Kubernetes is an open source project for running and managing containerized applications on a cluster of machines.
Pulumi is an infrastructure-as-code tool that exposes the Kubernetes resource API as an SDK, alongside other SDKs which span common cloud native utilities, cloud provider IaaS offerings, and their catalog of services - managed Kubernetes included.
The various SDKs allow Kubernetes users to leverage Pulumi for novel forms of cluster management, and deployment of app workloads to clusters. Users of Kubernetes and Pulumi can:
- Instantiate IaaS resources and managed services from any cloud.
- Provision managed Kubernetes clusters from the major cloud providers.
- Provision self-managed (open source) Kubernetes clusters on top of raw IaaS resources or on-prem virtualization providers.
- Create and orchestrate Kubernetes API resources for app workloads, in the programming language of their choice.
- Manage real code instead of YAML, JSON, DSL’s, or tar archives of templates.
- Apply standard software development practices to Kubernetes applications, including the use of functions, classes, loops, conditionals, etc.
- Increase productivity using the power of dev tools such as IDE auto-completion, type & error checking, linting, refactoring, and testing frameworks to validate Kubernetes clusters, app workloads, or both.
Pulumi Kubernetes Provider
The Kubernetes provider for Pulumi can be used to provision any resources available in the Kubernetes API. The Kubernetes provider must be configured with a
kubeconfig or other credentials to connect to a target Kubernetes cluster.
The quickest way to get started with Kubernetes is to follow the Get Started guide.
Additional Pulumi Packages for Kubernetes Users
For Cluster Management
The following SDKs are available to work with IaaS resources, and managed or self-managed Kubernetes clusters.
For Workload Management
pulumi/kubernetes provider is available to work with, and deploy app workloads to running Kubernetes clusters:
- Python: PyPI
- Import package:
- Import package:
- Pulumi YAML
pulumi/kx- Kubernetes Workload Extensions
Crosswalk for Kubernetes
Pulumi Crosswalk for Kubernetes is a collection of industry standard best-practices for managing Kubernetes, and its infrastructure in production.
Get started by deploying stacks of infrastructure architected to enable teams to run and manage Kubernetes in production.
Pulumi Kubernetes Operator
The Pulumi Kubernetes Operator is an extension pattern that
enables Kubernetes users to create a
Stack as a first-class API
resource, and use the
StackController to drive the updates of the Stack until
Deploying Pulumi Stacks in Kubernetes provides the capability to build out CI/CD and automation systems into your clusters, creating native support to manage your infrastructure alongside your Kubernetes workloads.