Installation is made of three steps:

  • Download the kubeless CLI from the release page.
  • Create a kubeless namespace (used by default)
  • Then use one of the YAML manifests found in the release page to deploy kubeless. It will create a functions Custom Resource Definition and launch a controller.

There are several kubeless manifests being shipped for multiple k8s environments (non-rbac, rbac and openshift), pick the one that corresponds to your environment:

  • kubeless-$RELEASE.yaml is used for RBAC Kubernetes cluster.
  • kubeless-non-rbac-$RELEASE.yaml is used for non-RBAC Kubernetes cluster.
  • kubeless-openshift-$RELEASE.yaml is used to deploy Kubeless to OpenShift (1.5+).

For example, this below is a show case of deploying kubeless to a Kubernetes cluster (with RBAC available).

$ export RELEASE=$(curl -s | grep tag_name | cut -d '"' -f 4)
$ kubectl create ns kubeless
$ kubectl create -f$RELEASE/kubeless-$RELEASE.yaml

$ kubectl get pods -n kubeless
NAME                                           READY     STATUS    RESTARTS   AGE
kubeless-controller-manager-567dcb6c48-ssx8x   1/1       Running   0          1h

$ kubectl get deployment -n kubeless
NAME                          DESIRED   CURRENT   UP-TO-DATE   AVAILABLE   AGE
kubeless-controller-manager   1         1         1            1           1h

$ kubectl get customresourcedefinition
NAME                          AGE   1h         1h      1h

Details on installing kubeless in a different namespace can be found here.

For installing kubeless CLI using execute:

Linux and macOS

export OS=$(uname -s| tr '[:upper:]' '[:lower:]')
curl -OL$RELEASE/kubeless_$ && \
  unzip kubeless_$ && \
  sudo mv bundles/kubeless_$OS-amd64/kubeless /usr/local/bin/

Binaries for x86 architectures can be found as well in the releases page.


  1. Download the latest release from the releases page.
  2. Extract the content and add the kubeless binary to the system PATH.

You are now ready to create functions.

Sample function

You can use the CLI to create a function. Here is a toy:

def hello(event, context):
  print event
  return event['data']

Functions in Kubeless have the same format regardless of the language of the function or the event source. In general, every function:

  • Receives an object event as their first parameter. This parameter includes all the information regarding the event source. In particular, the key 'data' should contain the body of the function request.
  • Receives a second object context with general information about the function.
  • Returns a string/object that will be used as response for the caller.

You can find more details about the function interface here

You create it with:

$ kubeless function deploy hello --runtime python2.7 \
                                --from-file \
                                --handler test.hello
INFO[0000] Deploying function...
INFO[0000] Function hello submitted for deployment
INFO[0000] Check the deployment status executing 'kubeless function ls hello'

Let's dissect the command:

  • hello: This is the name of the function we want to deploy.
  • --runtime python2.7: This is the runtime we want to use to run our function. Available runtimes can be found executing kubeless get-server-config.
  • --from-file This is the file containing the function code. It is supported to specify a zip file as far as it doesn't exceed the maximum size for an etcd entry (1 MB).
  • --handler test.hello: This specifies the file and the exposed function that will be used when receiving requests. In this example we are using the function hello from the file

You can find the rest of options available when deploying a function executing kubeless function deploy --help

You will see the function custom resource created:

$ kubectl get functions
NAME         AGE
hello        1h

$ kubeless function ls
hello           default  python2.7                 1/1 READY

You can then call the function with:

$ kubeless function call hello --data 'Hello world!'
Hello world!

Or you can curl directly with kubectl proxyusing an apiserver proxy URL.
For example:

$ kubectl proxy -p 8080 &

$ curl -L --data '{"Another": "Echo"}' \
  --header "Content-Type:application/json" \
{"Another": "Echo"}

Kubeless also supports ingress which means you can provide your custom URL to the function. Please refer to this doc for more details.

Clean up

You can delete the function and uninstall Kubeless:

$ kubeless function delete hello

$ kubeless function ls

$ kubectl delete -f$RELEASE/kubeless-$RELEASE.yaml


See the examples directory for a list of simple examples in all the languages supported. NodeJS, Python, Golang etc ...

Also checkout the functions repository, where we're building a library of ready to use kubeless examples, including an incubator to encourage contributions from the community - your PR is welcome ! :)