Link Resource Files or Helm Charts in Git Repos

Updated 4 days ago by Michael Cretzman

You can use your Git repo for the configuration files in Manifests and Harness will use them at runtime. You have two options for remote files:

  • Standard Kubernetes Resources in YAML - These files are simply the YAML manifest files stored on a remote Git repo.
  • Helm Chart from Source Repository - These are Helm chart files stored in standard Helm syntax in YAML on a remote Git repo.

For steps on other options, see:

In this topic:

Before You Begin

You can also use a Git repo for your entire Harness Application, and sync it unidirectionally or bidirectionally. For more information, see  Configuration as Code. There is no conflict between the Git repo used for remote Manifests files and the Git repo used for the entire Harness Application.

Step 1: Add a Source Repo Provider

  1. To use a remote Git repo for your resource files or Helm charts, you must set up a Harness Source Repo Provider to connect to your repo. To set up the connection, see one of the following:
  1. In your Harness Kubernetes Service, in Manifests, click the vertical ellipsis and click Link Remote Manifests.
    The Remote Manifests dialog appears.

Step 3: Select a Manifest Format

  1. In Manifest Format, select one of the following options:
  • Kubernetes Resource Specs in YAML format — Use any manifest and values files from a Git repo.
  • Helm Chart from Source Repository — Use a Helm chart stored in a Git repo.
Helm Dependencies are supported with charts in Helm Chart from Helm Repository (see below), not with Helm Chart from Source Repository.

For steps on the remaining options:

Step 4: Configure the Repo Settings

  1. In Source Repository, select a SourceRepo Provider for the Git repo you added to your Harness account. For more information, see  Add Source Repo Providers.
  2. In Commit ID , select Latest from Branch or Specific Commit ID.
  3. In Branch/Commit ID (required), enter the branch or commit ID for the remote repo.
  4. In File/Folder path(s),  enter the repo file and folder path.
If you want to use Go templating in your remote repo for your configuration files in Manifests, ensure that the values.yaml file is at the root of the folder path you select.

When the remote manifests are added, the Manifests section displays the connection details.

Option: Skip Versioning for Service

By default, Harness versions ConfigMaps and Secrets deployed into Kubernetes clusters. In some cases, you might want to skip versioning.

Typically, to skip versioning in your deployments, you add the annotation harness.io/skip-file-for-deploy to your manifests. See Deploy Manifests Separately using Apply Step.

In some cases, such as when using public manifests or Helm charts, you cannot add the annotation. Or you might have 100 manifests and you only want to skip versioning for 50 of them. Adding the annotation to 50 manifests is time-consuming.

Instead, enable the Skip Versioning for Service option in Remote Manifests.

When you enable Skip Versioning for Service, Harness will not perform versioning of ConfigMaps and Secrets for the Service.

If you have enabled Skip Versioning for Service for a few deployments and then disable it, Harness will start versioning ConfigMaps and Secrets.

Option: Helm Command Flags

Enable this option to have Harness run Helm commands and their options when this Helm chart is deployed.

There are several Helm commands supported. Click the Command Flag Type dropdown to see the commands.

Next, in Input, add any options for the command, such as --debug.

If you use Helm commands in the Harness Service and in a Workflow deploying that Service, the Helm commands in the Harness Service override the commands in the Workflow.

Harness Variable Expressions are Supported

You can use Harness variable expressions in any of the command options settings. For example, Service Config variables and Workflow variables.

How Does Harness Use the Remote Files?

At deployment runtime, the Harness Delegate pulls the remote configuration files from the repo and then uses them to create resources via the Kubernetes API. It does not matter if the Delegate runs in the same Kubernetes cluster as the deployed pods. The Kubernetes API is used by the Delegate regardless of the cluster networking topology.

When you deploy a Workflow or Pipeline that uses this Service, you can see the Delegate fetch the Manifests files from the repo in the Fetch Files section of the log Harness Deployments:

Fetching files from git



Git connector Url: https://github.com/michaelcretzman/harness-example # remote manifest files



Branch: example # Git repo branch



Fetching NGINX/values.yaml # values.yaml file in repo



Successfully fetched NGINX/values.yaml



Fetching manifest files at path: NGINX/ # manifest files in repo



Successfully fetched following manifest [.yaml] files:



- templates/spec.yaml # manifest file with ConfigMap and Deployment objects



Done.

If you experience errors fetching the remote files, it is most likely because the wrong branch has been configured in the Branch/Commit ID.

To return to local configuration files, click the vertical ellipsis and select Use Inline Manifests.

Your remote files are not copied locally. You are simply presented with the local configuration files you used last.

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