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OpenFaaS can be deployed to a variety of container orchestrators such as Kubernetes, OpenShift, Docker Swarm or to a single host with faasd.

Kubernetes or Swarm?

We recommend using Kubernetes or OpenShift with OpenFaaS. Whilst Docker Swarm will remain an option for the time-being, the ecosystem for Kubernetes is much richer and commercial support is available from OpenFaaS Ltd.


PLONK is a Cloud Native stack for building applications which stands for:

  • Prometheus - metrics and time-series
  • Linux/Linkerd* - OS or service mesh (Linkerd is optional)
  • OpenFaaS - management and auto-scaling of compute - PaaS/FaaS, a developer-friendly abstraction on top of Kubernetes. Each function or microservice is built as an immutable Docker container or OCI-format image.
  • NATS - asynchronous message bus / queue
  • Kubernetes - declarative, extensible, scale-out, self-healing clustering

OpenFaaS on Kubernetes bundles NATS and Prometheus. You can read about the stack in the OpenFaaS architecture docs

A foreword on security

Authentication is enabled by default with OpenFaaS, however you will also need to obtain a TLS certificate for your cluster if you are using OpenFaaS on the public Internet. Free certificates are available from

There are three recommended ways to install OpenFaaS to a Kubernetes cluster:

  • Using our CLI installer arkade - (recommended)
  • With the Helm chart, Flux or ArgoCD (GitOps¬†workflow)
  • Or using the statically generated YAML files (not recommended)

Find out more about each option and how to deploy OpenFaaS to Kubernetes:

Deploy to Kubernetes

faasd with containerd

faasd is a light-weight option for adopting OpenFaaS which uses the same tooling, ecosystem, templates, and containers as OpenFaaS on Kubernetes. The difference is that it runs on a single host removing the need for complex infrastructure and maintenance.

faasd is built with containerd and the Container Networking Interface (CNI) project.

Why might you try faasd?

  • As a lightweight option it is well-suited to use-cases such as: appliances, VMs, embedded use, edge, and for IoT.
  • Teams may also find faasd useful for local development before adopting or deploying to Kubernetes.
  • Teams who feel that they could benefit from functions and microservices, but who do not have the bandwidth to learn Kubernetes and manage a cluster

Deploy faasd


OpenShift is a variant of Kubernetes produced by RedHat.

You can deploy to OpenShift using our CLI installer arkade or with the standard helm chart.

Deploy to OpenShift

Docker Swarm

A foreword on security

Bear in mind that Docker Swarm is widely consider to be approaching "End of Life". Kubernetes with, or faasd (above) may make a better alternative for you and your team.

If you prefer to use Docker Swarm, then follow the deployment guide Docker Swarm.

Docker Swarm Playground

If you cannot run Docker on your local machine, or can't install anything locally, then you can try OpenFaaS on (PWD). Follow the playground guide here