A ResourceQuota object enumerates hard resource usage limits per project. It limits the total number of a particular type of object that may be created in a project, and the total amount of compute resources that may be consumed by resources in that project.

Usage Limits

The following describes the set of limits that may be enforced by a ResourceQuota.

Table 1. Usage limits
Resource Name Description


Total cpu usage across all containers


Total memory usage across all containers


Total number of pods


Total number of replication controllers


Total number of resource quotas


Total number of services


Total number of secrets


Total number of persistent volume claims

Quota Enforcement

After a project quota is first created, the project restricts the ability to create any new resources that may violate a quota constraint until it has calculated updated usage statistics.

Once a quota is created and usage statistics are up-to-date, the project accepts the creation of new content. When you create or modify resources, your quota usage is incremented immediately upon the request to create or modify the resource. When you delete a resource, your quota use is decremented during the next full recalculation of quota statistics for the project. When you delete resources, a configurable amount of time determines how long it takes to reduce quota usage statistics to their current observed system value.

If project modifications exceed a quota usage limit, the server denies the action, and an appropriate error message is returned to the end-user explaining the quota constraint violated, and what their currently observed usage stats are in the system.

Sample Resource Quota File


  "apiVersion": "v1",
  "kind": "ResourceQuota",
  "metadata": {
    "name": "quota" (1)
  "spec": {
    "hard": {
      "memory": "1Gi", (2)
      "cpu": "20", (3)
      "pods": "10", (4)
      "services": "5", (5)
      "replicationcontrollers":"5", (6)
      "resourcequotas":"1" (7)
1 The name of this quota document
2 The total amount of memory consumed across all containers may not exceed 1Gi.
3 The total number of cpu usage consumed across all containers may not exceed 20 Kubernetes compute units.
4 The total number of pods in the project
5 The total number of services in the project
6 The total number of replication controllers in the project
7 The total number of resource quota documents in the project

Create a Quota

To apply a quota to a project:

$ oc create -f resource-quota.json

View a Quota

To view usage statistics related to any hard limits defined in your quota:

$ oc get quota
$ oc describe quota quota
Name:                   quota
Resource                Used    Hard
--------                ----    ----
cpu                     5       20
memory                  500Mi   1Gi
pods                    5       10
replicationcontrollers  5       5
resourcequotas          1       1
services                3       5

Configuring the Quota Synchronization Period

When a set of resources are deleted, the synchronization timeframe of resources is determined by the resource-quota-sync-period setting in the /etc/openshift/master/master-config.yaml file. Before your quota usage is restored, you may encounter problems when attempting to reuse the resources. Change the resource-quota-sync-period setting to have the set of resources regenerate at the desired amount of time (in seconds) and for the resources to be available again:

  - v1beta3
  - v1
  apiServerArguments: null
      - "10s"

Adjusting the regeneration time can be helpful for creating resources and determining resource usage when automation is used.

The resource-quota-sync-period setting is designed to balance system performance. Reducing the sync period can result in a heavy load on the master.