In this section, instructions have been summarized that help to troubleshoot known issues that may occur when using Keptn.

Generating a Support Archive

The Keptn CLI allows to generate a support archive, which can be used as data source for debugging a Keptn installation. For generating a support archive, please checkout the CLI command keptn generate support-archive.

Keptn API cannot be reached

In rare cases (but especially after a new Keptn installation), the Keptn API cannot be reached. This prevents e.g. a successful communication between the Keptn CLI and the Keptn API. In order to solve this problem, please try to restart the api-gateway-nginx pod by executing:

kubectl delete pods -n keptn --selector=run=api-gateway-nginx

Verifying a Keptn installation

Especially for troubleshooting purposes, it is necessary to verify that all parts of the Keptn installation are running as intended (i.e., no crashed pods, all distributors running).

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  • To verify your Keptn installation, retrieve the pods running in the keptn namespace.
kubectl get pods -n keptn
NAME                                                              READY   STATUS    RESTARTS   AGE
api-gateway-nginx-5669667d4f-2ppg9                                1/1     Running   0          20s
api-service-5b846f4d5b-trmbp                                      1/1     Running   0          28s
bridge-6dcc7cc967-hfvdv                                           1/1     Running   0          21s
configuration-service-589fbfb7d9-2rrmv                            2/2     Running   2          30s
eventbroker-go-7d9bbd5b88-84lgf                                   1/1     Running   0          31s
gatekeeper-service-58d89b6c79-bxzsv                               2/2     Running   2          31s
helm-service-67c6fff6d-qxhsj                                      2/2     Running   0          23s
helm-service-continuous-deployment-distributor-7c4455d697-gwwgj   1/1     Running   3          30s
jmeter-service-5444cc4968-v559v                                   2/2     Running   2          30s
keptn-nats-cluster-0                                              3/3     Running   0          28s
lighthouse-service-65ff48dc57-6hdvx                               2/2     Running   2          30s
mongodb-59975d9f4c-nn5c2                                          1/1     Running   0          26s
mongodb-datastore-7fdb567996-lgjj8                                2/2     Running   2          33s
remediation-service-56777cb979-957l4                              2/2     Running   2          33s
shipyard-service-57c6996f47-pzs9r                                 2/2     Running   2          34s
openshift-route-service-57b45c4dfc-4x5lm                          2/2     Running   0          32s (OpenShift only)

MongoDB on OpenShift 4 fails

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The root cause of this issue is that the MongoDB (as deployed by the default Keptn installation) tries to set mongodb as the owner for the files in /var/lib/mongodb/data. However, this is not allowed for some Persistent Volumes (PVs) with the assigned rights.


Please execute the following command to change the image of the mongodb deployment to run mongodb as root:

kubectl set image deployment/mongodb mongodb=keptn/mongodb-privileged:latest -n keptn

Installation on Azure aborts

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The Keptn installation is aborting with the following error:

Cannot obtain the cluster/pod IP CIDR


The root cause of this issue is that kubenet is not used in your AKS cluster. However, it is needed to retrieve the podCidr according to the official docs:


Please select the Kubenet network plugin (basic) when setting up your AKS cluster, instead of Azure network plugin (advanced) and retry the installation. You can find more information here:

Broken Keptn project

When creating a project failed, this can cause a problematic state that manifests in a situation that the Keptn Bridge does not show any project.

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Situation: Executing keptn create project failed with following error message:

Starting to create project   
ID of Keptn context: 9d1a30cd-e00b-4354-a308-03e50368bc40  
Creating project sockshop failed. Could not commit changes.

Problem: The Keptn Bridge does not show any project even though other projects were already displayed.


  • Try to execute the command keptn delete project:

  • If the command did not work, manually delete the faulty project in the configuration-service pod.

