This page describes the system requirements for executing and installing KOTS applications.
The requirements for command-line-interfaces (such as the Vendor CLI and the KOTS CLI) are described separately, and are not subject to these requirements.
This section describes the browser requirements for the latest KOTS Admin Console
|Safari (Mac OS only)
Kubernetes Version Compatibility
Each release of KOTS maintains compatability with the current Kubernetes version, and the 2 most recent versions at the time of its release.
This includes support against all patch releases of the corrersponding Kubernetes version.
|1.11 to 1.14
||1.17, 1.16, and 1.15
|1.15 to 1.19
||1.18, 1.17, and 1.16
||1.19, 1.18, and 1.17
Firewall Openings for Online Installations
The following domains need to accessible from servers performing online KOTS installs.
IP addresses for these services can be found in replicatedhq/ips.
||Existing Cluster Installation
||Embedded Cluster Installation
||Some dependencies of KOTS are hosted as public images in Docker Hub.
||Upstream Docker images are proxied via proxy.replicated.com. The on-prem docker client uses a license ID to authenticate to proxy.replicated.com. This domain is owned by Replicated, Inc which is headquartered in Los Angeles, CA.
||Upstream application YAML and metadata is pulled from replicated.app. The current running version of the application (if any) will be sent, in addition to a license ID and an application IDs are sent to replicated.app to authenticate and receive these YAML files. This domain is owned by Replicated, Inc which is headquartered in Los Angeles, CA.
||Kubernetes cluster installation scripts and artifacts are served from kurl.sh. An application identifier is sent in a URL path, and bash scripts and binary executables are served from kurl.sh. This domain is owned by Replicated, Inc which is headquartered in Los Angeles, CA.
||tar.gz packages are downloaded from Amazon S3 during embedded cluster installations. The IP ranges to allowlist for accessing these can be scraped dynamically from the AWS IP Address Ranges documentation.
No outbound internet access is required for airgapped installations.
Existing Cluster Installation Requirements
Existing cluster compatibility is primarily determined through the version of Kubernetes the cluster is running.
Unless otherwise noted on this page, cluster infrastructure having compatibility for a supported version of Kubernetes will be compatible with KOTS.
This excludes any specific and additional requirements imposed by software vendor.
In additional to a valid Kubernetes version, KOTS requires an existing storage class to be available in the cluster.
Root access on nodes or workstations is not required for installations to existing clusters. To perform an install, the user executing
kubectl kots install will need either
requireMinimalRBACPrivileges attribute is included and set to
true in the application.yaml, KOTS will require:
- Existing namespace, and an RBAC binding that allows the
kubectl-ing user to create workloads, ClusterRoles, and ClusterRoleBindings
- cluster-admin permissions to create namespaces and assign RBAC roles across the cluster
requireMinimalRBACPrivileges included and set to
true, KOTS will not require the ability to create ClusterRoles and ClusterRoleBindings.
In this mode, KOTS will use a namespace-scoped Role and RoleBinding
Embedded Cluster Installation Requirements
KOTS leverages kURL to embed a new Kubernetes cluster into existing machines.
As such, any embedded installation includes additional system requirements (see kURL System Requirements).
Root access is required for embedded cluster installations.