Kubeval validation#

As a part of our CI pipelines in apps repository we are using kubeval to validate our schemas. Kubeval checks validity of the CRDs against the schemas stored in schema-store repository. If there are any errors, it is reported. This approach will check for api errors that can sneak through the kustomize build command. For example in following manifest spec.port.targetPort is not valid:

apiVersion: route.openshift.io/v1
kind: Route
  name: kafdrop-route
    targetPort: null
    kind: Service
    name: kafdrop

This manifest will be properly build using kustomize build but kubeval will be able to catch this issue and report it back.


We can use kubeval on manifests which are either stored in files or we can input manifests from stdin. This is useful in our case, because we can pipe output from kustomize build to kubeval and check if manifests are correct.

By default kubeval uses default schemas which can be found here. This is not ideal in our case because we have many CRDs which do not have schemas in default repository. For this reason we are generating our own schemas and using them in kubeval (more about how we are generating and updating schemas can be found here and script used for generating schemas can be found here). To use generated schemas we are using --schema-location option.

We are also using --strict option which allows no additional properties in schema. Last option we specify is --skip-kinds which allows us to skip validation of CRDs which don’t have valid schemas.