Helm is a package manager for Kubernetes. Helm uses a package format called Chart.A Chart can consist of several files. Helm package is a versioned archive of a set of Charts that describe Kubernets resources. In Enterprise world we need to maintain our charts in our own private repository to deploy the application in kubernetes.

In this post we will see how to create our Helm Chart repository using an Apache web server.

Requirements :

1.Apache web server
3.Running Kubernetes cluster

Step 1:

Install Apache webserver, enable SSL and basic authentication,

Use this below link to do this step.


My Apache url is, https://helmprivaterepo.com

Step 2:

Create a directory in apache webserver root path to save our helm charts,

# mkdir /var/www/html/charts

Create an index file in charts directory by below command.

# cd /var/www/html && helm repo index charts/ --url https://helmprivaterepo.com:443/charts

Now check the browser with below url,


You can see helm index file is generated and serving fine.

Step 3:

Upload helm chart,

Clone this example helm chart.

# git clone https://github.com/DevOpsArts/nginx-web.git

Now pack this chart and upload to our chart repository by below command,

# helm package nginx-web -d /var/www/html/charts/

Step 4:

Add our private helm chart repo and deploy an application,

Now in Kubernetes cluster server.

Use below command to add our private repo, as we are using self-signed certificate so we need to pass the crt file in the command,

# helm repo add --ca-file /ignite/ssl/helmprivaterepo.crt nginx-repo https://helmprivaterepo.com/charts --username admin --password admin

our helm repo nginx-repo is added successfully.

To check the list of repository in helm,

# helm repo list

update the helm repo before doing any installation,

# helm repo update

Now check the list of charts available in private repos,

# helm search nginx-repo

Now deploy our private repository application,

# helm install nginx-repo/nginx-web -n nginx-web

To check installed helm charts,

# helm list

To verify from Kubernetes side that our application is running or not by,

# kubectl get pods

That's all, we have successfully created helm chart private repository using Apache webserver and uploaded new helm chart and deployed in kubernetes cluster.

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