Built-in Objects

Objects are passed into a template from the template engine. And your code can pass objects around (we'll see examples when we look at the with and range statements). There are even a few ways to create new objects within your templates, like with the tuple function we'll see later.

Objects can be simple, and have just one value. Or they can contain other objects or functions. For example. the Release object contains several objects (like Release.Name) and the Files object has a few functions.

In the previous section, we use {{ .Release.Name }} to insert the name of a release into a template. Release is one of the top-level objects that you can access in your templates.

  • Release: This object describes the release itself. It has several objects inside of it:
    • Release.Name: The release name
    • Release.Namespace: The namespace to be released into (if the manifest doesn’t override)
    • Release.IsUpgrade: This is set to true if the current operation is an upgrade or rollback.
    • Release.IsInstall: This is set to true if the current operation is an install.
    • Release.Revision: The revision number for this release. On install, this is 1, and it is incremented with each upgrade and rollback.
    • Release.Service: The service that is rendering the present template. On Helm, this is always Helm.
  • Values: Values passed into the template from the values.yaml file and from user-supplied files. By default, Values is empty.
  • Chart: The contents of the Chart.yaml file. Any data in Chart.yaml will be accessible here. For example {{ .Chart.Name }}-{{ .Chart.Version }} will print out the mychart-0.1.0.
  • Files: This provides access to all non-special files in a chart. While you cannot use it to access templates, you can use it to access other files in the chart. See the section Accessing Files for more.
    • Files.Get is a function for getting a file by name (.Files.Get config.ini)
    • Files.GetBytes is a function for getting the contents of a file as an array of bytes instead of as a string. This is useful for things like images.
    • Files.Glob is a function that returns a list of files whose names match the given shell glob pattern.
    • Files.Lines is a function that reads a file line-by-line. This is useful for iterating over each line in a file.
    • Files.AsSecrets is a function that returns the file bodies as Base 64 encoded strings.
    • Files.AsConfig is a function that returns file bodies as a YAML map.
  • Capabilities: This provides information about what capabilities the Kubernetes cluster supports.
    • Capabilities.APIVersions is a set of versions.
    • Capabilities.APIVersions.Has $version indicates whether a version (e.g., batch/v1) or resource (e.g., apps/v1/Deployment) is available on the cluster.
    • Capabilities.KubeVersion and Capabilities.KubeVersion.Version is the Kubernetes version.
    • Capabilities.KubeVersion.Major is the Kubernetes major version.
    • Capabilities.KubeVersion.Minor is the Kubernetes minor version.
  • Template: Contains information about the current template that is being executed
    • Template.Name: A namespaced file path to the current template (e.g. mychart/templates/mytemplate.yaml)
    • Template.BasePath: The namespaced path to the templates directory of the current chart (e.g. mychart/templates).

The built-in values always begin with a capital letter. This is in keeping with Go's naming convention. When you create your own names, you are free to use a convention that suits your team. Some teams, like many whose charts you may see on Artifact Hub, choose to use only initial lower case letters in order to distinguish local names from those built-in. In this guide, we follow that convention.