    \ Installing package 'fluxcd-source-controller.community.tanzu.vmware.com'
    | Getting package metadata for 'fluxcd-source-controller.community.tanzu.vmware.com'
    | Creating service account 'fluxcd-source-controller-default-sa'
    | Creating cluster admin role 'fluxcd-source-controller-default-cluster-role'
    | Creating cluster role binding 'fluxcd-source-controller-default-cluster-rolebinding'
    | Creating package resource
    / Waiting for 'PackageInstall' reconciliation for 'fluxcd-source-controller'
    \ 'PackageInstall' resource install status: Reconciling
     Added installed package 'fluxcd-source-controller'
  3. Verify the package install by running:

    tanzu package installed get fluxcd-source-controller

    For example:

    \ Retrieving installation details for fluxcd-source-controller...
    NAME:                    fluxcd-source-controller
    PACKAGE-NAME:            fluxcd-source-controller.community.tanzu.vmware.com
    PACKAGE-VERSION:         0.21.2
    STATUS:                  Reconcile succeeded
    CONDITIONS:              [{ReconcileSucceeded True  }]

    Verify that STATUS is Reconcile succeeded

    kubectl get pods -n flux-system

    For example:

    $ kubectl get pods -n flux-system
    NAME                                 READY   STATUS    RESTARTS   AGE
    source-controller-69859f545d-ll8fj   1/1     Running   0          3m38s

    Verify that STATUS is Running

Try fluxcd-source-controller

  1. Verify all the objects are installed:

    This package would create a new namespace where all the elements of fluxcd will be hosted called flux-system

    you can verify the main components of fluxcd-source-controller were installed by running:

    kubectl get all -n flux-system
    NAME                                     READY   STATUS    RESTARTS   AGE
    pod/source-controller-7684c85659-2zfxb   1/1     Running   0          40m
    NAME                        TYPE        CLUSTER-IP      EXTERNAL-IP   PORT(S)   AGE
    service/source-controller   ClusterIP   <none>        80/TCP    40m
    NAME                                READY   UP-TO-DATE   AVAILABLE   AGE
    deployment.apps/source-controller   1/1     1            1           40m
    NAME                                           DESIRED   CURRENT   READY   AGE
    replicaset.apps/source-controller-7684c85659   1         1         1       40m

    you should get something really similar!

  2. Verify all the CRD were installed correctly:

    The way you would communicate with fluxcd-source-controller would be through its CRDs, this will be your main action point.

    In order to check all the CRDs were installed you can run:

    kubectl get crds -n flux-system | grep ".fluxcd.io"
    buckets.source.toolkit.fluxcd.io                         2022-03-07T19:20:14Z
    gitrepositories.source.toolkit.fluxcd.io                 2022-03-07T19:20:14Z
    helmcharts.source.toolkit.fluxcd.io                      2022-03-07T19:20:14Z
    helmrepositories.source.toolkit.fluxcd.io                2022-03-07T19:20:14Z
  3. Try one simple example:

    Try one quick example yourself, so you can check everything is working as expected

    • Let’s consume a GitRepository object,

      • Create the following gitrepository-sample.yaml file:

        apiVersion: source.toolkit.fluxcd.io/v1beta1
        kind: GitRepository
          name: gitrepository-sample
          interval: 1m
          url: https://github.com/stefanprodan/podinfo
            branch: master
      • Apply the created conf

        kubectl apply -f gitrepository-sample.yaml
        gitrepository.source.toolkit.fluxcd.io/gitrepository-sample created
      • Check the git-repository was fetched correctly

        kubectl get GitRepository
        NAME                   URL                                       READY   STATUS                                                              AGE
        gitrepository-sample   https://github.com/stefanprodan/podinfo   True    Fetched revision: master/132f4e719209eb10b9485302f8593fc0e680f4fc   4s

    You can find more examples checking out the samples folder on fluxcd/source-controller/samples


For documentation specific to fluxcd-source-controller, check out the main repository fluxcd/source-controller.

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