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The fleet.yaml file adds options to a bundle. Any directory with a fleet.yaml is automatically turned into bundle.

For more information on how to use the fleet.yaml to customize bundles see Git Repository Contents.

The content of the fleet.yaml corresponds to the struct at pkg/bundlereader/read.go, which contains the BundleSpec.


# The default namespace to be applied to resources. This field is not used to
# enforce or lock down the deployment to a specific namespace, but instead
# provide the default value of the namespace field if one is not specified
# in the manifests.
# Default: default
defaultNamespace: default

# All resources will be assigned to this namespace and if any cluster scoped
# resource exists the deployment will fail.
# Default: ""
namespace: default

# namespaceLabels are labels that will be appended to the namespace created by Fleet.
key: value
# namespaceAnnotations are annotations that will be appended to the namespace created by Fleet.
key: value

# Optional map of labels, that are set at the bundle and can be used in a
# dependsOn.selector
key: value

# Use a custom folder for kustomize resources. This folder must contain
# a kustomization.yaml file.
dir: ./kustomize

### These options control how "fleet apply" downloads the chart
# Use a custom location for the Helm chart. This can refer to any go-getter URL or
# OCI registry based helm chart URL e.g. "oci://".
# This allows one to download charts from most any location. Also know that
# go-getter URL supports adding a digest to validate the download. If repo
# is set below this field is the name of the chart to lookup.
# It is possible to download the chart from a Git repository, e.g.
# by using `[email protected]:rancher/fleet-examples//single-cluster/helm`. If a
# secret for the SSH key was defined in the GitRepo via `helmSecretName`, it
# will be injected into the chart URL.
# Git repositories can be downloaded via unauthenticated http, by using for example:
# `git::`.
chart: ./chart
# A https URL to a Helm repo to download the chart from. It's typically easier
# to just use `chart` field and refer to a tgz file. If repo is used the
# value of `chart` will be used as the chart name to lookup in the Helm repository.
# The version of the chart or semver constraint of the chart to find. If a constraint
# is specified it is evaluated each time git changes.
# The version also determines which chart to download from OCI registries.
version: 0.1.0
# By default fleet downloads any dependency found in a helm chart.
# Use disableDependencyUpdate: true to disable this feature.
disableDependencyUpdate: false

### These options only work for helm-type bundles
# Any values that should be placed in the `values.yaml` and passed to helm during
# install.
any-custom: value
# All labels on Rancher clusters are available using global.fleet.clusterLabels.LABELNAME
# These can now be accessed directly as variables
# The variable's value will be an empty string if the referenced cluster label does not
# exist on the targeted cluster
variableName: global.fleet.clusterLabels.LABELNAME
# See Templating notes below for more information on templating.
templatedLabel: "${ .ClusterLabels.LABELNAME }-foo"
"${ .ClusterLabels.ENV }": ${ .ClusterValues.someValue | upper | quote }
# Path to any values files that need to be passed to helm during install
- values1.yaml
- values2.yaml
# Allow to use values files from configmaps or secrets defined in the downstream clusters
- configMapKeyRef:
name: configmap-values
# default to namespace of bundle
namespace: default
key: values.yaml
- secretKeyRef:
name: secret-values
namespace: default
key: values.yaml

### These options control how fleet-agent deploys the bundle, they also apply for kustomize- and manifest-style bundles.
# A custom release name to deploy the chart as. If not specified a release name
# will be generated by combining the invoking + GitRepo.path.
releaseName: my-release
# Makes helm skip the check for its own annotations
takeOwnership: false
# Override immutable resources. This could be dangerous.
force: false
# Set the Helm --atomic flag when upgrading
atomic: false
# Disable go template pre-processing on the fleet values
disablePreProcess: false
# Disable DNS resolution in Helm's template functions
disableDNS: false
# Skip evaluation of the values.schema.json file
skipSchemaValidation: false
# if set and timeoutSeconds provided, will wait until all Jobs have been completed before marking the GitRepo as ready.
# It will wait for as long as timeoutSeconds
waitForJobs: true

# A paused bundle will not update downstream clusters but instead mark the bundle
# as OutOfSync. One can then manually confirm that a bundle should be deployed to
# the downstream clusters.
# Default: false
paused: false

# A number or percentage of clusters that can be unavailable during an update
# of a bundle. This follows the same basic approach as a deployment rollout
# strategy. Once the number of clusters meets unavailable state update will be
# paused. Default value is 100% which doesn't take effect on update.
# default: 100%
maxUnavailable: 15%
# A number or percentage of cluster partitions that can be unavailable during
# an update of a bundle.
# default: 0
maxUnavailablePartitions: 20%
# A number of percentage of how to automatically partition clusters if not
# specific partitioning strategy is configured.
# default: 25%
autoPartitionSize: 10%
# A list of definitions of partitions. If any target clusters do not match
# the configuration they are added to partitions at the end following the
# autoPartitionSize.
# A user friend name given to the partition used for Display (optional).
# default: ""
- name: canary
# A number or percentage of clusters that can be unavailable in this
# partition before this partition is treated as done.
# default: 10%
maxUnavailable: 10%
# Selector matching cluster labels to include in this partition
env: prod
# A cluster group name to include in this partition
clusterGroup: agroup
# Selector matching cluster group labels to include in this partition
env: prod

