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About the Replicated SDK (Beta)

This topic provides an introduction to using the Replicated SDK with your Helm chart application.


The Replicated SDK is a Helm chart that can be installed as a small service alongside your application Helm chart. The Replicated SDK provides an in-cluster API that you can use to embed Replicated features into your application such as:

For more information about the Replicated SDK API, see Replicated SDK API (Beta). For information about developing against the SDK API locally, see Developing Against the SDK API (Beta).


The Replicated SDK has the following limitations:

  • SDK-Enabled Helm Charts with KOTS: When a Helm chart that includes the SDK as a dependency is installed with KOTS, instance data might be duplicated because both KOTS and the SDK are reporting data. To install an SDK-enabled Helm chart with KOTS, you must update both the chart and the HelmChart custom resource so that the SDK is excluded from KOTS installations. For more information, see Using an SDK-Enabled Chart for KOTS Installations.

  • Installing with helm template and kubectl apply: Some popular enterprise continuous delivery tools, such as ArgoCD and Pulumi, deploy Helm charts by running helm template then kubectl apply on the generated manifests, rather than running helm install or helm upgrade. The following limitations apply to applications installed by running helm template then kubectl apply:

    • The /api/v1/app/history SDK API endpoint always returns an empty array because there is no Helm history in the cluster. See GET /app/history in Replicated SDK API (Beta).

    • The SDK does not automatically generate status informers to report status data for installed instances of the application. To get instance status data, you must enable custom status informers by overriding the replicated.statusInformers Helm value. See Enable Application Status Insights in Enabling and Understanding Application Status.

How to Distribute the SDK

You can distribute the Replicated SDK with your application by declaring it as a dependency in your application Helm chart Chart.yaml file:

# Chart.yaml
- name: replicated
repository: oci://
version: 1.0.0-beta.8

For the latest version information for the Replicated SDK, see the replicated-sdk repository in GitHub.

Consider the following guidelines for adding the SDK as a dependency:

  • If your chart uses the Chart API version 1 (v1), then add the dependency to the requirements.yaml file rather than the Chart.yaml file. For more information, see Consolidation of requirements.yaml into Chart.yaml in the Helm documentation.

  • Replicated recommends that your application is installed as a single chart that includes all necessary charts as dependencies. However, if your application is installed as multiple charts, declare the SDK as a dependency of the chart that customers install first.

How the SDK Runs in a Customer Environment

The following diagram shows how the Replicated SDK is installed and runs in a customer environment:

diagram of the replicated sdk in a custom environment

As shown in the diagram above, when a release containing one or more Helm charts is promoted to a channel, the Replicated vendor portal automatically extracts any Helm charts included in the release. These charts are pushed as OCI objects to the Replicated registry. The Replicated registry is a private OCI registry hosted by Replicated at For information about security for the Replicated registry, see Replicated Registry Security.

For example, if your application in the vendor portal is named My App and you promote a release containing a Helm chart with name: my-chart to the Beta channel, then the vendor portal pushes the chart to the following location: oci://

Customers can install your Helm chart by first logging in to the Replicated registry with their unique license ID. This step ensures that any customer who installs your chart from the registry has a valid, unexpired license. After the customer logs in to the Replicated registry, they can run helm install to install the chart from the registry.

Finally, the SDK is initialized in the customer environment using values that the Replicated registry injects in the Helm chart values file. After the SDK is initialized, you can use the SDK API to get customer-specific license information from the vendor portal during runtime. You can also use the API to get details about the instance from the customer environment and from the vendor portal.

For more information about installing with Helm, see Installing with Helm.

Replicated Helm Values

When a customer installs your Helm chart from the Replicated registry, the Replicated registry injects values into the global.replicated field of the Helm chart values file. Additionally, when the Replicated SDK is installed alongside your application, the registry injects values into the replicated field.

The Replicated SDK uses the values in the replicated field to initialize in a customer environment and to send information about the instance back to the vendor portal, such as the Kubernetes version and distribution of the cluster and the cloud provider where the instance is running.

The following is an example of a Helm values file containing both the global.replicated and replicated fields injected by the Replicated registry:

# Helm values.yaml
channelName: Stable
customerEmail: [email protected]
customerName: Example Customer
dockerconfigjson: eyJhdXRocyI6eyJd1dIRk5NbEZFVGsxd2JGUmFhWGxYWm5scloyNVRSV1pPT2pKT2NGaHhUVEpSUkU1...
description: License Expiration
name: expires_at
v1: iZBpESXx7fpdtnbMKingYHiJH42rP8fPs0x8izy1mODckGBwVoA...
title: Expiration
value: "2023-05-30T00:00:00Z"
valueType: String
licenseID: YiIXRTjiB7R...
licenseType: dev
appName: my-app
channelID: 2CBDxNwDH1xyYiIXRTjiB7REjKX
channelName: Stable
channelSequence: 75
created_at: "2023-05-12T17:44:10Z"
license: |
kind: License
name: examplename
appSlug: my-app
# The full customer license is injected
license_id: WJldGExCmtpbmQ6IEN...
releaseCreatedAt: "2023-05-12T17:43:51Z"
releaseNotes: "Some release notes"
releaseSequence: 81
username: [email protected]
versionLabel: 0.1.70

The values in the global.replicated field provide information about the following:

  • Details about the fields in the customer's license, such as the field name, description, signature, value, and any custom license fields that you define.
  • A base64 encoded Docker configuration file. If you use the Replicated proxy service to proxy images from an external private registry, you can use the global.replicated.dockerconfigjson field to create an image pull secret for the proxy service. For more information, see Proxying Images for Helm Installations.

The values in the replicated field provide information about the following:

  • The full customer license and the license ID
  • The target application release from the vendor portal

SDK Resiliency

At startup and when serving requests, the SDK retrieves and caches the latest information from the upstream Replicated APIs, including customer license information.

If the upstream APIs are not available at startup, the SDK does not accept connections or serve requests until it is able to communicate with the upstream APIs. If communication fails, the SDK retries every 10 seconds and the SDK pod is at 0/1 ready.

When serving requests, if the upstream APIs become unavailable, the SDK serves from the memory cache and sets the X-Replicated-Served-From-Cache header to true.