Actions Runner Controller (ARC)

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GitHub Actions automates the deployment of code to different environments, including production. The environments contain the GitHub Runner software which executes the automation. GitHub Runner can be run in GitHub-hosted cloud or self-hosted environments. Self-hosted environments offer more control of hardware, operating system, and software tools. They can be run on physical machines, virtual machines, or in a container. Containerized environments are lightweight, loosely coupled, highly efficient and can be managed centrally. However, they are not straightforward to use.

Actions Runner Controller (ARC) makes it simpler to run self hosted environments on Kubernetes(K8s) cluster.

With ARC you can :


For an overview of ARC, please refer to “ARC Overview.”

Getting Started

ARC can be setup with just a few steps.

In this section we will setup prerequisites, deploy ARC into a K8s cluster, and then run GitHub Action workflows on that cluster.


Create a K8s cluster, if not available. If you don't have a K8s cluster, you can install a local environment using minikube. For more information, see "Installing minikube."

:one: Install cert-manager in your cluster. For more information, see “cert-manager.”

kubectl apply -f

*note:- This command uses v1.8.2. Please replace with a later version, if available.

You may also install cert-manager using Helm. For instructions, see “Installing with Helm.”

:two: Next, Generate a Personal Access Token (PAT) for ARC to authenticate with GitHub.

Deploy and Configure ARC

1️⃣ Deploy and configure ARC on your K8s cluster. You may use Helm or Kubectl.

Helm deployment ##### Add repository ```shell helm repo add actions-runner-controller ``` ##### Install Helm chart ```shell helm upgrade --install --namespace actions-runner-system --create-namespace\ --set=authSecret.create=true\ --set=authSecret.github_token="REPLACE_YOUR_TOKEN_HERE"\ --wait actions-runner-controller actions-runner-controller/actions-runner-controller ``` *note:- Replace REPLACE_YOUR_TOKEN_HERE with your PAT that was generated previously.
Kubectl deployment ##### Deploy ARC ```shell kubectl apply -f \\ releases/download/v0.22.0/actions-runner-controller.yaml ``` *note:- Replace "v0.22.0" with the version you wish to deploy ##### Configure Personal Access Token ```shell kubectl create secret generic controller-manager \ -n actions-runner-system \ --from-literal=github_token=REPLACE_YOUR_TOKEN_HERE ```` *note:- Replace REPLACE_YOUR_TOKEN_HERE with your PAT that was generated previously.

2️⃣ Create the GitHub self hosted runners and configure to run against your repository.

Create a runnerdeployment.yaml file and copy the following YAML contents into it:

kind: RunnerDeployment
  name: example-runnerdeploy
  replicas: 1
      repository: mumoshu/actions-runner-controller-ci

*note:- Replace “mumoshu/actions-runner-controller-ci” with your repository name.

Apply this file to your K8s cluster.

kubectl apply -f runnerdeployment.yaml

🎉 We are done - now we should have self hosted runners running in K8s configured to your repository. 🎉

Next - lets verify our setup and execute some workflows.

Verify and Execute Workflows

:one: Verify that your setup is successful:

$ kubectl get runners
NAME                             REPOSITORY                             STATUS
example-runnerdeploy2475h595fr   mumoshu/actions-runner-controller-ci   Running

$ kubectl get pods
NAME                           READY   STATUS    RESTARTS   AGE
example-runnerdeploy2475ht2qbr 2/2     Running   0          1m

Also, this runner has been registered directly to the specified repository, you can see it in repository settings. For more information, see “Checking the status of a self-hosted runner - GitHub Docs.”

:two: You are ready to execute workflows against this self-hosted runner. For more information, see “Using self-hosted runners in a workflow - GitHub Docs.”

There is also a quick start guide to get started on Actions, For more information, please refer to “Quick start Guide to GitHub Actions.”

Learn more

For more detailed documentation, please refer to “Detailed Documentation.”


We welcome contributions from the community. For more details on contributing to the project (including requirements), please refer to “Getting Started with Contributing.”


We are very happy to help you with any issues you have. Please refer to the “Troubleshooting” section for common issues.