Heptio Ark is now Velero! v0.11 is our first release with the new name. For instructions on migrating your Ark deployments and data to Velero, please see the Upgrade section in the latest version. For more details on the renaming, please read our blog post.


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Velero (formerly Heptio Ark) gives you tools to back up and restore your Kubernetes cluster resources and persistent volumes. Velero lets you:

Velero consists of:

You can run Velero in clusters on a cloud provider or on-premises. For detailed information, see Compatible Storage Providers.


We strongly recommend that you use an official release of Velero. The tarballs for each release contain the command-line client and version-specific sample YAML files for deploying Velero to your cluster. Follow the instructions under the Install section of our documentation to get started.

The code and sample YAML files in the master branch of the Velero repository are under active development and are not guaranteed to be stable. Use them at your own risk!

More information

The documentation provides a getting started guide, plus information about building from source, architecture, extending Velero, and more.

Please use the version selector at the top of the site to ensure you are using the appropriate documentation for your version of Velero.


If you encounter issues, review the troubleshooting docs, file an issue, or talk to us on the #velero channel on the Kubernetes Slack server.


Thanks for taking the time to join our community and start contributing!

Feedback and discussion are available on the mailing list.

Before you start

Pull requests


See the list of releases to find out about feature changes.