GitOps - CD for Cloud-Native Apps

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GitOps – CD for Cloud-Native Apps

What Is It

GitOps is a paradigm for Kubernetes cluster management that uses Git as the source of truth for declarative applications and infrastructure, and can be thought of as a cloud-native operational model.

How Is It Different

GitOps Is A Pull-Based Model

  • Rather than CI/CD we think of it as a CD/CO (continuous delivery/continuous operations) model
  • The majority of CI/CD tools available today use a push-based model. A push-based pipeline means that code starts with the CI system and then continues its path through a series of encoded scripts to push changes to the Kubernetes cluster
  • Pull relates to the Operator installed to the cluster that watches the image repository for new updates

Why Use This Approach

  • GitOps takes full advantage of the move towards immutable infrastructure and declarative container orchestration
  • The approach helps to prevent configuration drift

What Does This Look Like

In a pull pipeline, a Kubernetes Operator reads new images from the image repository from inside the cluster.

At the centre of the GitOps pattern is the Operator/Agent. It monitors the single source of truth (a config repo) that contains the deployment manifest and the actual state in the cluster.

The Operator constantly monitors the Actual State in the cluster, and the Desired State defined in the Repo

Separation of Concerns

The pipelines can only communicate by Git updates:

  • Whenever Git is updated, the Operator is notified.
  • Whenever the Operator detects drifts, monitoring and alerting tooling are notified


  • Consistency
    • Production states match your test environments
  • Reliability
    • With Git’s capability to revert/rollback and fork, you gain stable and reproducible rollbacks
  • Developer Experience
    • Focus on developer code rather than Kubernetes experience (faster onboarding)
  • Standards and Consistency
    • One model for apps, Infra and Kubernetes changes
  • Enhanced Security
    • Reduced potential to expose credentials outside of your cluster

GitOps 3 Initialisms

Argocd in 5 Minutes (Example)


To be installed and running

Set Alias

Create Namespace and Install Argocd in Your Local Cluster

View Running Pods

Set Port Forwarding

Login to the UI


Deploy Sample App and View in the UI

Delete / Cleanup

Useful Tools



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