Scale Kubernetes Pods

Updated 1 year ago by Michael Cretzman

When you deploy a Kubernetes workload using Harness, you set the number of pods you want in your manifests and in the deployment steps.

With the Scale step, you can scale this number of running pods up or down, by count or percentage.

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Before You Begin

Step 1: Add Scale Step

In your Harness Workflow, click Add Step, and select Scale. The Scale settings appear.

Name the step and then provide the scaling strategy, described below.

Step 2: Pick Count or Percentage

The Scale step updates the number of instances running, either by count or percentage.

In Instance Unit Type, select COUNT or PERCENTAGE.

  • COUNT — The number is simply the number of pods.
  • PERCENTAGE — A percentage of the pods defined in your Harness Service Manifests files or a previous Workflow step.

Step 3: Set the Number of Pods

Enter the number of pods to scale up or down compared to the number of instances specified before the Scale step.

The number may come from the Harness Service manifest or a previous Workflow step, whichever set the number of pods right before the Scale step.

For example, in you have replicas: 4 in a manifest in your Service, and you enter 50 PERCENT in Instances, then 2 pods are deployed in this step.

If you have an odd number of instances, such as 3 instances, and then enter 50% in Scale, the number of instances is scaled down to 2.

Step 4: Specify Resources to Scale

Enter the Harness built-in variable ${k8s.canaryWorkload} or the name of the resource in the format [namespace/]Kind/Name, with namespace optional. For example: 


You can scale Deployment, DaemonSet, or StatefulSet.

You can only enter one resource in Workload. To scale another resource, add another Scale step.

Here is what a completed step looks like:


  • You can scale down to 0 to remove all instances.

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