Kubernetes GitHub Organization Guide

The Kubernetes project leverages multiple GitHub organizations to store and organize code. This guide contains the details on how to run those organizations for CNCF compliance and for the guidelines of the community.

Organization Naming

Kubernetes managed organizations should be in the form of kubernetes-[thing]. For example, kubernetes-client where the API clients are housed.

Prior to creating an organization please contact the steering committee for direction and approval.

Note: The CNCF, as part of the Linux Foundation, holds the trademark on the Kubernetes name. All GitHub organizations with Kubernetes in the name should be managed by the Kubernetes project or use a different name.

Transferring Outside Code Into A Kubernetes Organization

Due to licensing and CLA issues, prior to transferring software into a Kubernetes managed organization there is some due diligence that needs to occur. Please contact the steering committee and CNCF prior to moving any code in.

It is easier to start new code in a Kubernetes organization than it is to transfer in existing code.

Team Guidance

Each organization should have the following teams:

  • teams for each repo foo
    • foo-admins: granted admin access to the foo repo
    • foo-maintainers: granted write access to the foo repo
    • foo-reviewers: granted read access to the foo repo; intended to be used as a notification mechanism for interested/active contributors for the foo repo
  • a bots team
    • should contain bots such as @k8s-ci-robot and @thelinuxfoundation that are necessary for org and repo automation
  • an owners team
    • should be populated by everyone who has owner privileges to the org
    • gives users the opportunity to ping owners as a group rather than having to search for individuals

NB: Not all organizations in use today currently follow this team guidance. We are looking to coalesce existing teams towards this model, and use this model for all orgs going forward. Notable discrepancies at the moment:

  • foo-reviewers teams are considered a historical subset of kubernetes-sig-foo-pr-reviews teams and are intended mostly as a fallback notification mechanism when requested reviewers are being unresponsive. Ideally OWNERS files can be used in lieu of these teams.
  • admins-foo and maintainers-foo teams as used by the kubernetes-incubator org. This was a mistake that swapped the usual convention, and we would like to rename the team

Repository Guidance

Repositories have additional guidelines and requirements, such as the use of CLA checking on all contributions. For more details on those please see the Kubernetes Template Project, and the Repository Guidelines