Helm is totally adequate (I’m uncomfortable calling it good) for deploying an app, and potentially a small number of dependencies. It can quickly spiral out of control when there are many services that need deploying, with varying levels of dependency.

Helmfile is great for describing a large set of charts to deploy, and their values. It’s nice to be able to set values per environment, and to be able to deploy charts from a variety of sources - git repos, official repos, and the local filesystem.


Ensuring you get the correct YAML and Go template encantation can be annoying, and testing it out by deploying is not ideal. In lieu of proper testing, helmfile write-values is great as it runs all the templating and dumps files on disk for inspection