Contributing to Fission

Build deploy and contribute to Fission!


  • You’ll need the go compiler and tools installed. Currently version 1.12.x of Go is needed.

  • You’ll also need docker for building images.

  • You will need a Kubernetes cluster and you can use one of options from below.

    • Minikube
    • Kind
    • Cluster in cloud such as GKE (Google Kubernetes Engine cluster)/ EKS (Elastic Kubernetes Service)/ AKS (Azure Kubernetes Service)
  • Kubectl and Helm installed.

  • Skaffold for local development workflow to make it easier to build and deploy Fission.

  • And of course some basic concepts of Fission such as environment, function are good to be aware of!

Getting started

Understanding code structure


Cmd package is entrypoint for all runtime components and also has Dockerfile for each component. The actual logic here will be pretty light and most of logic of each component is in pkg (Discussecd later)

Component Runtime Component Used in
fetcher Docker Image Environments
fission-bundle Docker Image Binary for all components
fission-cli CLI Binary CLI by user
preupgradechecks Docker Image Pre-install upgrade
├── fetcher
│   ├── Dockerfile.fission-fetcher
│   ├── app
│   └── main.go
├── fission-bundle
│   ├── Dockerfile.fission-bundle
│   ├── main.go
│   └── mqtrigger
├── fission-cli
│   ├── app
│   ├── fission-cli
│   └── main.go
└── preupgradechecks
    ├── Dockerfile.fission-preupgradechecks
    ├── main.go
    └── preupgradechecks.go

fetcher : is a very lightweight component and all of related logic is in fetcher package itself. Fetcher helps in fetching and uploading code and in specializing environments.

fission-bundle : is a component which is a single binary for all components. Based on arguments you pass to fission-bundle - it becomes that component. For ex.

/fission-bundle --controllerPort "8888"							 # Runs Controller

/fission-bundle --kubewatcher --routerUrl http://router.fission  # Runs Kubewatcher

So most serverside components running on server side are fission-bundle binary wrapped in container and used with different arguments. Various arguments and environment variables are passed from manifests/helm chart

fission-cli : is the cli used by end user to interact Fission

preupgradechecks : is again a small independent component to do pre-install upgrade tasks.


Pkg is where most of core components and logic reside. The structure is fairly self-explanatory for example all of executor related functionality will be in executor package and so on.

├── pkg
│   ├── apis
│   ├── builder
│   ├── buildermgr
│   ├── cache
│   ├── canaryconfigmgr
│   ├── controller
│   ├── crd
│   ├── error
│   ├── executor
│   ├── fetcher
│   ├── fission-cli
│   ├── generator
│   ├── info
│   ├── kubewatcher
│   ├── logger
│   ├── mqtrigger
│   ├── plugin
│   ├── publisher
│   ├── router
│   ├── storagesvc
│   ├── throttler
│   ├── timer
│   └── utils


Each of runtime environments is in environments directory and fairly independent. If you are enhancing or creating a new environment - most likely you will end up making changes here. Also understand that if you change an environment - you only need to build environment image.

├── environments
│   ├── binary
│   ├── dotnet
│   ├── dotnet20
│   ├── go
│   ├── jvm
│   ├── nodejs
│   ├── perl
│   ├── php7
│   ├── python
│   ├── ruby
│   └── tensorflow-serving


Fission currently has two charts - and we reccommend using fission-all for development.

├── charts
│   ├──
│   ├── fission-all
│   └── fission-core


There are some more directories but the once worth mentioning in this context are:

Examples: Contains various examples functions Test: This is where the tests & test suite lives.

Getting Started

Get the code locally and after you have made changes - you can verify formatting and other basic checks.

# Clone the repo
$ git clone $GOPATH/src/
$ cd $GOPATH/src/

# Enable go module and get dependencies
$ export GO111MODULE=on
$ go mod vendor

# Run checks on your changes
$ ./hack/
$ ./hack/

From this step onward you should stick to either “Use Skaffold and Kind/K8S Cluster” or an automated version of “Manual Steps”. Both the ways achieve the same result but Skaffold makes the development cycle faster and smoother.

