Upgrade Kaptain

Upgrade Kaptain on your cluster

Learn how to upgrade the existing Kaptain installation to a newer version.


  • Kaptain 1.2.0-1.0.0 is installed on a Konvoy cluster.
  • The existing cluster meets the criteria listed in the installation documentation.

Upgrading Kaptain

  • Ensure the following base addons that are needed by Kaptain are enabled:

    - configRepository: https://github.com/mesosphere/kubernetes-base-addons
      configVersion: stable-1.19-3.2.0
        - name: istio
          enabled: true
        - name: dex
          enabled: true
        - name: cert-manager
          enabled: true
        - name: prometheus
          enabled: true
  • Ensure the Kaptain addon repository is present in your Konvoy cluster.yaml:

        - configRepository: https://github.com/mesosphere/kubeaddons-kaptain
          configVersion: stable-1.20-1.1.0
            - name: knative
              enabled: true
  • Download kubeflow-1.2.0_1.1.0.tgz tarball.

  • Upgrade Kaptain:

    kubectl kudo upgrade --instance kaptain --namespace kubeflow ./kubeflow-1.2.0_1.1.0.tgz
  • Monitor the upgrade process by running:

    kubectl kudo plan status --instance kaptain --namespace kubeflow

Once the upgrade plan completes, you can log in to Kaptain:

  • Discover the cluster endpoint and copy it to the clipboard. If you are running Kaptain on-premises:
    kf_uri=$(kubectl get svc kubeflow-ingressgateway --namespace kubeflow -o jsonpath="{.status.loadBalancer.ingress[*].ip}") && echo "https://${kf_uri}"
    Or if you are running Kaptain on AWS:
    kf_uri=$(kubectl get svc kubeflow-ingressgateway --namespace kubeflow -o jsonpath="{.status.loadBalancer.ingress[*].hostname}") && echo "https://${kf_uri}"
  • Get the login credentials from Konvoy to authenticate:
    konvoy get ops-portal

Workloads behavior during the upgrades

  • When upgrading from Kaptain version 1.2.0-1.0.0 to 1.2.0-1.1.0
    • The following workloads do not require stopping and can proceed without interruption during the upgrade: Jupyter Notebooks, Training Jobs (TFJob, PyTorchJob, MXNetJob), Katib Experiments and Trials, and SparkApplications.
    • Kubeflow Pipelines require a resubmission of the pipeline definitions after the upgrade (see Breaking changes). It is recommended all running pipelines be halted prior to the upgrade and resubmitted via the Pipelines SDK after the upgrade is complete.

Breaking changes

  • Kaptain 1.2.0-1.1.0
    • Kaptain 1.2.0-1.1.0 comes with a highly-available MySQL storage for pipeline history and metadata persistence. This new MySQL cluster is a drop-in replacement for several MySQL databases used previously. Kaptain does not perform the migration of the Pipeline execution history data and metadata during the upgrade from 1.2.0-1.0.0.
    • Kaptain 1.2.0-1.0.0 comes with a highly-available MinIO deployment for the in-cluster block storage which is used for pipeline artifacts and transient data persistence. The new MinIO cluster is a drop-in replacement for the single-instance deployment used previously. Kaptain does not perform the migration of the MinIO data during the upgrade.