Addons are a mechanism used to deploy Kubernetes resources after provisioning the cluster. Addons allow operators to use KubeOne to deploy various components such as CNI and CCM, and various stacks such as logging and monitoring, backups and recovery, log rotating, and more.

This document explains how to use addons in your workflow.

Writing Addons

Addons are represented as Kubernetes YAML manifests. To deploy an addon, the operator needs to put a YAML manifest in a directory and provide it as the addons directory in the KubeOne cluster configuration.


Manifests support templating based on Go templates. The following data is available out of the box:

  • KubeOne cluster configuration - .Config
  • Credentials - .Credentials

On top of that, you can use the sprig functions in your templates. For list of available functions, consider the sprig docs.


The following snippet shows how an addon looks like and how to use templating:

apiVersion: v1
kind: Namespace
  name: example-{{ .Config.Name }} # will be rendered as 'example-cluster_name'
apiVersion: v1
kind: Secret
  name: credentials
  namespace: kube-system
type: Opaque
  AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID: {{ .Credentials.AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID | b64enc }} # will be rendered as base64-encoded AWS access key
  AWS_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY: {{ .Credentials.AWS_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY | b64enc }} # will be rendered as base64-encoded AWS secret access key

Note: The b64enc function is a sprig function.

Addons API Reference

Take a look at the KubeOne’s autogenerated API reference for more details about available options in the Addons API.

Enabling Addons

To enable addons, you need to modify the KubeOne cluster configuration to add the addons config:

kind: KubeOneCluster
  kubernetes: 1.29.4
  aws: {}
# Addons are Kubernetes manifests to be deployed after provisioning the cluster
  enable: true
  # In case when the relative path is provided, the path is relative
  # to the KubeOne configuration file.
  path: "./addons"

The addons path is normalized on the runtime. If you provide a relative path, the path is relative to the KubeOne configuration file. This means that ./addons will be parsed depending on the kubeone command you use:

  • kubeone install -m config.yaml - ./addons
  • kubeone install -m other/dir/config.yaml - ./other/dir/addons/config.yaml

Addons can be organized into subdirectories, but only one level of subdirectories is supported. For example, ./addons/example-addon-1 is supported and YAML manifest in that directory will be deployed, but ./addons/example-addon-1/subdirectory-2 directory will be entirely ignored.

Embedded Addons

Since KubeOne v1.3 release, there’s a new kind of addons that are always carried with the binary itself – embedded addons. This is done thanks to the new Go’s embed package.

Some of those addons are directly and automatically used by the KubeOne itself (for example machinecontroller), but it’s not the case for all of them. Some very useful addons can be activated by the user to be deployed to the cluster, like:

Activate Embedded Addons

To activate the embedded addons, the user needs to use the new Addons API.


kind: KubeOneCluster
  kubernetes: 1.29.4

  enable: true
  - name: cluster-autoscaler
  - name: unattended-upgrades

Up to date (and possibly unreleased yet) list of addons.

Overriding Embedded Addons

Some of those embedded addons used to be written in Go structures form. Now KubeOne has them in YAML form so those addons are easier to maintain and to let users to override them.

For example, if you wish to have your own machine-controller manifests being deployed to the cluster, you can override the machinecontroller addon. Enable addons like described above and in the addons directory place your machinecontroller manifests in the same directory name, e.g. ./addons/machinecontroller/yourmanifest.yaml.

Cleanup Addons

To delete embedded addon from the cluster, use the new delete field from the Addons API.

kind: KubeOneCluster
  kubernetes: 1.29.4

  enable: true
  - name: unattended-upgrades
    delete: true

That will cleanup all the traced of unattended-upgrades addon, but only it’s manifests, not the contents that addons workloads might have produced, i.e. backups themselves.

delete field works only on embedded addons for now.


It’s possible to pass down user defined parameters (in key/value form) down to an addon. There are two fields (of type map[string]string):

  • .addons.globalParams
  • .addons.addons[] .params

.addons.addons[] .params has higher priority over .addons.globalParams, so you can use it to override globally defined parameters.

kind: KubeOneCluster
  kubernetes: 1.29.4

  enable: true
    key1: value1
  - name: unattended-upgrades
      key2: value2

Well-known Parameters

Some embedded addons can be configured via “well-known” parameters. They are documented below.

External CCMs

All external CCMs support being configured via parameters (either passed as global parameter or passed as parameter on the respective CCM addon):

CCM_CONCURRENT_SERVICE_SYNCSSets the parallel Service (load balancer) reconciles in the CCM. If not set, this is “1”. The value for this parameter is a number, but needs to be wrapped in quotes. Warning: Setting this parameter will result in higher CPU and network consumption. It might also trigger rate limits with your cloud provider APIs. Be very conservative about increasing this number.

Reconciling Addons

The addons are reconciled after initializing and joining the control plane nodes nodes when running kubeone install, kubeone upgrade, or kubeone apply. You can also reconcile addons after the cluster is provisioned by using kubeone apply.

kubeone apply --manifest kubeone.yaml -t .

The reconciliation is done using kubectl over SSH, using a command such as:

kubectl apply -f addons.yaml --prune -l

Using the --prune options means that the next time you run kubeone:

  • if you updated any manifest, the corresponding resources in the cluster will be updated,
  • if you removed a resource from a manifest, the resource will be removed from the cluster as well
  • if you removed a whole manifest, all resources defined in that manifest will be removed from the cluster

The --prune option can be dangerous. Always make sure that you have all needed manifests present in the addons directory and correct addons configuration before running kubeone.

The addons are applied in the alphabetical order. This means that you can control in which order addons will be applied by setting the appropriate file name.

Example Addons

We provide the example addons that you can use as a template or to handle various tasks, such as cluster backups. You can find the example addons in the addons directory.