Adding a custom filter

You can extend BotKube functionality by writing additional filters. The FilterEngine runs these filters on the Event struct before forwarding it as a notification to a channel. These filters can check resource specs, validate some checks and add messages to the Event struct.

We have already defined a filter to add suggestions in the notifications if container image in pod specs is using latest tag.


Let’s see, how we can write a filter like this.

A. Writing a filter


1. Create a new .go file

Create a new file (e.g image_tag_checker.go) in botkube/pkg/filterengine/filters/ directory

Set package name as “filters” and import required packages:

package filters

import (

	apiV1 ""


2. Create a structure and implement “Run() and Describe()” methods for the struct.

FilterEngine has an interface Filter defined for the filters:

type Filter interface {
	Run(context.Context, interface{}, *events.Event)
	Name() string
	Describe() string

Create a struct which implements the Filter interface. Use logger instance taken as an argument from the constructor:

// ImageTagChecker add recommendations to the event object if latest image tag is used in pod containers
type ImageTagChecker struct {
	log logrus.FieldLogger

// NewImageTagChecker creates a new ImageTagChecker instance
func NewImageTagChecker(log logrus.FieldLogger) *ImageTagChecker {
	return &ImageTagChecker{log: log}

// Run filer and modifies event struct
func (f *ImageTagChecker) Run(ctx context.Context, object interface{}, event *events.Event) {

	// your logic goes here


// Name returns the filter's name
func (f *ImageTagChecker) Name() string {
	return "ImageTagChecker"

// Describe describes the filter
func (f *ImageTagChecker) Describe() string {
	return "Checks and adds recommendation if 'latest' image tag is used for container image."

3. Add your logic in the Run() function

Now, put your logic in the Run() function to parse resource object, run validation and modify Event struct. The fields in the Event struct can be found here.

// Run filers and modifies event struct
func (f *ImageTagChecker) Run(_ context.Context, object interface{}, event *events.Event) error {
	if event.Kind != "Pod" || event.Type != config.CreateEvent || utils.GetObjectTypeMetaData(object).Kind == "Event" {
		return nil
	var podObj coreV1.Pod
	err := utils.TransformIntoTypedObject(object.(*unstructured.Unstructured), &podObj)
	if err != nil {
		return fmt.Errorf("while transforming object type %T into type: %T: %w", object, podObj, err)

	// Check image tag in initContainers
	for _, ic := range podObj.Spec.InitContainers {
		images := strings.Split(ic.Image, ":")
		if len(images) == 1 || images[1] == "latest" {
			event.Recommendations = append(event.Recommendations, fmt.Sprintf(":latest tag used in image '%s' of initContainer '%s' should be avoided.", ic.Image, ic.Name))

	// Check image tag in Containers
	for _, c := range podObj.Spec.Containers {
		images := strings.Split(c.Image, ":")
		if len(images) == 1 || images[1] == "latest" {
			event.Recommendations = append(event.Recommendations, fmt.Sprintf(":latest tag used in image '%s' of Container '%s' should be avoided.", c.Image, c.Name))
	f.log.Debug("Image tag filter successful!")
	return nil

4. Register your filter in the Filter Engine

Open pkg/filterengine/with_all_filters.go file and call the constructor of your new filter in the WithAllFilters method:

// WithAllFilters returns new DefaultFilterEngine instance with all filters registered.
func WithAllFilters(logger *logrus.Logger, dynamicCli dynamic.Interface, mapper meta.RESTMapper, conf *config.Config) *DefaultFilterEngine {
	filterEngine := New(logger.WithField(componentLogFieldKey, "Filter Engine"))
		filters.NewIngressValidator(logger.WithField(filterLogFieldKey, "Ingress Validator"), dynamicCli),
		// ...

		// Your filter goes here:
		filters.NewImageTagChecker(logger.WithField(filterLogFieldKey, "Image Tag Checker")), // make sure to use `logger.WithField`

	return filterEngine

B. Rebuild and deploy the BotKube backend

  • Build the BotKube backend docker image with make container-image.
  • Push the image to Dockerhub registry.
  • Install/Upgrade your BotKube deployment (Steps are provided here).

The implementation of built-in filters can be found at: