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Run Milvus in Kubernetes with Helm

This page illustrates how to start a Milvus instance in Kubernetes using Milvus Helm charts.


Helm uses a packaging format called charts. A chart is a collection of files that describe a related set of Kubernetes resources. Milvus provides a set of charts to help you deploy Milvus dependencies and components.


  • Install Helm CLI.

  • Create a K8s cluster.

  • Install a StorageClass. You can check the installed StorageClass as follows.

    $ kubectl get sc
    standard (default)     Delete           Immediate             false 
  • Check the hardware and software requirements before installation.

  • Before installing Milvus, it is recommended to use the Milvus Sizing Tool to estimate the hardware requirements based on your data size. This helps ensure optimal performance and resource allocation for your Milvus installation.

Install Milvus Helm Chart

Before installing Milvus Helm Charts, you need to add Milvus Helm repository.

$ helm repo add milvus

The Milvus Helm Charts repo at has been archived and you can get further updates from as follows:

helm repo add zilliztech
helm repo update
# upgrade existing helm release
helm upgrade my-release zilliztech/milvus

The archived repo is still available for the charts up to 4.0.31. For later releases, use the new repo instead.

Then fetch Milvus charts from the repository as follows:

$ helm repo update

You can always run this command to fetch the latest Milvus Helm charts.

Online install

1. Deploy a Milvus cluster

Once you have installed the Helm chart, you can start Milvus on Kubernetes. This section will guide you through the steps to starting Milvus.

$ helm install my-release milvus/milvus

In the above command, my-release is the release name, and milvus/milvus is the locally installed chart repository. To use a different name, replace my-release with the one you see fit.

The command above deploys a Milvus cluster with its components and dependencies using default configurations. To customize these settings, we recommend you use the Milvus Sizing Tool to adjust the configurations based on your actual data size and then download the corresponding YAML file. To learn more about configuration parameters, refer to Milvus System Configurations Checklist.

  • The release name should only contain letters, numbers and dashes. Dots are not allowed in the release name.
  • The default command line installs cluster version of Milvus while installing Milvus with Helm. Further setting is needed while installing Milvus standalone.
  • According to the deprecated API migration guide of Kubernetes, the policy/v1beta1 API version of PodDisruptionBudget is no longer served as of v1.25. You are suggested to migrate manifests and API clients to use the policy/v1 API version instead.
    As a workaround for users who still use the policy/v1beta1 API version of PodDisruptionBudget on Kubernetes v1.25 and later, you can instead run the following command to install Milvus:
    helm install my-release milvus/milvus --set pulsar.bookkeeper.pdb.usePolicy=false,,pulsar.proxy.pdb.usePolicy=false,pulsar.zookeeper.pdb.usePolicy=false
  • See Milvus Helm Chart and Helm for more information.

2. Check Milvus cluster status

Run the following command to check the status of all pods in your Milvus cluster.

$ kubectl get pods

Once all pods are running, the output of the above command should be similar to the following:

NAME                                             READY  STATUS   RESTARTS  AGE
my-release-etcd-0                                1/1    Running   0        3m23s
my-release-etcd-1                                1/1    Running   0        3m23s
my-release-etcd-2                                1/1    Running   0        3m23s
my-release-milvus-datacoord-6fd4bd885c-gkzwx     1/1    Running   0        3m23s
my-release-milvus-datanode-68cb87dcbd-4khpm      1/1    Running   0        3m23s
my-release-milvus-indexcoord-5bfcf6bdd8-nmh5l    1/1    Running   0        3m23s
my-release-milvus-indexnode-5c5f7b5bd9-l8hjg     1/1    Running   0        3m24s
my-release-milvus-proxy-6bd7f5587-ds2xv          1/1    Running   0        3m24s
my-release-milvus-querycoord-579cd79455-xht5n    1/1    Running   0        3m24s
my-release-milvus-querynode-5cd8fff495-k6gtg     1/1    Running   0        3m24s
my-release-milvus-rootcoord-7fb9488465-dmbbj     1/1    Running   0        3m23s
my-release-minio-0                               1/1    Running   0        3m23s
my-release-minio-1                               1/1    Running   0        3m23s
my-release-minio-2                               1/1    Running   0        3m23s
my-release-minio-3                               1/1    Running   0        3m23s
my-release-pulsar-autorecovery-86f5dbdf77-lchpc  1/1    Running   0        3m24s
my-release-pulsar-bookkeeper-0                   1/1    Running   0        3m23s
my-release-pulsar-bookkeeper-1                   1/1    Running   0        98s
my-release-pulsar-broker-556ff89d4c-2m29m        1/1    Running   0        3m23s
my-release-pulsar-proxy-6fbd75db75-nhg4v         1/1    Running   0        3m23s
my-release-pulsar-zookeeper-0                    1/1    Running   0        3m23s
my-release-pulsar-zookeeper-metadata-98zbr       0/1   Completed  0        3m24s

