Welcome to the KubeSail Docs

KubeSail builds tools helps you deploy and manage your applications on Kubernetes. KubeSail offers both:


Generate all the boilerplate required for container-based deployments on Kubernetes or Docker.

  • npx deploy-node-app - this utility deploys an existing Node application to any Kubernetes cluster
  • npx create-node-app my-node-app - this utility builds a new directory with presets for a Node API and a front end


Kubernetes - what is it good for?

A short list of the complex problems Kubernetes tackles for you:

  • Rolling, zero-downtime deployments with one command
  • Self healing infrastructure (eg: automatically replaces failing AWS systems)
  • Service Discovery via DNS (eg: redis is located at "redis.production.mycluster")
  • Vendor lock-in traps almost entirely removed (Kube can run on anyone's cloud!)
  • An infrastructure that allows easy log aggregation and audits

Kubernetes - what makes it so hard?

The main pain points with getting started tend to be:

  • Cluster bootstrapping (Which version? Which cloud? Which cluster tool? Hosted or DIY?)
  • Networking layer (A load-balancer per application? An ingress controller?)
  • Cluster-wide security settings (PodSecurityPolicies?) and security updates
  • Designing a Deployment object and other configurations *The missing "complete picture" (What do real, live, in-production configs look like?)
  • Most guides assume you're a veteran Linux user

Kubernetes is widely agreed to be the premier infrastructure API and is expected to maintain that position for quite a while, but the learning curve can be rough. KubeSail intends to fix the Kubernetes onboarding experience.


  1. Why isnt my ssl certificate being generated?
    1. Check your resources usage. Often times the cert-manager pod that gets created does not have enough resources to spin up. The resources it needs are: req.cpu=10m, req.mem=64Mi, lim.cpu=100m, lim.mem=64Mi
    2. Check that your DNS points to the correct location so Lets Encrypt can reach the cluster (this is only applicable to external domains you've added)
  2. I'm getting a 503 error and can't access my deployment.
    1. Check that your service's label selectors and ports match what is defined in your deployment
  3. My kubectl commands are timing out.
    1. Try upgrading / installing kubectl manually -- You may have an version of kubectl that ships with docker-desktop for osx which is broken