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Version: 1.26.6

furyctl CLI

The next generation of furyctl, called "furyctl next", has been officially released. It is now in a stable state and available starting from version v0.25.0. The previous version, furyctl 0.11, is considered legacy and will only receive bug fixes. It will be maintained under the v0.11 branch.

What is Furyctl?

furyctl is the command line companion for the Kubernetes Fury Distribution to manage the full lifecycle of your Kubernetes Fury clusters.

💡 Learn more about the Kubernetes Fury Distribution in the official site.

If you're looking for the old documentation, you can find it here.

Available providers

  • EKSCluster: Provides comprehensive lifecycle management for an EKS cluster on AWS. It handles the installation of the VPC, VPN, EKS using the installers, and deploys the Distribution onto the EKS cluster.
  • KFDDistribution: Dedicated provider for the distribution, which installs the Distribution (modules only) on an existing Kubernetes cluster.
  • OnPremises: Provider to install a KFD Cluster on VMs.

Support & Compatibility 🪢

Check the [compatibility matrix][compatibility-matrix] for additional information about furyctl and KFD compatibility.


Installing from binaries

You can find furyctl binaries on the Releases page.

To download the latest release, run:

curl -L "$(uname -s)-amd64.tar.gz" -o /tmp/furyctl.tar.gz && tar xfz /tmp/furyctl.tar.gz -C /tmp
chmod +x /tmp/furyctl
sudo mv /tmp/furyctl /usr/local/bin/furyctl

Alternatively, you can install furyctl using the asdf plugin.

Installing with asdf

Add furyctl asdf plugin:

asdf plugin add furyctl

Check that everything is working correctly with furyctl version:

$ furyctl version
goVersion: go1.22
osArch: amd64
version: 0.28.0

Installing from source


  • make >= 4.1
  • go >= 1.22
  • goreleaser >= v1.24

You can install goreleaser with the following command once you have Go in your system:

go install

Once you've ensured the above dependencies are installed, you can proceed with the installation.

  1. Clone the repository:
git clone
# cd into the cloned repository
cd furyctl
  1. Build the binaries by running the following command:
make build
  1. You will find the binaries for Linux and Darwin (macOS) for your current architecture inside the dist folder:
$ tree dist/furyctl_*/
└── furyctl
└── furyctl
  1. Check that the binary is working as expected:

Note replace darwin with your OS and amd64 with your architecture in the following commands.

./dist/furyctl_darwin_amd64_v1/furyctl version
  1. (optional) move the binary to your bin folder, in macOS:
sudo mv ./dist/furyctl_darwin_amd64_v1/furyctl /usr/local/bin/furyctl


See all the available commands and their usage by running furyctl help.


Enable command tab autocompletion for furyctl on your shell (bash, zsh, fish are supported). See the instruction on how to enable it with furyctl completion --help

Check KFD Compatibility matrix for the Furyctl / KFD versions to use.

Basic Usage

Basic usage of furyctl for a new project consists on the following steps:

  1. Creating a configuration file defining the prequired infrastructure, Kubernetes cluster details, and KFD modules configuration.
  2. Creating a cluster as defined in the configuration file.
  3. Destroying the cluster and its related resources.

1. Create a configuration file

furyctl provides a command that outputs a sample configuration file (by default called furyctl.yaml) with all the possible fields explained in comments.

Furyctl configuration files have a kind that specifies what type of cluster will be created, for example the EKSCluster kind has all the parameters needed to create a KFD cluster using the EKS managed clusters from AWS.

You can also use the KFDDistribution kind to install the KFD distribution on top of an existing Kubernetes cluster or OnPremises kind to install a KFD cluster on VMs.

Additionaly, the schema of the file is versioned with the apiVersion field, so when new features are introduced you can switch to a newer version of the configuration file structure.

To scaffold a configuration file to use as a starter, you use the following command:

furyctl create config --version v1.26.6 --kind "EKSCluster"


You can pass some additional flags, like the schema (API) version of the configuration file or a different configuration file name.

See furyctl create config --help for more details.

Open the generated configuration file with your editor of choice and edit it according to your needs. You can follow the instructions included as comments in the file.

Once you have filled your configuration file, you can check that it's content is valid by running the following comand:

furyctl validate config --config /path/to/your/furyctl.yaml


The --config flag is optional, set it if your configuration file is not named furyctl.yaml

2. Create a cluster

Requirements (EKSCluster):

  • OpenVPN (when filling the vpn field in the configuration file)

In the previous step, you have created and validated a configuration file that defines the Kubernetes cluster and its sorroundings, you can now proceed to actually creating the resources.

Furyctl divides the cluster creation in four phases: infrastructure, kubernetes, distribution and plugins.

  1. The first phase, infrastructure, creates all the prerequisites needed to be able to create a cluster. For example, the VPC and its networks.
  2. The second phase, kubernetes, creates the actual Kubernetes clusters. For example, the EKS cluster and its node pools.
  3. The third phase, distribution, deploys KFD modules to the Kubernetes cluster.
  4. The fourth phase, plugins, installs Helm and Kustomize plugins into the cluster.


You will find these four phases when editing the furyctl.yaml file.

Just like you can validate that your configuration file is well formed, furyctl let you check that you have all the needed dependencies (environment variables, binaries, etc.) before starting a cluster creation process.

To validate that your system has all the dependencies needed to create the cluster defined in your configuration file, run the following command:

furyctl validate dependencies

Last but not least, you can launch the creation of the resources defined in the configuration file by running the following command:


You are about to create cloud resources that could have billing impact.


