The Imixs-Cloud

Build Your Self Managed Kubernetes Cluster!

Imixs-Cloud is an open infrastructure project, providing a lightweight docker based runtime environment for small and medium-sized organizations. This projects goal is to build, run and maintain business applications in a production ready and self managed kubernetes cluster. The main objectives of Imixs-Cloud are simplicity, transparency and operational readiness.

The runtime environment is based on Kubernetes. Kubernetes is a powerful platform with no limits in scaling and flexibility. Imixs-Cloud provides an easy way to setup and maintain a medium-sized kubernetes cluster environment hosted on virtual servers or bare metal. The project is open source and constantly under development. We sincerely invite you to participate in it!

Note: Our first version was based on docker-swarm. If you want to run your cluster with docker-swarm switch into the docker-swarm branch.

Quick Start

For a quick setup you need at least a Debian 10 (Buster) server with a public Internet address and a user with sudo privileges. All configuraiton files and scripts are provided in this git repository. You can clone the repository or just copy what you need.

1. Install Kubernetes

First clone this git repository on your master node. Therefore, you must first install git:

$ sudo apt install -y git 

If you are running Fedora or CentOS than use the yum installer

$ sudo yum install -y git 

next you can clone the imixs-cloud repo from github….

$ cd && git clone
$ cd imixs-cloud/

now you can run the setup script on your master node to install Docker and Kubernetes:

$ sudo ./scripts/

If you are running Fedora or CentOS than run:

$ sudo ./scripts/

2. Initialize Your Kubernetes Master Node

Run the kubeadm tool to setup your kubernetes master node:

$ sudo kubeadm init --pod-network-cidr= --apiserver-advertise-address=[NODE_IP_ADDRESS]

Replace [NODE_IP_ADDRESS] with your servers public IP address.

next deploy a cluster network

$ kubectl apply -f

3. Setup Your Kubernetes Worker Nodes

To setup your cluster you can join any worker node into your new kubernetes cluster. Just run the setup script again on each of your worker nodes:

$ sudo ./scripts/

you can join your worker note into your new cluster using the join command from your master node

$ sudo kubeadm join --token xxx.xxxxxxxxx  --discovery-token-ca-cert-hash xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx 

If you do not know the join command run the followign command on your master node:

$ kubeadm token create --print-join-command

That’s it! Your kubernetes cluster is ready

You will find a detailed description about how to setup your Kubernetes cluster in the setup section

The Basic Architecture

The basic architecture of the Imixs-Cloud consists of the following components:

The Configuration Directory

The complete infrastructure of a Imixs-Cloud environment is described in a central configuration directory. The Configuration Directory can be synchronized with a code repository like Git. This makes it easy to role back changes if something went wrong.

The imixs-cloud directory contains different sub-directories holding your applications, scripts and tools:

 |+ management/
    |- monitoring/
    |- registry/
    |- traefik/
 |+ apps/
    |+ MY-APP/
       |  001-deployment.yaml
 |+ scripts/
 |+ tools/

You can copy this structure from GitHub to setup and create your own Imixs-Cloud environment.

$ git clone && rm -rf imixs-cloud/.git/

Optional you can also fork the repo directyl on Github.

How to create and delete objects

You can define your own services within the /apps/ directory. Each application has its own sub-folder and consists at least of one configuration yaml file

 |+ apps/
    |+ MY-APP/
       |  001-deployment.yaml

Using the kubectl apply command you can easily create or delete your services and objects defined within a apps/ or managment/ subdirectory:

$ kubectl apply -f apps/MY-APP/

For example to deploy the traefik configuration you just need to call:

$ kubectl apply -f management/traefik/

In kubernetes all resources and services are typically described in separate files. Use a naming convention to create an implicit order in which your objects should be created.

 |+ traefik/
    |- 001.crd-rbac.yaml
    |- 002.deployment.yaml
    |- 003.service.yaml

If you want to remove an already deployed service or object just use the delete command:

$ kubectl delete -f management/traefik/

Manage your Cluster using K9S

To manage your kubernetes cluster you can use kubectl, which is already installed on your master node. There is a huge number of commands to obtain information or change configurations. Take a look into the kubectl Cheat Sheet.

A more convenient way to obtain information about your cluster provides the tool K9s. K9s is a powerful terminal tool to interact with your Kubernetes cluster.

To install k9s in Imixs-Cloud follow the setup guide here. After you have install the tool you can start it with:

$ ~/imixs-cloud/tools/k9s/k9s


To access your applications from outside of your cluster Imixs-Cloud provides the Ingress Router This tool allows you to easily expose your services to public Internet addresses.

You can find a detailed description how to install and setup traefik in the section ingress

Storage Volumes

To run stateful docker images (e.g. a Database like PostgreSQL) you need to define a storage volume along with your service. Due to its simplicity and the very good integration in Kubernetes, we use Longhorn as the preferred storage solution within Imixs-Cloud.

You can find a detailed description how to install and setup a Longhorn storage solution in the section storage


Docker images are available on docker registries. The Imixs-Cloud includes a setup to run the registry Harbor. Habor is a secure, performant, scalable, and available cloud native repository for Kubernetes.

You can find a detailed description how to install and setup the Harbor registry in the section registry


Imixs-Cloud also provides also a monitoring feature which allows you to monitor your docker-swarm.

The monitoring is based on Prometheus which is an open-source systems monitoring and alerting toolkit. You can use this monitoring service not only to montor your kubernetes cluster but also to monitor specific application data. Read more about the monitoring feature here.


Imixs-Cloud is open source and your are sincerely invited to participate in it. If you want to contribute to this project please report any issues here. All source are available on Github.