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Install Stash Enterprise Edition

Stash Enterprise edition is the open core version of Stash. It comes with all the functionalities of Stash Community edition as well as some advanced features such as Database Backup, Auto-Backup, Batch Backup, and Local Backend support, etc. A full features comparison between Stash Enterprise Edition and community version can be found here.

If you are willing to try Stash Enterprise Edition, you can grab a 30 days trial license from here.


  • Kubernetes version: Stash is compatible with any Kubernetes cluster with version 1.16 or later.
  • Extended API server: Your cluster needs to support Kubernetes extended API server.
  • Webhook support: Your cluster must support Kubernetes validation and mutation webhooks.
  • RBAC permissions: Stash operator needs a few RBAC permissions on your cluster. You can find the list of the required RBAC permissions here.
  • Installing on GKE cluster: To install Stash on your GKE cluster, please check the requirements here.
  • NFS volume: If you are willing to use NFS volume as a backend, you need to customize the Stash installation like here.

Get a Trial License

In this section, we are going to show you how you can get a 30 days trial license for Stash Enterprise edition. You can get a license for your Kubernetes cluster by going through the following steps:

  • At first, go to AppsCode License Server and fill up the form. It will ask for your Name, Email, the product you want to install, and your cluster ID (UID of the kube-system namespace).
  • Provide your name and email address. You must provide your work email address.
  • Then, select Stash Enterprise Edition in the product field.
  • Now, provide your cluster ID. You can get your cluster ID easily by running the following command:
kubectl get ns kube-system -o=jsonpath='{.metadata.uid}'
  • Then, you have to agree with the terms and conditions. We recommend reading it before checking the box.
  • Now, you can submit the form. After you submit the form, the AppsCode License server will send an email to the provided email address with a link to your license file.
  • Navigate to the provided link and save the license into a file. Here, we save the license to a license.txt file.

Here is a screenshot of the license form.

Stash Backend Overview
Fig: Stash License Form

You can create licenses for as many clusters as you want. You can upgrade your license any time without re-installing Stash by following the upgrading guide from here.

Stash licensing process has been designed to work with CI/CD workflow. You can automatically obtain a license from your CI/CD pipeline by following the guide from here.

Get an Enterprise License

If you are interested in purchasing Enterprise license, please contact us via [email protected] for further discussion. You can also set up a meeting via our calendly link.

If you are willing to purchasing Enterprise license but need more time to test in your dev cluster, feel free to contact [email protected]. We will be happy to extend your trial period.


Stash operator can be installed as a Helm chart or simply as Kubernetes manifests.

Using Helm 3

Stash can be installed via Helm using the chart from AppsCode Charts Repository. To install the chart with the release name stash:

$ helm repo add appscode
$ helm repo update
$ helm search repo appscode/stash --version v2023.08.18
NAME                       CHART VERSION         APP VERSION         DESCRIPTION
appscode/stash  v2023.08.18    v2023.08.18  Stash by AppsCode - Backup your Kubernetes native applications

$ helm install stash appscode/stash             \
  --version v2023.08.18                  \
  --namespace kube-system                       \
  --set features.enterprise=true                \
  --set-file global.license=/path/to/the/license.txt

To see the detailed configuration options, visit here.

Using YAML

If you prefer to not use Helm, you can generate YAMLs from Stash chart and deploy using kubectl. Here we are going to show the prodecure using Helm 3.

$ helm repo add appscode
$ helm repo update
$ helm search repo appscode/stash --version v2023.08.18
NAME                       CHART VERSION         APP VERSION         DESCRIPTION
appscode/stash  v2023.08.18    v2023.08.18  Stash by AppsCode - Backup your Kubernetes native applications

$ helm template stash appscode/stash     \
  --version v2023.08.18                     \
  --namespace kube-system                \
  --set features.enterprise=true         \
  --set global.skipCleaner=true          \
  --set-file global.license=/path/to/the/license.txt | kubectl apply -f -

To see the detailed configuration options, visit here.

Verify installation

To check if Stash operator pods have started, run the following command:

❯ kubectl get pods --all-namespaces -l --watch
NAMESPACE     NAME                                      READY   STATUS    RESTARTS   AGE
kube-system   stash-stash-enterprise-678bcb6db4-267vk   2/2     Running   0          3m

Once the operator pod is running, you can cancel the above command by typing Ctrl+C.

Now, to confirm CRD groups have been registered by the operator, run the following command:

$ kubectl get crd -l

NAME                                      CREATED AT          2020-08-24T08:20:54Z       2020-08-24T08:20:55Z   2020-08-24T08:20:54Z         2020-08-24T08:20:55Z              2020-08-24T08:20:55Z             2020-08-24T08:20:54Z           2020-08-24T08:20:54Z                2020-08-24T08:20:54Z         2020-08-24T08:20:55Z        2020-08-24T08:20:55Z                  2020-08-24T08:20:55Z

Verify Catalogs

Stash Enterprise edition automatically installs the necessary Addon catalogs for database backup. Verify that the Addon catalogs have been installed using the following command.

❯ kubectl get
NAME                          AGE
elasticsearch-backup-5.6.4    5m8s
elasticsearch-backup-6.2.4    5m8s
elasticsearch-backup-6.3.0    5m8s
elasticsearch-backup-6.4.0    5m8s
elasticsearch-backup-6.5.3    5m8s
elasticsearch-backup-6.8.0    5m8s
elasticsearch-backup-7.2.0    5m8s
elasticsearch-backup-7.3.2    5m8s
elasticsearch-restore-5.6.4   5m8s
elasticsearch-restore-6.2.4   5m8s
elasticsearch-restore-6.3.0   5m8s
elasticsearch-restore-6.4.0   5m8s
elasticsearch-restore-6.5.3   5m8s
elasticsearch-restore-6.8.0   5m8s
elasticsearch-restore-7.2.0   5m8s
elasticsearch-restore-7.3.2   5m8s
mariadb-backup-10.5.8         5m8s
mariadb-restore-10.5.8        5m8s
mongodb-backup-3.4.17         5m8s
mongodb-backup-3.4.22         5m8s
mongodb-backup-3.6.13         5m8s
mongodb-backup-4.0.11         5m8s
mongodb-backup-4.0.3          5m8s
mongodb-backup-4.1.13         5m8s
mongodb-backup-4.1.4          5m8s
mongodb-backup-4.1.7          5m8s
mongodb-backup-4.2.3          5m8s
mongodb-restore-3.4.17        5m8s
mongodb-restore-3.4.22        5m8s
mongodb-restore-3.6.13        5m8s
mongodb-restore-4.0.11        5m8s
mongodb-restore-4.0.3         5m8s
mongodb-restore-4.1.13        5m8s
mongodb-restore-4.1.4         5m8s
mongodb-restore-4.1.7         5m8s
mongodb-restore-4.2.3         5m8s
mysql-backup-5.7.25           5m8s
mysql-backup-8.0.14           5m8s
mysql-backup-8.0.21           5m8s
mysql-backup-8.0.3            5m8s
mysql-restore-5.7.25          5m8s
mysql-restore-8.0.14          5m8s
mysql-restore-8.0.21          5m8s
mysql-restore-8.0.3           5m8s
perconaxtradb-backup-5.7      5m8s
perconaxtradb-restore-5.7     5m8s
postgres-backup-10.14         5m8s
postgres-backup-11.9          5m8s
postgres-backup-12.4          5m8s
postgres-backup-13.1          5m8s
postgres-backup-9.6.19        5m8s
postgres-restore-10.14        5m8s
postgres-restore-11.9         5m8s
postgres-restore-12.4         5m8s
postgres-restore-13.1         5m8s
postgres-restore-9.6.19       5m8s
pvc-backup                    5m2s
pvc-restore                   5m2s

As you can see from the above output that Stash has created Task objects for each supported databases.

Now, you are ready to take your first backup using Stash.