How to upgrade the SPIRE stack using the Helm charts

Chart version number meaning

The chart has its own version number following the semver scheme of:

Major.Minor.Patch versioning.


Version upgrades

We only support upgrading one Major/Minor version at a time. Version skipping isn’t supported except for patch versions.


  • It’s supported to upgrade from 0.11.1 directly to 0.11.7
  • It’s supported to upgrade from 0.11.2 to 0.12.1
  • It’s not supported to upgrade from 0.11.0 to 0.13.0

Additional Upgrade Steps

From time to time you may need to do some upgrade steps before upgrading. We’ll only do this during Major or Minor version changes of the chart, never a patch release.

Look at the upgrade notes from the chart before performing the upgrade.


Once all prerequisite steps have been performed, upgrade the instance by running the following. Make sure to use the namespace you installed the chart to:

helm upgrade --install --create-namespace -n spire-mgmt spire-crds spire-crds \
  --repo https://spiffe.github.io/helm-charts-hardened/

helm upgrade --install -n spire-mgmt spire spire \
 --repo https://spiffe.github.io/helm-charts-hardened/ \
 -f your-values.yaml