Flagger

Progressive Delivery Operator for Kubernetes

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Safer Releases

Reduce the risk of introducing a new software version in production by gradually shifting traffic to the new version while measuring metrics like HTTP/gRPC request success rate and latency.

Flexible Traffic Routing

Shift and route traffic between app versions using a service mesh like Istio, Linkerd or AWS App Mesh. Or if a service mesh does not meet your needs, use an Ingress controller like Contour, Gloo, NGINX, Skipper or Traefik.

Extensible Validation

Besides the builtin metrics checks, you can extend your application analysis with custom Prometheus, Datadog, CloudWatch metrics and webooks for running acceptance tests, load tests, or any other custom validation.

Progressive Delivery

Flagger was designed to give developers confidence in automating production releases with progressive delivery techniques.

Canary release

A benefit of using canary releases is the ability to do capacity testing of the new version in a production environment with a safe rollback strategy if issues are found. By slowly ramping up the load, you can monitor and capture metrics about how the new version impacts the production environment.

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Flagger can run automated application analysis, testing, promotion and rollback for the following deployment strategies:

Flagger can be configured to send notifications (opens new window) to Slack, Microsoft Teams, Discord or Rocket. It will post messages when a deployment has been initialised, when a new revision has been detected and if the canary analysis failed or succeeded.

GitOps

GitOps with Flagger and Flux

You can build fully automated GitOps pipelines for canary deployments with Flagger and Flux (opens new window).

GitOps

GitOps is a way to do Kubernetes cluster management and application delivery. It works by using Git as a single source of truth for declarative infrastructure and applications. With Git at the center of your delivery pipelines, developers can make pull requests to accelerate and simplify application deployments and operations tasks to Kubernetes.

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GitOps tutorials:

Getting Help

If you have any questions about Flagger and progressive delivery:

Your feedback is always welcome!

License

Flagger is Apache 2.0 (opens new window) licensed and accepts contributions via GitHub pull requests.

Flagger was initially developed in 2018 at Weaveworks by Stefan Prodan. In 2020 Flagger became a Cloud Native Computing Foundation (opens new window) project, part of Flux (opens new window) family of GitOps tools.

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