TankaFlexible, reusable and concise configuration for Kubernetes
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Installing Tanka

To install Tanka, it is usually sufficient to install the tk binary. It contains the Jsonnet compiler and everything else required, apart from some prerequesites:

  • kubectl: Tanka uses kubectl to communicate to your cluster. This means kubectl must be available somewhere on your $PATH. If you ever have worked with Kubernetes before, this should be the case anyways.
  • diff: To compute differences, standard UNIX diff(1) is required.
  • (recommended) jb: #Jsonnet-bundler, the Jsonnet package manager

We provide pre-compiled binaries for Tanka at https://github.com/grafana/tanka/releases.

Just grab the latest version from there, download it and put somewhere in your $PATH (e.g. to /usr/local/bin/tk)

From source

In case the above won't work for you, you can try building the most recent code using go get:

$ go get -u github.com/grafana/tanka/cmd/tk

If that won't work either, compile by hand:

$ git clone https://github.com/grafana/tanka
$ cd tanka
$ make install

Note: You need a working go toolchain for this.


Apart from the tk binary, you will most probably also want to install Jsonnet-bundler, the Jsonnet package manager:

$ go get -u github.com/jsonnet-bundler/jsonnet-bundler/cmd/jb