Setting up your developer environment

Step 1: Install Docker and Kubernetes

Please refer to our installation docs for instructions on how to install Docker and Kubernetes for different platforms.

Step 2: Clone the repo

git clone

Step 3: Install dependencies


For Mac we have a script that installs all required dependencies.

If you haven't already, please install Homebrew. Then run:


Windows / Linux

Other platforms need to roll their own for now (contributions welcome!). Please have a look at the script for OSX to see what's installed.

If you have LinuxBrew installed, should work if you run it, although you will have to ensure that you've added NPM to your PATH via .bashrc .zshrc or other shell run command script.


If you are an asdf user, running in order to automatically install the correct plugins and versions as defined in .tool-versions.

Step 4: Bootstrap project

Install Node modules for the root package, and core package:

npm install # To install root dependencies
npm run bootstrap # To bootstrap packages

Developing Garden

Initial build

Before running Garden for the first time, you need to do an initial build by running

npm run build

from the root directory.


To develop the CLI, run the dev command in your console:

npm run dev

This will link it to your global node_modules folder, and then watch for changes and auto-rebuild as you code. You can then run the garden command as normal.

Also, you might like to add a couple of shorthands:

alias g='garden'
alias k='kubectl'

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