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Helm is a package manager for Kubernetes. Helm is an open-source project originally created by DeisLabs and donated to the Cloud Native Foundation (CNCF). The CNCF now maintains and has graduated the project. This means that it is mature and not just a fad. Package management is not a new concept in the software industry. On Linux distros, you manage software installation and removal with package managers such as YUM/RPM or APT. On Windows, you can use Chocolatey or Homebrew on Mac. Helm lets you package and deploy complete applications in Kubernetes. A package is called a "Chart". Helm uses a templating system based on Go template to render Kubernetes manifests from charts. A chart is a consistent structure separating templates and values. As a package, a chart can also manage dependencies with other charts. For example, if your application needs a MySQL database to work you can include the chart as a dependency. When Helm runs at the top level of the chart directory it installs whole dependencies. You have just a single command to render and release your application to Kubernetes. Helm charts use versions to track changes in your manifests – thus you can install a specific chart version for specific infrastructure configurations. Helm keeps a release history of all deployed charts in a dedicated workspace. This makes easier application updates and rollbacks if something wrong happens. Helm allows you to compress charts. The result of that is an artifact comparable to a Docker image. Then, you can send it to a distant repository for reusability and sharing. Helm provides you the ability to install applications with a single command. A chart can contain other charts as dependencies. You can consequently deploy an entire stack with Helm. You can use Helm like docker-compose but for Kubernetes. A chart includes templates for various Kubernetes resources to form a complete application. This reduces the microservices complexity and simplifies their management in Kubernetes. Charts can be compressed and sent to a distant repository. This creates an application artifact for Kubernetes. You can also fetch and deploy existing Helm charts from repositories. This is a strong point for reusability and sharing. Helm maintains a history of deployed release versions in the Helm workspace. When something goes wrong, rolling back to a previous version is simply — canary release is facilitated with Helm for zero-downtime deployments. Helm makes the deployment highly configurable. Applications can be customized on the fly during the deployment. By changing parameters, you can use the same chart for multiple environments such as dev, staging, and production. Streamline CI/CD pipelines – Forward GitOps best practices. #helm, #kubernetes, #freecodecamp, #helmkubernetes, #helmcharts, #nodejs
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