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Set up New Relic using Helm charts

20 min

Helm is like a package manager for Kubernetes. Helm charts help define, install and upgrade your Kubernetes applications.

In this guide you'll learn how to set up New Relic with the official New Relic Helm charts. The Helm charts will deploy everything you need to get full observability of your Kubernetes environment.

Before you begin

This walk through assumes you’ve already deployed a Kubernetes cluster. Or you can simply use our test environment, by following the interactive tutorial at the bottom of this page.

To use this guide, you should have some basic knowledge of both New Relic and Kubernetes. To complete the full exercise, you’ll need to:

Step 1 of 3

Adding the New Relic Helm repository

First, add the official New Relic Helm repository

helm repo add newrelic https://helm-charts.newrelic.com

You should see something similar to the following:

"newrelic" has been added to your repositories

Step 2 of 3

Install the New Relic Helm chart

Follow the instructions to get your New Relic license key

Replace YOUR_NEW_RELIC_LICENSE_KEY and CLUSTER_NAME before running the following command:

helm install newrelic-bundle newrelic/nri-bundle \
--set global.licenseKey=YOUR_NEW_RELIC_LICENSE_KEY \
--set global.cluster=CLUSTER_NAME \
--namespace=default \
--set newrelic-infrastructure.privileged=true \
--set ksm.enabled=true \
--set prometheus.enabled=true \
--set kubeEvents.enabled=true \
--set logging.enabled=true

You should see something similar to the following:

NAME: newrelic-bundle
LAST DEPLOYED: Wed Aug 19 09:04:52 2020
NAMESPACE: default
STATUS: deployed

Check if the New Relic agents have been deployed:

kubectl get daemonsets,pods

This should look similar to:

daemonset.apps/newrelic-bundle-newrelic-infrastructure 1 1 1 1 1 <none> 2m53s
daemonset.apps/newrelic-bundle-newrelic-logging 1 1 1 1 1 <none> 2m53s
pod/newrelic-bundle-kube-state-metrics-69ff8cfb74-rgjc5 1/1 Running 0 2m53s
pod/newrelic-bundle-newrelic-infrastructure-z8ddb 1/1 Running 0 2m53s
pod/newrelic-bundle-newrelic-logging-wp22p 1/1 Running 0 2m53s
pod/newrelic-bundle-nri-kube-events-f9d5bb944-kcxxf 2/2 Running 0 2m53s
pod/newrelic-bundle-nri-metadata-injection-66d76c868b-xrcq8 1/1 Running 0 2m53s
pod/newrelic-bundle-nri-metadata-injection-job-rszw5 0/1 Completed 0 2m53s
pod/newrelic-bundle-nri-prometheus-569689b7cb-pnddg 1/1 Running 0 2m53s

Step 3 of 3

Use the New Relic Kubernetes cluster explorer

Open the Kubernetes cluster explorer in New Relic One

You should see something like:

Launcher artifact with icon.png

Want to know more? Learn how to navigate the Kubernetes cluster explorer

Try it out now

We can have a Kubernetes test cluster ready for you in a few minutes. By following this on-line tutorial, you will learn how to deploy the New Relic Helm charts.

Some tips to use the on-line tutorial window:

  • Accept the cookies, so you can see the menu bar.
  • Click anywhere in the tutorial window to start. It will take a few minutes for your environment to be ready.
  • Press CTRL-l or type clear to clear the terminal window
  • Click on the finish flag icon in the bottom menu to hide or show the instructions

Good luck!


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What’s next?

Nice work — now you can easily deploy New Relic with the official New Relic Helm charts and you can start using the Kubernetes cluster explorer. The Kubernetes cluster explorer brings full observability to your k8s environment, so you can troubleshoot faster by correlating logs, metrics, events and traces all within the same user experience.