Configurator is a version control and a sync service that keeps Kubernetes ConfigMaps and Secrets in sync with the deployments. It enables both rolling update and rollback of deployments and statefulsets along with their configuration state.

You can take a look at this open-source project @

In this blog, I would like to introduce you to the steps for using custom Docker repository while building Configurator.

As a pre-requisite, you need to have golang and Docker CLI installed on your machine. You also need a Kubernetes cluster (version 1.16+). Install kubectl command and connect to the kubernetes cluster.


Fork the project and Clone the project to your local machine

git clone<your-githubhandle>/configurator.git

Check whether golang is configured

$ go version
go version go1.13.3 linux/amd64

$ echo $GOPATH

$ echo $GOHOME

Check whether Docker CLI works

$  sudo docker run hello-world

Unable to find image 'hello-world:latest' locally
latest: Pulling from library/hello-world
b8dfde127a29: Pull complete 
Digest: sha256:7d91b69e04a9029b99f3585aaaccae2baa80bcf318f4a5d2165a9898cd2dc0a1
Status: Downloaded newer image for hello-world:latest

Hello from Docker!
This message shows that your installation appears to be working correctly.

To generate this message, Docker took the following steps:
 1. The Docker client contacted the Docker daemon.
 2. The Docker daemon pulled the "hello-world" image from the Docker Hub.
 3. The Docker daemon created a new container from that image which runs the
    executable that produces the output you are currently reading.
 4. The Docker daemon streamed that output to the Docker client, which sent it
    to your terminal.

To try something more ambitious, you can run an Ubuntu container with:
 $ docker run -it ubuntu bash

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Verify if Kubernetes connectivity works

$ kubectl cluster-info

Kubernetes control plane is running at
GLBCDefaultBackend is running at
KubeDNS is running at
Metrics-server is running at

To further debug and diagnose cluster problems, use 'kubectl cluster-info dump'.

Configuring the Docker repository

Once the pre-requisites are met, we can start configuring the docker registry in order to build configurator and push it to your private repository.

LogIn to your docker hub account.

docker login --username <docker-hub-userName> --password <docker-hub-password>
  • Configure the docker hub repository name and the image tag in the Makefile. Edit the Makefile and change the DOCKER_IMAGE_REPO and the DOCKER_IMAGE_TAG variables to your docker repository and the tag name with which you prefer to push the newly built docker image.
$ cd configurator
$ vi Makefile


  • Now edit the configurator-deployment.yaml file and change the docker repository and the image name from where the configurator controller needs to be pulled from.
$ cd deploy/
$ vi configurator-deployment.yaml
      - image: demogp/demo-configurator:v1.0
        imagePullPolicy: Always
        name: configurator
      serviceAccountName: configurator-controller

The repository configurations are complete.

Build and Deploy Configurator

  • Move to root of the project directory and execute the make command mentioned below.
$ cd ../
$ make clean build push deploy
rm -f configurator
docker rmi demogp/demo-configurator:v1.0
Error: No such image: demogp/demo-configurator:v1.0
Makefile:16: recipe for target 'clean-configurator' failed
make: [clean-configurator] Error 1 (ignored)
go mod vendor
go build -o configurator . 
go: downloading v0.0.0-20200121045136-8c9f03a8e57e
go: downloading v1.2.0
go: downloading v0.5.2
docker build . -t demogp/demo-configurator:v1.0
Sending build context to Docker daemon  78.48MB
Step 1/6 : FROM golang
latest: Pulling from library/golang
4c25b3090c26: Pull complete 
1acf565088aa: Pull complete 
b95c0dd0dc0d: Pull complete 
5cf06daf6561: Pull complete 
4541a887d2a0: Pull complete 
dcac0686adef: Pull complete 
9717d2820c6a: Pull complete 
Digest: sha256:634cda4edda00e59167e944cdef546e2d62da71ef1809387093a377ae3404df0
Status: Downloaded newer image for golang:latest
 ---> 8735189b1527
Step 2/6 : MAINTAINER Bluemeric <>
 ---> Running in 1a41655fda14
Removing intermediate container 1a41655fda14
 ---> ffbd8038390d
Step 3/6 : RUN mkdir /app/
 ---> Running in d24ca3cc6c44
Removing intermediate container d24ca3cc6c44
 ---> ae25de38a5fc
Step 4/6 : WORKDIR /app/
 ---> Running in 86ede46c4736
Removing intermediate container 86ede46c4736
 ---> 3a6c8e408e7b
Step 5/6 : Add configurator /app/
 ---> 3c99e28f20d4
Step 6/6 : CMD ["./configurator"]
 ---> Running in 714c9a7524d0
Removing intermediate container 714c9a7524d0
 ---> c63e68e4ceb2
Successfully built c63e68e4ceb2
Successfully tagged demogp/demo-configurator:v1.0
docker push demogp/demo-configurator:v1.0
The push refers to repository []
04b1dc245435: Pushed 
acf8d8aa9ae0: Pushed 
4538c63ee03d: Mounted from library/golang 
84140b757a05: Mounted from library/golang 
9444aade22b2: Mounted from library/golang 
9889ce9dc2b0: Mounted from library/golang 
21b17a30443e: Mounted from library/golang 
05103deb4558: Mounted from library/golang 
a881cfa23a78: Mounted from library/golang 
v1.0: digest: sha256:3f21ea83d6a215705bd3bf7d2e9f3ceef55cb6ba05ceb8964848f823b8f2aa16 size: 2215
kubectl create ns configurator		
namespace/configurator created
kubectl apply -f deploy/configurator-serviceaccount.yaml
serviceaccount/configurator-controller created
kubectl apply -f deploy/configurator-clusterrole.yaml created
kubectl apply -f deploy/configurator-clusterrolebinding.yaml created
kubectl apply -f deploy/crd-customConfigMap.yaml
Warning: CustomResourceDefinition is deprecated in v1.16+, unavailable in v1.22+; use CustomResourceDefinition created
kubectl apply -f deploy/crd-customSecret.yaml
Warning: CustomResourceDefinition is deprecated in v1.16+, unavailable in v1.22+; use CustomResourceDefinition created
kubectl apply -f deploy/configurator-deployment.yaml
deployment.apps/configurator-controller created

