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Version: 0.11.0

Build and Run

YuniKorn always works with a container orchestrator system. Currently, a Kubernetes shim yunikorn-k8shim is provided in our repositories, you can leverage it to develop YuniKorn scheduling features and integrate with Kubernetes. This document describes resources how to setup dev environment and how to do the development.

Development Environment setup

Read the environment setup guide first to setup Docker and Kubernetes development environment.

Build YuniKorn for Kubernetes


  • Go 1.12+

You can build the scheduler for Kubernetes from yunikorn-k8shim project. The build procedure will build all components into a single executable that can be deployed and running on Kubernetes.

Start the integrated build process by pulling the yunikorn-k8shim repository:

mkdir $HOME/yunikorn/
cd $HOME/yunikorn/
git clone

At this point you have an environment that will allow you to build an integrated image for the YuniKorn scheduler.

A note on Go modules and git version

Go use git to fetch module information. Certain modules cannot be retrieved if the git version installed on the machine used to build is old. A message similar to the one below will be logged when trying to build for the first time.

go: finding
go: git fetch -f origin refs/heads/*:refs/heads/* refs/tags/*:refs/tags/* in <location>: exit status 128:
error: RPC failed; result=22, HTTP code = 404
fatal: The remote end hung up unexpectedly

Update git to a recent version to fix this issue. Git releases later than 1.22 are known to work.

Build Docker image

Building a docker image can be triggered by following command.

make image

The image with the build in configuration can be deployed directly on kubernetes. Some sample deployments that can be used are found under deployments directory. For the deployment that uses a config map you need to set up the ConfigMap in kubernetes. How to deploy the scheduler with a ConfigMap is explained in the scheduler configuration deployment document.

The image build command will first build the integrated executable and then create the docker image. Currently, there are some published docker images under this docker hub repo, you are free to fetch and use. The default image tags are not suitable for deployments to an accessible repository as it uses a hardcoded user and would push to Docker Hub with proper credentials. You must update the TAG variable in the Makefile to push to an accessible repository. When you update the image tag be aware that the deployment examples given will also need to be updated to reflect the same change.

Inspect the docker image

The docker image built from previous step has embedded some important build info in image's metadata. You can retrieve these info with docker inspect command.

docker inspect apache/yunikorn:scheduler-latest

This info includes git revisions (last commit SHA) for each component, to help you understand which version of the source code was shipped by this image. They are listed as docker image labels, such as

"Labels": {
"BuildTimeStamp": "2019-07-16T23:08:06+0800",
"Version": "0.1",
"yunikorn-core-revision": "dca66c7e5a9e",
"yunikorn-k8shim-revision": "bed60f720b28",
"yunikorn-scheduler-interface-revision": "3df392eded1f"


The dependencies in the projects are managed using go modules. Go Modules require at least Go version 1.11 to be installed on the development system.

If you want to modify one of the projects locally and build with your local dependencies you will need to change the module file. Changing dependencies uses mod replace directives as explained in the [Update dependencies](#Updating dependencies).

The YuniKorn project has four repositories three of those repositories have a dependency at the go level. These dependencies are part of the go modules and point to the github repositories. During the development cycle it can be required to break the dependency on the committed version from github. This requires making changes in the module file to allow loading a local copy or a forked copy from a different repository.

Affected repositories

The following dependencies exist between the repositories:

repositorydepends on
yunikorn-k8shimyunikorn-scheduler-interface, yunikorn-core

The yunikorn-web repository has no direct go dependency on the other repositories. However any change to the yunikorn-core webservices can affect the web interface.

Making local changes

To make sure that the local changes will not break other parts of the build you should run:

  • A full build make (build target depends on the repository)
  • A full unit test run make test

Any test failures should be fixed before proceeding.

Updating dependencies

The simplest way is to use the replace directive in the module file. The replace directive allows you to override the import path with a new (local) path. There is no need to change any of the imports in the source code. The change must be made in the go.mod file of the repository that has the dependency.

Using replace to use of a forked dependency, such as:

replace =>

There is no requirement to fork and create a new repository. If you do not have a repository you can use a local checked out copy too. Using replace to use of a local directory as a dependency:

replace => /User/example/local/checked-out-yunikorn

and for the same dependency using a relative path:

replace => ../checked-out-yunikorn

Note: if the replace directive is using a local filesystem path, then the target must have the go.mod file at that location.

Further details on the modules' wiki: When should I use the 'replace' directive?.

Build the web UI

Example deployments reference the YuniKorn web UI. The YuniKorn web UI has its own specific requirements for the build. The project has specific requirements for the build follow the steps in the README to prepare a development environment and build how to build the projects. The scheduler is fully functional without the web UI.

Locally run the integrated scheduler

When you have a local development environment setup you can run the scheduler in your local kubernetes environment. This has been tested in a Docker desktop with 'Docker for desktop' and Minikube. See the environment setup guide for further details.

make run

It will connect with the kubernetes cluster using the users configured configuration located in $HOME/.kube/config.

You can also use the same approach to run the scheduler locally but connecting to a remote kubernetes cluster, as long as the $HOME/.kube/config file is pointing to that remote cluster.