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This reference guide indexes the platform Operators, also known as cluster Operators, shipped by Red Hat that serve as the architectural foundation for OpenShift Container Platform. Platform Operators are installed by default, unless otherwise noted, and are managed by the Cluster Version Operator (CVO). For more details on the control plane architecture, see Operators in OpenShift Container Platform.

Cluster administrators can view platform Operators in the OpenShift Container Platform web console from the AdministrationCluster Settings page.

Platform operators are not managed by Operator Lifecycle Manager (OLM) and OperatorHub. OLM and OperatorHub are part of the Operator Framework used in OpenShift Container Platform for installing and running optional add-on Operators.

Cloud Credential Operator

Purpose

The Cloud Credential Operator (CCO) manages cloud provider credentials as Kubernetes custom resource definitions (CRDs). The CCO syncs on CredentialsRequest custom resources (CRs) to allow OpenShift Container Platform components to request cloud provider credentials with the specific permissions that are required for the cluster to run.

By setting different values for the credentialsMode parameter in the install-config.yaml file, the CCO can be configured to operate in several different modes. If no mode is specified, or the credentialsMode parameter is set to an empty string (""), the CCO operates in its default mode.

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CRDs

  • credentialsrequests.cloudcredential.openshift.io

    • Scope: Namespaced

    • CR: CredentialsRequest

    • Validation: Yes

Configuration objects

No configuration required.

Additional resources

Cluster Authentication Operator

Purpose

The Cluster Authentication Operator installs and maintains the Authentication custom resource in a cluster and can be viewed with:

$ oc get clusteroperator authentication -o yaml

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Cluster Autoscaler Operator

Purpose

The Cluster Autoscaler Operator manages deployments of the OpenShift Cluster Autoscaler using the cluster-api provider.

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CRDs

  • ClusterAutoscaler: This is a singleton resource, which controls the configuration autoscaler instance for the cluster. The Operator only responds to the ClusterAutoscaler resource named default in the managed namespace, the value of the WATCH_NAMESPACE environment variable.

  • MachineAutoscaler: This resource targets a node group and manages the annotations to enable and configure autoscaling for that group, the min and max size. Currently only MachineSet objects can be targeted.

Cluster Cloud Controller Manager Operator

Purpose

This Operator is only fully supported for Microsoft Azure Stack Hub.

It is available as a Technology Preview for Alibaba Cloud, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform (GCP), IBM Cloud, Microsoft Azure, Red Hat OpenStack Platform (RHOSP), and VMware vSphere.

The Cluster Cloud Controller Manager Operator manages and updates the cloud controller managers deployed on top of OpenShift Container Platform. The Operator is based on the Kubebuilder framework and controller-runtime libraries. It is installed via the Cluster Version Operator (CVO).

It contains the following components:

  • Operator

  • Cloud configuration observer

By default, the Operator exposes Prometheus metrics through the metrics service.

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Cluster Config Operator

Purpose

The Cluster Config Operator performs the following tasks related to config.openshift.io:

  • Creates CRDs.

  • Renders the initial custom resources.

  • Handles migrations.

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Cluster CSI Snapshot Controller Operator

Purpose

The Cluster CSI Snapshot Controller Operator installs and maintains the CSI Snapshot Controller. The CSI Snapshot Controller is responsible for watching the VolumeSnapshot CRD objects and manages the creation and deletion lifecycle of volume snapshots.

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Cluster Image Registry Operator

Purpose

The Cluster Image Registry Operator manages a singleton instance of the OpenShift Container Platform registry. It manages all configuration of the registry, including creating storage.

On initial start up, the Operator creates a default image-registry resource instance based on the configuration detected in the cluster. This indicates what cloud storage type to use based on the cloud provider.

If insufficient information is available to define a complete image-registry resource, then an incomplete resource is defined and the Operator updates the resource status with information about what is missing.

The Cluster Image Registry Operator runs in the openshift-image-registry namespace and it also manages the registry instance in that location. All configuration and workload resources for the registry reside in that namespace.

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Cluster Machine Approver Operator

Purpose

The Cluster Machine Approver Operator automatically approves the CSRs requested for a new worker node after cluster installation.

For the control plane node, the approve-csr service on the bootstrap node automatically approves all CSRs during the cluster bootstrapping phase.

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Cluster Monitoring Operator

Purpose

The Cluster Monitoring Operator manages and updates the Prometheus-based cluster monitoring stack deployed on top of OpenShift Container Platform.

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CRDs

  • alertmanagers.monitoring.coreos.com

    • Scope: Namespaced

    • CR: alertmanager

    • Validation: Yes

  • prometheuses.monitoring.coreos.com

    • Scope: Namespaced

    • CR: prometheus

    • Validation: Yes

  • prometheusrules.monitoring.coreos.com

    • Scope: Namespaced

    • CR: prometheusrule

    • Validation: Yes

  • servicemonitors.monitoring.coreos.com

    • Scope: Namespaced

    • CR: servicemonitor

    • Validation: Yes

Configuration objects

$ oc -n openshift-monitoring edit cm cluster-monitoring-config

Cluster Network Operator

Purpose

The Cluster Network Operator installs and upgrades the networking components on an OpenShift Container Platform cluster.

