Components and installation profiles

Tanzu Application Platform is a modular, composable platform that comprises the following components.

Tanzu Application Platform components

  • API Auto Registration

    When users deploy a workload that exposes an API, they want that API to automatically show in Tanzu Application Platform GUI without requiring any added manual steps.

    API Auto Registration is an automated workflow that can use a supply chain to create and manage a Kubernetes Custom Resource (CR) of type APIDescriptor. A Kubernetes controller reconciles the CR and updates the API entity in Tanzu Application Platform GUI to achieve automated API registration from workloads. You can also use API Auto Registration without supply chains by directly applying an APIDescriptor CR to the cluster.

  • API portal for VMware Tanzu

    API portal for VMware Tanzu enables API consumers to find APIs they can use in their own applications.

    Consumers can view detailed API documentation and try out an API to see if it meets their needs. API portal assembles its dashboard and detailed API documentation views by ingesting OpenAPI documentation from the source URLs. An API portal operator can add any number of OpenAPI source URLs to to appear in a single instance.

  • API Scoring and Validation

    API Validation and Scoring focuses on scanning and validating an OpenAPI specification. The API specification is generated from the API Auto Registration. After an API is registered, the API specification goes through static scan analysis and is validated. Based on the validation, a scoring is provided to indicate the quality and health of the API specification as it relates to Documentation, OpenAPI best practices, and Security.

  • Application Accelerator for VMware Tanzu

    The Application Accelerator component helps app developers and app operators create application accelerators.

    Accelerators are templates that codify best practices and ensure that important configurations and structures are in place. Developers can bootstrap their applications and get started with feature development right away.

    Application operators can create custom accelerators that reflect their desired architectures and configurations and enable fleets of developers to use them. This helps ease operator concerns about whether developers are implementing their best practices.

  • Application Live View

    Application Live View is a lightweight insight and troubleshooting tool that helps application developers and application operators look inside running applications.

    It is based on the concept of Spring Boot Actuators. The application provides information from inside the running processes by using endpoints (in our case, HTTP endpoints). Application Live View uses those endpoints to get the data from the application and to interact with it.

  • Application Single Sign-On for VMware Tanzu

    Application Single Sign-On enables application users to sign in to their identity provider once and be authorized and identified to access any Kubernetes-deployed workload. It is a secure and straightforward approach for developers and operators to manage access across all workloads in the enterprise.

  • Cloud Native Runtimes for VMware Tanzu

    Cloud Native Runtimes for Tanzu is a serverless application runtime for Kubernetes that is based on Knative and runs on a single Kubernetes cluster. For information about Knative, see the Knative documentation. Cloud Native Runtimes capabilities are in VMware Tanzu Advanced Edition and VMware Tanzu Application Platform.

  • cert-manager

    cert-manager adds certificates and certificate issuers as resource types to Kubernetes clusters. It also helps you to obtain, renew, and use those certificates. For more information about cert-manager, see the cert-manager documentation.

  • Contour

    Contour is an ingress controller for Kubernetes that supports dynamic configuration updates and multi-team ingress delegation. It provides the control plane for the Envoy edge and service proxy. For more information about Contour, see the Contour documentation.

  • Convention Service for VMware Tanzu

    Convention Service provides a means for people in operational roles to express their hard-won knowledge and opinions about how apps run on Kubernetes as a convention. The convention service applies these opinions to fleets of developer workloads as they are deployed to the platform, saving time for operators and developers.

  • Default roles for Tanzu Application Platform

    This package includes five default roles for users, including app-editor, app-viewer, app-operator, and service accounts including workload and deliverable. These roles are available to help operators limit permissions a user or service account requires on a cluster that runs Tanzu Application Platform. They are built by using aggregated cluster roles in Kubernetes role-based access control (RBAC).

    Default roles only apply to a user interacting with the cluster by using kubectl and Tanzu CLI. Tanzu Application Platform GUI support for default roles is planned for a future release.

  • Developer Conventions

    Developer conventions configure workloads to prepare them for inner loop development.

    It’s meant to be a “deploy and forget” component for developers. After it is installed on the cluster with the Tanzu Package CLI, developers do not need to directly interact with it. Developers instead interact with the Tanzu Developer Tools for VSCode IDE Extension or Tanzu CLI Apps plug-in, which rely on the Developer Conventions to edit the workload to enable inner loop capabilities.

