Argo CD - Declarative Continuous Delivery for Kubernetes

What is Argo CD?

Argo CD is a declarative, continuous delivery for Kubernetes.

Argo CD UI

Why Argo CD?

Application definitions, configurations, and environments should be declarative and version controlled. Application deployment and lifecycle management should be automated, auditable, and easy to understand.

Getting Started

Follow our getting started guide. Further documentation is provided for additional features.

How it works

Argo CD follows the GitOps pattern of using git repositories as the source of truth for defining the desired application state. Kubernetes manifests can be specified in several ways:

  • ksonnet applications
  • helm charts
  • Simple directory of YAML/json manifests

Argo CD automates the deployment of the desired application states in the specified target environments. Application deployments can track updates to branches, tags, or pinned to a specific version of manifests at a git commit. See tracking strategies for additional details about the different tracking strategies available.

Architecture

Argo CD Architecture

Argo CD is implemented as a kubernetes controller which continuously monitors running applications and compares the current, live state against the desired target state (as specified in the git repo). A deployed application whose live state deviates from the target state is considered OutOfSync. Argo CD reports & visualizes the differences, while providing facilities to automatically or manually sync the live state back to the desired target state. Any modifications made to the desired target state in the git repo can be automatically applied and reflected in the specified target environments.

For additional details, see architecture overview.

Features

  • Automated deployment of applications to specified target environments
  • Continuous monitoring of deployed applications
  • Automated or manual syncing of applications to its desired state
  • Web and CLI based visualization of applications and differences between live vs. desired state
  • Rollback/Roll-anywhere to any application state committed in the git repository
  • Health assessment statuses on all components of the application
  • SSO Integration (OIDC, OAuth2, LDAP, SAML 2.0, GitLab, Microsoft, LinkedIn)
  • Webhook Integration (GitHub, BitBucket, GitLab)
  • PreSync, Sync, PostSync hooks to support complex application rollouts (e.g.blue/green & canary upgrades)
  • Parameter overrides for overriding ksonnet/helm parameters in git

Development Status

  • Argo CD is being used in production to deploy SaaS services at Intuit

Roadmap

  • Audit trails for application events and API calls
  • Service account/access key management for CI pipelines
  • Revamped UI
  • Customizable application actions