Contributing an Add-On


New add-ons should be added to a source directory following the format /addons/<name>/<version>. That directory must have at least two files: and Manifest.

The Manifest file specifies a list of images required for the add-on. These will be pulled during CI and saved to the directory /addons/<name>/<version>/images/.

The script must define a function named <add-on> that will perform the install. For example, /addons/weave/2.5.2/ defines the function named weave.

Most add-ons include yaml files that will be applied to the cluster. These should be copied to the directory kustomize/<name> and applied with kubectl apply -k rather than applied directly with kubectl apply -f. This will allow users to easily review all applied yaml, add their own patches and re-apply after the script completes.

All files and directories in the add-on's source directory will be included in the package built for the add-on. The package will be built and uploaded to s3://kurl-sh/dist/<name>-<version>.tar.gz during CI. It can be downloaded directly from S3 or by redirect from<name>-<version>.tar.gz. The built package will include the images from the Manifest saved as tar archives.

The script may also define the functions <name>_pre_init and <name>_join. The pre_init function will be called prior to initializing the Kubernetes cluster. This may be used to modify the configuration that will be passed to kubeadm init. The join function will be called on remote nodes before they join the cluster and is useful for host configuration tasks such as loading a kernel module.


For online installs, the add-on package will be downloaded and extracted at runtime. For airgap installs, the add-on package will already be included in the installer bundle.

The add-on function in kURL will first load all images from the add-on's images/ directory and create the directory <KURL_ROOT>/kustomize/<add-on>. It will then dynamically source the script and execute the function named <add-on>.

Developing Add-ons

The DIR env var will be defined to the install root. Any yaml that is ready to be applied unmodified should be copied from the add-on directory to the kustomize directory.

cp "$DIR/addons/weave/2.5.2/kustomization.yaml" "$DIR/kustomize/weave/kustomization.yaml"

The insert_resources function can be used to add an item to the resources object of a kustomization.yaml:

insert_resources "$DIR/kustomize/weave/kustomization.yaml" secret.yaml

The insert_patches_strategic_merge function can be used to add an item to the patchesStrategicMerge object of a kustomization.yaml:

insert_patches_strategic_merge "$DIR/kustomize/weave/kustomization.yaml" ip-alloc-range.yaml

The render_yaml_file function can be used to substitute env vars in a yaml file at runtime:

render_yaml_file "$DIR/addons/weave/2.5.2/tmpl-secret.yaml" > "$DIR/kustomize/weave/secret.yaml"