A sink is an Addressable custom resource (CR) that can receive incoming events from other resources. Knative services, channels, and brokers are all examples of sinks.

You can configure which CRs can be used with the --sink flag for kn CLI commands by Customizing kn.

Knative CLI --sink flag

When you create an event-producing custom resource by using the Knative (kn) CLI, you can specify a sink where events are sent to from that resource, by using the --sink flag.

The following example creates a sink binding that uses a service, http://event-display.svc.cluster.local, as the sink:

Example command using the --sink flag
$ kn source binding create bind-heartbeat \
  --namespace sinkbinding-example \
  --subject "Job:batch/v1:app=heartbeat-cron" \
  --sink http://event-display.svc.cluster.local \ (1)
  --ce-override "sink=bound"
1 svc in http://event-display.svc.cluster.local determines that the sink is a Knative service. Other default sink prefixes include channel, and broker.

Connect an event source to a sink using the Developer perspective

You can create multiple event source types in OpenShift Container Platform that can be connected to sinks.


To connect an event source to a sink using the Developer perspective, ensure that:

  • The OpenShift Serverless Operator, Knative Serving, and Knative Eventing are installed on your OpenShift Container Platform cluster.

  • You have created a sink.

  • You have logged in to the web console and are in the Developer perspective.

  • You have created a project or have access to a project with the appropriate roles and permissions to create applications and other workloads in OpenShift Container Platform.

  1. Create an event source of any type, by navigating to +AddEvent Sources and then selecting the event source type that you want to create.

  2. In the Sink section of the Event Sources form view, select Resource. Then use the drop-down list to select your sink.

  3. Click Create.


You can verify that the event source was created and is connected to the sink by viewing the Topology page. . In the Developer perspective, navigate to Topology. . View the event source and click on the connected sink to see the sink details in the side panel.

Connecting a trigger to a sink

You can connect a trigger to a sink, so that events from a broker are filtered before they are sent to the sink. A sink that is connected to a trigger is configured as a subscriber in the Trigger resource spec.

Example of a trigger connected to a Kafka sink
apiVersion: eventing.knative.dev/v1
kind: Trigger
  name: <trigger_name> (1)
      apiVersion: eventing.knative.dev/v1alpha1
      kind: KafkaSink
      name: <kafka_sink_name> (2)
1 The name of the trigger being connected to the sink.
2 The name of a KafkaSink object.