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Getting Started

Welcome to the Kosko documentation! Before we start, make sure your computer meets the following system requirements.

  • Node.js 12 or later.


First, install Kosko globally.

npm install kosko -g

If the following error occurred during installation.

Error: EACCES: permission denied

Try running npm install again with sudo.

sudo npm install kosko -g

Or, you can skip global installation and run kosko with npx.

npx kosko

Automatic Setup

It's recommended to setup a Kosko project with kosko init command, which sets up basic folder structure and installs everything you need automatically.

kosko init example

We also recommend using TypeScript, which can improve user experience in IDE and make debugging much easier. To set up a TypeScript project, run:

kosko init example --typescript

After installation complete, the command will generate following files in example folder.

├── components
│   └── nginx.js
├── environments
│   └── dev
│   ├── index.js
│   └── nginx.js
├── kosko.toml
├── package-lock.json
└── package.json

Manual Setup

Install kosko, @kosko/env and kubernetes-models.

npm install kosko @kosko/env kubernetes-models

Create a new component with @kosko/template-deployed-service template.

npx @kosko/template-deployed-service --name nginx --image nginx

Generate YAML

Run kosko generate to print Kubernetes manifests in the console.

kosko generate

Pipe the output to kubectl to apply to a cluster.

kosko generate | kubectl apply -f -

If you don't want to print manifests to console, run kosko validate.

kosko validate

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