$ mkdir nginx-operator
The Operator SDK includes options for generating an Operator project that leverages existing Helm charts to deploy Kubernetes resources as a unified application, without having to write any Go code.
To demonstrate the basics of setting up and running an Helm-based Operator using tools and libraries provided by the Operator SDK, Operator developers can build an example Helm-based Operator for Nginx and deploy it to a cluster.
Operator SDK CLI installed
OpenShift CLI (
oc) v4.13+ installed
Logged into an OpenShift Container Platform 4.13 cluster with
oc with an account that has
To allow the cluster to pull the image, the repository where you push your image must be set as public, or you must configure an image pull secret
You can build and deploy a simple Helm-based Operator for Nginx by using the Operator SDK.
Create a project.
Create your project directory:
$ mkdir nginx-operator
Change into the project directory:
$ cd nginx-operator
operator-sdk init command
to initialize the project:
$ operator-sdk init \ --plugins=helm
Create an API.
Create a simple Nginx API:
$ operator-sdk create api \ --group demo \ --version v1 \ --kind Nginx
This API uses the built-in Helm chart boilerplate from the
helm create command.
Build and push the Operator image.
Use the default
Makefile targets to build and push your Operator. Set
IMG with a pull spec for your image that uses a registry you can push to:
$ make docker-build docker-push IMG=<registry>/<user>/<image_name>:<tag>
Run the Operator.
Install the CRD:
$ make install
Deploy the project to the cluster. Set
IMG to the image that you pushed:
$ make deploy IMG=<registry>/<user>/<image_name>:<tag>
Add a security context constraint (SCC).
The Nginx service account requires privileged access to run in OpenShift Container Platform. Add the following SCC to the service account for the
$ oc adm policy add-scc-to-user \ anyuid system:serviceaccount:nginx-operator-system:nginx-sample
Create a sample custom resource (CR).
Create a sample CR:
$ oc apply -f config/samples/demo_v1_nginx.yaml \ -n nginx-operator-system
Watch for the CR to reconcile the Operator:
$ oc logs deployment.apps/nginx-operator-controller-manager \ -c manager \ -n nginx-operator-system
Delete a CR
Delete a CR by running the following command:
$ oc delete -f config/samples/demo_v1_nginx.yaml -n nginx-operator-system
Run the following command to clean up the resources that have been created as part of this procedure:
$ make undeploy
See Operator SDK tutorial for Helm-based Operators for a more in-depth walkthrough on building a Helm-based Operator.