Deploy your application

This section will take you through the deployment of your application using the NAIS deploy tool.

NAIS deploy enables you to deploy your application into any cluster from any continuous integration platform, including GitHub Actions, CircleCI, Travis CI and Jenkins.

Note: Using naisd or JIRA Autodeploy to deploy your application? These mechanisms are deprecated and are going to be shut down.

See migration guide from naisd to Naiserator. All information on this page relates to Naiserator compatible nais.yaml files. For information about naisd, see naisd user documentation.

How it works

  1. Create a deployment request using deployment-cli in your build pipeline. This request is sent to Github's deployment API and is then forwarded to NAIS deploy.

  2. NAIS deploy verifies the integrity and authenticity of the deployment, assumes the identity of the deploying team, and applies your Kubernetes resources into the specified cluster.

  3. If you deployed any Application or Deployment resources, NAIS deploy will wait until these are rolled out successfully, or a timeout occurs.

  4. The deployment status is continually posted back to Github and is available through their API, enabling integration with your pipeline or monitoring setup.


  1. Make sure the prerequisites are met before attempting to use NAIS deploy.

When things break, check the section on troubleshooting. For CircleCI/GitHub Actions/manual you also need to obtain Github deployment credentials.


  • Create a nais.yaml file for any application you want to deploy (See Your first NAIS application if you haven't yet!).

  • The repository containing nais.yaml must be on Github.

  • Be a maintainer of a Github team. The team name must be the same as your Kubernetes team label, and additionally must have write access to your repository.

  • Secure your Github repository by restricting write access to team members. Activating NAIS deploy for your repository will enable anyone with write access to your repository to deploy on behalf of your team. This is a major security concern and should not be overlooked.

Enable deployments for your repository

NAIS deploy must authorize your Github repository before you can perform deployments. This must be done once per repository. When authorizing, you can pick one or more teams to deploy as. Any permissions these teams have in the NAIS cluster will be granted to the deployment pipeline. In order to do this, you need to have maintainer access rights to your Github team, and admin access to the repository.

When you're ready, go to the registration portal and follow the instructions.

Obtain Github deployment credentials (for CircleCI/GitHub Actions/manual only)

The self-service way of obtaining credentials is to create a personal access token that your CI pipeline can use to trigger the deployment. The token needs only the repo_deployment scope.

If you want to use Github App as credentials you can head on over to utvikling/Oppsett av Github App for documentation.

Performing the deployment

At this point, you have:

  • met the prerequisites

  • enabled deployments

  • obtained credentials (for CircleCI/GitHub Actions/manual only)

You are ready to perform a deployment!

Using GitHub Actions

The easiest way of deploying your application to NAIS is using GitHub Action. NAIS has made a workflow for GitHub Actions which uses the deployment-cli, see navikt/deployment-cli/action.

This example workflow uses Github Package Registry that (for now) requires a personal access token set in repo>Settings>Secrets with the name GITHUB_ACCESS_TOKEN. See create a personal access token on how to create the token, and remember to enable SSO and grant access to write:packages.

Start by creating a folder for your workflows in the root of your applications repository

$ mkdir -p .github/workflows

Inside that folder, create a workflow yaml-file. You can use our example as a starting point and adjust the values as needed.

The following example will build and push your Docker image to Github Package Registry, and then deploy that image to dev-fss.

This example also expects that your spec.image in your nais.yaml is set to {{ image }}:{{ tag }}. See example nais.yaml below if you're unsure.

name: Deploy to NAIS
on: push
name: Build, push and deploy to dev-fss
runs-on: ubuntu-latest
- name: Checkout code
uses: actions/checkout@v1
- name: Build code
run: <put in your build-script here> # remove this if the build step is done in your Dockerfile
- name: Create Docker tag
NAME: <app-name>
run: |
echo ""/"$GITHUB_REPOSITORY"/"$NAME" > .docker_image
echo "$(date "+%Y.%m.%d")-$(git rev-parse --short HEAD)" > .docker_tag
- name: Build Docker image
run: |
docker build -t $(cat .docker_image):$(cat .docker_tag) .
- name: Login to Github Package Registry
DOCKER_USERNAME: x-access-token
run: |
echo "$DOCKER_PASSWORD" | docker login --username "$DOCKER_USERNAME" --password-stdin
- name: Push Docker image
run: "docker push $(cat .docker_image):$(cat .docker_tag)"
- name: deploy to dev-fss
uses: navikt/deployment-cli/action@0.4.0
cluster: dev-fss
team: <team-name>
resources: nais/dev-fss.yaml

Remember to specify app-name and team-name!

When these files and folders are commited and pushed, you can see the workflow running under the Actions tab of your repository.

Template example nais.yaml for Github Actions

apiVersion: ""
kind: "Application"
name: <app-name>
namespace: default
team: <team-name>
image: {{ image }}:{{ tag }}

Badge in markdown

Use the following URL to create a small badge for your workflow/action.{github_id}/{repository}/workflows/{workflow_name}/badge.svg


Your deployment status page can be found on Github, under the repository you are deploying from. The status page will live at the URL<YOUR_REPOSITORY>/deployments. Links to deployment logs are available from this page.

Generally speaking, if the deployment status is anything else than success, queued, or pending, it means that your deployment failed. Check the logs and compare messages to the table below before asking for support.

If everything fails, and you checked your logs, you can ask for help in the #nais-deployment channel on Slack.



the repository 'foo/bar' does not have access to deploy as team 'Baz'

Is your team name in lowercase everywhere?

Repository foo/bar is not registered

Please read the registering your repository section.

Deployment status error

There is an error with your request. The reason should be specified in the error message.

Deployment status failure

Your application didn't pass its health checks during the 5 minute startup window. It is probably stuck in a crash loop due to mis-configuration. Check your application logs using kubectl logs <POD> and event logs using kubectl describe app <APP>

Deployment is stuck at queued

The deployment hasn't been picked up by the worker process. Did you specify a supported cluster with --cluster=<CLUSTER>?

team foo does not exist in Azure AD

Your team is not registered in the team portal.

"" denied the request: user 'system:serviceaccount:default:serviceuser-FOO' has no access to team 'BAR'

The resource you are deploying already exists in the cluster, and the team label differs. You must manually change the existing team label (BAR) using kubectl so that it matches the resource you are deploying (FOO).

If for any reason you are unable to use deployment-cli, please read the section on NAIS deploy with cURL.