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Kubecost supports configuring saved report parameters through values.yaml, allowing users to configure multiple saved custom reports on start up in addition to configuration through the UI. This reference outlines the process of configuring saved reports through a values file and provides documentation on the required and optional parameters.

Saved Report Parameters

The saved report settings, under global.savedReports, accept two parameters:

  • enabled determines whether Kubecost will read saved reports configured via values.yaml; default false
  • reports is a list of report parameter maps

The following fields apply to each map item under the reports key:

  • title the title/name of your custom report; any non-empty string is accepted
  • window the time window the allocation report covers, the following values are supported:
    • key words: today, week (week-to-date), month (month-to-date), yesterday, lastweek, lastmonth
    • number of days: {N}d (last N days)
      • e.g. 30d for the last 30 days
    • date range: {start},{end} (comma-separated RFC-3339 date strings or unix timestamps)
      • e.g. 2021-01-01T00:00:00Z,2021-01-02T00:00:00Z for the single day of 1 January 2021
      • e.g. 1609459200,1609545600 for the single day of 1 January 2021
    • Note: for all window options, if a window is requested that spans “partial” days, the window will be rounded up to include the nearest full date(s).
      • e.g. 2021-01-01T15:04:05Z,2021-01-02T20:21:22Z will return the two full days of 1 January 2021 and 2 January 2021
  • aggregateBy the desired aggregation parameter – equivalent to Breakdown in the Kubecost UI. Supports:
    • cluster
    • container
    • controller
    • controllerKind
    • daemonset
    • department
    • deployment
    • environment
    • job
    • label requires the following format: label:<label_name>
    • namespace
    • node
    • owner
    • pod
    • product
    • service
    • statefulset
    • team
  • idle idle cost allocation, supports hide, share, and separate
  • accumulate determines whether or not to sum Allocation costs across the entire window – equivalent to Resolution in the UI, supports true (Entire window resolution) and false (Daily resolution)
  • filters – a list of maps consisting of a property and value
    • property – supports cluster, node, namespace, and label
    • value – property value(s) to filter on, supports wildcard filtering with a * suffix
      • Special case label value examples: app:cost-analyzer, app:cost*
        • Wildcard filters only apply for the label value. e.g., ap*:cost-analyzer is not valid
    • Note: multiple filter properties evaluate as ANDs, multiple filter values evaluate as ORs
      • e.g., (namespace=foo,bar), (node=fizz) evaluates as (namespace == foo || namespace == bar) && node=fizz
    • Important: If no filters used, supply an empty list []

Example Helm values.yaml Saved Reports Section

Note: values.yaml will overwrite any previously saved reports. Any reports saved afterward through the UI will also be overwritten on restart.

   # Set saved report(s) accessible in reports.html
   # View configured saved reports in <front-end-url>/model/reports
    enabled: true # If true, overwrites report parameters set through UI
      - title: "Example Saved Report 0"
        window: "today"
        aggregateBy: "namespace"
        idle: "separate"
        accumulate: false # daily resolution
          - property: "cluster"
            value: "cluster-one,cluster*" # supports wildcard filtering and multiple comma separated values
          - property: "namespace"
            value: "kubecost"
      - title: "Example Saved Report 1"
        window: "month"
        aggregateBy: "controllerKind"
        idle: "share"
        accumulate: false
          - property: "label"
            value: "app:cost*,environment:kube*"
          - property: "namespace"
            value: "kubecost"
      - title: "Example Saved Report 2"
        window: "2020-11-11T00:00:00Z,2020-12-09T23:59:59Z"
        aggregateBy: "service"
        idle: "hide"
        accumulate: true # entire window resolution
        filters: [] # if no filters, specify empty array


Review these steps to verify that saved reports are being passed to the Kubecost application correctly:

  1. Confirm that global.savedReports.enabled is set to true

  2. Ensure that the Helm values are successfully read into the configmap

  • Run helm template ./cost-analyzer -n kubecost > test-saved-reports-config.yaml
  • Open test-saved-reports-config
  • Find the section starting with # Source: cost-analyzer/templates/cost-analyzer-saved-reports-configmap.yaml
  • Ensure that the Helm values are successfully read into the configmap under the data field. Example below.
# Source: cost-analyzer/templates/cost-analyzer-saved-reports-configmap.yaml
apiVersion: v1
kind: ConfigMap
  name: saved-report-configs
  labels: cost-analyzer cost-analyzer-1.70.0 RELEASE-NAME Helm
    app: cost-analyzer
  saved-reports.json: '[{"accumulate":false,"aggregateBy":"namespace","filters":[{"property":"cluster","value":"cluster-one,cluster*"},{"property":"namespace","value":"kubecost"}],"idle":"separate","title":"Example Saved Report 0","window":"today"},{"accumulate":false,"aggregateBy":"controllerKind","filters":[{"property":"label","value":"app:cost*,environment:kube*"},{"property":"namespace","value":"kubecost"}],"idle":"share","title":"Example Saved Report 1","window":"month"},{"accumulate":true,"aggregateBy":"service","filters":[],"idle":"hide","title":"Example Saved Report 2","window":"2020-11-11T00:00:00Z,2020-12-09T23:59:59Z"}]'# Source: cost-analyzer/templates/cost-analyzer-alerts-configmap.yaml
  1. Ensure that the json string is successfully mapped to the appropriate configs
  • Navigate to <front-end-url>/model/reports and ensure that the configured report parameters have been set by selecting the “Open saved reports” button in the upper right hand corner of the report card.

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