The cluster creation process, by default, will create a VPN in the infrastructure phase and connect your machine to it automatically before proceeding to the kubernetes phase.

furyctl create cluster --config /path/to/your/furyctl.yaml


You can use the alias furyctl apply instead of furyctl create cluster.


The creation process will take a while.

🎉 Congratulations! You have created your production-grade Kubernetes Fury Cluster from scratch and it is now ready to go into battle.

3. Upgrade a cluster

Upgrading a cluster is a process that can be divided into two steps: upgrading the fury version and running the migrations (if present).

The first step consist in bringing the cluster up to date with the latest version of the Kubernetes Fury Distribution. This is done by running the following command:

furyctl apply --upgrade --config /path/to/your/furyctl.yaml

Once that is done, if you were also planning to move to a different provider (e.g.: opensearch to loki), you can run the following command to run the migrations:

furyctl apply --config /path/to/your/furyctl.yaml


You must first upgrade the cluster using the old provider(e.g.: opensearch), update the configuration file to use the new provider(e.g.: loki) and then run the command above.

3.1. Advanced upgrade options (OnPremises provider only)

You can also split nodes upgrade process into several steps, for example, you can upgrade the control plane nodes first:

furyctl apply --upgrade --config /path/to/your/furyctl.yaml --skip-nodes-upgrade

And then upgrade the worker nodes, one by one:

furyctl apply --upgrade --config /path/to/your/furyctl.yaml --upgrade-node workerNode1

At the end of the node upgrade process, a check is performed to ensure every pod is either Running or in a Completed state. You can specify a timeout for this check with the --pod-running-check-timeout flag or skip it with the --force pods-running-check flag.

4. Destroy a cluster

Destroying a cluster will run through the four phases mentioned above, in reverse order, starting from distribution.

To destroy a cluster created using furyctl and all its related resources, run the following command:


You are about to run a destructive operation.

furyctl delete cluster --dry-run

Check that the dry-run output is what you expect and then run the command again without the --dry-run flag to actually delete all the resources.


Notice the --dry-run flag, used to check what the command would do. This flag is available for other commands too.

Advanced Usage

Cluster creation

The following steps will guide you through the process of creating a Kubernetes Fury cluster from zero.

  1. Follow the previous steps to generate a furyctl.yaml and download the modules.
  2. Edit the furyctl.yaml to customize the cluster configuration by filling the sections infrastructure, kubernetes and distribution.
  3. Check that the configuration file is valid by running furyctl validate config.
  4. Run furyctl create cluster to create the cluster.
  5. (Optional) Watch the logs of the cluster creation process with tail -f ~/.furyctl/furyctl.<timestamp>-<random>.log.

Create a cluster in an already existing infrastructure

Same as the previous section, but you can skip the infrastructure creation phase by not filling the section infrastructure in the furyctl.yaml file and running furyctl create cluster --start-from kubernetes.

Deploy a cluster step by step

The cluster creation process can be split into three phases:

  1. Infrastructure
  2. Kubernetes
  3. Distribution

The furyctl create cluster command will execute all the phases by default, but you can limit the execution to a specific phase by using the --phase flag.

To create a cluster step by step, you can run the following command:

furyctl create cluster --phase infrastructure

If you choose to create a VPN in the infrastructure phase, you can automatically connect to it by using the flag --vpn-auto-connect.

furyctl create cluster --phase kubernetes

After running the command, remember to export the KUBECONFIG environment variable to point to the generated kubeconfig file or to use the flag --kubeconfig in the following command.

furyctl create cluster --phase distribution

Legacy download

The new furyctl still embed some of the legacy features, for example the command furyctl legacy vendor to download KFD dependencies from a deprecated Furyfile.yml.

This can be still used to manually manage all the components of the distribution.


you can also use --furyfile to point to a Furyfile.yaml in a different folder


Furyctl supports Helm and Kustomize plugins.

Helm plugins

To install an Helm plugin (chart), first you have to add the repository to the spec.plugins.helm.repositories section of your furyctl.yaml file and then you can add the release to the spec.plugins.helm.releases section, specifying the chart name, the namespace, the chart version and the values to override. To override the values you can use the spec.plugins.helm.releases[].set or the spec.plugins.helm.releases[].values section.

For example to install the Prometheus Helm chart you have to add the following to your furyctl.yaml:

- name: prometheus-community
- name: prometheus
namespace: prometheus
chart: prometheus-community/prometheus
version: "24.3.0"
- name: server.replicaCount
value: 3
- path/to/values.yaml
Kustomize plugins

To install a Kustomize plugin (project) you have to configure the spec.plugins.kustomize section of your furyctl.yaml file, specifying a name and the path to the folder.

For example:

- name: kustomize-project
folder: path/to/kustomize/project

Advanced Tips

Using a custom distribution location

Furyctl comes with the flag --distro-location, allowing you to use a local copy of KFD instead of downloading it from the internet. This allows you to test changes to the KFD without having to push them to the repository, and might come in handy when you need to test new features or bugfixes.

Using a custom upgrade path location

On the same note, the tool comes with the --upgrade-path-location flag, too, allowing you to test changes to the upgrade path without having to push them to the repository, and to support cases that are not covered by the official release, such as upgrading from a beta or rc release to a stable one.

Restarting the cluster creation or update process from a specific (sub-)phase

If, for any reason, the cluster creation or update process fails, you can restart it from a specific (sub-)phase by using the --start-from flag. Starting from v0.27.0 we introduced the support for sub-phases, to give the operator more control over the process. The supported options are: pre-infrastructure, infrastructure, post-infrastructure, pre-kubernetes, kubernetes, post-kubernetes, pre-distribution, distribution, post-distribution, plugins.