Kubecost Release Process

A Kubecost Release is a snapshot of the source, build output, artifacts, and other metadata associated with a tagged version of code.

Production releases

  • Production releases are scheduled for the first Tuesday of every month.
  • Patch releases are pushed as needed between scheduled releases.
  • Release notes published here.
  • Production releases are always generated from Master branches.
  • In each production release, we update each image version plus our helm chart version in lock step.
  • Historically we average one patch release between minor releases.
  • You can target an older release of the Kubecost pod by setting imageVersion to the desired value, e.g. prod-1.63.1

Release candidate (RC) builds

  • Release candidates are produced between production releases for early testing
  • To pick up a release candidate, add --devel to your helm install/upgrade instructions. For example:
helm install kubecost kubecost/cost-analyzer --namespace kubecost --devel

Staging releases

  • Staging releases are built before scheduled releases and published in this repo.
  • You can get the latest staging build by following the install steps

Delaying Releases

We never want to miss our communicated release date, but sometimes it happens. We will only delay a release when we as a team feel like we're not delivering our best possible work product. Generally speaking, if we don't release on time, we have more work to complete before we feel like we're putting our best foot forward. Occasionally this happens, and when it does, we will communicate through our RC release notes what the new anticipated release date is. We will, at a minimum, have RC images available by the planned release date. We will also regularly cut RC images every few days until the anticipated launch date.

Nightly releases

A Helm chart release is created every night with the latest images. These images should be considered "bleeding edge" and may be unstable. You can get that Helm repo with the following:
helm repo add kubecost-nightly
You can then update your existing installation to the latest nightly:
helm repo update
helm upgrade kubecost -n kubecost kubecost-nightly/cost-analyzer
If you want to change your installation back to a production release, run the following (assuming you have a Helm repo called kubecost tracking the production release):
helm upgrade kubecost kubecost/cost-analyzer -n kubecost

Getting notified when a release is created

  • You can watch Releases Only (more info) for this helm chart repo, or join our Slack workspace -

Submitting feedback on a release

We always love receiving feedback and feature requests. Please reach out to [email protected] or submit an issue in the respective repo:
  • If you installed our Helm chart, all issues can be filed at
  • If you installed just the open source cost-model, you can file issues at