Managing infrastructure components

On this page you can learn how to manage infrastructure components of an environment.

On the dashboard

Navigate to the environment you want to edit. Like in case of an environment called deleteme, navigate to Environments > deleteme > Infrastructure components and locate the desired component to edit.

Step 1 screenshot

On the Config tab enable it and provide the necessary configuration.

Step 2 screenshot

Hit Save components and inspect the gitops commit Gimlet makes in your infrastructure configuration gitops repository.

You can monitor the components as they come up:

$ kubectl get pods -n infrastructure -w
NAME                                             READY   STATUS    RESTARTS      AGE
ingress-nginx-controller-66455d768d-v8pgh        1/1     Running   0             8s

On the command line

Reconfiguring infrastructure componentes

When you run gimlet stack configure and configure components on the UI, the configuration options are stored in a file called stack.yaml.

Next time you run gimlet stack configure the configuration options are read from stack.yaml and you can reconfigure your settings. The stack.yaml file contains the full configuration of your stack, and you should version it in your stack repository.

Always re-generate after you reconfigured

stack.yaml is Gimlet's own format, therefore for your configuration changes to be effective on the cluster, make sure to run gimlet stack generate every time you make changes to the stack.yaml file. Be that changes through the UI or manually.

Once you ran gimlet stack generate, make a git commit and push it. You should see the changes on your cluster.

Updating components

stack.yaml points to the stack template in the stack.repository field. It points to a git repository where the stack files are maintained.

By default, it is locked to a particular version, therefore every time you run gimlet stack generate it works with the same stack version and generates Kubernetes resources accordingly.

    enabled: true
    enabled: true


gimlet stack update --check displays the new versions that can be applied to your stack, while running gimlet stack update will update stack.yaml to the latest stack version number:

$ gimlet stack update

⏳  Stack version is updating to v0.3.0...
✔️   Config updated.
⚠️   Run `gimlet stack generate` to render resources with the updated stack.

📚  Change log:

   - v0.3.0
      • Cert Manager - Just a bugfix release
      • Grafana to 8.0.1 🎉
        • Plenty of goodies, see for yourself: [
      • Ingress Nginx from 0.44 to 0.47
        • Updates NGINX to version v1.20.1
      • Loki - just keeping track of the latest release - nothing major in this
      • Prometheus
        • Upgrading node-exporters and kube-state-metrics to the latest
      • Sealed Secrets to 0.16.0 - nothing major in this one

Important that you run gimlet stack generate to generate the updated Kubernetes manifests, as gimlet stack update only updates the stack reference in stack.yaml.

Make sure to

Automatic updates

You can automate stack upgrades by using a Github Action maintained by Gimlet.


  • periodically checks for updates,
  • runs gimlet stack update on new versions
  • and opens a Pull Request with the new version
  • it can also assign you as reviewer

Stack updater Github Action

See the action in an example workflow.

Making custom changes to a stack

Stack templates only go so far, and it is inevitable that you want to amend the generated manifests in slight ways.

gimlet stack generate takes your custom changes into account and keeps them even after a configuration change, or an upgrade.

In case your custom change is conflicting with the generated content, you have to do a content merge, that should be familiar from git.

Custom changes that conflict

The bellow output was from a stack that was upgraded from 0.2.0 to 0.3.0 and having a custom change on top of 0.2.0.

The cluster administrator manually upgraded the version to 3.27.0 to update to a newer version ealier than Gimlet supported it.

Since stack version 0.3.0 also updated the ingress-nginx version, now the cluster administrator has to make a judgment call whether to keep the manually updated version or roll with generated changes.

kind: HelmRelease
  name: ingress-nginx
  namespace: infrastructure
  interval: 60m
  releaseName: ingress-nginx
      chart: ingress-nginx
<<<<<<<<< Your custom settings
      version: 3.27.0
      version: 3.33.0
>>>>>>>>> From stack generate
        kind: HelmRepository
        name: ingress-nginx
      interval: 10m

Many code editors have conflict resolution tooling. With a click of a button, the cluster administrator can accept the changes coming From stack generate.

When Helm is limiting