Helm 3 Preview: Charting Our Future – Part 6: Introducing Library Charts

Thu, May 9, 2019

This is part 6 of 7 of our Helm 3 Preview: Charting Our Future blog series on library charts. You can find our previous blog post on the Helm chart dependencies here.

Helm 3 supports a class of chart called a "library chart". This is a chart that is shared by other charts, but does not create any release artifacts of its own. A library chart's templates can only declare define elements. Globally scoped non-define content is simply ignored. This allows users to re-use and share snippets of code that can be re-used across many charts, avoiding redundancy and keeping charts DRY.

Library charts are declared in the dependencies directive in Chart.yaml, and are installed and managed like any other chart.

  - name: mylib
    version: 1.x.x
    repository: quay.io

We're very excited to see the use cases this feature opens up for chart developers, as well as any best practices that arise from consuming library charts.

Click here to read the final part of our Helm 3 Preview: Charting Our Future blog series over the course of 4 weeks.

Matt Fisher

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