# Helm

To install and run Kuma on Kubernetes with Helm charts execute the following steps:

Finally you can follow the Quickstart to take it from here and continue your Kuma journey.

Kuma also provides an alternative Kubernetes distribution that we can use instead of Helm charts.

# 1. Add the Kuma charts repository

To start using Kuma with Helm charts, we first need to add the Kuma charts repository to our local Helm deployment:

$ helm repo add kuma https://kumahq.github.io/charts

Once the repo is added, all following updates can be fetched with helm repo update.

# Run Kuma

At this point we can install and run Kuma using the following commands. We could use any Kubernetes namespace to install Kuma, by default we suggest using kuma-system:

$ kubectl create namespace kuma-system
$ helm install --namespace kuma-system kuma kuma/kuma

This example will run Kuma in standalone mode for a "flat" deployment, but there are more advanced deployment modes like "multi-zone".

# 3. Use Kuma

Kuma (kuma-cp) will be installed in the newly created kuma-system namespace! Now that Kuma has been installed, you can access the control-plane via either the GUI, kubectl, the HTTP API, or the CLI:

    You will notice that Kuma automatically creates a Mesh entity with name default.

    # 4. Quickstart

    Congratulations! You have successfully installed Kuma on Kubernetes 🚀.

    In order to start using Kuma, it's time to check out the quickstart guide for Kubernetes deployments.

    Last Updated: 8/13/2020, 12:04:35 AM