Monitoring Helm Chart

The PostgreSQL Operator Monitoring Helm Chart


The PostgreSQL Operator comes with a container called pgo-deployer which handles a variety of lifecycle actions for the PostgreSQL Operator Monitoring infrastructure, including:

  • Installation
  • Upgrading
  • Uninstallation

After configuring the values.yaml file with you configuration options, the installer will be run using the helm command line tool and takes care of setting up all of the objects required to run the PostgreSQL Operator.

The PostgreSQL Operator Monitoring Helm chart is available in the Helm directory in the PostgreSQL Operator repository.



The Helm chart will create the ServiceAccount, ClusterRole, and ClusterRoleBinding that are required to run the pgo-deployer. If you have already configured the ServiceAccount and ClusterRoleBinding for the installation process (e.g. from a previous installation), you can disable their creation using the rbac.create and serviceAccount.create variables in the values.yaml file. If these options are disabled, you must provide the name of your preconfigured ServiceAccount using


In order to install the PostgreSQL Operator using the Helm chart you will need to first create the namespace in which the pgo-deployer will be run. By default, it will run in the namespace that is provided to helm at the command line.

kubectl create namespace <namespace>
helm install postgres-operator-metrics -n <namespace> /path/to/chart_dir

Config Map

The pgo-deployer uses a Kubernetes ConfigMap to pass configuration options into the installer. The values in your values.yaml file will be used to populate the configuation options in the ConfigMap.

Configuration - values.yaml

The values.yaml file contains all of the configuration parameters for deploying the PostgreSQL Operator Monitoring infrastructure. The values.yaml file contains the defaults that should work in most Kubernetes environments, but it may require some customization.

Note that in OpenShift and CodeReady Containers you will need to set the disable_fsgroup to true attribute to true if you are using the restricted Security Context Constraint (SCC). If you are using the anyuid SCC, you will need to set disable_fsgroup to false.

For a detailed description of each configuration parameter, please read the PostgreSQL Operator Monitoring Installer Configuration Reference


Once you have configured the PostgreSQL Operator Monitoring installer to your specification, you can install the PostgreSQL Operator Monitoring infrastructure with the following command:

helm install <name> -n <namespace> /path/to/chart_dir
Take note of the name used when installing, this name will be used to upgrade and uninstall the PostgreSQL Operator.

Upgrade and Uninstall

Once install has be completed using Helm, it will also be used to upgrade and uninstall your PostgreSQL Operator.

The name and namespace in the following sections should match the options provided at install.


To make changes to your deployment of the PostgreSQL Operator you will use the helm upgrade command. Once the configuration changes have been made to you values.yaml file, you can run the following command to implement them in the deployment:

helm upgrade <name> -n <namespace> /path/to/updated_chart


To uninstall the PostgreSQL Operator you will use the helm uninstall command. This will uninstall the operator and clean up resources used by the pgo-deployer.

helm uninstall <name> -n <namespace>


When the pgo-deployer job does not complete successfully, the resources that are created and normally cleaned up by Helm will be left in your Kubernetes cluster. This will allow you to use the failed job and its logs to debug the issue. The following command will show the logs for the pgo-deployer job:

kubectl logs -n <namespace> job.batch/pgo-metrics-deploy

You can also view the logs as the job is running by using the kubectl -f follow flag:

kubectl logs -n <namespace> job.batch/pgo-metrics-deploy -f

These logs will provide feedback if there are any misconfigurations in your install. Once you have finished debugging the failed job and fixed any configuration issues, you can take steps to re-run your install, upgrade, or uninstall. By running another command the resources from the failed install will be cleaned up so that a successfull install can run.