  • Eventing for VMware Tanzu

    Eventing for VMware Tanzu focuses on providing tooling and patterns for Kubernetes applications to manage event-triggered systems through Knative Eventing. For information about Knative, see the Knative documentation.

  • FluxCD Source Controller

    The main role of this source management component is to provide a common interface for artifact acquisition.

  • Grype

    Grype is a vulnerability scanner for container images and file systems.

  • Namespace Provisioner

    Namespace provisioner provides an easy, secure, automated way for Platform Operators to provision namespaces with the resources and proper namespace-level privileges needed for developer workloads to function as intended.

  • Services Toolkit for VMware Tanzu

    Services Toolkit comprises a number of Kubernetes-native components that support the management, life cycle, discoverability, and connectivity of Service Resources (databases, message queues, DNS records, and so on) on Kubernetes.

  • Spring Boot conventions

    The Spring Boot convention server has a bundle of smaller conventions applied to any Spring Boot application that is submitted to the supply chain in which the convention controller is configured.

  • Supply Chain Choreographer for VMware Tanzu

    Supply Chain Choreographer is based on open-source Cartographer. It enables app operators to create preapproved paths to production by integrating Kubernetes resources with the elements of their existing toolchains, such as Jenkins.

    Each pre-approved supply chain creates a paved road to production. It orchestrates supply chain resources, namely test, build, scan, and deploy. Enabling developers to focus on delivering value to their users. Pre-approved supply chains also assure application operators that all code in production has passed through the steps of an approved workflow.

  • Supply Chain Security tools for Tanzu - Scan

    With Supply Chain Security Tools for VMware Tanzu - Scan, you can build and deploy secure trusted software that complies with their corporate security requirements.

    To enable this, Supply Chain Security Tools - Scan provides scanning and gate keeping capabilities that Application and DevSecOps teams can incorporate earlier in their path to production. This is an established industry best practice for reducing security risk and ensuring more efficient remediation.

  • Supply Chain Security Tools - Sign (Deprecated)

    Supply Chain Security Tools - Sign provides an admission controller that allows a cluster operator to specify a policy that allows or denies images from running based on signature verification against public keys. SCST - Sign works with cosign signature format and allows for fine-tuned configuration based on image source patterns.

  • Supply Chain Security Tools - Policy Controller

    Supply Chain Security Tools - Policy is an admission controller that allows a cluster operator to specify policies to verify image container signatures before admitting them to a cluster. It works with cosign signature format and allows for fine-tuned configuration of policies based on image source patterns.

  • Supply Chain Security Tools - Store

    Supply Chain Security Tools - Store saves software bills of materials (SBoMs) to a database and enables you to query for image, source, package, and vulnerability relationships. It integrates with SCST - Scan to automatically store the resulting source and image vulnerability reports.

  • Tanzu Application Platform GUI

    Tanzu Application Platform GUI lets your developers view your organization’s running applications and services. It provides a central location for viewing dependencies, relationships, technical documentation, and even service status. Tanzu Application Platform GUI is built from the Cloud Native Computing Foundation’s project Backstage.

  • Tanzu Build Service

    Tanzu Build Service uses the open-source Cloud Native Build packs project to turn application source code into container images.

    Tanzu Build Service executes reproducible builds that align with modern container standards and keeps images up to date. It does so by leveraging Kubernetes infrastructure with kpack, a Cloud Native Build packs Platform, to orchestrate the image life cycle.

    The kpack CLI tool, kp, can aid in managing kpack resources. Build Service helps you develop and automate containerized software workflows securely and at scale.

  • Tanzu Developer Tools for IntelliJ

    Tanzu Developer Tools for IntelliJ is the official VMware Tanzu IDE extension for IntelliJ IDEA to help you develop code by using Tanzu Application Platform. This extension enables you to rapidly iterate on your workloads on supported Kubernetes clusters that have Tanzu Application Platform installed.

  • Tanzu Developer Tools for Visual Studio

    Tanzu Developer Tools for Visual Studio is the official VMware Tanzu IDE extension for Visual Studio to help you develop code by using Tanzu Application Platform. The Visual Studio extension enables live updates of your application while it runs on the cluster and lets you debug your application directly on the cluster.

