Typhoon is a minimal and free Kubernetes distribution.

  • Minimal, stable base Kubernetes distribution
  • Declarative infrastructure and configuration
  • Free (freedom and cost) and privacy-respecting
  • Practical for labs, datacenters, and clouds

Typhoon distributes upstream Kubernetes, architectural conventions, and cluster addons, much like a GNU/Linux distribution provides the Linux kernel and userspace components.



Typhoon provides a Terraform Module for each supported operating system and platform.

Platform Operating System Terraform Module Status
AWS Container Linux / Flatcar Linux aws/container-linux/kubernetes stable
Azure Container Linux azure/container-linux/kubernetes alpha
Bare-Metal Container Linux / Flatcar Linux bare-metal/container-linux/kubernetes stable
Digital Ocean Container Linux digital-ocean/container-linux/kubernetes beta
Google Cloud Container Linux google-cloud/container-linux/kubernetes stable

A preview of Typhoon for Fedora CoreOS is available for testing.

Platform Operating System Terraform Module Status
AWS Fedora CoreOS aws/fedora-coreos/kubernetes preview
Bare-Metal Fedora CoreOS bare-metal/fedora-coreos/kubernetes preview



Define a Kubernetes cluster by using the Terraform module for your chosen platform and operating system. Here's a minimal example.

module "google-cloud-yavin" {
  source = "git::https://github.com/poseidon/typhoon//google-cloud/container-linux/kubernetes?ref=v1.15.3"

  # Google Cloud
  cluster_name  = "yavin"
  region        = "us-central1"
  dns_zone      = "example.com"
  dns_zone_name = "example-zone"

  # configuration
  ssh_authorized_key = "ssh-rsa AAAAB3Nz..."
  asset_dir          = "/home/user/.secrets/clusters/yavin"

  # optional
  worker_count = 2

Initialize modules, plan the changes to be made, and apply the changes.

$ terraform init
$ terraform plan
Plan: 64 to add, 0 to change, 0 to destroy.
$ terraform apply
Apply complete! Resources: 64 added, 0 changed, 0 destroyed.

In 4-8 minutes (varies by platform), the cluster will be ready. This Google Cloud example creates a yavin.example.com DNS record to resolve to a network load balancer across controller nodes.

$ export KUBECONFIG=/home/user/.secrets/clusters/yavin/auth/kubeconfig
$ kubectl get nodes
NAME                                       ROLES              STATUS  AGE  VERSION
yavin-controller-0.c.example-com.internal  controller,master  Ready   6m   v1.15.3
yavin-worker-jrbf.c.example-com.internal   node               Ready   5m   v1.15.3
yavin-worker-mzdm.c.example-com.internal   node               Ready   5m   v1.15.3

List the pods.

$ kubectl get pods --all-namespaces
NAMESPACE     NAME                                      READY  STATUS    RESTARTS  AGE
kube-system   calico-node-1cs8z                         2/2    Running   0         6m
kube-system   calico-node-d1l5b                         2/2    Running   0         6m
kube-system   calico-node-sp9ps                         2/2    Running   0         6m
kube-system   coredns-1187388186-dkh3o                  1/1    Running   0         6m
kube-system   coredns-1187388186-zj5dl                  1/1    Running   0         6m
kube-system   kube-apiserver-zppls                      1/1    Running   0         6m
kube-system   kube-controller-manager-3271970485-gh9kt  1/1    Running   0         6m
kube-system   kube-controller-manager-3271970485-h90v8  1/1    Running   1         6m
kube-system   kube-proxy-117v6                          1/1    Running   0         6m
kube-system   kube-proxy-9886n                          1/1    Running   0         6m
kube-system   kube-proxy-njn47                          1/1    Running   0         6m
kube-system   kube-scheduler-3895335239-5x87r           1/1    Running   0         6m
kube-system   kube-scheduler-3895335239-bzrrt           1/1    Running   1         6m
kube-system   pod-checkpointer-l6lrt                    1/1    Running   0         6m
kube-system   pod-checkpointer-l6lrt-controller-0       1/1    Running   0         6m


Ask questions on the IRC #typhoon channel on freenode.net.


Typhoon powers the author's cloud and colocation clusters. The project has evolved through operational experience and Kubernetes changes. Typhoon is shared under a free license to allow others to use the work freely and contribute to its upkeep.

Typhoon addresses real world needs, which you may share. It is honest about limitations or areas that aren't mature yet. It avoids buzzword bingo and hype. It does not aim to be the one-solution-fits-all distro. An ecosystem of Kubernetes distributions is healthy.

Social Contract

Typhoon is not a product, trial, or free-tier. It is not run by a company, does not offer support or services, and does not accept or make any money. It is not associated with any operating system or platform vendor.

Typhoon clusters will contain only free components. Cluster components will not collect data on users without their permission.


Typhoon does not accept money donations. Instead, we encourage you to donate to one of these organizations to show your appreciation.