Use Skaffold and Kind/K8S Cluster

You should bring up Kind/Minikube cluster or if using a cloud provider cluster then Kubecontext should be pointing to appropriate cluster.

Now replace the “<DOCKERHUB_REPO>” with your dockerhub repo in the Skaffold.yaml definition. (This will change once there is a resolution on issue here:

Now you can run $ skaffold run - which will build images and deploy using Helm.

Manual Steps

Build the code

You will need to build images for fission-bundle, fetcher, preupgradechecks and environments based on changes you are making. You can push it to a docker hub account or any docker registry.

If are using Minikube, you can directly build in the docker engine inside Minikube by pointing your Docker daemon to Minikube’s docker engine:

If you want to build the image with the docker inside minikube, you’ll need to set the proper environment variables with eval $(minikube docker-env)

$ docker build -t repo_name/fission-bundle:<tag> -f cmd/fission-bundle/Dockerfile.fission-bundle .

Replace the <tag> with any tag you want (e.g., repo_name/fission-bundle:latest).

Install with Helm

Now let’s pull dependent helm charts with Helm’s dep command:

$ helm dep update $GOPATH/src/

Next, you can install fission with this image on your kubernetes cluster using the helm chart:

$ helm upgrade --install fission ./charts/fission-all --namespace fission --set namespace=fission --set --set fetcher.image=repo_name/fetcher --set fetcher.imageTag=<TAG> --set image=repo_name/fission-bundle --set imageTag=<TAG> --set preUpgradeChecksImage=repo_name/preupgradechecks -f ./charts/fission-all/values.yaml

Replace <tag> with the tag used to build the images.

Install CLI

And if you’re changing the CLI too, you can build it with:

$ cd $GOPATH/src/
$ go build -o $GOPATH/bin/fission

Validating Installation

If you are using Helm, you should see release installed:

helm list
NAME   	NAMESPACE	REVISION	UPDATED                             	STATUS	CHART            	APP VERSION
fission	fission  	1       	2020-05-19 16:31:46.947562 +0530 IST	success	fission-all-1.10.0	1.10.0

Also you should see the Fission services deployed and running:

$ kubectl get pods -nfission
NAME                                                    READY   STATUS             RESTARTS   AGE
buildermgr-6f778d4ff9-dqnq5                             1/1     Running            0          6h9m
controller-d44bd4f4d-5q4z5                              1/1     Running            0          6h9m
executor-557c68c6fd-dg8ld                               1/1     Running            0          6h9m
fission-prometheus-alertmanager-5844d99569-xq6cb        2/2     Running            0          6h9m
fission-prometheus-kube-state-metrics-54f5c98c6-r7qv2   1/1     Running            0          6h9m
fission-prometheus-node-exporter-fsq4g                  1/1     Running            0          6h9m
fission-prometheus-pushgateway-66dcbbc99b-zj67m         1/1     Running            0          6h9m
fission-prometheus-server-5f947998b9-djkjv              2/2     Running            0          6h9m
influxdb-845548c959-2954p                               1/1     Running            0          6h9m
kubewatcher-5784c454b8-5mqsk                            1/1     Running            0          6h9m
logger-bncqn                                            2/2     Running            0          6h9m
mqtrigger-kafka-765b674ff-jk5x9                         1/1     Running            0          6h9m
mqtrigger-nats-streaming-797498966c-xgxmk               1/1     Running            3          6h9m
nats-streaming-6bf48bccb6-fmmr9                         1/1     Running            0          6h9m
router-db76576bd-xxh7r                                  1/1     Running            0          6h9m
storagesvc-799dcb5bdf-f69k9                             1/1     Running            0          6h9m
timer-7d85d9c9fb-knctw                                  1/1     Running            0          6h9m

Last modified June 30, 2020: Release 1.10.0 (#209) (a6617cd)