This guide shows how to install the Helm CLI. Helm can be installed either from source, or from pre-built binary releases.
From the Binary Releases
Every release of Helm provides binary releases for a variety of OSes. These binary versions can be manually downloaded and installed.
- Download your desired version
- Unpack it (
tar -zxvf helm-v3.0.0-linux-amd64.tar.gz)
- Find the
helmbinary in the unpacked directory, and move it to its desired destination (
mv linux-amd64/helm /usr/local/bin/helm)
From there, you should be able to run the client and
add the stable repo:
Note: Helm automated tests are performed for Linux AMD64 only during CircleCi builds and releases. Testing of other OSes are the responsibility of the community requesting Helm for the OS in question.
From Homebrew (macOS)
Members of the Kubernetes community have contributed a Helm formula build to Homebrew. This formula is generally up to date.
brew install helm
(Note: There is also a formula for emacs-helm, which is a different project.)
From Chocolatey (Windows)
choco install kubernetes-helm
From Snap (Linux)
sudo snap install helm --classic
Helm now has an installer script that will automatically grab the latest version of Helm and install it locally.
You can fetch that script, and then execute it locally. It’s well documented so that you can read through it and understand what it is doing before you run it.
$ curl -fsSL -o get_helm.sh https://raw.githubusercontent.com/helm/helm/master/scripts/get-helm-3 $ chmod 700 get_helm.sh $ ./get_helm.sh
Yes, you can
curl https://raw.githubusercontent.com/helm/helm/master/scripts/get-helm-3 | bash that if
you want to live on the edge.
From Canary Builds
“Canary” builds are versions of the Helm software that are built from the latest master branch. They are not official releases, and may not be stable. However, they offer the opportunity to test the cutting edge features.
Canary Helm binaries are stored at get.helm.sh. Here are links to the common builds:
From Source (Linux, macOS)
Building Helm from source is slightly more work, but is the best way to go if you want to test the latest (pre-release) Helm version.
You must have a working Go environment.
$ git clone https://github.com/helm/helm.git $ cd helm $ make
If required, it will fetch the dependencies and cache them, and
validate configuration. It will then compile
helm and place it in
In most cases, installation is as simple as getting a pre-built
This document covers additional cases for those who want to do more
sophisticated things with Helm.
Once you have the Helm Client successfully installed, you can move on to using Helm to manage charts and add the stable repo.