Quick Start

This guide will walk you through setting up the Garden framework. It assumes you already have Garden installed. If you don't, please check out our installation guide.

Using the CLI

With the CLI installed, we can now try out a few commands using the Simple Project from our example projects. The example project consists of a couple of basic modules, each defining one service.

Note: Check whether Kubernetes is running with kubectl version. You should see both a Client Version and a Server Version in the response. If not, please start it up before proceeding.

Clone the repo and change into the simple-project directory:

git clone https://github.com/garden-io/garden.git
cd garden/examples/simple-project

First, let's check the environment status by running the following from the project root:

garden get status

The response tells us how the environment is configured and the status of the providers. Next, we'll build our modules with:

garden build

This builds Docker images for go-service and node-service respectively. Next, we'll deploy the services with:

garden deploy

And that's it! The garden build step above is actually unnecessary (only included here for clarity), since garden deploy will also rebuild modules as needed. The services are now running in your Kubernetes cluster. You can see for yourself by querying the /hello endpoint of go-service's running container:

garden call go-service/hello-go

To run tests for all modules:

garden test

And if you prefer an all-in-one command that watches your project for changes and re-builds, re-deploys, and re-tests automatically, try:

garden dev

Go ahead, leave it running and change one of the files in the project, then watch it re-build.

That's it for now. Check out our Using Garden section for other features like hot reload, remote clusters, integration tests, and lots more.

To see how a Garden project is configured from scratch check, out the Simple Project guide for a more in-depth presentation.