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Version: v1.5


1. Install VelaD

VelaD packages KubeVela with all dependencies that enables you to run KubeVela on any of docker compatible environments or linux system.

  • VelaD provides Kubernetes by leveraging K3s on linux or k3d on docker environment.
  • KubeVela along with all related images, and vela command line are packaged together that enables air-gapped installation.
  • VelaD suits great for local development and quick demos, while we strongly recommend you to install KubeVela with managed Kubernetes services for production usage.


  • Docker v20.10.5+ (runc >= v1.0.0-rc93) or Linux system

Download VelaD

It will download and place the binary in your system PATH, so you may be required for root privilege during the installation process. If you don't need the automation with root access, you can download from the release page and uncompress manually.

  • MacOS/Linux
curl -fsSl | bash
  • Windows

Only the official release version is supported.

Run following command in powershell:

powershell -Command "iwr -useb | iex"

Check velad and vela command line tools are exist in /usr/local/bin/ for MacOS/Linux or C:\vela\ for Windows.


velad install

The expected output:

Preparing K3s images...
Successfully prepare k3s image: /Users/sunjianbo/.vela/velad/k3s/k3s-airgap-images-amd64.tgz
Successfully prepare k3d images


KubeVela control plane has been successfully set up on your cluster.
If you want to enable dashboard, please run "vela addon enable /Users/sunjianbo/.vela/addons/velaux"

Keep the token below if you want to restart the control plane

🚀 Successfully install KubeVela control plane
🔭 See available commands with `vela help`

Export the Kubernetes config

export KUBECONFIG=$(velad kubeconfig --host)
vela comp

The expected output:

NAME                    DEFINITION                  DESCRIPTION
kustomize kustomize can fetching, building, updating and applying
Kustomize manifests from git repo.
helm helm release is a group of K8s resources from either git
repository or helm repo
config-helm-repository Config information to authenticate helm chart repository
yurt-helm helm release is a group of K8s resources from either git
repository or helm repo
daemon daemonsets.apps Describes daemonset services in Kubernetes.
cron-task cronjobs.batch Describes cron jobs that run code or a script to completion.
worker deployments.apps Describes long-running, scalable, containerized services
that running at backend. They do NOT have network endpoint
to receive external network traffic.
task jobs.batch Describes jobs that run code or a script to completion.
webservice deployments.apps Describes long-running, scalable, containerized services
that have a stable network endpoint to receive external
network traffic from customers.
clickhouse Clickhouse Component provision a clickhouse cluster.
config-image-registry Config information to authenticate image registry
k8s-objects K8s-objects allow users to specify raw K8s objects in
raw Raw allow users to specify raw K8s object in properties.
This definition is DEPRECATED, please use 'k8s-objects'
ref-objects Ref-objects allow users to specify ref objects to use.
Notice that this component type have special handle logic.

2. Install VelaUX

This is optional if you don't use UI console of KubeVela.

VelaUX is a dashboard including UI console and API services.

vela addon enable ~/.vela/addons/velaux

expected output:

Addon: velaux enabled Successfully.

By default, velaux didn't have any exposed port, If there is the browser in local, you can view it by:

vela port-forward addon-velaux -n vela-system 8080:80

Choose > local | velaux | velaux for visit.

If you are installing it in a remote environment such as a virtual machine, you can refer to VelaUX addon document to expose an endpoint or other advanced installation arguments.

VelaUX needs authentication. The default username is admin and the password is VelaUX12345.

It requires you to override with a new password for the first login, please make sure to remember the new password.

3. Cleanup

velad uninstall

This command will clean up KubeVela controllers along with the Kubernetes cluster, refer to the advanced guide for more detailed steps.

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