Deploying cf-for-k8s

Deploying Cloud Foundry on a Kubernetes cluster


Required Tools

You need the following CLIs on your system to be able to run the script:

  • ytt
    • cf-for-k8s uses ytt to create and maintain reusable YAML templates. You can visit the ytt playground to learn more about its templating features.
  • kapp
    • cf-for-k8s uses kapp to manage its lifecycle. kapp will first show you a list of resources it plans to install on the cluster and then will attempt to install those resources. kapp will not exit until all resources are deployed and their status is running. See all options by running kapp help.
  • kubectl
  • cf cli (v7+)

Make sure that your Kubernetes config (e.g, ~/.kube/config) is pointing to the cluster you intend to deploy cf-for-k8s to.

Kubernetes Cluster Requirements

To deploy cf-for-k8s as is, the cluster should:

  • be running Kubernetes version within range 1.16.x to 1.19.x
  • have a minimum of 5 nodes
  • have a minimum of 4 CPU, 15GB memory per node
  • if PodSecurityPolicies are enforced on the cluster, pods must be allowed to have NET_ADMIN and NET_RAW capabilities
  • have a CNI plugin (Container Network Interface plugin) that supports network policies (otherwise, the NetworkPolicy resources applied by cf-for-k8s will have no effect)
  • support LoadBalancer services
  • most IaaSes come with metrics-server, but if yours does not come with one (for example, if you are using kind), you will need to include add_metrics_server_components: true in your values file.
  • defines a default StorageClass

Container Registry Requirements

To deploy cf-for-k8s as is, you will need to provide an OCI-compliant registry.

Setup an OCI-compliant registry

You must provide a container registry. You can choose any of the cloud provider registries, such as, Google container registry or Azure container registry.

Currently, we test the following two container registries:

  • is pretty easy to get started:

    1. Create an account in Note down the user name and password you used during signup.
    2. Create a repository in your account. Note down the repository name.
  • Google Container Registry is convenient if you are already using Google infrastructure:

    1. Create a GCP Service Account with Storage/Storage Admin role.
    2. Create a Service Key JSON and download it to the machine from which you will install cf-for-k8s (referred to, below, as path-to-kpack-gcr-service-account).

Steps to deploy

  1. Clone and initialize this git repository:

    git clone -b main
    cd cf-for-k8s
    TMP_DIR=<your-tmp-dir-path> ; mkdir -p ${TMP_DIR}

    Note: if you would like the latest release, replace the branch reference in the clone command with that release tag. (E.G. -b v1.0.0)

  2. Create a “CF Installation Values” file and configure it:

    You can either: a) auto-generate the installation values or b) create the values by yourself.

    Option A - Use the included hack-script to generate the install values

    NOTE: The script requires the BOSH CLI in installed on your machine. The BOSH CLI is an handy tool to generate self signed certs and passwords.

    ./hack/ -d <cf-domain> > ${TMP_DIR}/cf-values.yml

    Replace <cf-domain> with your registered DNS domain name for your CF installation.

    Option B - Create the install values by hand

    1. Clone file sample-cf-install-values.yml from this directory as a starting point.

      cp sample-cf-install-values.yml ${TMP_DIR}/cf-values.yml
    2. Open the file and change the system_domain and app_domain to your desired domain address.

    3. Generate certificates for the above domains and paste them in crt, key, ca values

      • IMPORTANT Your certificates must include a subject alternative name entry for the internal *.cf-system.svc.cluster.local domain in addition to your chosen external domain.
  3. Provide your credentials to an external app registry:

    1. To configure, add the following registry config block to the end of cf-values.yml file:

        repository_prefix: "<my_username>"
        username: "<my_username>"
        password: "<my_password>"

      Update <my_username> and <my_password> with your docker username and password that you created in the above section Setup docker registry.

    2. To configure a Google Container Registry, add the following registry config block to the end of cf-values.yml file:

        username: _json_key
        password: |

      Update the gcp_project_id portion to your GCP Project ID and change contents_of_service_account_json to be the entire contents of your GCP Service Account JSON.

  4. Run the following commands to install Cloud Foundry on your Kubernetes cluster:

    1. Render the final K8s template to raw K8s configuration

      ytt -f config -f ${TMP_DIR}/cf-values.yml > ${TMP_DIR}/cf-for-k8s-rendered.yml
    2. Install using kapp and pass the above K8s configuration file

      kapp deploy -a cf -f ${TMP_DIR}/cf-for-k8s-rendered.yml -y
    3. Save the values file somewhere secure (remember, it contains secrets!) for future upgrades. You also may want to consider saving the final rendered K8s configuration file for future reference.

    Once you run the command, it should take about 10 minutes or less, depending on your cluster bandwidth and size. kapp will provide updates on pending resource creations in the cluster and will wait until all resources are created and running. Here is a sample snippet from kapp output:

    4:08:19PM: ---- waiting on 1 changes [0/1 done] ----
    4:08:19PM: ok: reconcile serviceaccount/cc-kpack-registry-service-account (v1) namespace: cf-workloads-staging
    4:08:19PM: ---- waiting complete [5/10 done] ----
  5. Configure DNS on your IaaS provider to point the wildcard subdomain of your system domain and the wildcard subdomain of all apps domains to point to external IP of the Istio Ingress Gateway service. You can retrieve the external IP of this service by running:

    kubectl get svc -n istio-system istio-ingressgateway -o jsonpath='{.status.loadBalancer.ingress[*].ip}'

    OR in certain environments, the external ip may be surfaced as a hostname instead. In that case use:

    kubectl get svc -n istio-system istio-ingressgateway -o jsonpath='{.status.loadBalancer.ingress[*].hostname}'

    If you used a single DNS record for both system_domain and app_domains, then have it resolve to the Ingress Gateway’s external IP:

    # sample A record in Google cloud DNS. The IP address below is the address of Ingress gateway's external IP
    Domain         Record Type  TTL  IP Address
    *.<cf-domain>  A            30

Validate the deployment

  1. Target your CF CLI to point to the new CF instance:

    cf api --skip-ssl-validation https://api.<cf-domain>

    Replace <cf-domain> with your desired domain address.

  2. Login using the admin credentials for key cf_admin_password in ${TMP_DIR}/cf-values.yml:

    cf auth admin <>
    # or using python yq: cf auth admin "$(yq -r '.cf_admin_password' ${TMP_DIR}/cf-values.yml)"
  3. Create an org/space for your app:

    cf create-org test-org
    cf create-space -o test-org test-space
    cf target -o test-org -s test-space
  4. Deploy a source code based app:

    cf push test-node-app -p tests/smoke/assets/test-node-app

    You should see the following output from the above command:

    Pushing app test-node-app to org test-org / space test-space as admin...
    Getting app info...
    Creating app with these attributes...
    ... omitted for brevity ...
    type: web
    instances: 1/1
    memory usage: 1024M
    routes: test-node-app.<cf-domain>
    state since cpu memory disk details
    #0 running 2020-03-18T02:24:51Z 0.0% 0 of 1G 0 of 1G

  5. Validate the app is reachable over https:

    curl -k https://test-node-app.<cf-domain>

    You should see the following output:

    Hello World

Delete the cf-for-k8s deployment

You can delete the cf-for-k8s deployment by running the following command:

kapp delete -a cf

Additional resources

Use the following resources to enable additional features in cf-for-k8s:

Roadmap and milestones

You can find the project roadmap (github project) here and our upcoming milestones here. Feel free to ask questions in the #cf-for-k8s channel in the CloudFoundry slack or submit new feature requests or issues on this repo.

CF for K8s version: v5.0.0