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Artifact Hub annotations in Krew plugin manifest file

Artifact Hub uses some data from the plugin's manifest file to populate the information for a package of kind Krew. Usually most of the information needed is already there, so there is no extra work required by maintainers to list their plugins on Artifact Hub.

However, sometimes there might be cases in which it may be useful to provide some more context that helps improving users’ experience in Artifact Hub. This can be done using some special annotations in the plugin’s manifest file.

Supported annotations

  • (string, see example below)

This annotation allows publishers to provide the package’s category. Please use only one category from the following list: ai-machine-learning, database, integration-delivery, monitoring-logging, networking, security, storage or streaming-messaging.

When a category is not provided, Artifact Hub will try to predict one from the package’s keywords by using a machine learning-based model. If you notice that the prediction isn’t correct, we really appreciate that you submit the correct category as it helps us to train and improve the model. In the case that the prediction isn’t correct but your package doesn’t fit well in any of the categories supported, you can use the special value skip-prediction in the category field to prevent an incorrect classification.

  • (yaml string, see example below)

This annotation is used to provide some details about the changes introduced by a given task version. Artifact Hub can generate and display a ChangeLog based on the entries in the changes field in all your plugin versions. You can see an example of how the changelog would look like in the Artifact Hub UI here.

This annotation can be provided using two different formats: using a plain list of strings with the description of the change or using a list of objects with some extra structured information (see example below). Please feel free to use the one that better suits your needs. The UI experience will be slightly different depending on the choice. When using the list of objects option the valid supported kinds are added, changed, deprecated, removed, fixed and security.

  • (string)

This annotation allows providing a nicely formatted name for the package.

  • (yaml string, see example below)

Use this annotation to provide a list of keywords that are relevant to your package. Keywords may improve the visibility of your package, making it appear in search results and in the related packages section. By default, the kubernetes, kubectl and plugin keywords are added to packages of Krew kind.

  • (string)

Use this annotation to indicate the plugin’s license. It must be a valid SPDX identifier.

  • (yaml string, see example below)

This annotation allows including named links, which will be rendered nicely in Artifact Hub.

Some links names have a special meaning for Artifact Hub:

support: when a link named support is provided, a link to report an issue will be displayed highlighted on the package view.

  • (yaml string, see example below)

Use this annotation to list the maintainers of this package. Please note that the email field is required and entries that do not contain it will be silently ignored.

  • (string)

Use this annotation to indicate the name of the organization or user providing this plugin. This may be useful for repositories where plugins are provided by a different entity than the one publishing them in Artifact Hub.

  • (string)

Each package in Artifact Hub is expected to provide a readme file that is rendered in the package view of the UI. By default, the content of the spec.description field in the plugin’s manifest file is used as the readme file.

This annotation allows providing an Artifact Hub specific readme file in markdown format.

  • (yaml string, see example below)

This annotation allows recommending other related packages. Recommended packages will be featured in the package detail view in Artifact Hub.

  • (yaml string, see example below)

This annotation can be used to provide some screenshots that will be featured in the package detail view in Artifact Hub.


Artifact Hub annotations in plugin manifest file:

  annotations: security |
      - Added cool feature
      - Fixed minor bug  |
      - kind: added
        description: Cool feature
          - name: GitHub Issue
          - name: GitHub PR
      - kind: fixed
        description: Minor bug
          - name: GitHub Issue
            url:  My plugin |
      - networking
      - security  Apache-2.0 |
      - name: link1
        url: https://link1.url
      - name: link2
        url: https://link2.url  |
      - name: user1
      - name: user2
        email:  Some organization |
      ## Package documentation in markdown format

      Content added here will be displayed when the package's view in the UI.  |
      - url:
      - url:  |
      - title: Sample screenshot 1
      - title: Sample screenshot 2