Build target ‘build’ builds the configurator controller and creates a new Docker image. ‘push’ pushes the image to the Docker registry and ‘deploy’ deploys the configurator CRDs and the controller to the kubernetes cluster. Once the build is complete, you can see the configurator image in your dockerhub.

Configurator image on dockerhub

How to validate the deployment ?

Execute the below kubectl commands to validate if the deploy task has successfully installed the configurator in your kubernets environment.

$ kubectl get ns
NAME              STATUS   AGE
configurator      Active   2m22s

$ kubectl get crds -n configurator
NAME                                             CREATED AT        2021-08-24T07:45:45Z           2021-08-24T07:45:47Z

$ kubectl get pods -n configurator
NAME                                       READY   STATUS    RESTARTS   AGE
configurator-controller-666d6794bb-4lm6c   1/1     Running   0          6m52s

$ kubectl get clusterrolebinding | grep Configurator
Configurator     ClusterRole/configurator 10m

Removing Configurator

To clean up the controller artifact and the local docker image, you can run the target clean as below.

$ make remove clean
kubectl delete -f deploy/configurator-deployment.yaml
deployment.apps "configurator-controller" deleted
kubectl delete -f deploy/crd-customConfigMap.yaml
Warning: CustomResourceDefinition is deprecated in v1.16+, unavailable in v1.22+; use CustomResourceDefinition "" deleted
kubectl delete -f deploy/crd-customSecret.yaml
Warning: CustomResourceDefinition is deprecated in v1.16+, unavailable in v1.22+; use CustomResourceDefinition "" deleted
kubectl delete -f deploy/configurator-clusterrolebinding.yaml "Configurator" deleted
kubectl delete -f deploy/configurator-clusterrole.yaml "configurator" deleted
kubectl delete -f deploy/configurator-serviceaccount.yaml
serviceaccount "configurator-controller" deleted
kubectl delete ns configurator
namespace "configurator" deleted
rm -f configurator
docker rmi demogp/demo-configurator:v1.0
Untagged: demogp/demo-configurator:v1.0
Deleted: sha256:1f997b671507d230e3e685d434b3e9c678b4cf356ea044448b73ae489794ae24
Deleted: sha256:dec6aeb58347abf3832e747d4478d6493ed1da39639f5ba10dacb372281f59a2
Deleted: sha256:0e2e52831fa3e6475b347c40369b9cc3a41e2aaabd232480a244c69a90ab9cf3
Deleted: sha256:4851458a100d5c34297813abc157b15baf1f25bfbbdf9c1cca8e232b03f31103
Deleted: sha256:07f715e9deed52886e73de55a223dff83baa071f25264bfad677e8644f377fd7
Deleted: sha256:1fbf81f2d59e63c727e4b97b7a139de6d1fbf89f6715f8533f4c1e3f018a7f92
Deleted: sha256:0fed8f83cbe4268f8bd2692972ff3310fb88975a829ae7365662a7f5f8efd525

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