Cluster Samples Operator

Purpose

The Cluster Samples Operator manages the sample image streams and templates stored in the openshift namespace.

On initial start up, the Operator creates the default samples configuration resource to initiate the creation of the image streams and templates. The configuration object is a cluster scoped object with the key cluster and type configs.samples.

The image streams are the Red Hat Enterprise Linux CoreOS (RHCOS)-based OpenShift Container Platform image streams pointing to images on registry.redhat.io. Similarly, the templates are those categorized as OpenShift Container Platform templates.

The Cluster Samples Operator deployment is contained within the openshift-cluster-samples-operator namespace. On start up, the install pull secret is used by the image stream import logic in the internal registry and API server to authenticate with registry.redhat.io. An administrator can create any additional secrets in the openshift namespace if they change the registry used for the sample image streams. If created, those secrets contain the content of a config.json for docker needed to facilitate image import.

The image for the Cluster Samples Operator contains image stream and template definitions for the associated OpenShift Container Platform release. After the Cluster Samples Operator creates a sample, it adds an annotation that denotes the OpenShift Container Platform version that it is compatible with. The Operator uses this annotation to ensure that each sample matches the compatible release version. Samples outside of its inventory are ignored, as are skipped samples.

Modifications to any samples that are managed by the Operator are allowed as long as the version annotation is not modified or deleted. However, on an upgrade, as the version annotation will change, those modifications can get replaced as the sample will be updated with the newer version. The Jenkins images are part of the image payload from the installation and are tagged into the image streams directly.

The samples resource includes a finalizer, which cleans up the following upon its deletion:

  • Operator-managed image streams

  • Operator-managed templates

  • Operator-generated configuration resources

  • Cluster status resources

Upon deletion of the samples resource, the Cluster Samples Operator recreates the resource using the default configuration.

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Cluster Storage Operator

Purpose

The Cluster Storage Operator sets OpenShift Container Platform cluster-wide storage defaults. It ensures a default storage class exists for OpenShift Container Platform clusters.

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Configuration

No configuration is required.

Notes

  • The Cluster Storage Operator supports Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Red Hat OpenStack Platform (RHOSP).

  • The created storage class can be made non-default by editing its annotation, but the storage class cannot be deleted as long as the Operator runs.

Cluster Version Operator

Purpose

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Console Operator

Purpose

The Console Operator installs and maintains the OpenShift Container Platform web console on a cluster.

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DNS Operator

Purpose

The DNS Operator deploys and manages CoreDNS to provide a name resolution service to pods that enables DNS-based Kubernetes Service discovery in OpenShift Container Platform.

The Operator creates a working default deployment based on the cluster’s configuration.

  • The default cluster domain is cluster.local.

  • Configuration of the CoreDNS Corefile or Kubernetes plug-in is not yet supported.

The DNS Operator manages CoreDNS as a Kubernetes daemon set exposed as a service with a static IP. CoreDNS runs on all nodes in the cluster.

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etcd cluster Operator

Purpose

The etcd cluster Operator automates etcd cluster scaling, enables etcd monitoring and metrics, and simplifies disaster recovery procedures.

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CRDs

  • etcds.operator.openshift.io

    • Scope: Cluster

    • CR: etcd

    • Validation: Yes

Configuration objects

$ oc edit etcd cluster

Ingress Operator

Purpose

The Ingress Operator configures and manages the OpenShift Container Platform router.

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CRDs

  • clusteringresses.ingress.openshift.io

    • Scope: Namespaced

    • CR: clusteringresses

    • Validation: No

Configuration objects

  • Cluster config

    • Type Name: clusteringresses.ingress.openshift.io

    • Instance Name: default

    • View Command:

      $ oc get clusteringresses.ingress.openshift.io -n openshift-ingress-operator default -o yaml

Notes

The Ingress Operator sets up the router in the openshift-ingress project and creates the deployment for the router:

$ oc get deployment -n openshift-ingress

The Ingress Operator uses the clusterNetwork[].cidr from the network/cluster status to determine what mode (IPv4, IPv6, or dual stack) the managed Ingress Controller (router) should operate in. For example, if clusterNetwork contains only a v6 cidr, then the Ingress Controller operates in IPv6-only mode.

In the following example, Ingress Controllers managed by the Ingress Operator will run in IPv4-only mode because only one cluster network exists and the network is an IPv4 cidr:

$ oc get network/cluster -o jsonpath='{.status.clusterNetwork[*]}'
Example output
map[cidr:10.128.0.0/14 hostPrefix:23]

Insights Operator

Purpose

The Insights Operator gathers OpenShift Container Platform configuration data and sends it to Red Hat. The data is used to produce proactive insights recommendations about potential issues that a cluster might be exposed to. These insights are communicated to cluster administrators through Insights Advisor on console.redhat.com.

