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Add a Spot connector

This topic describes how to connect Harness with your Spot cloud.

Install the Harness Delegate

The Harness Delegate is a service you run in your local network or VPC to connect Harness with your artifact repos, Spot infrastructure, and any other providers needed for deployments.

Expand the following section to learn how to install the Harness Delegate.

Use the delegate installation wizard
  1. In your Harness project, select Project Setup.
  2. Select Delegates.
  3. Select Install a Delegate.
  4. Follow the delegate installation wizard.

Use this delegate installation wizard video to guide you through the process.

Use the terminal

The Harness Delegate is a lightweight worker process that is installed on your infrastructure and communicates only via outbound HTTP/HTTPS to the Harness Platform. This enables the Harness Platform to leverage the delegate to execute the CI/CD and other tasks on your behalf, without any of your secrets leaving your network.

You can install the Harness Delegate on either Docker or Kubernetes.


You might need additional permissions to execute commands in delegate scripts and create Harness users.

Install the default Harness Delegate

Create a new delegate token

You can install delegates from the Account, Project, or Org scope. In this example, we'll create a new token in the Account scope.

To create a new delegate token, do the following:

  1. In Harness, select Account Settings, then select Account Resources. The Account Resources page opens.

  2. Select Delegates. The Delegates list page opens.

  3. Select the Tokens tab, then select +New Token. The New Token dialog opens.

  4. Enter a token name, for example firstdeltoken.

  5. Select Apply. Harness generates a new token for you.

  6. Select Copy to copy and store the token in a temporary file.

    You will provide this token as an input parameter in the next installation step. The delegate will use this token to authenticate with the Harness Platform.

Get your Harness account ID

Along with the delegate token, you will also need to provide your Harness accountId as an input parameter during delegate installation. This accountId is present in every Harness URL. For example, in the following URL:

6_vVHzo9Qeu9fXvj-AcQCb is the accountId.


When you install a delegate via the Harness UI, several dependencies in this topic are prefilled for your convenience. This topic explains where to find the required information for CLI-based installation.

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Ensure that you have access to a Kubernetes cluster. For the purposes of this tutorial, we will use minikube.


Harness supports Kubernetes versions 1.25.16, 1.26.10, and 1.27.8 for delegate installation.

Install minikube

  • On Windows

    choco install minikube

    For Chocolatey installation instructions, go to Installing Chocolatey in the Chocolatey documentation.

    For additional options to install minikube on Windows, go to minikube start in the minikube documentation.

  • On macOS:

    brew install minikube

    For Homebrew installation instructions, go to Installation in the Homebrew documentation.

Now start minikube with the following config.

minikube start --memory 4g --cpus 4

Validate that you have kubectl access to your cluster.

kubectl get pods -A

Now that you have access to a Kubernetes cluster, you can install the delegate using any of the options below.

Install the Helm chart

As a prerequisite, you must have Helm v3 installed on the machine from which you connect to your Kubernetes cluster.

You can now install the delegate using the delegate Helm chart. First, add the harness-delegate Helm chart repo to your local Helm registry.

helm repo add harness-delegate
helm repo update
helm search repo harness-delegate

We will use the harness-delegate/harness-delegate-ng chart in this tutorial.

NAME                                	CHART VERSION	APP VERSION	DESCRIPTION
harness-delegate/harness-delegate-ng 1.0.8 1.16.0 A Helm chart for deploying harness-delegate

Now we are ready to install the delegate. The following example installs/upgrades firstk8sdel delegate (which is a Kubernetes workload) in the harness-delegate-ng namespace using the harness-delegate/harness-delegate-ng Helm chart.

You can install delegates from the Account, Project, or Org scope. In this example, we'll install a delegate in the Account scope.

