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Automated Assessments - Zodiac

Soluble Fusion provides an orchestration engine called Zodiac that runs in your environment and continuously scans your git repositories for security issues.

Zodiac runs as a kubernetes operator.

If you don't use kubernetes, Zodiac can be installed quite easily on Linux / Mac / Windows with k3s or k3d + Docker.

Zodiac is stateless, so you won't lose any data if it is terminated or if the cluster is running in is terminated.


Install Zodiac on Kubernetes

If you plan to install zodiac into EKS, GKE, AKS or another kubernetes environment, skip ahead to install zodiac

Install Zodiac on Linux via K3S

If you have access to a Linux host, but don't have easy access to a kubernetes cluster, is the easiest way to bootstrap a functioning single-node environment.

Zodiac does not need to be accessible or publicly avaialble in any way.

Just follow the instructions on the site.

K3S Install

Once your cluster is up and running, proceed to install zodiac.

Install Zodiac on Docker via K3D

If you don't have convenient access to a kubernetes cluster or Linux host, or if you just want to deploy zodiac in your local environment, we reccommend using k3d.

K3D is a lightweight derivative of k3s that runs easily on top of Docker.

We find that k3d is the simplest and fastest way to maintain a kubernetes cluster in your dev environment You can create and re-create an entire functional kubernetes cluster in just a few seconds.

You can also use KIND or Docker Desktop's Kubernetes distribution, but k3d is much faster and easier to use.

Installation instructions are here:

Once you have k3d itself installed, just run k3d cluster create and in a few seconds you'll have a functioning kubernetes cluster.

K3D Cluster Create

Once your kubernetes cluster is working, continue to Install Zodiac

Install Zodiac

In the Soluble app, go to and click the downlod manifest button.

Download Manifest

This will download a kubernetes manifest bundle. You can review this if you like before applying it to your cluster.

The manifest bundle contains:

  • namespace named soluble in which everything will run
  • serviceaccount for the zodiac pods, which has control over the soluble namespace
  • secret named zodiac-config
  • deployment for the zodiac operator
  • service for the zodiac operator (not strictly required)
  • a few other odds and ends to tie this all together

Apply it to your cluster with kubectl apply -f zodiac.yaml:

kubectl apply

In a minute or two, you should see the Deployment up and ready.

You can check with kubectl get deployments -n soluble:

Zodiac Ready

If zodiac can't communicate with the Soluble Fusion SaaS platform, it will enter a crash loop.

Configure Zodiac

Zodiac needs credentials to be able to communicate with your Git hosting provider. These are configured in Kubernetes because we don't want access to your source code.


The easiest way to get credentials to Zodiac is to transfer them from GitHub's CLI.

If you don't have the CLI installed, head to and check it out.


Once you have it configured, verify that you can use it to access your repos with gh repo list and gh repo clone.

The GitHub CLI stores the OAuth token in ${HOME}/.config/gh/hosts.yml.

The format of the file is as follows. If you don't want to use the GitHub CLI to create it you can do so manually.
    user: <your-github-username>
    oauth_token: <oauth-token>

Now that we have the file containing credentials, we can transfer it to kubernetes as a secret that Zodiac can read. Do this with:

kubectl create secret generic git-providers --from-file=${HOME}/.config/gh/hosts.yml --namespace soluble
secret/git-providers created

Zodiac will notice this change and connect to the provider and start scanning your repos.


Zodiac uses the GitHub file format for gitlab as well.

Just add the following. Note that the provider attribute is optional if the hostname is
    user: <gitlab-username>
    token: <api-token>
    provider: gitlab

Transfer the file into kubernetes with kubectl:

$ kubectl create secret generic git-providers --from-file=hosts.yml --namespace soluble
secret/git-providers created

Zodiac will notice the change and start processing the repos that are available.

Manual Assessments - CLI

If you would prefer to run assessments manually, you can install the Soluble Fusion CLI on Linux, Mac or Windows. Please see the CLI installation documentation

Once you have the CLI installed, you can run your first assessment.