    1. Connect to the pod of configuration-service:

      kubectl -n keptn exec -it svc/configuration-service sh`
    2. In the pod, go to: /data/config/

    3. Delete the directory with the name of the faulty project:

      rm -rf projectXYZ 

Error: UPGRADE FAILED: timed out waiting for the condition

This error often appears when executing keptn send trigger delivery in case of insufficient CPU and/or memory on the Kubernetes cluster.

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The Helm upgrade runs into a time-out when deploying a new artifact of your service using

keptn trigger delivery


In this case, Helm creates a new Kubernetes Deployment with the new artifact, but Kubernetes fails to start the pod. Unfortunately, there is no way to catch this error by Helm (right now). A good way to detect the error is to look at the Kubernetes events captured by the cluster:

kubectl -n sockshop-dev get events  --sort-by='.metadata.creationTimestamp'

where sockshop-dev is the project and stage that you are trying to deploy to.

Note: This error can also occur at a later stage (e.g., when using blue-green deployments).


Increase the number of vCPUs and/or memory, or add another Kubernetes worker node.

Helm upgrade runs into a time-out on EKS

Same as the error above, but this issue occurs sometimes using a single worker node on EKS.


Increase the number of worker nodes. For example, you can therefore use the eksctl CLI:

Verify Kubernetes Context with Keptn Installation

If you are performing critical operations, such as installing new Keptn services or upgrading something, please verify that you are connected to the correct cluster.

  • Execute keptn status to get the Keptn endpoint:
keptn status
Starting to authenticate
Successfully authenticated
CLI is authenticated against the Keptn cluster

NGNIX troubleshooting

If a CLI command like, e.g., keptn add resource fails with the following error message:

$ keptn add-resource --project=sockshop --service=carts --stage=production --resource=remediation.yaml

Adding resource remediation.yaml to service carts in stage production in project sockshop
Error: Resource remediation.yaml could not be uploaded: invalid character '<' looking for beginning of value
<head><title>502 Bad Gateway</title><script type="text/javascript" src="/ruxitagentjs_ICA2SVfqru_10191200423105232.js" data-dtconfig="rid=RID_470209891|rpid=-713832838|domain=api.keptn|reportUrl=/rb_bf35021xvs|app=ea7c4b59f27d43eb|featureHash=ICA2SVfqru|rdnt=1|uxrgce=1|bp=2|cuc=k1g1l44n|srms=1,1,,,|uxrgcm=100,25,300,3;100,25,300,3|dpvc=1|bismepl=2000|lastModification=1587774023960|dtVersion=10191200423105232|tp=500,50,0,1|uxdcw=1500|agentUri=/ruxitagentjs_ICA2SVfqru_10191200423105232.js"></script></head>
<center><h1>502 Bad Gateway</h1></center>

You can resolve this problem by restarting the Nginx ingress with the following command:

$ kubectl -n keptn delete pod -l run=api-gateway-nginx

pod "api-gateway-nginx-cc948646d-zwrb4" deleted

After some seconds, the Nginx ingress pod should be up and running again. You can verify this by executing:

$ kubectl get pods -n keptn -l run=api-gateway-nginx

NAME                                READY   STATUS    RESTARTS   AGE
api-gateway-nginx-cc948646d-h6bdb   1/1     Running   0          13m

At this point, the CLI commands should work again:

$ keptn add-resource --project=sockshop --service=carts --stage=production --resource=remediation.yaml

Adding resource remediation.yaml to service carts in stage production in project sockshop
Resource has been uploaded.

Keptn on Minikube causes a MongoDB issue after a reboot

When rebooting the machine Minikube is installed on, the MongoDB pod in the keptn namespace runs in a CrashLoopBackoff.

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Note: Minikube is a K8s distribution for development environments. Please go with K3s for a more stable setup.


