Overview

The OpenShift Container Platform web console is a user interface accessible from a web browser. Developers can use the web console to visualize, browse, and manage the contents of projects.

JavaScript must be enabled to use the web console. For the best experience, use a web browser that supports WebSockets.

The web console runs as a pod on the master. The static assets required to run the web console are served by the pod. Administrators can also customize the web console using extensions, which let you run scripts and load custom stylesheets when the web console loads.

When you access the web console from a browser, it first loads all required static assets. It then makes requests to the OpenShift Container Platform APIs using the values defined from the openshift start option --public-master, or from the related parameter masterPublicURL in the webconsole-config config map defined in the openshift-web-console namespace. The web console uses WebSockets to maintain a persistent connection with the API server and receive updated information as soon as it is available.

Web Console Request Architecture
Figure 1. Web Console Request Architecture

The configured host names and IP addresses for the web console are whitelisted to access the API server safely even when the browser would consider the requests to be cross-origin. To access the API server from a web application using a different host name, you must whitelist that host name by specifying the --cors-allowed-origins option on openshift start or from the related master configuration file parameter corsAllowedOrigins.

The corsAllowedOrigins parameter is controlled by the configuration field. No pinning or escaping is done to the value. The following is an example of how you can pin a host name and escape dots:

corsAllowedOrigins:
- (?i)//my\.subdomain\.domain\.com(:|\z)
  • The (?i) makes it case-insensitive.

  • The // pins to the beginning of the domain (and matches the double slash following http: or https:).

  • The \. escapes dots in the domain name.

  • The (:|\z) matches the end of the domain name (\z) or a port separator (:).

CLI Downloads

You can access CLI downloads from the Help icon in the web console:

CLI dropdown from Help icon

Cluster administrators can customize these links further.

Command Line Tools

Browser Requirements

Review the tested integrations for OpenShift Container Platform.

Project Overviews

After logging in, the web console provides developers with an overview for the currently selected project: