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Deploy Grafana Phlare with Jsonnet and Tanka

In March 2023, Grafana Labs acquired Pyroscope, the company behind the eponymous open source continuous profiling project. As a result, the Pyroscope and Grafana Phlare projects will be merged under the new name Grafana Pyroscope. To learn more, read our recent blog post about the news.

Grafana Labs publishes a Jsonnet library that you can use to deploy Grafana Phlare. The Jsonnet files are located in the Phlare repository and are using the helm charts as a source.

Install tools and deploy the first cluster

You can use Tanka and jsonnet-bundler to generate Kubernetes YAML manifests from the jsonnet files.

  1. Install tanka and jb:

    Follow the steps at If you have go installed locally you can also use:

    # make sure to be outside of GOPATH or a go.mod project
    go install
    go install
  2. Set up a Jsonnet project, based on the example that follows:

    • Initialize Tanka
    • Install Grafana Phlare and Kubernetes Jsonnet libraries
    • Set up an environment
    # Initialize a Tanka directory
    mkdir jsonnet-example && cd jsonnet-example
    tk init --k8s=1.21
    # Install Phlare jsonnet
    jb install
    # Install required tanka-util
    jb install
    # Setup your current cluster as the server for the default environment
    tk env set environments/default --server-from-context=$(kubectl config current-context)
  3. Decide if you want to run Grafana Phlare in the monolithic or the micro-services mode

  • Option A) For monolithic mode the file environments/default/main.jsonnet, should look like;

    local phlare = import 'phlare/jsonnet/phlare/phlare.libsonnet';
    local tk = import 'tk';{
      namespace: tk.env.spec.namespace,
  • Option B) For micro services mode the file environments/default/main.jsonnet, should look like;

    local phlare = import 'phlare/jsonnet/phlare/phlare.libsonnet';
    local valuesMicroServices = import 'phlare/jsonnet/values-micro-services.json';
    local tk = import 'tk';{
      namespace: tk.env.spec.namespace,
      values+: valuesMicroServices,
  1. Generate the Kubernetes YAML manifests and store them in the ./manifests directory:

    # Take a look at the generated YAML manifests.
    tk show environments/default
    # Export the YAML manifests to the folder `./manifests`:
    tk export ./manifests environments/default
  2. Deploy the manifests to a Kubernetes cluster, in one of two ways:

    • Use the tk apply command.

      Tanka supports commands to show the diff and apply changes to a Kubernetes cluster:

      # Show the difference between your Jsonnet definition and your Kubernetes cluster:
      tk diff environments/default
      # Apply changes to your Kubernetes cluster:
      tk apply environments/default
    • Use the kubectl apply command.

      You generated the Kubernetes manifests and stored them in the ./manifests directory in the previous step.

      You can run the following command to directly apply these manifests to your Kubernetes cluster:

      # Review the changes that will apply to your Kubernetes cluster:
      kubectl apply --dry-run=client -k manifests/
      # Apply the changes to your Kubernetes cluster:
      kubectl apply -k manifests/

    Note: The generated Kubernetes manifests create resources in the default namespace. To use a different namespace, change the namespace configuration option in the environments/default/main.jsonnet file, and re-generate the Kubernetes manifests.