Supply Chain Security

Artifact signatures and attestations for Tekton

Tekton Chains

CII Best Practices

Supply Chain Security in Tekton Pipelines

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Getting Started

Tekton Chains is a Kubernetes Custom Resource Definition (CRD) controller that allows you to manage your supply chain security in Tekton.

In its default mode of operation, Chains works by observing all TaskRuns executions in your cluster. When TaskRuns complete, Chains takes a snapshot of them. Chains then converts this snapshot to one or more standard payload formats, signs them and stores them somewhere.

Current features include:

  • Signing TaskRun results with user provided cryptographic keys, including TaskRuns themselves and OCI Images
  • Attestation formats like intoto
  • Signing with a variety of cryptographic key types and services (x509, KMS)
  • Support for multiple storage backends for signatures


Prerequisite: you’ll need Tekton Pipelines installed on your cluster before you install Chains.

To install the latest version of Chains to your Kubernetes cluster, run:

kubectl apply --filename

To install a specific version of Chains, run:

kubectl apply -f${VERSION}/release.yaml

To verify that installation was successful, wait until all Pods have Status Running:

kubectl get po -n tekton-chains --watch
NAME                                       READY   STATUS      RESTARTS   AGE
tekton-chains-controller-c4f7c57c4-nrjb2   1/1     Running     0          160m


To finish setting up Chains, please complete the following steps:

Vendor specific documentation

Any additional documentation specific to particular cloud vendors can be found at docs/vendor.


To get started with Chains, try out our getting started tutorial.

To start signing OCI images and generating signed provenance for them, try our signed provenance tutorial.

Community tutorials

The Chains community has been hard at work creating tutorials as well:

Experimental Features

To learn more about experimental features, check out

Want to contribute

We are so excited to have you!

  • See for an overview of our processes
  • See for how to get started
  • See for the current roadmap Check out our good first issues and our help wanted issues to get started!
  • See for our release cadence and processes

To learn more about Chains:

  • Chat with us in the #chains Slack channel
  • Attend the Chains Working Group meeting, details here