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Installation Guide

The next few sections describe the different installation methods available for Kiali.

The recommended way to deploy Kiali is via the Kiali Operator, either using Helm Charts or OperatorHub.

The Kiali Operator is a Kubernetes Operator and manages your Kiali installation. It watches the Kiali Custom Resource (Kiali CR), a YAML file that holds the deployment configuration.

It is only necessary to install the Kiali Operator once. After the operator is installed you only need to create or edit the Kiali CR. Never manually edit resources created by the Kiali Operator.
If you previously installed Kiali via a different mechanism, you must first uninstall Kiali using the original mechanism’s uninstall procedures. There is no migration path between older installation mechanisms and the install mechanisms explained in this documentation.