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Using Helm: Practical Use Cases

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Helm is a versatile tool that offers many benefits for developers using continuous delivery and continuous integration for their applications. Here are two practical use cases where Helm’s features can help streamline your workflow:

1. Dynamic Configuration

Helm’s templating engine allows you to template ML files and replace their values on-the-fly before deploying them. This is particularly useful when deploying microservices that share a lot of common configuration but have small differences in application name, version, or image tags. Instead of writing separate ML files for each microservice, you can define a common blueprint and use placeholders for dynamic values. You can then use an additional YAML file to define the values that will replace these placeholders.

For example, you can define values for your microservice in a values.yaml file and use the {{ .Values }} syntax in your template file to reference them. You can also define values through the command line using the --set flag. All these values are combined and put together in a .Values object that you can use in your template files to get the values out.

2. Deploying to Multiple Clusters

Another use case for Helm is deploying the same set of applications across different Kubernetes clusters. Consider a scenario where you want to deploy your microservice application on development, staging, and production clusters. Instead of deploying individual ML files separately in each cluster, you can package them up into an application chart that includes all the necessary ML files for that particular deployment. You can then use this chart to redeploy the same application in each cluster.

Example Code

Here’s an example of how you can use Helm to deploy an application chart:

$ helm install myapp ./mychart

This command installs an application chart named mychart and gives it the release name myapp. You can also use the --set flag to specify values for the chart:

$ helm install myapp ./mychart --set --set app.version=1.0

This command installs the same chart but sets values for the and app.version placeholders in the template file.

Benefits of using Helm

  1. Standardization Using Helm, you can standardize the deployment process for your microservices, making it easier to deploy and manage them across different environments. By creating a chart for each microservice, you can define the desired state of your deployment, including the number of replicas, resource requirements, and other configuration options.

  2. Flexibility Helm allows you to define your own custom templates for your deployment files, making it easy to configure your microservices with different values depending on the environment. This means that you can deploy the same application to different environments, such as development, staging, and production, with different configurations.

  3. Reusability Using Helm, you can create reusable charts that can be shared across your organization. By defining charts for your microservices, you can easily deploy them to different environments without having to rewrite deployment files for each environment.

  4. Versioning Helm provides versioning for your charts, which allows you to track changes to your deployments over time. This makes it easier to roll back to a previous version of a deployment if there are issues with the current version.


Helm is a powerful tool for deploying and managing microservices on Kubernetes. By using Helm, you can standardize your deployment process, make your deployments more flexible and reusable, and track changes to your deployments over time. If you’re using Kubernetes to manage your microservices, Helm is definitely worth considering.

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