ServiceBinding CRD

Service Binding Operator enables the application developers to bind the services that are backed by Kubernetes operators to an application that is deployed in kubernetes without having to perform manual configuration. Dekorate supports generation of ServiceBinding CR. The generation of ServiceBinding CR is triggered by annotating one of your classes with @ServiceBinding annotation and by adding the below dependency to the project and when the project gets compiled, the annotation will trigger the generation of ServiceBinding CR in both json and yml formats under the target/classes/META-INF/dekorate. The name of the ServiceBinding CR would be the name of the applicationName + "-binding", for example if the application name is sample-app, the binding name would be sample-app-binding


Here is the simple example of using ServiceBinding annotations in SpringBoot application.

import org.springframework.boot.SpringApplication;
import org.springframework.boot.autoconfigure.SpringBootApplication;
import io.dekorate.servicebinding.annotation.Service;
import io.dekorate.servicebinding.annotation.ServiceBinding;
import io.dekorate.servicebinding.annotation.BindingPath;
  services = {
    @Service(group = "", name = "demo-database", kind = "Database", version = "v1alpha1", id = "postgresDB") })
public class Main {
  public static void main(String[] args) {, args);

For someone who wants to configure the ServiceBinding CR using system properties, they can do it in the The ServiceBinding CR can be customized either via annotation parameters or via system properties. The parameter values provided via annotations can be overrided by configuring the ServiceBinding CR in[0].name=demo-database[0][0].kind=Database[0].id=postgresDB

Generated ServiceBinding CR would look something like this:

kind: ServiceBinding
  name: servicebinding-binding-example
    group: apps
    resource: Deployment
    name: servicebinding-example
    version: v1
  - group:
    kind: Database
    name: demo-database
    version: v1alpha1
    id: postgresDB
  detectBindingResources: false
  bindAsFiles: false

If the application’s bindingPath needs to configured, @BindingPath annotation can be used directly under @ServicingBinding annotation. For example:

  bindingPath = @BindingPath(containerPath="spec.template.spec.containers")
  services = {
    @Service(group = "", name = "demo-database", kind = "Database", version = "v1alpha1", id = "postgresDB") }, envVarPrefix = "postgresql")

Note : ServiceBinding annotations are already usuable though still highly experimental. The Service Binding operator is still in flux and may change in the near future.

External generator integration

No matter how good a generator/scaffolding tool is, its often desirable to handcraft part of it. Other times it might be desirable to combine different tools together (e.g. to generate the manifests using fmp but customize them via dekorate annotations)

No matter what the reason is, dekorate supports working on existing resources and decorating them based on the provided annotation configuration. This is as simple as letting dekorate know where to read the existing manifests and where to store the generated ones. By adding the @GeneratorOptions.

Integration with Fabric8 Maven Plugin.

The fabric8-maven-plugin can be used to package applications for kubernetes and OpenShift. It also supports generating manifests. A user might choose to build images using fmp, but customize them using dekorate annotations instead of xml.

An example could be to expose an additional port:

This can be done by configuring dekorate to read the fmp generated manifests from META-INF/fabric8 which is where fmp stores them and save them back there once decoration is finished.

@GeneratorOptions(inputPath = "META-INF/fabric8", outputPath = "META-INF/fabric8")
@KubernetesApplication(port = @Port(name="srv", containerPort=8181)
public class Main {