Tilt User Guide

Kubernetes for Prod, Tilt for Dev

Modern apps are made of too many services. They’re everywhere and in constant communication.

Tilt powers microservice development and makes sure they behave! Run tilt up to work in a complete dev environment configured for your team.

Tilt automates all the steps from a code change to a new process: watching files, building container images, and bringing your environment up-to-date. Think docker build && kubectl apply or docker-compose up.

Watch: Tilt in Two Minutes

Install Tilt

Installing the tilt binary is a one-step command.


curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/tilt-dev/tilt/master/scripts/install.sh | bash


iex ((new-object net.webclient).DownloadString('https://raw.githubusercontent.com/tilt-dev/tilt/master/scripts/install.ps1'))

For specific package managers (Homebrew, Scoop, Conda, asdf), see the Installation Guide.

Run Tilt

New to Tilt? Our tutorial will get you started.

Configuring a Service? We have best practice guides for:

Optimizing a Tiltfile? Search for the function you need in our complete API reference.


Questions: Join the Kubernetes slack and find us in the #tilt channel. Or file an issue. For code snippets of Tiltfile functionality shared by the Tilt community, check out Tilt Extensions.

Roadmap: Help us figure out what to prioritize. Sign up for Tilt office hours. We’ll discuss your experience with Tilt and ask for reactions on visuals or prototypes we’re working on.

Contribute: Check out our guidelines to contribute to Tilt’s source code. To extend the capabilities of Tilt via new Tiltfile functionality, read more about Extensions.

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Help us make Tilt even better: Tilt sends anonymized usage data, so we can improve Tilt on every platform. Details in “What does Tilt send?”. If you find a security issue in Tilt, see our security policy.

We expect everyone in our community (users, contributors, followers, and employees alike) to abide by our Code of Conduct.