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Okay so I made a new Kubernetes infrastructure tool (sorry not sorry). Introducing my latest pile of rubbish… kubicorn!

Check it out on github here.

Why I made the tool

I made the tool for a lot of reasons. The main one is so that I could have some architectural freedom. Here are some other reasons:

  • I want to start using (or abusing) kubeadm
  • I believe in standardizing a Kubernetes cluster API for the community
  • I believe in pulling configuration out of the engine, so users can define their own
  • I believe in creating the tool as a consumable library, so others can start to use it to build infrastructure operators
  • I wanted to enforce the concept of reconciliation, and pull it all the way up to the top of the library
  • I want to support multiple clouds (really)
  • I want it to be EASY to build a cloud implementation
  • I want it to be EASY to understand the code base
  • I want it to be EASY contribute to the project
  • I want it to be as idiomatic Go as possible

I am sure there are more, but you get the idea.

What it does

It empowers the user (that’s you) to manage infrastructure.

It lets the user (still you) define things like what the infrastructure should look like, and how the cluster should bootstrap.

It offers really great starting points (called profiles) that are designed to work out of the box. Tweak away!

It (eventually) will take snapshots of clusters to create an image. The image is both the infrastructure layer as well as the application layer bundled up into a lovely tarball. The tarball can be moved around, replicated, saved, and backed up. The tarball is a record of your entire cluster state (including infrastructure!).

What is next?

Please help me.

I need contributors and volunteers for the project. I want to share as much knowledge as possible with the user (you!) so that everyone can begin contributing.

What clouds do we support?

Today? AWS

Tomorrow? Digital Ocean (literally tomorrow.. checkout out the PR)

Next? You tell me. The whole point here is that the implementation is easy, so anyone can do it.


Kubicorn vs Kops


Feature Kops Kubicorn
HA Clusters
Easy to use library
Bring your own bootstrap
Awesome as shit
API in Go
Digital Ocean Support
Kubernetes Official
Multiple Operating Systems (Ubuntu, CentOS, etc)
Requires DNS


Setting up Kubernetes 1.7.0 in AWS with Kubicorn

This is not ready for production! I started coding this a few weeks ago in my free time, and it’s very new!

Also check out the official walkthrough here!

Install kubicorn

go get github.com/kris-nova/kubicorn

Create a cluster API

kubicorn create knova --profile aws


You should probably create a new IAM user for this, with the following permission

  • AmazonEC2FullAccess
  • AutoScalingFullAccess
  • AmazonVPCFullAccess

Then export your auth information

export AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID="omgsecret"
export AWS_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY="evenmoresecret"


Then you can apply your changes!

kubicorn apply knova


Example Output



Then you can access your cluster

kubectl get nodes


Delete your cluster

kubicorn delete knova

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  1. Kumar Chinnakali
    July 18, 2017 16:36:pm Reply

    Hi, Am looking and love to contribute to Kubernetes community.

  2. Bob Henkel
    July 24, 2017 19:56:pm Reply

    Looks interesting and the name is really awesome!

  3. Athir Nuaimi
    August 31, 2017 12:58:pm Reply

    Love the goals of the project. Will start looking at the code

  4. aHolbreich
    October 6, 2017 15:57:pm Reply

    Broken link, the first “here”
    P.S looks impressive. Will try it now.

  5. RD
    October 9, 2017 17:04:pm Reply

    Hi & thanks for the nice work!
    I don’t know if the previous message about a broken link is related to this but:

    “This is not ready for production! I started coding this a few weeks ago in my free time, and it’s very new!
    Also check out the official walkthrough here!”

    “here” is a link to https://github.com/kris-nova/kubicorn/blob/master/docs/aws/walkthrough.md … which is indeed a 404 🙂

  6. Deirdre Storck
    January 31, 2018 23:12:pm Reply

    Seems like the walkthrough link should be: http://kubicorn.io/documentation/readme.html

  7. Smithb287
    September 8, 2018 11:09:am Reply

    Hello! Do you use Twitter? I’d like to follow you if that would be okay. I’m undoubtedly enjoying your blog and look forward to new posts. adkeedgddcfgcddb