  • To verify the problem, investigate the logs of the mongodb pod:
kubectl logs -n keptn mongodb-578b4d8bcd-dhgb8
=> sourcing /usr/share/container-scripts/mongodb/pre-init// ...
=> sourcing /usr/share/container-scripts/mongodb/pre-init// ...
=> sourcing /usr/share/container-scripts/mongodb/pre-init// ...
=> sourcing /usr/share/container-scripts/mongodb/pre-init// ...
ERROR: Couldn't write into /var/lib/mongodb/data
CAUSE: current user doesn't have permissions for writing to /var/lib/mongodb/data directory
DETAILS: current user id = 184, user groups: 184 0
stat: failed to get security context of '/var/lib/mongodb/data': No data available
DETAILS: directory permissions: drwxr-xr-x owned by 0:0, SELinux: ?


The problem is a permission issue on the /var/lib/mongodb/data folder. See kubernetes/minikube#1184 and Minikube ‘none’ driver: which lay out complexity for persistence.


A workaround for this issue is to add an initContainer to the mongodb deployment as shown below. This container will be executed before the actual mongodb container and sets the right permissions on the /var/lib/mongodb/data folder.

- name: volume-mount-hack
    image: busybox
    command: ["sh", "-c", "chown -R 184:184 /var/lib/mongodb/data"]
    - name: mongodata
      mountPath: /var/lib/mongodb/data

Fully Qualified Domain Names cannot be reached from within the cluster

Depending on your Kubernetes cluster configuration, certain hostnames cannot be reached from within the Kubernetes cluster. This is usually visible via an error message that looks as follows:

Failed to send cloudevent:, Post http://event-broker.keptn.svc.cluster.local/keptn: dial tcp: lookup event-broker.keptn.svc.cluster.local: Try again

The problem can appear in virtually any service and scenario:

  1. LoadGenerator for keptn/examples
  2. Prometheus-Service/Prometheus-SLI-Service trying to access Prometheus
  3. Dynatrace-Service/Dynatrace-SLI-Service trying to access a Dynatrace environment
  4. Unleash-Service trying to access Unleash
  5. Any keptn-service trying to send a CloudEvent via the event-broker

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Problem: Trying to access certain hostnames does not work within the cluster.

The reason behind this is that some Kubernetes cluster configurations have issues when it comes to resolving internal hostnames like service.namespace.svc.cluster.local, but potentially reaching ANY hostname might fail, e.g., trying to fetch a URL via wget

Analysis: To find out whether you are affected or not, please run an alpine:3.11 container that tries to access the Kubernetes API or any external hostname, e.g.:

kubectl run -i --restart=Never --rm test-${RANDOM} --image=alpine:3.11 -- sh -c "wget --no-check-certificate https://kubernetes.default.svc.cluster.local/api/v1"
kubectl run -i --restart=Never --rm test-${RANDOM} --image=alpine:3.11 -- sh -c "wget"

If in any of the above instances you get a “bad address”, then you are most likely affected, e.g.:

wget: bad address 'kubernetes.default.svc.cluster.local'

If it prints a download bar, the content of the requested URL or an HTTP 400 error (or similar), the connection works, e.g.:

Connecting to kubernetes.default.svc.cluster.local (
saving to 'v1'
v1                   100% |********************************| 10337  0:00:00 ETA

The problem behind this is usually a misconfiguration for the nameserver or the local /etc/resolv.conf configuration (e.g., searchdomains).

More details can be found at GitHub Kubernetes Issue #64924.


  • Verify your clusters nameserver configuration is working as expected, especially the searchdomains. Easiest way to verify is to look at the output of


    on your physical machine as well as within your Kubernetes cluster:

    kubectl run -i --restart=Never --rm test-${RANDOM} --image=alpine:3.11 -- sh -c "nslookup" 
    • If a nameserver returns NXDOMAIN or Non-authoritative answer, everything is fine.
    • If at any point a nameserver returns an ERRFAIL, SERVFAIL or similar, update the hosts /etc/resolv.conf file (together with your administrator) and try again.
  • Overwrite the DNS config ndots to ndots:1 in all deployment manifests.