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Deploy on Kubernetes#

The deployment on kubernetes uses the docker image, so refer to the docker image documentation for more information about its usage.


Download this file to find a kubernetes configuration that will deploy on kubernetes:

  • 1 instance of TheHive
  • 1 instance of Cassandra
  • 1 instance of Elasticsearch
  • 1 instance Minio

This setup is good for a try out of TheHive but you should adapt the data stores (elasticsearch, cassandra and minio) to be more robust (setup clustering and storage volumes). We invite you to check their documentation on how to deploy on kubernetes for production use.


The volumes used here are emptyDirs, so the data will be lost when a pod is restarted. You should update the volume description if you want to persist your data.

To deploy more than one node, you will need to update your license. Only one node is included in the Community License.

Start with kubectl apply -f kubernetes.yml. This will create a namespace thehive and deploy the instances in it.


Delete all the resources belonging to the thehive namespace:

kubectl delete namespace thehive

Kubernetes configuration#

In kubernetes with several TheHive pods, the application needs to form a cluster between its nodes. For this, it will use the akka discovery method using the kubernetes API.

To enable this you need:

  • A service account that can connect to the kubernetes API
  • Tell TheHive to use kubernetes API to discover the other nodes


Create a ServiceAccount named thehive that can get the running pods

# Create a role, `pod-reader`, that can list pods and
# bind the default service account in the namespace
# that the binding is deployed to to that role.
kind: Role
  name: pod-reader
  - apiGroups: [""] # "" indicates the core API group
    resources: ["pods"]
    verbs: ["get", "watch", "list"]
apiVersion: v1
kind: ServiceAccount
  name: thehive
kind: RoleBinding
  name: read-pods
  - kind: ServiceAccount
    name: thehive
  kind: Role
  name: pod-reader


In your pod / deployment specification, you need to specify the created service account. Also make sure to add a label and a POD_IP environment variable.

    app: thehive
  serviceAccountName: thehive
  - name: thehive
    image: ...
      # Make sure that the container can know its own IP
      - name: POD_IP
            fieldPath: status.podIP


Using docker entrypoint#

If you use the docker entry point, add the flag --kubernetes.

You can also use the following options:

--kubernetes-pod-label-selector <selector>  | selector to use to select other pods running the app (default app=thehive)
--cluster-min-nodes-count <count>           | minimum number of nodes to form a cluster (default to 1)

Using custom application.conf#

If you use your own application.conf file, add the following:

akka.remote.artery.canonical.hostname = ${?POD_IP}
singleInstance = false {
  cluster.bootstrap {
    contact-point-discovery {
      discovery-method = kubernetes-api
      # Set the minimum number of pods to form a cluster
      required-contact-point-nr = 1
akka.extensions += ""

akka.discovery {
  kubernetes-api {
    # Set here the pod selector to use for thehive pods
    pod-label-selector = "thehive"

Pod probes#

You can use the following probes to make sure the application is started and running correctly. The first startup can be a bit slow so you may enable those probes after validating the correct start of the application.


When applying a big migration, it's recommended to deactivate those probes as the HTTP server will not start until the migration is done.

        path: /api/v1/status/public
        port: 9000
    failureThreshold: 30
    periodSeconds: 10
        path: /api/v1/status/public
        port: 9000
    periodSeconds: 10


Error on database init#

If your logs contain the lines:

[error] o.t.s.m.Database [|] ***********************************************************************
[error] o.t.s.m.Database [|] * Database initialisation has failed. Restart application to retry it *
[error] o.t.s.m.Database [|] ***********************************************************************

This means that an error occured when trying to create the database schema. Below those lines, you should get more details on the cause of the error.

Possible root causes:

  • Cassandra / Elasticsearch is unavailable: check that both database are correctly started and that TheHive can connect to them.
    • You may try to first start both database in the kubernetes cluster before starting TheHive: set TheHive deployment to replicas: 0 to do so.
  • Cassandra / ES contains invalid data. Elasticsearch has a role of index for Cassandra and the data between the two may not be in sync, causing errors when accessing the data.
    • If it is the first time you are setting up the cluster, delete both database volumes/data and restart the databases and TheHive