Cheat Sheet - HELM

Helm cheatsheet featuring all the necessary commands required to manage an application through Helm.

Basic interpretations/context


  • It is name of your chart in case it has been pulled and untarred.
  • It is <repo_name>/<chart_name> in case the repository has been added but chart not pulled.
  • It is the URL/Absolute path to the chart.


  • It is the name you want to give to your current helm chart installation.


  • Is the name you assigned to an installation instance.


  • Is the value from the Helm history command


  • The name of a repository.


  • Directory name/path

Chart Management

helm create <name>                      # Creates a chart directory along with the common files and directories used in a chart.
helm package <chart-path>               # Packages a chart into a versioned chart archive file.
helm lint <chart>                       # Run tests to examine a chart and identify possible issues:
helm show all <chart>                   # Inspect a chart and list its contents:
helm show values <chart>                # Displays the contents of the values.yaml file
helm pull <chart>                       # Download/pull chart 
helm pull <chart> --untar=true          # If set to true, will untar the chart after downloading it
helm pull <chart> --verify              # Verify the package before using it
helm pull <chart> --version <number>    # Default-latest is used, specify a version constraint for the chart version to use
helm dependency list <chart>            # Display a list of a chart’s dependencies:

Install and Uninstall Apps

helm install <name> <chart>                           # Install the chart with a name
helm install <name> <chart> --namespace <namespace>   # Install the chart in a specific namespace
helm install <name> <chart> --set key1=val1,key2=val2 # Set values on the command line (can specify multiple or separate values with commas)
helm install <name> <chart> --values <yaml-file/url>  # Install the chart with your specified values
helm install <name> <chart> --dry-run --debug         # Run a test installation to validate chart (p)
helm install <name> <chart> --verify                  # Verify the package before using it 
helm install <name> <chart> --dependency-update       # update dependencies if they are missing before installing the chart
helm uninstall <name>                                 # Uninstall a release

Perform App Upgrade and Rollback

helm upgrade <release> <chart>                            # Upgrade a release
helm upgrade <release> <chart> --atomic                   # If set, upgrade process rolls back changes made in case of failed upgrade.
helm upgrade <release> <chart> --dependency-update        # update dependencies if they are missing before installing the chart
helm upgrade <release> <chart> --version <version_number> # specify a version constraint for the chart version to use
helm upgrade <release> <chart> --values                   # specify values in a YAML file or a URL (can specify multiple)
helm upgrade <release> <chart> --set key1=val1,key2=val2  # Set values on the command line (can specify multiple or separate valuese)
helm upgrade <release> <chart> --force                    # Force resource updates through a replacement strategy
helm rollback <release> <revision>                        # Roll back a release to a specific revision
helm rollback <release> <revision>  --cleanup-on-fail     # Allow deletion of new resources created in this rollback when rollback fails

List, Add, Remove, and Update Repositories

helm repo add <repo-name> <url>   # Add a repository from the internet:
helm repo list                    # List added chart repositories
helm repo update                  # Update information of available charts locally from chart repositories
helm repo remove <repo_name>      # Remove one or more chart repositories
helm repo index <DIR>             # Read the current directory and generate an index file based on the charts found.
helm repo index <DIR> --merge     # Merge the generated index with an existing index file
helm search repo <keyword>        # Search repositories for a keyword in charts
helm search hub <keyword>         # Search for charts in the Artifact Hub or your own hub instance

Helm Release monitoring

helm list                       # Lists all of the releases for a specified namespace, uses current namespace context if namespace not specified
helm list --all                 # Show all releases without any filter applied, can use -a
helm list --all-namespaces      # List releases across all namespaces, we can use -A
helm -l key1=value1,key2=value2 # Selector (label query) to filter on, supports '=', '==', and '!='
helm list --date                # Sort by release date
helm list --deployed            # Show deployed releases. If no other is specified, this will be automatically enabled
helm list --pending             # Show pending releases
helm list --failed              # Show failed releases
helm list --uninstalled         # Show uninstalled releases (if 'helm uninstall --keep-history' was used)
helm list --superseded          # Show superseded releases
helm list -o yaml               # Prints the output in the specified format. Allowed values: table, json, yaml (default table)
helm status <release>           # This command shows the status of a named release.
helm status <release> --revision <number>   # if set, display the status of the named release with revision
helm history <release>          # Historical revisions for a given release.
helm env                        # Env prints out all the environment information in use by Helm.

Download Release Information

helm get all <release>      # A human readable collection of information about the notes, hooks, supplied values, and generated manifest file of the given release.
helm get hooks <release>    # This command downloads hooks for a given release. Hooks are formatted in YAML and separated by the YAML '---\n' separator.
helm get manifest <release> # A manifest is a YAML-encoded representation of the Kubernetes resources that were generated from this release's chart(s). If a chart is dependent on other charts, those resources will also be included in the manifest.
helm get notes <release>    # Shows notes provided by the chart of a named release.
helm get values <release>   # Downloads a values file for a given release. use -o to format output

Plugin Management

helm plugin install <path/url1>     # Install plugins
helm plugin list                    # View a list of all installed plugins
helm plugin update <plugin>         # Update plugins
helm plugin uninstall <plugin>      # Uninstall a plugin