File plugins

These plugins are usually required and should be enabled unless you are providing all other configuration and templates through a plugin such as consul or zookeeper. This is because Tiller uses the File plugins to parse much of the common.yaml configuration, and read .erb templates from the filesystem.

Template source plugin

When using the file plugin in the list provided to the template_sources parameter, files under /etc/tiller/templates are made available.

These files are the ERb templates for your configuration files, and are populated with values from data source plugins, including the file plugin which provides values from the rest of common.yaml and is covered below.

IMPORTANT: These files must be named with a suffix of .erb. Any files without an ending of .erb will be ignored.

Data source plugin

When using the file plugin in the list provided to the data_sources parameter, the rest of the common.yaml configuration file is parsed for additional values, environment definitions, lists of templates to be generated and so on.

Environment configuration

When you're using this plugin, environment blocks (underneath the environments: key in common.yaml) define the templates to be parsed, where the generated configuration file should be installed, ownership and permission information, and also optionally a set of key:value pairs (the "template values") that are made available to the template via the usual <%= key %> ERB syntax.

These blocks in common.yaml are named after the environment variable environment that you pass in (usually by using docker run -e environment=<whatever>, which sets the environment variable). If you are not using Tiller inside a Docker container, you can set the environment by using the tiller -e flag from the command line.


As an example, again using MongoDB example, here's how you might set the replica set name in your staging and production environments:



            target: /etc/mongodb.conf
            user: root
            group: root
            perms: 0644
                replSet: 'staging'


            target: /etc/mongodb.conf
                replSet: 'production'

Note that if you omit the user/group/perms parameters - as shown above for the production environment - the defaults are whatever Docker runs as (usually root). Also, if you don't run Tiller as root, it will skip setting these.

Of course, this means you need an environment block for each replica set you plan on deploying. If you have many Mongo clusters you wish to deploy, you'll probably want to specify the replica set name dynamically, perhaps at the time you launch the container. You can do this in many different ways, for example by using the environment plugin to populate values from environment variables (docker run -e repl_set_name=foo ...) and so on.

Overriding common settings

You can also override defaults from common.yaml if you specify them in a common block in an environment section. This means you can specify a different exec, enable the API, or configure various plugins to use different settings on a per-environment basis, e.g.



        # Only enable API for development environment, and
        # also specify HTTP plugin values   
          api_enable: true
          api_port: 1234

          # configuration for HTTP plugin (
            uri: ''
            ... rest of config file snipped