Automated deployment of new container images

Flux can be used to automate container image updates in your cluster. Flux periodically scans the pods running in your cluster and builds a list of all container images. Using the image pull secrets, it connects to the container registries, pulls the images metadata and stores the image tag list in memcached.

You can enable the automate image tag updates by annotating your deployments, statefulsets, daemonsets or cronjobs objects. You can also control what tags should be considered for an update by using glob, regex or semantic version expressions.

Note: that Flux only works with immutable image tags (:latest is not supported). Every image tag must be unique, for this you can use the Git commit SHA or semver when tagging images.

Examples

What follows is a list of examples on how you can control the image update automation. If you’re using Helm releases please see the Helm operator integration docs.

Turn on automation based on timestamp:

apiVersion: apps/v1
kind: Deployment
metadata:
  annotations:
    fluxcd.io/automated: "true"
spec:
  template:
    spec:
      containers:
      - name: app
        image: docker.io/org/my-app:1.0.0

The above configuration will make Flux update the app container when you push a new image tag, be it my-app:1.0.1 or my-app:9e3bdaf.

Restrict image updates with sem ver:

apiVersion: apps/v1
kind: Deployment
metadata:
  annotations:
    fluxcd.io/automated: "true"
    fluxcd.io/tag.app: semver:~1.0
spec:
  template:
    spec:
      containers:
      - name: app
        image: docker.io/org/my-app:1.0.0

The above configuration will make Flux update the image when you push an image tag that matches the semantic version expression e.g my-app:1.0.1 but not my-app:1.2.0.

Restrict image updates with glob and regex expressions:

apiVersion: apps/v1
kind: Deployment
metadata:
  annotations:
    fluxcd.io/automated: "true"
    fluxcd.io/tag.sidecar: regex:^stg.*
    fluxcd.io/tag.app: glob:dev-*
spec:
  template:
    spec:
      containers:
      - name: sidecar
        image: docker.io/org/my-proxy:stg-4s7bsgv
      - name: app
        image: docker.io/org/my-app:dev-9e3bdaf

The above configuration will make Flux update the sidecar when you push a tag for the my-proxy image that begins with stg. For the app container, Flux will update it when you push a tag for the my-app image that begins with dev-.

To target a specific container the annotation format is fluxcd.io/tag.<CONTAINER>: <TYPE>:<EXPRESSION>.

You can turn off the automation with fluxcd.io/automated: "false" or with fluxcd.io/locked: "true".