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Generators are responsible for generating parameters, which are then rendered into the template: fields of the ApplicationSet resource. See the Introduction for an example of how generators work with templates, to create Argo CD Applications.

Generators are primarily based on the data source that they use to generate the template parameters. For example: the List generator provides a set of parameters from a literal list, the Cluster generator uses the Argo CD cluster list as a source, the Git generator uses files/directories from a Git repository, and so.

As of this writing there are six generators:

  • List generator: The List generator allows you to target Argo CD Applications to clusters based on a fixed list of cluster name/URL values.
  • Cluster generator: The Cluster generator allows you to target Argo CD Applications to clusters, based on the list of clusters defined within (and managed by) Argo CD (which includes automatically responding to cluster addition/removal events from Argo CD).
  • Git generator: The Git generator allows you to create Applications based on files within a Git repository, or based on the directory structure of a Git repository.
  • Matrix generator: The Matrix generator may be used to combine the generated parameters of two separate generators.
  • SCM Provider generator: The SCM Provider generator uses the API of an SCM provider (eg GitHub) to automatically discover repositories within an organization.
  • Cluster Decision Resource generator: The Cluster Decision Resource generator is used to interface with Kubernetes custom resources that use custom resource-specific logic to decide which set of Argo CD clusters to deploy to.

If you are new to generators, begin with the List and Cluster generators. For more advanced use cases, see the documentation for the remaining generators above.