Prow’s tackle utility walks you through deploying a new instance of prow in a couple of minutes, try it out!

Installing tackle

Tackle at this point in time needs to be built from source. The following steps will walk you through the process:

  1. Clone the test-infra repository:
git clone git@github.com:kubernetes/test-infra.git
  1. Build tackle (This requires a working go installation on your system)
cd test-infra/prow/cmd/tackle && go build -o tackle
  1. Optionally move tackle to your $PATH
sudo mv tackle /usr/sbin/tackle

Deploying prow

Note: Creating a cluster using the tackle utility assumes you have the gcloud application in your $PATH and are logged in. If you are doing this on another cloud skip to the Manual deployment below.

Installing Prow using tackle will help you through the following steps:

  • Choosing a kubectl context (or creating a cluster on GCP / getting its credentials if necessary)
  • Deploying prow into that cluster
  • Configuring GitHub to send prow webhooks for your repos. This is where you’ll provide the absolute /path/to/github/token

To install prow run the following and follow the on-screen instructions:

  1. Run tackle:
  1. Once your cluster is created, you’ll get a prompt to apply a starter.yaml. Before you do that open another terminal and apply the prow CRDs using:
kubectl apply --server-side=true -f https://raw.githubusercontent.com/kubernetes/test-infra/master/config/prow/cluster/prowjob-crd/prowjob_customresourcedefinition.yaml
  1. After that specify the starter.yaml you want to use (please make sure to replace the values mentioned here). Once that is done some pods still won’t be in the Running state because we haven’t created the secret containing the credentials needed for our GCS bucket. To do that follow the steps in Configure a GCS bucket.

  2. Once that is done, tackle should show you the URL where you can access the prow dashboard. To use it with your repositories head over to the settings of the GitHub app you created and there under webhook secret, supply the HMAC token you specified in the starter.yaml.

  3. Once that is done, install the GitHub app on the repositories you want (this is only needed if you ran tackle with the --skip-github flag) and you should now be able to use Prow :)

See the Next Steps section after running this utility.