Adapting Containers to Run on Red Hat OpenShift

In the fast-paced world of cloud-native application development, having the right tools at your fingertips can make all the difference. Enter the OpenShift Toolkit IDE extension for Visual Studio Code (VS Code), a game-changer for developers diving into the Red Hat OpenShift ecosystem. One standout feature that elevates your development experience is the robust Helm support integrated into this extension. In this article, we'll explore the advantages Helm brings to cloud-native application development on OpenShift and how its seamless integration into the IDE can supercharge your workflow.

Harnessing the power of Helm charts: Browse and install from OpenShift Toolkit

Helm, the Kubernetes package manager, simplifies and accelerates the deployment of applications on OpenShift. With the OpenShift Toolkit's Helm support, you gain easy access to Helm charts, enabling the streamlined packaging, versioning, and deployment of complex applications—all within the comfort of your IDE. This means less time spent on manual configurations and more focus on writing code (Figure 1).

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Figure 1: Browse & Install Helm Charts from OpenShift Toolkit
Figure 1: Browse and install Helm charts from OpenShift Toolkit.

Deploy projects using Helm charts

You can utilize the Helm chart Registry view, search for a specific Helm chart based on multiple filters, and install the specific Helm chart. Users can also harness the power of Helm workflows to streamline Helm chart creation, modification, and deployment, ensuring efficient management of your Kubernetes applications. It works seamlessly with any Helm chart version and can be customized based on the Helm repo you want to use (Figure 2).

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Figure 2: Install Red Hat Developer Helm Chart
Figure 2: Install Red Hat Developer Helm chart.

Efficient collaboration and code sharing

Helm charts promote collaboration by providing a standardized way to package applications and their dependencies. With the OpenShift Toolkit IDE extension, you can seamlessly share and reuse Helm charts, fostering a collaborative ecosystem. This not only accelerates development but also ensures consistency across the team, making it easier to manage and scale applications.

Visualize and edit Helm charts directly in the IDE

The OpenShift Toolkit IDE extension takes Helm support to the next level by offering a visual editor for installing and deploying Helm charts. You can now visualize and edit Helm charts directly within VS Code, eliminating the need to switch between different tools. This editing enhances code comprehension and simplifies the customization of Helm charts, making it accessible to both seasoned developers and newcomers.

Continuous integration and continuous deployment (CI/CD) integration

The OpenShift Toolkit IDE extension seamlessly integrates with popular CI/CD pipelines, ensuring a smooth transition from development to production. Helm charts play a crucial role in this process by providing a consistent deployment artifact. With Helm support in the IDE, you can automate the entire CI/CD pipeline, from building container images to deploying Helm charts on OpenShift.

Community-driven innovation

The OpenShift Toolkit IDE extension is built on open source principles, and Helm support is no exception. By contributing to and leveraging the open source community, developers can actively participate in shaping the future of Helm integration within the IDE. This collaborative approach ensures that the extension stays up-to-date with the latest Helm features and best practices.


To see OpenShift Toolkit's Helm support in action, check out the following demo.

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The marriage of Helm support with the OpenShift Toolkit IDE extension in Visual Studio Code marks a significant milestone in cloud-native application development. From simplifying deployment processes to providing a visual editor for Helm charts, this integration empowers developers to build, debug, and deploy applications with unprecedented ease. As the open source community continues to drive innovation, the future looks bright for developers seeking a seamless and efficient development experience on OpenShift. Embrace the power of Helm and the OpenShift Toolkit and let your cloud-native applications soar to new heights.

The support for Helm workflow in IntelliJ plugin OpenShift Toolkit is also out and will be discussed in detail in a future article. Stay tuned and happy coding!

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