K8s Advanced Parameters

Instead of managing manually your own cluster as in the precedent page, you might want to choose a container orchestration tool such as Kubernetes to have a maximum of flexibility on your deployment. This page gives detailed information on how to run Cells in a multi-node setup using inside Kubernetes.

What is Kubernetes ?

Kubernetes is an open-source system for automating deployment, scaling, and management of containerized applications.

Install a Kubernetes cluster

You can manually create your own kubernetes cluster on your servers by using kubernetes tools.

Alternatively, there are many operators that offer the possibility of installing a Kubernetes cluster easily. You can find a few below :

For testing, you can use minikube to easily deploy your applications in a local cluster

What is HELM ?

Helm is essentially a package manager for kubernetes applications. Helm Charts can be defined to easily preconfigure the deployment of an application with its dependencies.

Parameters can be changed by setting them during install or upgrade. (e.g. helm install my-cells cells/cells --set image.tag=latest)


You can use kubectl locally to easily access your remote cluster. Change your kubeconfig to manage and monitor your deployment directly from your computer. Helm commands will automatically use the kubeconfig configuration.

Install using Helm

Refer to the quick install page for more information.

The cells helm charts can be used to deploy a ReplicaSet of Cells stateless servers. Using helm3 you can add the Cells Helm repo as follows :

helm repo add cells https://download.pydio.com/pub/charts/helm
helm install --namespace <namespace> --create-namespace my-cells cells/cells


Each dependency parameter can be configured directly from the command line by adding the name of the dependency as prefix :

helm install my-cells cells/cells --set mariadb.image.tag=latest ...

Dependencies can also be disabled if you want to use your own deployment from another repo. You need to make sure that you set the corrected address of your external service in the cells configuration for cells to be able to reach it.

helm install my-cells cells/cells --set mariadb.enabled=false

Cells Chart declares the following mandatory dependencies below. They are all necessary for a fully functional Cells cluster. You can install equivalent versions if you require by disabling the initial dependency

Name Repo Enable Parameters list
mariadb bitnami mariadb.enabled https://artifacthub.io/packages/helm/bitnami/mariadb#parameters
redis bitnami redis.enabled https://artifacthub.io/packages/helm/bitnami/redis#parameters
nats bitnami nats.enabled https://artifacthub.io/packages/helm/bitnami/nats#parameters
mongodb bitnami mongodb.enabled https://artifacthub.io/packages/helm/bitnami/mongodb#parameters
minio bitnami minio.enabled https://artifacthub.io/packages/helm/bitnami/minio#parameters
vault Hashicorp vault.enabled https://developer.hashicorp.com/vault/docs/platform/k8s/helm/configuration

Cells Chart declares the following optional dependencies below

Name Repo Enable Parameters list
ingress-nginx kubernetes ingress.enabled https://artifacthub.io/packages/helm/ingress-nginx/ingress-nginx#values


Number of replicas

Parameter Description Default
replicaCount Number of replicas used be default by the application 1

Server image

Parameter Description Default
image.repository pydio/cells
image.pullPolicy IfNotPresent
image.tag unstable


Parameter Description Default
service.type NodePort
service.port 8080
service.discoveryPort 8002
service.binds Configures new bind addresses for the pod not set
service.reverseproxyurl Configure the reverse proxy url for the pod not set
service.tlsconfig Configure the tlsconfig of the pod load balancer not set
service.customconfigs Configure custom configuration for the Cells instance {
 # Initial license
 "defaults/license/data": "FAKE",

 # sticky session for grpc
 "cluster/clients/grpc/loadBalancingStrategies[0]/name": "priority-local",

 "frontend/plugin/core.pydio/APPLICATION_TITLE": "My Pydio Cells Cluster"


Resources are not set by default in order to run everywhere.

But it becomes mandatory if you want to set up an autoscaling strategy (below)

Parameter Description Default
resources.limits.cpu not set
resources.limits.memory not set
resources.requests.cpu not set
resources.requests.memory not set


Autoscaling is disabled by default. But you can enable it to have the replica set horizontally scaling to use the full (or as defined) capacity of your cluster.

Parameter Description Default
autoscaling.enabled Enables autoscaling false
autoscaling.minReplicas Minimum number of replicas started for a Cells deployment 3
autoscaling.maxReplicas Maximum number of replicas started for a Cells deployment 5
autoscaling.targetCPUUtilizationPercentage Target cpu percentage usage of the maximum resource allocated to reach to trigger a new pod deployment 80
autoscaling.targetMemoryUtilizationPercentage Target memory percentage usage of the maximum resource allocated to reach to trigger a new pod deployment 80


In order to access your application remotely, you can set an ingress API object that will provide load balancing, SSL termination and name-based virtual hosting :

Parameter Description Default
ingress.enabled Enables Ingress false
ingress.annotations Ingress annotations {
"kubernetes.io/ingress.class": "nginx",
 "cert-manager.io/cluster-issuer": "letsencrypt",
 "nginx.ingress.kubernetes.io/proxy-body-size": "0"
ingress.hostname Ingress main hostname cells.local
ingress.tls Ingress TLS enabled false
ingress.clusterissuer.server URL to the LetsEncrypt certification API https://acme-v02.api.letsencrypt.org/directory
ingress.clusterissuer.email Email used for verification during the certification not set
ingress.extraHosts Potential extra hostnames allowed []
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