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The Business Edition (BE) Helm chart installation includes support for Horizontal Pod Auto Scaling (HPA), which allows Appsmith pods to scale automatically based on the current load. Additionally, this means that Appsmith pods are managed using a Kubernetes deployment resource instead of a stateful-set resource. Follow this guide to upgrade from the Community Edition (CE) to the Business Edition (BE) installed on Kubernetes.

Backup data

  1. Open a shell into one of your current Appsmith pods:

    kubectl exec -it <pod> bash
  2. Run the backup command:

    appsmithctl backup
  3. Once the backup process is complete, the backup archive is available at a location like this:

  4. To download the backup archive, run the following command:

    kubectl cp <namespace>/appsmith-0:<backup_path_from_above> ./appsmith-ce-backup.tar.gz
  5. To retrieve the salt and password from the pod, run the following command and copy the values to values.yaml.

    kubectl exec <pod_name> -- grep /appsmith-stacks/configuration/docker.env APPSMITH_ENCRYPTION_

    Set the values in the applicationConfig section:


Uninstall CE Helm chart

To uninstall the CE helm chart, run the following command:

helm uninstall appsmith

Configure parameters

To ensure that the Business Edition Helm chart runs, you need to make some changes to the values.yaml file. Follow the steps below to configure parameters:

  1. Add the following snippet to the bottom of your values.yaml file. This snippet enables PostgreSQL.

    enabled: true
    username: root
    password: "<PASSWORD>"
    postgresPassword: "<POSTGRESQL_PASSWORD>"
    database: keycloak
  2. If present, remove the highlighted lines, regardless of their value.

    registry: anything
    repository: anything
    pullPolicy: Always
    tag: "latest"
  3. To configure high availability, choose or create a shared file system. For more information, see Create a shared file system.

  4. Add the license key and a few other variables related to keycloak to applicationConfig section:


Install BE Helm chart

To add and deploy the new Helm chart, run the following command:

helm repo add appsmith-ee
helm repo update
helm install appsmith appsmith-ee/appsmith-ee -n <namespace> -f values.yaml

For more information, see installing Business Edition with Kubernetes.

Restore backup

To restore the backup, follow the below steps:

  1. To copy the Appsmith backup into the new Appsmith pod, run the following command:

    kubectl cp appsmith-backup-2022-10-24T07-09-56.930Z.tar.gz <namespace>/<pod_name>:/appsmith-stacks/data/backup/
  2. To copy the keycloak backup into the new Appsmith pod, run the following command:

    kubectl cp keycloak_bkp.json <namespace>/<pod_name>:/appsmith-stacks/data/
  3. To restore Appsmith data, run the following command:

    kubectl exec -it <namespace>/<pod_name> -- appsmithctl restore

    Once the data is restored, the pod restarts automatically.

  4. To restore the keycloak data, run the following command:

    kubectl exec -it <namespace>/<pod_name> -- /bin/sh /opt/keycloak/bin/ -b -Djboss.socket.binding.port-offset=1 -Dkeycloak.migration.action=import -Dkeycloak.migration.provider=singleFile -Dkeycloak.migration.file=/appsmith-stacks/data/keycloak_bkp.json -Dkeycloak.migration.strategy=OVERWRITE_EXISTING

    Monitor the output as shown below:

    08:20:54,708 INFO  [] (ServerService Thread Pool -- 54) KC-SERVICES0030: Full model import requested. Strategy: OVERWRITE_EXISTING
    08:20:54,708 INFO [org.keycloak.exportimport.singlefile.SingleFileImportProvider] (ServerService Thread Pool -- 54) Full importing from file /appsmith-stacks/data/keycloak_bkp.json
    08:20:54,715 INFO [org.keycloak.exportimport.util.ImportUtils] (ServerService Thread Pool -- 54) Realm 'master' already exists. Removing it before import
    08:20:59,160 INFO [org.keycloak.exportimport.util.ImportUtils] (ServerService Thread Pool -- 54) Realm 'master' imported
    08:21:01,704 INFO [org.keycloak.exportimport.util.ImportUtils] (ServerService Thread Pool -- 54) Realm 'appsmith' imported
    08:21:01,794 INFO [] (ServerService Thread Pool -- 54) KC-SERVICES0032: Import finished successfully

    When you see the output, as shown above, press ctrl+c to stop.

  5. To apply the changes, restart using the following command:

    kubectl rollout restart deployment/appsmith -n <namespack>

    Congratulations, you have successfully upgraded to the Appsmith Business Edition Helm chart v2 installation.


If you’re having issues with the deployment, please see the debugging deployment errors troubleshooting guide. If you continue to have problems reach out on Discord Server or send an email to support or ask questions on the community forum.