This documentation is for an older Keptn release. Please consider the newest one when working with the latest Keptn.


Provides details about self-healing using upscalling and feature toggle.

Up-scale with Dynatrace

Demonstrates how to use the self-healing mechanisms of Keptn with Dynatrace

Up-scale with Prometheus

Demonstrates how to use the self-healing mechanisms of Keptn with Prometheus

Self-healing with Feature Flags

Demonstrates how to use the self-healing mechanisms of Keptn to automatically set feature flags in an Unleash feature flag server.

About this tutorial

In this tutorial, you will learn how to use the capabilities of Keptn to provide self-healing for an application.

The tutorial presented in the following will provide information about the self-healing actions scale up and feature toggle.

For the configuration, Keptn relies on several specification files that define service level indicators (SLI), service level objectives (SLO), and remediation actions for self-healing if service level objectives are not achieved. To learn more about the service-indicator, service-objective, and remediation file, click here Specifications for Site Reliability Engineering with Keptn.


git clone --branch 0.6.2 --single-branch

Difference to Deployment with Quality Gates

Within this tutorial we will use a version of the carts microservice that has already passed the quality gate for staging. However, the deployed carts service has some issues that only arise in production with real user traffic - this indicates that there might be untested parts of the microservice that have issues.

Click here for details on how to check if you are running the correct version

You can check if the service is already running in your production stage by executing the following command and reviewing the output. It should show two pods in total.

kubectl get pods -n sockshop-production
NAME                              READY   STATUS    RESTARTS   AGE
carts-db-57cd95557b-r6cg8         1/1     Running   0          18m
carts-primary-7c96d87df9-75pg7    1/1     Running   0          13m

You should also verify that the image used for the deployments of carts and carts-primary is either the one with 0.11.1 or 0.11.3 within the tag by executing

kubectl get deployments -n sockshop-production -o wide
NAME            READY   UP-TO-DATE   AVAILABLE   AGE   CONTAINERS   IMAGES                                 SELECTOR
carts           0/0     0            0           28h   carts   app=carts
carts-db        1/1     1            1           44h   carts-db     mongo:latest                           app=carts-db
carts-primary   1/1     1            1           22h   carts   app=carts-primary

In case you do not have 0.11.1 or 0.11.3 deployed, please run

keptn send event new-artifact --project=sockshop --service=carts --tag=0.11.1

Initial steps

  1. Make sure you are in the correct folder of your examples directory:

    cd examples/onboarding-carts
  2. Add an SLO file for the production stage using the Keptn CLIs add-resource command:

    keptn add-resource --project=sockshop --stage=production --service=carts --resource=slo-self-healing.yaml --resourceUri=slo.yaml

    Note: The SLO file contains an objective for response_time_p90.

Follow the specific tutorial

Please follow the steps detailed in the following tutorials.