6 Easy Steps to Install Helm Kubernetes Package Manager on Linux


In this article, we will go through 6 Easy Steps to Install Helm Kubernetes Package Manager on Linux. Helm is an excellent open source package manager for Kubernetes. It is basically equivalent to yum or apt package manager that we usually use in CentOS and Ubuntu based Systems. So using helm you can install something called charts in your Kubernetes Cluster which is nothing but a Kubernetes Package. Similarly, you can define, update and delete those packages using this utility. Usually, there are multiple ways to install Helm on Linux but here we will look into the most easiest way that is by using the binary package.

6 Easy Steps to Install Helm Kubernetes Package Manager on Linux

Steps to Install Helm Kubernetes Package Manager on Linux

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Step 1: Prerequisites

a) You should have a running Linux Server.

b) You should have wget and tar utility installed in your Server

c) You should have sudo or root access to run privileged commands.

Step 2: Download Helm

In the first step you need to download the latest Helm binary package from GitHub Download Page using wget utility as shown below. At the time of writing this article, Helm 3.6.3 is the latest version.

[root@localhost ~]# wget
--2021-08-06 08:56:32--
Resolving ( 2606:2800:247:1cb7:261b:1f9c:2074:3c,
Connecting to (|2606:2800:247:1cb7:261b:1f9c:2074:3c|:443... failed: Connection timed out.
Connecting to (||:443... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 13702117 (13M) [application/x-tar]
Saving to: ‘helm-v3.6.3-linux-amd64.tar.gz’

100%[===================================================================================================================>] 13,702,117 1.64MB/s in 6.8s

2021-08-06 08:58:48 (1.93 MB/s) - ‘helm-v3.6.3-linux-amd64.tar.gz’ saved [13702117/13702117]


Step 3: Extract Helm 

Then extract the file from current location using tar -xvf helm-v3.6.3-linux-amd64.tar.gz command as shown below.

[root@localhost ~]# tar -xvf helm-v3.6.3-linux-amd64.tar.gz


Step 4: Move Binary 

Next step is to move the helm binary to /usr/local/bin directory using mv linux-amd64/helm /usr/local/bin/helm command as shown below.

[root@localhost ~]# mv linux-amd64/helm /usr/local/bin/helm


Step 5: Check Helm Version

After successful installation you can check the utility version by using helm version command as shown below.

[root@localhost ~]# helm version
version.BuildInfo{Version:"v3.6.3", GitCommit:"d506314abfb5d21419df8c7e7e68012379db2354", GitTreeState:"clean", GoVersion:"go1.16.5"}


Step 6: Add Repo

You can try to add repo using helm repo add command to quickly test the helm installation. Here we are adding Helm Chart repo using helm repo add stable command as shown below.

[root@localhost ~]# helm repo add stable
"stable" has been added to your repositories

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