# Target customization are used to determine how resources should be modified per target
# Targets are evaluated in order and the first one to match a cluster is used for that cluster.
# The name of target. If not specified a default name of the format "target000"
# will be used. This value is mostly for display
- name: prod
# Custom namespace value overriding the value at the root
namespace: newvalue
# Custom defaultNamespace value overriding the value at the root
defaultNamespace: newdefaultvalue
# Custom kustomize options overriding the options at the root
kustomize: {}
# Custom Helm options override the options at the root
helm: {}
# If using raw YAML these are names that map to overlays/{name} that will be used
# to replace or patch a resource. If you wish to customize the file ./subdir/resource.yaml
# then a file ./overlays/myoverlay/subdir/resource.yaml will replace the base file.
# A file named ./overlays/myoverlay/subdir/resource_patch.yaml will patch the base file.
# A patch can in JSON Patch or JSON Merge format or a strategic merge patch for builtin
# Kubernetes types. Refer to "Raw YAML Resource Customization" below for more information.
- custom2
- custom3
# A selector used to match clusters. The structure is the standard
# metav1.LabelSelector format. If clusterGroupSelector or clusterGroup is specified,
# clusterSelector will be used only to further refine the selection after
# clusterGroupSelector and clusterGroup is evaluated.
env: prod
# A selector used to match a specific cluster by name. When using Fleet in
# Rancher, make sure to put the name of the resource.
clusterName: dev-cluster
# A selector used to match cluster groups.
region: us-east
# A specific clusterGroup by name that will be selected
clusterGroup: group1
# Resources will not be deployed in the matched clusters if doNotDeploy is true.
doNotDeploy: false
# Drift correction removes any external change made to resources managed by Fleet. It performs a helm rollback, which uses
# a three-way merge strategy by default.
# It will try to update all resources by doing a PUT request if force is enabled. Three-way strategic merge might fail when updating
# an item inside of an array as it will try to add a new item instead of replacing the existing one. This can be fixed by using force.
# Keep in mind that resources might be recreated if force is enabled.
# Failed rollback will be removed from the helm history unless keepFailHistory is set to true.
enabled: false
force: false #Warning: it might recreate resources if set to true
keepFailHistory: false

# dependsOn allows you to configure dependencies to other bundles. The current bundle
# will only be deployed, after all dependencies are deployed and in a Ready state.
# Format: <GITREPO-NAME>-<BUNDLE_PATH> with all path separators replaced by "-"
# Example: GitRepo name "one", Bundle path "/multi-cluster/hello-world" => "one-multi-cluster-hello-world"
# Note: Bundle names are limited to 53 characters long. If longer they will be shortened:
# opni-fleet-examples-fleets-opni-ui-plugin-operator-crd becomes opni-fleet-examples-fleets-opni-ui-plugin-opera-021f7
- name: one-multi-cluster-hello-world
# Select bundles to depend on based on their label.
- selector:
app: weak-monkey

# Ignore fields when monitoring a Bundle. This can be used when Fleet thinks some conditions in Custom Resources
# makes the Bundle to be in an error state when it shouldn't.
# Conditions to be ignored
# In this example a condition will be ignored if it contains {"type": "Active", "status", "False"}
- type: Active
status: "False"

# Override targets defined in the GitRepo. The Bundle will not have any targets from the GitRepo if overrideTargets is provided.
- clusterSelector:
env: dev

Helm Options

How fleet-agent deploys the bundle

These options also apply to kustomize- and manifest-style bundles. They control how the fleet-agent deploys the bundle. All bundles are converted into Helm charts and deployed with the Helm SDK. These options are often similar to the Helm CLI options for install and update.

  • releaseName
  • takeOwnership
  • force
  • atomic
  • disablePreProcess
  • disableDNS
  • skipSchemaValidation
  • waitForJobs

Helm Chart Download Options

These options are for Helm-style bundles, they specify how to download the chart.

  • chart
  • repo
  • version

The reference to the chart can be either:

  • a local path in the cloned Git repository, specified by chart.
  • a go-getter URL, specified by chart. This can be used to download a tarball of the chart. go-getter also allows to download a chart from a Git repo.
  • a Helm repository, specified by repo and optionally version.
  • an OCI Helm repository, specified by repo and optionally version.

Helm Chart Value Options

Options for the downloaded Helm chart.

  • values
  • valuesFiles
  • valueFrom


It is possible to specify the keys and values as go template strings for advanced templating needs. Most of the functions from the sprig templating library are available.

Note that if the functions output changes with every call, e.g. uuidv4, the bundle will get redeployed.

The template context has the following keys:

  • .ClusterValues are retrieved from target cluster's spec.templateValues
  • .ClusterLabels and .ClusterAnnotations are the labels and annoations in the cluster resource.
  • .ClusterName as the fleet's cluster resource name.
  • .ClusterNamespace as the namespace in which the cluster resource exists.

Note: The fleet.yaml must be valid yaml. Templating uses ${ } as delims, unlike Helm which uses {{ }}. These fleet.yaml template delimiters can be escaped using backticks, eg.:


will result in the following text: