Trino on Kubernetes with Helm#

Kubernetes is a container orchestration platform that allows you to deploy Trino and other applications in a repeatable manner across different types of infrastructure. This can range from deploying on your laptop using tools like kind, to running on a managed Kubernetes service on cloud services like Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service, Google Kubernetes Engine, Azure Kubernetes Service, and others.

The fastest way to run Trino on Kubernetes is to use the Trino Helm chart. Helm is a package manager for Kubernetes applications that allows for simpler installation and versioning by templating Kubernetes configuration files. This allows you to prototype on your local or on-premise cluster and use the same deployment mechanism to deploy to the cloud to scale up.


Running Trino using Helm#

Run the following commands from the system with helm and kubectl installed and configured to connect to your running Kubernetes cluster:

  1. Validate kubectl is pointing to the correct cluster by running the command:

    kubectl cluster-info

    You should see output that shows the correct Kubernetes control plane address.

  2. Add the Trino Helm chart repository to Helm if you haven’t done so already. This tells Helm where to find the Trino charts. You can name the repository whatever you want, trino is a good choice.

    helm repo add trino
  3. Install Trino on the Kubernetes cluster using the Helm chart. Start by running the install command to use all default values and create a cluster called example-trino-cluster.

    helm install example-trino-cluster trino/trino

    This generates the Kubernetes configuration files by inserting properties into helm templates. The Helm chart contains default values that can be overridden by a YAML file to update default settings.

    1. (Optional) To override the default values, create your own YAML configuration to define the parameters of your deployment. To run the install command using the example.yaml, add the f parameter in you install command. Be sure to follow best practices and naming conventions for your configuration files.

      helm install -f example.yaml example-trino-cluster trino/trino

    You should see output as follows:

    NAME: example-trino-cluster
    LAST DEPLOYED: Tue Sep 13 14:12:09 2022
    NAMESPACE: default
    STATUS: deployed
    TEST SUITE: None
    Get the application URL by running these commands:
      export POD_NAME=$(kubectl get pods --namespace default -l "app=trino,release=example-trino-cluster,component=coordinator" -o jsonpath="{.items[0]}")
      echo "Visit to use your application"
      kubectl port-forward $POD_NAME 8080:8080

    This output depends on your configuration and cluster name. For example, the port 8080 is set by the .service.port in the example.yaml.

  4. Run the following command to check that all pods, deployments, and services are running properly.

    kubectl get all

    You should expect to see output that shows running pods, deployments, and replica sets. A good indicator that everything is running properly is to see all pods are returning a ready status in the READY column.

    NAME                                               READY   STATUS    RESTARTS   AGE
    pod/example-trino-cluster-coordinator-bfb74c98d-rnrxd   1/1     Running   0          161m
    pod/example-trino-cluster-worker-76f6bf54d6-hvl8n       1/1     Running   0          161m
    pod/example-trino-cluster-worker-76f6bf54d6-tcqgb       1/1     Running   0          161m
    NAME                       TYPE        CLUSTER-IP    EXTERNAL-IP   PORT(S)    AGE
    service/example-trino-cluster   ClusterIP   <none>        8080/TCP   161m
    NAME                                           READY   UP-TO-DATE   AVAILABLE   AGE
    deployment.apps/example-trino-cluster-coordinator   1/1     1            1           161m
    deployment.apps/example-trino-cluster-worker        2/2     2            2           161m
    NAME                                                     DESIRED   CURRENT   READY   AGE
    replicaset.apps/example-trino-cluster-coordinator-bfb74c98d   1         1         1       161m
    replicaset.apps/example-trino-cluster-worker-76f6bf54d6       2         2         2       161m

    The output shows running pods. These include the actual Trino containers. To better understand this output, check out the following resources:

    1. kubectl get command reference.

    2. kubectl get command example.

    3. Debugging Kubernetes reference.

  5. If all pods, deployments, and replica sets are running and in the ready state, Trino has been successfully deployed.


Unlike some Kubernetes applications, where it’s better to have many small pods, Trino works best with fewer pods each having more resources available. We strongly recommend to avoid having multiple Trino pods on a single physical host to avoid contention for resources.

Executing queries#

The pods running the Trino containers are all running on a private network internal to Kubernetes. In order to access them, specifically the coordinator, you need to create a tunnel to the coordinator pod and your computer. You can do this by running the commands generated upon installation.

  1. Store the coordinator pod name in a shell variable called POD_NAME.

    POD_NAME=$(kubectl get pods -l "app=trino,release=example-trino-cluster,component=coordinator" -o name)
  2. Create the tunnel from the coordinator pod to the client.

    kubectl port-forward $POD_NAME 8080:8080

    Now you can connect to the Trino coordinator at http://localhost:8080.

  3. To connect to Trino, you can use the command-line interface, a JDBC client, or any of the other clients. For this example, install the command-line interface, and connect to Trino in a new console session.

    trino --server http://localhost:8080
  4. Using the sample data in the tpch catalog, type and execute a query on the nation table using the tiny schema:

    trino> select count(*) from tpch.tiny.nation;
    (1 row)
    Query 20181105_001601_00002_e6r6y, FINISHED, 1 node
    Splits: 21 total, 21 done (100.00%)
    0:06 [25 rows, 0B] [4 rows/s, 0B/s]

    Try other SQL queries to explore the data set and test your cluster.

  5. Once you are done with your exploration, enter the quit command in the CLI.

  6. Kill the tunnel to the coordinator pod. The is only available while the kubectl process is running, so you can just kill the kubectl process that’s forwarding the port. In most cases that means pressing CTRL + C in the terminal where the port-forward command is running.


The Helm chart uses the Trino container image. The Docker image already contains a default configuration to get started, and some catalogs to allow you to explore Trino. Kubernetes allows you to mimic a traditional deployment by supplying configuration in YAML files. It’s important to understand how files such as the Trino configuration, JVM, and various catalog properties are configured in Trino before updating the values.

Creating your own YAML configuration#

When you use your own YAML Kubernetes configuration, you only override the values you specify. The remaining properties use their default values. Add an example.yaml with the following configuration:

  tag: "449"
  workers: 3
    maxHeapSize: "8G"
    maxHeapSize: "8G"

These values are higher than the defaults and allow Trino to use more memory and run more demanding queries. If the values are too high, Kubernetes might not be able to schedule some Trino pods, depending on other applications deployed in this cluster and the size of the cluster nodes.

  1. .image.tag is set to the current version, 449. Set this value if you need to use a specific version of Trino. The default is latest, which is not recommended. Using latest will publish a new version of Trino with each release and a following Kubernetes deployment.

  2. .server.workers is set to 3. This value sets the number of workers, in this case, a coordinator and three worker nodes are deployed.

  3. .coordinator.jvm.maxHeapSize is set to 8GB. This sets the maximum heap size in the JVM of the coordinator. See JVM config.

  4. .worker.jvm.maxHeapSize is set to 8GB. This sets the maximum heap size in the JVM of the worker. See JVM config.


Some memory settings need to be tuned carefully as setting some values outside of the range of the maximum heap size will cause Trino startup to fail. See the warnings listed on Resource management properties.

Reference the full list of properties that can be overridden in the Helm chart.


Although example.yaml is used to refer to the Kubernetes configuration file in this document, you should use clear naming guidelines for the cluster and deployment you are managing. For example, cluster-example-trino-etl.yaml might refer to a Trino deployment for a cluster used primarily for extract-transform-load queries deployed on the example Kubernetes cluster. See Configuration Best Practices for more tips on configuring Kubernetes deployments.

Adding catalogs#

A common use-case is to add custom catalogs. You can do this by adding values to the additionalCatalogs property in the example.yaml file.

  lakehouse: |-
  rdbms: |-

This adds both lakehouse and rdbms catalogs to the Kubernetes deployment configuration.

Running a local Kubernetes cluster with kind#

For local deployments, you can use kind (Kubernetes in Docker). Follow the steps below to run kind on your system.

  1. kind runs on Docker, so first check if Docker is installed:

    docker --version

    If this command fails, install Docker by following Docker installation instructions.

  2. Install kind by following the kind installation instructions.

  3. Run a Kubernetes cluster in kind by running the command:

    kind create cluster --name trino


    The name parameter is optional but is used to showcase how the namespace is applied in future commands. The cluster name defaults to kind if no parameter is added. Use trino to make the application on this cluster obvious.

  4. Verify that kubectl is running against the correct Kubernetes cluster.

    kubectl cluster-info --context kind-trino

    If you have multiple Kubernetes clusters already configured within ~/.kube/config, you need to pass the context parameter to the kubectl commands to operate with the local kind cluster. kubectl uses the default context if this parameter isn’t supplied. Notice the context is the name of the cluster with the kind- prefix added. Now you can look at all the Kubernetes objects running on your kind cluster.

  5. Set up Trino by folling the Running Trino using Helm steps. When running the kubectl get all command, add the context parameter.

    kubectl get all --context kind-trino
  6. Run some queries by following the Executing queries steps.

  7. Once you are done with the cluster using kind, you can delete the cluster.

    kind delete cluster -n trino

Cleaning up#

To uninstall Trino from the Kubernetes cluster, run the following command:

helm uninstall my-trino-cluster

You should expect to see the following output:

release "my-trino-cluster" uninstalled

To validate that this worked, you can run this kubectl command to make sure there are no remaining Kubernetes objects related to the Trino cluster.

kubectl get all