To install a delegate, do the following:

  1. In Harness, select Account Settings, then select Account Resources. The Account Resources page opens.

  2. Select Delegates. The Delegates list page opens.

  3. Select New Delegate. The New Delegate dialog opens.

  4. Under Select where you want to install your Delegate, select Kubernetes.

  5. Under Install your Delegate, select Helm Chart.

  6. Copy the helm upgrade command.

    The command uses the default values.yaml file located in the delegate Helm chart GitHub repo. To make persistent changes to one or more values, you can download and update the values.yaml file according to your requirements. Once you have updated the file, you can use it by running the upgrade command below.

       helm upgrade -i firstk8sdel --namespace harness-delegate-ng --create-namespace \
    harness-delegate/harness-delegate-ng \
    -f values.yaml \
    --set delegateName=firstk8sdel \
    --set delegateToken=PUT_YOUR_DELEGATE_TOKEN_HERE \
    --set managerEndpoint=PUT_YOUR_MANAGER_HOST_AND_PORT_HERE \
    --set delegateDockerImage=harness/ \
    --set replicas=1 --set upgrader.enabled=true

To install a Helm delegate for Harness Self-Managed Enterprise Edition in an air-gapped environment, you must pass your certificate when you add the Helm repo.

helm repo add harness-delegate --ca-file <.PEM_FILE_PATH> <HELM_CHART_URL_FROM_UI>

For more information on requirements for air-gapped environments, go to Install in an air-gapped environment.

  1. Run the command.

Deploy using a custom role

During delegate installation, you have the option to deploy using a custom role. To use a custom role, you must edit the delegate YAML file.

Harness supports the following custom roles:

  • cluster-admin
  • cluster-viewer
  • namespace-admin
  • custom cluster roles

To deploy using a custom cluster role, do the following:

  1. Open the delegate YAML file in your text editor.

  2. Add the custom cluster role to the roleRef field in the delegate YAML.

    kind: ClusterRoleBinding
    name: harness-delegate-cluster-admin
    - kind: ServiceAccount
    name: default
    namespace: harness-delegate-ng
    kind: ClusterRole
    name: cluster-admin

    In this example, the cluster-admin role is defined.

  3. Save the delegate YAML file.

Verify delegate connectivity

Select Continue. After the health checks pass, your delegate is available for you to use. Select Done and verify your new delegate is listed.

Helm chart & Terraform Helm provider

Delegate Available

Kubernetes manifest

Delegate Available


Delegate Available

You can now route communication to external systems in Harness connectors and pipelines by selecting this delegate via a delegate selector.

Delegate selectors do not override service infrastructure connectors. Delegate selectors only determine the delegate that executes the operations of your pipeline.


The delegate installer provides troubleshooting information for each installation process. If the delegate cannot be verified, select Troubleshoot for steps you can use to resolve the problem. This section includes the same information.

Harness asks for feedback after the troubleshooting steps. You are asked, Did the delegate come up?

If the steps did not resolve the problem, select No, and use the form to describe the issue. You'll also find links to Harness Support and to Delegate docs.

Use the following steps to troubleshoot your installation of the delegate using Helm.

  1. Verify that Helm is correctly installed:

    Check for Helm:


    And then check for the installed version of Helm:

    helm version

    If you receive the message Error: rendered manifests contain a resource that already exists..., delete the existing namespace, and retry the Helm upgrade command to deploy the delegate.

    For further instructions on troubleshooting your Helm installation, go to Helm troubleshooting guide.

  2. Check the status of the delegate on your cluster:

    kubectl describe pods -n <NAMESPACE>
  3. If the pod did not start, check the delegate logs:

    kubectl logs -f <DELEGATE_NAME> -n <NAMESPACE>

    If the state of the delegate pod is CrashLoopBackOff, check your allocation of compute resources (CPU and memory) to the cluster. A state of CrashLoopBackOff indicates insufficient Kubernetes cluster resources.

  4. If the delegate pod is not healthy, use the kubectl describe command to get more information:

    kubectl describe <POD_NAME> -n <NAMESPACE>

To learn more, watch the Delegate overview video.

Add the Spot Elastigroup cloud provider

You can connect Harness to a Spot Elastigroup cloud provider by adding a Harness Spot connector.

Here's a Spot Elastigroup connector YAML sample:

name: spotinst-conn
identifier: spotinstconn
description: ""
orgIdentifier: Ng_Pipelines_K8s_Organisations
projectIdentifier: DoNotDelete_IvanBalan
type: Spot
type: PermanentTokenConfig
spotAccountId: act-a12b12cd
apiTokenRef: spotapitoken
executeOnDelegate: true

The connector now appears in the Connectors list.