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Kubernetes Distribution Guide

This document captures information about using Helm in specific Kubernetes environments.

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Helm is tested and known to work with minikube. It requires no additional configuration.

scripts/local-cluster and Hyperkube

Hyperkube configured via scripts/local-cluster.sh is known to work. For raw Hyperkube you may need to do some manual configuration.


Google’s GKE hosted Kubernetes platform is known to work with Helm, and requires no additional configuration.

Ubuntu with ‘kubeadm’

Kubernetes bootstrapped with kubeadm is known to work on the following Linux distributions:

  • Ubuntu 16.04
  • Fedora release 25

Some versions of Helm (v2.0.0-beta2) require you to export KUBECONFIG=/etc/kubernetes/admin.conf or create a ~/.kube/config.


Helm works straightforward on OpenShift Online, OpenShift Dedicated, OpenShift Container Platform (version >= 3.6) or OpenShift Origin (version >= 3.6). To learn more read this blog post.


Helm is pre-installed with Platform9 Managed Kubernetes. Platform9 provides access to all official Helm charts through the App Catalog UI and native Kubernetes CLI. Additional repositories can be manually added. Further details are available in this Platform9 App Catalog article.


Helm has been tested and is working on Mesospheres DC/OS 1.11 Kubernetes platform, and requires no additional configuration.