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A Template is a YAML file that defines the source of a Workflow by declaring one or more tasks. The tasks are executed sequentially, in the order in which they are declared.

Each task consists of one or more actions. Each action contains an image to be executed as part of a workflow, identified by the image field. You can create any script, app, or other set of instructions to be an action image by containerizing it and pushing it into either the local Docker registry included in the Tinkerbell stack or an external image repository.

Here is a sample template:

version: "0.1"
name: ubuntu_provisioning
global_timeout: 6000
  - name: "os-installation"
    worker: "{{.device_1}}"
      - /dev:/dev
      - /dev/console:/dev/console
      - /lib/firmware:/lib/firmware:ro
      - name: "disk-wipe"
        image: disk-wipe
        timeout: 90
      - name: "disk-partition"
        image: disk-partition
        timeout: 600
          - /statedir:/statedir
      - name: "install-root-fs"
        image: install-root-fs
        timeout: 600
      - name: "install-grub"
        image: install-grub
        timeout: 600
          - /statedir:/statedir

The volumes field contains the volume mappings between the host machine and the docker container where your images are running.

The environment field is used to pass environment variables to the images.

Each action can have its own volumes and environment variables. Any entry at an action will overwrite the value defined at the task level. For example, in the above template the MIRROR_HOST environment variable defined at action disk-partition will overwrite the value defined at task level. The other actions will receive the original value defined at the task level.

The timeout defines the amount of time to wait for an action to execute and is in seconds.

A hardware device, such as a Worker's MAC address, is specified in template as keys.


Keys can only contain letters, numbers and underscores. These keys are evaluated during workflow creation, being passed in as an JSON argument to tink workflow create.

Templates are each stored as blobs in the database; they are later parsed during the creation of a workflow.

Template CLI Commands

A Template is pushed to the database on the Provisioner with the tink template create command which returns a generated UUID for the template.

A template can be retrieved from the database with that ID and tink template get. Similarly it can be deleted with tink template delete.

You can list all the templates that are stored in the database with tink template list. Update the name or the contents of a template with the tink template update command.

A complete list of CLI commands and examples is in the CLI Reference.