  • Tanzu Developer Tools for Visual Studio Code

    Tanzu Developer Tools for VS Code is the official VMware Tanzu IDE extension for VS Code to help you develop code by using Tanzu Application Platform. The VS Code extension enables live updates of your application while it runs on the cluster and lets you debug your application directly on the cluster.

  • Tanzu Learning Center

    Learning Center provides a platform for creating and self-hosting workshops. With Learning Center, content creators can create workshops from markdown files that learners can view in a terminal shell environment with an instructional wizard UI. The UI can embed slide content, an integrated development environment (IDE), a web console for accessing the Kubernetes cluster, and other custom web applications.

    Although Learning Center requires Kubernetes to run, and it teaches users about Kubernetes, you can use it to host training for other purposes as well. For example, you can use it to train users on web-based applications, use of databases, or programming languages.

  • Tekton Pipelines

    Tekton is a powerful and flexible open-source framework for creating CI/CD systems, enabling developers to build, test, and deploy across cloud providers and on-premise systems.

  • Tanzu Application Platform Telemetry

    Tanzu Application Platform Telemetry is a set of objects that collect data about the use of Tanzu Application Platform and send it back to VMware for product improvements. A benefit of remaining enrolled in telemetry and identifying your company during Tanzu Application Platform installation is that VMware can provide your organization with use reports about Tanzu Application Platform. See Tanzu Application Platform usage reports for more information about enrolling in telemetry reports.


You can opt out of telemetry collection by following the instructions in Opting out of telemetry collection.

Installation profiles in Tanzu Application Platform v1.4

You can deploy Tanzu Application Platform through predefined profiles, each containing various packages, or you can install the packages individually. The profiles allow Tanzu Application Platform to scale across an organization’s multicluster, multi-cloud, or hybrid cloud infrastructure. These profiles are not meant to cover all use cases, but serve as a starting point to allow for further customization.

The following profiles are available in Tanzu Application Platform:

  • Full (full): Contains all of the Tanzu Application Platform packages.

  • Iterate (iterate): Intended for iterative application development.

  • Build (build): Intended for the transformation of source revisions to workload revisions. Specifically, hosting workloads and SupplyChains.

  • Run (run): Intended for the transformation of workload revisions to running pods. Specifically, hosting deliveries and deliverables.

  • View (view): Intended for instances of applications related to centralized developer experiences. Specifically, Tanzu Application Platform GUI and Metadata Store.

The following table lists the packages contained in each profile:

Capability Name Full Iterate Build Run View
API Auto Registration
API portal
Application Accelerator
Application Live View (Build)
Application Live View (Run)
Application Live View GUI Backend
Application Single Sign-On
Cloud Native Runtimes
Convention controller
Default Roles
Developer Conventions
Flux Source Controller
Learning Center
Namespace Provisioner
Out of the Box Delivery - Basic
Out of the Box Supply Chain - Basic
Out of the Box Supply Chain - Testing
Out of the Box Supply Chain - Testing and Scanning
Out of the Box Templates
Service Bindings
Services Toolkit
Source Controller
Spring Boot Convention
Supply Chain Choreographer
SCST - Policy Controller
SCST - Scan
SCST - Sign (deprecated)
SCST - Store
Tanzu Build Service
Tanzu Application Platform GUI
Tekton Pipelines


You can only install one supply chain at any given time. For information about switching supply chains, see Add testing and scanning to your application.

Language and framework support in Tanzu Application Platform

The following table shows the languages and frameworks supported by Tanzu Application Platform components.

Language or Framework Tanzu Build Service Runtime Conventions Tanzu Developer Tooling ** Application Live View Functions Extended Scanning Coverage using Buildpack SBOM’s***
Spring Boot
.NET Core

Tanzu Developer Tooling: refers to the developer conventions that enable debugging and Live Update function in the inner loop.

Extended Scanning Coverage: When building container images with the Tanzu Build Service, the Cloud Native Build Packs used in the build process for the specified languages produce a Software Bill of Materials (SBOM). Some scan engines support the enhanced ability to use this SBOM as a source for the scan. Out of the Box Supply Chain - Testing and Scanning leverages Anchore’s Grype for the image scan, which suppports this capability. In addition, users have the ability to leverage Carbon Black Container image scans, which also supports this enhanced scan coverage.

Installing Tanzu Application Platform

For more information about installing Tanzu Application Platform, see Installing Tanzu Application Platform.

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