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📄 Templating

Helmwave uses Go templates for templating.

Helmwave supports all built-in functions / sprig / gomplate / custom.

--templater value Select template engine: sprig or gomplate (default: "sprig") [$HELMWAVE_TEMPLATER, $HELMWAVE_TEMPLATE_ENGINE]

Explain context helm vs helmwave

There is a different context between helm and helmwave. You cannot pass variables from helmwawve to your helm chart templates. You should use helmwave to render values of your chart.


If you've ever written helm charts, then you're already familiar with it.


gomplate is a template renderer which supports a growing list of datasources, such as: JSON (including EJSON - encrypted JSON), YAML, AWS EC2 metadata, BoltDB, Hashicorp Consul and Hashicorp Vault secrets.


  • toYaml marshals a map into a string
  • exec exec command
  • fromYaml reads a golang string and generates a map
  • readFile get file as string
  • hasKey get true if field is exists
  • get (Sprig's original get is available as sprigGet)
  • setValueAtPath PATH NEW_VALUE traverses a golang map, replaces the value at the PATH with NEW_VALUE
  • requiredEnv The requiredEnv function allows you to declare a particular environment variable as required for template rendering. If the environment variable is unset or empty, the template rendering will fail with an error message.