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Build and Test Kilo

This document describes how you can build and test Kilo.

To follow along, you need to install the following utilities:

  • go not for building but formatting the code and running unit tests
  • make
  • jq
  • git
  • curl
  • docker

Getting Started#

Clone the Repository and cd into it.

git clone kilo


For consistency, the Kilo binaries are compiled in a Docker container, so make sure the docker package is installed and the daemon is running.

Compile Binaries#

To compile the kg and kgctl binaries run:


Binaries are always placed in a directory corresponding to the local system's OS and architecture following the pattern bin/<os>/<architecture>/, so on an AMD64 machine running Linux, the binaries will be stored in bin/linux/amd64/.

You can build the binaries for a different architecture by setting the ARCH environment variable before invoking make, e.g.:

ARCH=<arm|arm64|amd64> make

Likewise, to build kg for another OS, set the OS environment variable before invoking make:

OS=<windows|darwin|linux> make


To execute the unit tests, run:

make unit

To lint the code in the repository, run:

make lint

To execute basic end to end tests, run:

make e2e

Note: The end to end tests are currently flaky, so try running them again if they fail.

To instead run all of the tests with a single command, run:

make test

Build and Push the Container Images#

If you want to build containers for a processor architecture that is different from your computer's, then you will first need to configure QEMU as the interpreter for binaries built for non-native architectures:

docker run --rm --privileged multiarch/qemu-user-static --reset -p yes

Set the $IMAGE environment variable to <your Docker Hub user name>/kilo. This way the generated container images and manifests will be named accordingly. By skipping this step, you will be able to tag images but will not be able to push the containers and manifests to your own Docker Hub.

export IMAGE=<docker hub user name>/kilo

If you want to use a different container registry, run:

export REGISTRY=<your registry without a trailing slash>

To build containers with the kg image for arm, arm64 and amd64, run:

make all-container

Push the container images and build a manifest with:

make manifest

To tag and push the manifest with latest, run:

make manifest-latest

Now you can deploy the custom build of Kilo to your cluster. If you are already running Kilo, change the image from squat/kilo to [registry/]<username>/kilo[:sha].