Use a private Helm repository in Azure Dev Spaces

Helm is a package manager for Kuberentes. Helm uses a chart format to package dependencies. Helm charts are stored in a repository, which can be public or private. Azure Dev Spaces only retrieves Helm charts from public repositories when running your application. In cases where the Helm repository is private or Azure Dev Spaces can't access it, you can add a chart from that repository directly to your application. Adding the chart directly lets Azure Dev Spaces run your application without having to access the private Helm repository.

Add the private Helm repository to your local machine

Use helm repo add and helm repo update to access the private Helm repository from your local machine.

helm repo add privateRepoName --username user --password 5tr0ng_P@ssw0rd!
helm repo update

Add the chart to your application

Navigate to your project's directory and run azds prep.

azds prep --enable-ingress


The prep command attempts to generate a Dockerfile and Helm chart for your project. Azure Dev Spaces uses these files to build and run your code, but you can modify these files if you want to change how the project is built and ran.

Create a requirements.yaml file with your chart in your application's chart directory. For example, if your application is named app1, you would create charts/app1/requirements.yaml.

    - name: mychart
      version: 0.1.0

Navigate to your application's chart directory and use helm dependency update to update the Helm dependencies for your application and download the chart from the private repository.

helm dependency update

Verify a charts subdirectory with a tgz file has been added to your application's chart directory. For example, charts/app1/charts/mychart-0.1.0.tgz.

The chart from your private Helm repository has been downloaded and added to your project. Remove the requirements.yaml file so that Dev Spaces won't try to update this dependency.

Run your application

Navigate to the root directory of your project and run azds up to verify your application successfully runs in your dev space.

$ azds up
Using dev space 'default' with target 'MyAKS'
Synchronizing files...2s
Installing Helm chart...2s
Waiting for container image build...2m 25s
Building container image...
Service 'app1' port 'http' is available at
Service 'app1' port 80 (http) is available at http://localhost:54256

Next steps

Learn more about Helm and how it works.