Polyaxon Agent chart is a Helm chart for deploying Polyaxon Agent on Kubernetes.


This chart bootstraps a Polyaxon Agent deployment on a Kubernetes cluster using the Helm package manager.

This chart can be installed on a single node or multi-nodes cluster, in which case you need to provide some volumes with ReadWriteMany or cloud buckets.

Tip: The full list of the default values.yaml


  • Kubernetes
  • helm


Parameter Description Default
deploymentChart The deployment chart to use agent


Parameter Description Default
deploymentVersion The deployment version to use, this is important if you are using polyaxon-cli to avoid accidentally deploying/upgrading to a version without noticing latest


Parameter Description Default
namespace The namespace that will be used by Polyaxon to create operations and communicate with other services polyaxon


The gateway is the service fronting the traffic to/from Polyaxon. By default it's deployed with ClusterIP.

You can use port forwarding to access the service on localhost:

kubectl port-forward -n polyaxon svc/agent-polyaxon-gateway 8000:80

Or using Polyaxon CLI

polyaxon port-forward -r agent

Note: [-r/--release-name] could be different if you deployed with a different release name

Ingress and Gateway service

Parameter Description Default
ingress.enabled Use Kubernetes ingress true
ingress.path Kubernetes ingress path /
ingress.hostName Kubernetes ingress hostName ``
ingress.tls Use Ingress TLS (Secrets must be manually created in the namespace) []
ingress.annotations Ingress annotations {}
gateway.service.type Gateway Service type ClusterIP
gateway.service.annotations Gateway Service annotations {}

This chart provides support for an Ingress resource.

If you enable ingress, please set the gateway service type value to:

  • ClusterIP or NodePort
  • NodePort or LoadBalancer on GKE

Note: using TLS requires either:

  • a preconfigured secret with the TLS secrets in it
  • or the user of cert-manager to auto request certs from let's encrypt and store them in a secret.

It's also possible to use a service like externalDNS to auto create the DNS entry for the polyaxon API service.

Ingress Annotations

Example annotations:

ingress.kubernetes.io/ssl-redirect: "false"
ingress.kubernetes.io/rewrite-target: /
ingress.kubernetes.io/add-base-url: "true"
ingress.kubernetes.io/proxy-connect-timeout: "600"
ingress.kubernetes.io/proxy-read-timeout: "600"
ingress.kubernetes.io/proxy-send-timeout: "600"
ingress.kubernetes.io/send-timeout: "600"
ingress.kubernetes.io/proxy-body-size: 4G

Securing API server with TLS

If you have your own certificate you can make a new secret with the tls.crt and the tls.key, then set the secret name in the values file.

Automating TLS certificate creation and DNS setup

To automate the creation and registration of new domain name you can use the following services:

once installed, you can set the values for ingress.tls:

  enabled: true
  hostName: polyaxon.acme.com
    - secretName: polyaxon.acme-tls
        - polyaxon.acme.com

TLS can have more than one host.

In order to get the domain registration to work you need to set the value of api.service.annotations to the annotation needed for your domain: i.e

  domainName: polyaxon.my.domain.com

NGINX ingress

To use Https in Polyaxon on Kubernetes you can set an ingress-nginx for cluster running on Kubernetes.

Polyaxon's helm chart comes with an ingress resource that you can use with an ingress controller where you should use TLS so that all traffic will be served over HTTPS.

  1. Create a TLS secret that contains your TLS certificate and private key.

    kubectl create secret tls polyaxon-tls --key $PATH_TO_KEY --cert $PATH_TO_CERT
  2. Add the tls configuration to Polyaxon's Ingress values. (Do not use CluserIP on GKE)

        type: ClusterIP
      enabled: true
      hostName: polyaxon.acme.com
      - secretName: polyaxon.acme-tls
          - polyaxon.acme.com

    For more information visit the Nginx Ingress Integration


Parameter Description Default
dns DNS configuration for cluster running with custom dns setup {}

Several users deploy Polyaxon on Kubernetes cluster created with kubespray, and by default Kubespray creates Kubernetes with CoreDNS as a cluster DNS server.

Update DNS backend

Although we could provide logic to detect the DNS used in the cluster, this would require cluster wide RBAC that we think it's unnecessary. The default DNS backend used by Polyaxon is KubeDNS, to set it to a different DNS, you can provide this value in your Polyaxon's deployment config:

  backend: "coredns"

Update the complete DNS prefix

Since the DNS service is generally deployed on kube-system namespace, the default DNS prefix is kube-dns.kube-system or coredns.kube-system if you update the previous option.

You can also provide the complete DNS prefix, and not use the DNS backend options:

  prefix: kube-dns.other-kube-system

Update DNS cluster

The default dns cluster used in Polyaxon to resolve routes is cluster.local, you can provide a Custom Cluster DNS, by setting:

  customCluster: "custom.cluster.name"


When you deploy an agent all traffic will be checked by the control plane to ensure that:

  • Users are allowed to view the content.
  • Users are authenticated to access private projects and their content.
  • That any service: Notebooks, Tensorboards, custom dashboards and apps, can be accessed following the team roles and access control configured.
Parameter Description Default
auth.enabled To use Polyaxon auth system true
auth.useResolver To resolve and authenticate all traffic for managed services true

Time zone

To set a different time zone for the agent. you can can provide a valid time zone value

Parameter Description Default
timezone The timezone to use UTC

Node manipulation

Parameter Description Default
nodeSelector Node selector for core pod assignment {}
tolerations Tolerations for core pod assignment []
affinity Affinity for core pod assignment Please check the values

Node Selectors

Polyaxon comes with a couple of node selectors options to assign pods to nodes for polyaxon's core platform

By providing these values, or some of them, you can constrain the pods belonging to that category to only run on particular nodes or to prefer to run on particular nodes.



If one or more taints are applied to a node, and you want to make sure some pods should not deploy on it.



It allows you to constrain which nodes your pod is eligible to schedule on, based on the node's labels. Polyaxon has a default Affinity values for the agent's core components to ensure that they deploy on the same node.

Polyaxon's default affinity:

      - weight: 100
            - key: type
              operator: In
              - "polyaxon-core"
          topologyKey: "kubernetes.io/hostname"

Control Plane

This is the control plane that the agent will connect to. The control plane can be Polyaxon Cloud or a Polyaxon EE managed by the user.


Agent configuration

Set the agent token and instance value:

  instance: acme.agents.UUID
  token: "TOKEN_VALUE"

Security context

Parameter Description Default
securityContext.enabled enable security context false
user security context UID 2222
group security context GID 2222

Polyaxon runs all containers as root by default, this configuration is often fine for several deployment, however, in some use cases it can expose a compliance issue for some teams.

Polyaxon provides a simple way to enable a security context for all core components.

Default configuration:

  enabled: false
  user: 2222
  group: 2222

Enable security context

  enabled: true

or enable with custom UID/GID other than 2222/2222:

  enabled: true
  user: 1111
  group: 1111

This will enable a security context to run all containers using a UID/GID == 1111/1111.

If you are using a host path or a volume for the artifacts store, make sure to allow the UID/GID to access it.


artifactsStore: {}
connections: []

You need to configure the connections to authorize for the agent. Please check connections section.

Each Agent is responsible for the artifacts store and connections it manages on the namespace where it's deployed.