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On October 7, 2020, the contents of this repo were merged into the containerd/containerd repo. For example, the source code previously stored under containerd/cri/pkg was moved to containerd/containerd/pkg/cri package.

Pull requests are no longer accepted in the master branch of this repo.

Bug-fix PRs for release/1.3 and release/1.4 branches are still accepted in this repo. However, the master branch for containerd/cri integration work is now located in the containerd/containerd repository, and as such new commits should be merged there.

This repo will be archived after the EOL of containerd 1.4.


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cri is a containerd plugin implementation of Kubernetes container runtime interface (CRI).

With it, you could run Kubernetes using containerd as the container runtime. cri

Current Status

cri is a native plugin of containerd 1.1 and above. It is built into containerd and enabled by default.

cri is in GA:

See test dashboard

Support Metrics

CRI-Containerd Version Containerd Version Kubernetes Version CRI Version
v1.0.0-alpha.x 1.7, 1.8 v1alpha1
v1.0.0-beta.x 1.9 v1alpha1
End-Of-Life v1.1 (End-Of-Life) 1.10+ v1alpha2
v1.2 (Extended) 1.10+ v1alpha2
v1.3 1.12+ v1alpha2
v1.4 1.19+ v1alpha2

Note: The support table above specifies the Kubernetes Version that was supported at time of release of the containerd - cri integration.

The following is the current support table for containerd CRI integration taking into account that Kubernetes only supports n-3 minor release versions.

Containerd Version Kubernetes Version CRI Version
v1.2 1.15+ v1alpha2
v1.3 1.15+ v1alpha2
v1.4 1.19+ v1alpha2

Production Quality Cluster on GCE

For a production quality cluster on GCE brought up with refer here.

Installing with Ansible and Kubeadm

For a multi node cluster installer and bring up steps using ansible and kubeadm refer here.

Custom Installation

For non ansible users, you can download the cri-containerd release tarball and deploy kubernetes cluster using kubeadm as described here.

Getting Started for Developers

Binary Dependencies and Specifications

The current release of the cri plugin has the following dependencies:

See versions of these dependencies cri is tested with.

As containerd and runc move to their respective general availability releases, we will do our best to rebase/retest cri with these releases on a weekly/monthly basis. Similarly, given that cri uses the Open Container Initiative (OCI) image and runtime specifications, we will also do our best to update cri to the latest releases of these specifications as appropriate.

Install Dependencies

  1. Install development libraries:
  • libseccomp development library. Required by cri and runc seccomp support. libseccomp-dev (Ubuntu, Debian) / libseccomp-devel (Fedora, CentOS, RHEL). On releases of Ubuntu <=Trusty and Debian <=jessie a backport version of libseccomp-dev is required. See travis.yml for an example on trusty.
  • btrfs development library. Required by containerd btrfs support. btrfs-tools(Ubuntu, Debian) / btrfs-progs-devel(Fedora, CentOS, RHEL)
  1. Install pkg-config (required for linking with libseccomp).
  2. Install and setup a Go 1.15.14 development environment.
  3. Make a local clone of this repository.
  4. Install binary dependencies by running the following command from your cloned cri/ project directory:
# Note: install.deps installs the above mentioned runc, containerd, and CNI
# binary dependencies. install.deps is only provided for general use and ease of
# testing. To customize `runc` and `containerd` build tags and/or to configure
# `cni`, please follow instructions in their documents.
make install.deps

Build and Install cri

To build and install a version of containerd with the cri plugin, enter the following commands from your cri project directory:

sudo make install

NOTE: The version of containerd built and installed from the Makefile is only for testing purposes. The version tag carries the suffix "-TEST".

Build Tags

cri supports optional build tags for compiling support of various features. To add build tags to the make option the BUILD_TAGS variable must be set.

make BUILD_TAGS='seccomp apparmor selinux'
Build Tag Feature Dependency
seccomp syscall filtering libseccomp development library
selinux selinux process and mount labeling
apparmor apparmor profile support

Validate Your cri Setup

A Kubernetes incubator project called cri-tools includes programs for exercising CRI implementations such as the cri plugin. More importantly, cri-tools includes the program critest which is used for running CRI Validation Testing.

Run the CRI Validation test to validate your installation of containerd with cri built in:

make test-cri

Running a Kubernetes local cluster

If you already have a working development environment for supported Kubernetes version, you can try cri in a local cluster:

  1. Start the version of containerd with cri plugin that you built and installed above as root in a first terminal:
sudo containerd
  1. From the Kubernetes project directory startup a local cluster using containerd:
CONTAINER_RUNTIME=remote CONTAINER_RUNTIME_ENDPOINT='unix:///run/containerd/containerd.sock' ./hack/


See here for information about test.

Using crictl

See here for information about using crictl to debug pods, containers, and images.


See here for information about how to configure cri plugins and here for information about how to configure containerd


See here for additional documentation.


For async communication and long running discussions please use issues and pull requests on this github repo. This will be the best place to discuss design and implementation.

For sync communication we have a community slack with a #containerd channel that everyone is welcome to join and chat about development.

Slack: Catch us in the #containerd and #containerd-dev channels on Click here for an invite to docker community slack.

Other Communications

As this project is tightly coupled to CRI and CRI-Tools and they are Kubernetes projects, some of our project communications take place in the Kubernetes' SIG: sig-node.

For more information about sig-node, CRI, and the CRI-Tools projects:

Reporting Security Issues

If you are reporting a security issue, please reach out discreetly at


The containerd codebase is released under the Apache 2.0 license. The file, and files in the "docs" folder are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License under the terms and conditions set forth in the file "". You may obtain a duplicate copy of the same license, titled CC-BY-4.0, at

Project details

cri is a containerd sub-project. This project was originally established in April of 2017 in the Kubernetes Incubator program. After reaching the Beta stage, In January of 2018, the project was merged into containerd. As a containerd sub-project, you will find the:

information in our containerd/project repository.