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Using local asset repositories

You can configure kOps to provision a cluster to download assets (images and files) from local repositories. This is useful when downloading assets from the internet is undersirable, for example:

  • To deploy where the network is offline or internet-restricted.
  • To avoid rate limits or network transfer costs.
  • To limit exposure to watering-hole attacks.
  • To comply with other security requirements, such as the need to scan for vulnerabilities.

There can be one repository for images and another for files.

Configuring

Configuring a local image repository

To configure a local image repository, set either assets.containerRegistry or assets.containerProxy in the cluster spec. They both do essentially the same thing, but containerRegistry avoids using / characters in the local image names.

spec:
  assets:
    containerRegistry: example.com/registry

or

spec:
  assets:
    containerProxy: example.com/proxy

Configuring a local file repository

To configure a local file repository, set assets.fileRepository in the cluster spec.

spec:
  assets:
    fileRepository: https://example.com/files

Copying assets into repositories

Introduced
Kops 1.22

You can copy assets into their repositories either by running kops get assets --copy or through an external process.

When running kops get assets --copy, kOps copies assets into their respective repositories if they do not already exist there.

For file assets, kOps only supports copying to a repository that is either an S3 or GCS bucket. An S3 bucket must be configured using the regional naming conventions of S3. A GCS bucket must be configured with a prefix of https://storage.googleapis.com/.

Listing assets

Introduced
Kops 1.22

You can obtain a list of image and file assets used by a particular cluster by running kops get assets. You can get output in table, YAML, or JSON format. You can feed this into a process, external to kOps, for copying the assets to their respective repositories.