Using Helm Charts

Helm is a popular package manager for Kubernetes applications. Replicated KOTS supports delivering Helm charts as an enterprise application, or including Helm charts as components of an application. A KOTS application can support more than one Helm chart, and can support more than a single instance of any Helm chart.

To include a Helm chart, start by retrieving the chart .tgz package. For Helm charts that you don’t control, these can be quickly downloaded using the helm CLI.

helm repo update
helm fetch stable/postgresql

After running these commands, the latest copy of the Helm chart will be in the current directory, named chartname-<version>.tgz. For example, postgresql-8.1.2.tgz.

Using a local copy

If you have your helm chart sources available locally, you can create a a package by cd-ing to the chart root (where the Chart.yaml file lives) and running

helm package .

Note that if you use subcharts, you may also need to run helm dependecy update before running helm package.

Adding a Helm Chart to a Replicated application

To add this chart to a Replicated application, create a new release on the Vendor portal. Once you are editing the release, drop the Helm chart into the file tree. The chart will be added to a new section near the top of the file tree, and the values.yaml, Chart.yaml and a new .yaml file will be created.

Postgres Helm Chart


This file is required for chart to be installed. When using the Vendor portal generated automatically when adding a new Chart, and allows you to configure the chart with your application. The reference for this kind is in the references section.


This file is readonly, and extracted from the Helm chart (as metadata).


This file is readonly, and extracted from the Helm chart (as metadata).