Sourcegraph with Kubernetes

Deploying Sourcegraph on Kubernetes is for organizations that need highly scalable and available code search and code intelligence.

Not sure if Kubernetes is the right choice for you? Learn more about the various Sourcegraph installation options.


Before you get started, we recommend learning about how Sourcegraph with Kubernetes works.

Additionally, we recommend reading the configuration guide, ensuring you have prepared the items below so that you’re ready to start your installation:

Once you are all set up, either install Sourcegraph directly or deploy Sourcegraph to a cloud of your choice.

Direct installation

  • Monitor the status of the deployment:
  kubectl get pods -o wide --watch
  • After deployment is completed, verify Sourcegraph is running by temporarily making the frontend port accessible:
  kubectl port-forward svc/sourcegraph-frontend 3080:30080
  • Open http://localhost:3080 in your browser and you will see a setup page. Congratulations, you have Sourcegraph up and running! 🎉

Cloud installation

Follow the instructions linked in the table below to provision a Kubernetes cluster for the infrastructure provider of your choice, using the recommended node and list types in the table.

Provider Node type Boot/ephemeral disk size
Amazon EKS (better than plain EC2) m5.4xlarge 100 GB (SSD preferred)
AWS EC2 m5.4xlarge 100 GB (SSD preferred)
Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) n1-standard-16 100 GB (default)
Azure D16 v3 100 GB (SSD preferred)
Other 16 vCPU, 60 GiB memory per node 100 GB (SSD preferred)



Kubernetes is a portable, extensible, open-source platform for managing containerized workloads and services, that facilitates both declarative configuration and automation. Applications are deployed via a set of YAML files to configure the various components (storage, networking, containers). Learn more about Kubernetes here.

Our Kubernetes support has the following requirements:

  • Sourcegraph Enterprise license. You can run through these instructions without one, but you must obtain a license for instances of more than 10 users.
  • Minimum Kubernetes version: v1.19 and kubectl v1.19 or later (check kubectl docs for backward and forward compatibility with Kubernetes versions).
  • Support for Persistent Volumes.

We also recommend familiarizing yourself with the following before proceeding with the install steps:


We support the use of Kustomize to modify and customize our Kubernetes manifests. Kustomize is a template free way to customize configuration, in a Kubernetes like way with a simple configuration file.

Some benefits of using Kustomize to generate manifests instead of modifying the base directly include:

  • Reduce the odds of encountering a merge conflict when upgrading - they allow you to separate your unique changes from the upstream bases.
  • Better enable us to support you if you run into issues, because how your deployment varies from our reference deployment is encapsulated in a small set of files.

For more information about how to use Kustomize with Sourcegraph, see our customization guide and introduction to overlays.


An overlay specifies customizations for a base directory of Kubernetes manifests, in this case the base/ directory in the reference repository. Overlays can:

  • be used for example to change the number of replicas, change a namespace, add a label, etc
  • refer to other overlays that eventually refer to the base (forming a directed acyclic graph with the base as the root)

Overlays can be used in one of two ways:

  • With kubectl: Starting with kubectl client version 1.14 kubectl can handle kustomization.yaml files directly. When using kubectl there is no intermediate step that generates actual manifest files. Instead the combined resources from the overlays and the base are directly sent to the cluster. This is done with the kubectl apply -k command. The argument to the command is a directory containing a kustomization.yaml file.
  • Withkustomize: This generates manifest files that are then applied in the conventional way using kubectl apply -f.

The overlays provided in our overlays directory rely on the kustomize tool and the script in the root directory to generate the manifests. There are two reasons why it was set up like this:

  • It avoids having to put a kustomization.yaml file in the base directory and forcing users that don’t use overlays to deal with it (unfortunately kubectl apply -f doesn’t work if a kustomization.yaml file is in the directory).
  • It generates manifests instead of applying them directly. This provides opportunity to additionally validate the files and also allows using kubectl apply -f with --prune flag turned on (apply -k with --prune does not work correctly).

To learn about our available overlays and how to use them, please refer to our overlays guides.

Reference repository

Sourcegraph for Kubernetes is configured using our sourcegraph/deploy-sourcegraph reference repository. This repository contains everything you need to spin up and configure a Sourcegraph deployment on Kubernetes.