3. Forward a local port to Milvus

Run the following command to get the port at which your Milvus cluster serves.

$ kubectl get pod my-release-milvus-proxy-6bd7f5587-ds2xv --template
='{{(index (index .spec.containers 0).ports 0).containerPort}}{{"\n"}}'

The output shows that the Milvus instance serves at the default port 19530.

If you have deployed Milvus in standalone mode, change the pod name from my-release-milvus-proxy-xxxxxxxxxx-xxxxx to my-release-milvus-xxxxxxxxxx-xxxxx.

Then, run the following command to forward a local port to the port at which Milvus serves.

$ kubectl port-forward service/my-release-milvus 27017:19530
Forwarding from -> 19530

Optionally, you can use :19530 instead of 27017:19530 in the above command to let kubectl allocate a local port for you so that you don't have to manage port conflicts.

By default, kubectl's port-forwarding only listens on localhost. Use the address flag if you want Milvus to listen on the selected or all IP addresses. The following command makes port-forward listen on all IP addresses on the host machine.

$ kubectl port-forward --address service/my-release-milvus 27017:19530
Forwarding from -> 19530

Offline install

If you are in a network-restricted environment, follow the procedure in this section to start a Milvus cluster.

1. Get Milvus manifest

Run the following command to get the Milvus manifest.

$ helm template my-release milvus/milvus > milvus_manifest.yaml

The above command renders chart templates for a Milvus cluster and saves the output to a manifest file named milvus_manifest.yaml. Using this manifest, you can install a Milvus cluster with its components and dependencies in separate pods.

  • To install a Milvus instance in the standalone mode where all Milvus components are contained within a single pod, you should run helm template my-release --set cluster.enabled=false --set etcd.replicaCount=1 --set minio.mode=standalone --set pulsar.enabled=false milvus/milvus > milvus_manifest.yaml instead to render chart templates for a Milvus instance in a standalone mode.
  • To change Milvus configurations, download the value.yaml template, place your desired settings in it, and use helm template -f values.yaml my-release milvus/milvus > milvus_manifest.yaml to render the manifest accordingly.

2. Download image-pulling script

The image-pulling script is developed in Python. You should download the script along with its dependencies in the requirement.txt file.

$ wget
$ wget

3. Pull and save images

Run the following command to pull and save the required images.

$ pip3 install -r requirements.txt
$ python3 --manifest milvus_manifest.yaml

The images are pulled into a sub-folder named images in the current directory.

4. Load images

You can now load the images to the hosts in the network-restricted environment as follows:

$ for image in $(find . -type f -name "*.tar.gz") ; do gunzip -c $image | docker load; done

5. Deploy Milvus

$ kubectl apply -f milvus_manifest.yaml

Till now, you can follow steps 2 and 3 of the online install to check the cluster status and forward a local port to Milvus.

Upgrade running Milvus cluster

Run the following command to uninstall your Milvus cluster.

$ helm uninstall my-release

Uninstall Milvus

Run the following command to uninstall Milvus.

$ helm uninstall my-release

What's next

Having installed Milvus in Docker, you can: