Saved Reports

Reports are saved queries from your various Monitoring dashboards which can be referenced at a later date for convenience. Aggregation, filters, and other details of your query will be saved in the report, and the report can be opened at any time. Reports are currently supported by the Allocations, Assets, and Cloud Cost Explorer dashboards.
Reports can be managed via values.yaml or the Kubecost UI. This reference outlines the process of configuring saved reports through a values file, and provides documentation on the required and optional parameters.
Reports page

Saved report parameters

The saved report settings, under global.savedReports, accept two parameters:
  • enabled determines whether Kubecost will read saved reports configured via values.yaml; default value is false
  • reports is a list of report parameter maps
The following fields apply to each map item under the reports key:
  • title the title/name of your custom report; any non-empty string is accepted
  • window the time window the allocation report covers, the following values are supported:
    • key words: today, week (week-to-date), month (month-to-date), yesterday, lastweek, lastmonth
    • number of days: {N}d (last N days)
      • e.g. 30d for the last 30 days
    • date range: {start},{end} (comma-separated RFC-3339 date strings or Unix timestamps)
      • e.g. 2021-01-01T00:00:00Z,2021-01-02T00:00:00Z for the single day of 1 January 2021
      • e.g. 1609459200,1609545600 for the single day of 1 January 2021
    • Note: for all window options, if a window is requested that spans "partial" days, the window will be rounded up to include the nearest full date(s).
      • e.g. 2021-01-01T15:04:05Z,2021-01-02T20:21:22Z will return the two full days of 1 January 2021 and 2 January 2021
  • aggregateBy the desired aggregation parameter -- equivalent to Breakdown in the Kubecost UI. Supports:
    • cluster
    • container
    • controller
    • controllerKind
    • daemonset
    • department
    • deployment
    • environment
    • job
    • label requires the following format: label:<label_name>
    • namespace
    • node
    • owner
    • pod
    • product
    • service
    • statefulset
    • team
  • chartDisplay -- Can be one of category, series, efficiency, percentage, or treemap. See Cost Allocation Charts for more info.
  • idle idle cost allocation, supports hide, shareByNode, shareByCluster, and separate
  • rate -- Can be one of cumulative, monthly, daily, hourly
  • accumulate determines whether or not to sum Allocation costs across the entire window -- equivalent to Resolution in the UI, supports true (Entire window resolution) and false (Daily resolution)
  • sharedNamespaces -- a list containing namespaces to share costs for.
  • sharedOverhead -- an integer representing overhead costs to share.
  • sharedLabels -- a list of labels to share costs for, requires the following format: label:<label_name>
  • filters -- a list of maps consisting of a property and value
    • property -- supports cluster, node, namespace, and label
    • value -- property value(s) to filter on, supports wildcard filtering with a * suffix
      • Special case label value examples: app:cost-analyzer, app:cost*
        • Wildcard filters only apply for the label value. e.g., ap*:cost-analyzer is not valid
    • Note: multiple filter properties evaluate as ANDs, multiple filter values evaluate as ORs
      • e.g., (namespace=foo,bar), (node=fizz) evaluates as (namespace == foo || namespace == bar) && node=fizz
    • Important: If no filters used, supply an empty list []

Example Helm values.yaml Saved Reports section

# Set saved report(s) accessible in reports.html
# View configured saved reports in <front-end-url>/model/reports
enabled: true # If true, overwrites report parameters set through UI
- title: "Example Saved Report 0"
window: "today"
aggregateBy: "namespace"
chartDisplay: "category"
idle: "separate"
rate: "cumulative"
accumulate: false # daily resolution
- monitoring
- kube-system
- property: "cluster"
value: "cluster-one,cluster*" # supports wildcard filtering and multiple comma separated values
- property: "namespace"
value: "kubecost"
- title: "Example Saved Report 1"
window: "month"
aggregateBy: "controllerKind"
chartDisplay: "category"
idle: "shareByNode"
rate: "monthly"
accumulate: false
- property: "label"
value: "app:cost*,environment:kube*"
- property: "namespace"
value: "kubecost"
- title: "Example Saved Report 2"
window: "2020-11-11T00:00:00Z,2020-12-09T23:59:59Z"
aggregateBy: "service"
chartDisplay: "category"
idle: "hide"
rate: "daily"
accumulate: true # entire window resolution
filters: [] # if no filters, specify empty array

Combining UI report management with values.yaml

When defining reports via values.yaml, by setting global.savedReports.enabled = true in the values file, the reports defined in values.yaml are created when the Kubecost pod starts. Reports can still be freely created/deleted via the UI while the pod is running. However, when the pod restarts, whatever is defined the the values file supersedes any UI changes.
Generally, the ConfigMap, if present, serves as the source of truth at startup.
If saved reports are not provided via values.yaml, meaning global.savedReports.enabled = false, reports created via the UI are saved to a persistent volume, and persist across pod restarts.


Review these steps to verify that saved reports are being passed to the Kubecost application correctly:
  1. 1.
    Confirm that global.savedReports.enabled is set to true
  2. 2.
    Ensure that the Helm values are successfully read into the ConfigMap
    • Run helm template ./cost-analyzer -n kubecost > test-saved-reports-config.yaml
    • Open test-saved-reports-config
    • Find the section starting with # Source: cost-analyzer/templates/cost-analyzer-saved-reports-configmap.yaml
    • Ensure that the Helm values are successfully read into the ConfigMap under the data field. Example below.
    # Source: cost-analyzer/templates/cost-analyzer-saved-reports-configmap.yaml
    apiVersion: v1
    kind: ConfigMap
    name: saved-report-configs
    labels: cost-analyzer cost-analyzer-1.70.0 RELEASE-NAME Helm
    app: cost-analyzer
    saved-reports.json: '[{"accumulate":false,"aggregateBy":"namespace","filters":[{"property":"cluster","value":"cluster-one,cluster*"},{"property":"namespace","value":"kubecost"}],"idle":"separate","title":"Example Saved Report 0","window":"today"},{"accumulate":false,"aggregateBy":"controllerKind","filters":[{"property":"label","value":"app:cost*,environment:kube*"},{"property":"namespace","value":"kubecost"}],"idle":"shareByNode","title":"Example Saved Report 1","window":"month"},{"accumulate":true,"aggregateBy":"service","filters":[],"idle":"hide","title":"Example Saved Report 2","window":"2020-11-11T00:00:00Z,2020-12-09T23:59:59Z"}]'# Source: cost-analyzer/templates/cost-analyzer-alerts-configmap.yaml
  3. 3.
    Ensure that the JSON string is successfully mapped to the appropriate configs
Navigate to your Reports page in the Kubecost UI and ensure that the configured report parameters have been set by selecting the Report name.