November 3, 2021

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Go from Docker Compose to Kubernetes

repo name kubernetes/kompose
repo link
language Go
size (curr.) 25549 kB
stars (curr.) 7248
created 2016-06-27
license Apache License 2.0

Kompose (Kubernetes + Compose)

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kompose is a tool to help users who are familiar with docker-compose move to Kubernetes. kompose takes a Docker Compose file and translates it into Kubernetes resources.

kompose is a convenience tool to go from local Docker development to managing your application with Kubernetes. Transformation of the Docker Compose format to Kubernetes resources manifest may not be exact, but it helps tremendously when first deploying an application on Kubernetes.

Use Case

Convert docker-compose.yaml into Kubernetes deployments and services with one simple command:

$ kompose convert -f docker-compose.yaml
INFO Kubernetes file "frontend-service.yaml" created         
INFO Kubernetes file "redis-master-service.yaml" created     
INFO Kubernetes file "redis-slave-service.yaml" created      
INFO Kubernetes file "frontend-deployment.yaml" created      
INFO Kubernetes file "redis-master-deployment.yaml" created  
INFO Kubernetes file "redis-slave-deployment.yaml" created 

Other examples are provided in the examples directory.


We have multiple ways to install Kompose. Our preferred method is downloading the binary from the latest GitHub release.

Our entire list of installation methods are located in our document.

Installation methods:

Binary installation

Kompose is released via GitHub on a three-week cycle, you can see all current releases on the GitHub release page.

Linux and macOS:

# Linux
curl -L -o kompose

# macOS
curl -L -o kompose

chmod +x kompose
sudo mv ./kompose /usr/local/bin/kompose


Download from GitHub and add the binary to your PATH.

Shell autocompletion

We support Bash, Zsh and Fish autocompletion.

# Bash (add to .bashrc for persistence)
source <(kompose completion bash)

# Zsh (add to .zshrc for persistence)
source <(kompose completion zsh)

# Fish autocompletion
kompose completion fish | source

Development and building of Kompose

Building with go


  1. make
  2. Golang v1.6 or later
  3. Set GOPATH correctly or click SettingGOPATH for details


  1. Clone repository
$ git clone $GOPATH/src/
  1. Change directory to the cloned repo.
cd $GOPATH/src/
  1. Build with make
$ make bin
  1. Or build with go
$ go build -o kompose main.go
  1. Test your changes
$ make test


Documentation can be found at our website or our docs folder.

Here is a list of all available docs:

Community, Discussion, Contribution, and Support

Issues: If you find any issues, please file it.

Kubernetes Community: As part of the Kubernetes ecosystem, we follow the Kubernetes community principles. More information can be found on the community page.

Chat (Slack): We’re fairly active on Slack and you can find us in the #kompose channel.

Code of Conduct

Participation in the Kubernetes community is governed by the Kubernetes Code of Conduct.

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