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Configuration

No configuration is required.

Notes

Insights Operator compliments OpenShift Container Platform Telemetry.

Additional resources

Kubernetes API Server Operator

Purpose

The Kubernetes API Server Operator manages and updates the Kubernetes API server deployed on top of OpenShift Container Platform. The Operator is based on the OpenShift Container Platform library-go framework and it is installed using the Cluster Version Operator (CVO).

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CRDs

  • kubeapiservers.operator.openshift.io

    • Scope: Cluster

    • CR: kubeapiserver

    • Validation: Yes

Configuration objects

$ oc edit kubeapiserver

Kubernetes Controller Manager Operator

Purpose

The Kubernetes Controller Manager Operator manages and updates the Kubernetes Controller Manager deployed on top of OpenShift Container Platform. The Operator is based on OpenShift Container Platform library-go framework and it is installed via the Cluster Version Operator (CVO).

It contains the following components:

  • Operator

  • Bootstrap manifest renderer

  • Installer based on static pods

  • Configuration observer

By default, the Operator exposes Prometheus metrics through the metrics service.

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Kubernetes Scheduler Operator

Purpose

The Kubernetes Scheduler Operator manages and updates the Kubernetes Scheduler deployed on top of OpenShift Container Platform. The Operator is based on the OpenShift Container Platform library-go framework and it is installed with the Cluster Version Operator (CVO).

The Kubernetes Scheduler Operator contains the following components:

  • Operator

  • Bootstrap manifest renderer

  • Installer based on static pods

  • Configuration observer

By default, the Operator exposes Prometheus metrics through the metrics service.

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Configuration

The configuration for the Kubernetes Scheduler is the result of merging:

  • a default configuration.

  • an observed configuration from the spec schedulers.config.openshift.io.

All of these are sparse configurations, invalidated JSON snippets which are merged to form a valid configuration at the end.

Kubernetes Storage Version Migrator Operator

Purpose

The Kubernetes Storage Version Migrator Operator detects changes of the default storage version, creates migration requests for resource types when the storage version changes, and processes migration requests.

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Machine API Operator

Purpose

The Machine API Operator manages the lifecycle of specific purpose custom resource definitions (CRD), controllers, and RBAC objects that extend the Kubernetes API. This declares the desired state of machines in a cluster.

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CRDs

  • MachineSet

  • Machine

  • MachineHealthCheck

Machine Config Operator

Purpose

The Machine Config Operator manages and applies configuration and updates of the base operating system and container runtime, including everything between the kernel and kubelet.

There are four components:

  • machine-config-server: Provides Ignition configuration to new machines joining the cluster.

  • machine-config-controller: Coordinates the upgrade of machines to the desired configurations defined by a MachineConfig object. Options are provided to control the upgrade for sets of machines individually.

  • machine-config-daemon: Applies new machine configuration during update. Validates and verifies the state of the machine to the requested machine configuration.

  • machine-config: Provides a complete source of machine configuration at installation, first start up, and updates for a machine.

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Marketplace Operator

Purpose

The Marketplace Operator is a conduit to bring off-cluster Operators to your cluster.

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Node Tuning Operator

Purpose

The Node Tuning Operator helps you manage node-level tuning by orchestrating the TuneD daemon. The majority of high-performance applications require some level of kernel tuning. The Node Tuning Operator provides a unified management interface to users of node-level sysctls and more flexibility to add custom tuning specified by user needs.

The Operator manages the containerized TuneD daemon for OpenShift Container Platform as a Kubernetes daemon set. It ensures the custom tuning specification is passed to all containerized TuneD daemons running in the cluster in the format that the daemons understand. The daemons run on all nodes in the cluster, one per node.

Node-level settings applied by the containerized TuneD daemon are rolled back on an event that triggers a profile change or when the containerized TuneD daemon is terminated gracefully by receiving and handling a termination signal.

The Node Tuning Operator is part of a standard OpenShift Container Platform installation in version 4.1 and later.

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OpenShift API Server Operator

Purpose

The OpenShift API Server Operator installs and maintains the openshift-apiserver on a cluster.

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CRDs

  • openshiftapiservers.operator.openshift.io

    • Scope: Cluster

    • CR: openshiftapiserver

    • Validation: Yes

OpenShift Controller Manager Operator

Purpose

The OpenShift Controller Manager Operator installs and maintains the OpenShiftControllerManager custom resource in a cluster and can be viewed with:

$ oc get clusteroperator openshift-controller-manager -o yaml

The custom resource definitino (CRD) openshiftcontrollermanagers.operator.openshift.io can be viewed in a cluster with:

$ oc get crd openshiftcontrollermanagers.operator.openshift.io -o yaml

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Operator Lifecycle Manager Operators

Purpose

Operator Lifecycle Manager (OLM) helps users install, update, and manage the lifecycle of Kubernetes native applications (Operators) and their associated services running across their OpenShift Container Platform clusters. It is part of the Operator Framework, an open source toolkit designed to manage Operators in an effective, automated, and scalable way.