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Ignite - the GitOps VM

Ignite is a “GitOps-first” project, GitOps is supported out of the box using the ignited gitops command. Previously this was integrated as ignite gitops, but this functionality has now moved to ignited, Ignite's upcoming daemon binary.

In Git you declaratively store the desired state of a set of VMs you want to manage. ignited gitops reconciles the state from Git, and applies the desired changes as state is updated in the repo. It also commits and pushes any local changes/additions to the managed VMs back to the repository.

This can then be automated, tracked for correctness, and managed at scale - just some of the benefits of GitOps.

The workflow is simply this:

  • Run ignited gitops [repo], where repo is an SSH url to your Git repo
  • Create a file with the VM specification, specifying how much vCPUs, RAM, disk, etc. you’d like for the VM
  • Run git push and see your VM start on the host

See it in action! (Note: The screencast is from an older version which differs somewhat)


Try it out

Go ahead and create a Git repository.

NOTE: You need an SSH key for root that has push access to your repository. ignited will commit and push changes back to the repository using the default key for it. To edit your root's git configuration, run sudo gitconfig --global --edit. The root requirement will be removed in a future release.

Here's a sample configuration you can push to it (my-vm.yaml):

kind: VM
  name: my-vm
  uid: 599615df99804ae8
    oci: weaveworks/ignite-ubuntu
  cpus: 2
  diskSize: 3GB
  memory: 800MB
  ssh: true
  running: true

For a more complete example repository configuration, see luxas/ignite-gitops

After you have installed Ignite, you can do the following:

ignited gitops<user>/<repository>.git

NOTE: HTTPS doesn't preserve authentication information for ignited to push changes, you need to set up SSH authentication and use the SSH clone URL for now.

Ignite will now search that repo for suitable JSON/YAML files, and apply their state locally. You should see my-vm starting up in ignite ps. To enter the VM, run ignite ssh my-vm.

Please refer to docs/ for the full API reference.