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OpenShift "oc cluster up" Wrapper script

oc cluster up is a great tool for doing local development in openshift, but it lacks some really interesting features to be productive from a developer’s perspective. This script helps developers with their casual/daily worksflows while using oc cluster as the internal tool.


The easiest way is to clone this repository, so you can just update the script via a "git pull" command. But you can always get one of the releases available at oc-cluster releases.


On linux (tested on fedora 25):

git clone
echo 'PATH=$HOME/oc-cluster-wrapper:$PATH' >> $HOME/.bash_profile
echo 'export PATH' >> $HOME/.bash_profile

If you want to add bash completion (you might need to execute this as sudo):

$HOME/oc-cluster-wrapper/oc-cluster completion bash > /etc/bash_completion.d/oc-cluster.bash

Mac OS

On mac (tested on El Capitan and Sierra):

git clone
echo 'PATH=$HOME/oc-cluster-wrapper:$PATH' >> $HOME/.bash_profile
echo 'export PATH' >> $HOME/.bash_profile

If you want to add bash completion and are using Homebrew:

$HOME/oc-cluster-wrapper/oc-cluster completion bash > $(brew --prefix)/etc/bash_completion.d/oc-cluster.bash

If you’re not using Homebrew, source a completion file:

$HOME/oc-cluster-wrapper/oc-cluster completion bash > $HOME/.oc-cluster.bash
echo 'source ./.oc-cluster.bash' >> $HOME/.bash_profile

Note that bash completion will not work until your first "oc-cluster up" populates $HOME/.oc/profiles.

What it provides

This script provides the following enhancements:

  • cluster profiles

  • cluster management lifecycle

  • convenience methods for working with persistent volumes

  • convenience methods for adding common software to your cluster (This will be rewritten to be a plugin like mechanism)

Cluster profiles

As a developer, you do not always want to work on the same project, with the same code. Sometimes you need to be able to switch between different clusters. For that, we provide a profile concept. How does this work? To learn how this works, see the following example:

oc-cluster up                 # Brings up a <default> cluster
oc-cluster down
oc-cluster up java-cluster    # Brings up a cluster named java-cluster
oc-cluster down
oc-cluster up workshop        # Brings up a cluster named workshop
oc-cluster down
oc-cluster up java-cluster    # Brings up the previous java-cluster with all the info from the previous running cluster with the same name
oc-cluster down

As you’ve realized the clusters by default are persistent. That means that you can create as many clusters (profiles) as you want, and bring them up and down at will. But what do I do once I’m finished with a cluster? For that there is a cluster management lifecycle.

Cluster management lifecycle

Again, we’ll use some examples to ilustrate:

$ oc-cluster up example
oc cluster up --public-hostname --host-data-dir /Users/jmorales/.oc/profiles/example/data
              --host-config-dir /Users/jmorales/.oc/profiles/example/config
-- Checking OpenShift client ... OK
-- Checking Docker client ... OK
-- Checking Docker version ... OK
-- Checking for existing OpenShift container ... OK
-- Checking for openshift/origin:v1.3.0 image ... OK
-- Checking Docker daemon configuration ... OK
-- Checking for available ports ... OK
-- Checking type of volume mount ...
   Using Docker shared volumes for OpenShift volumes
-- Creating host directories ... OK
-- Finding server IP ...
   Using public hostname IP as the host IP
   Using as the server IP
-- Starting OpenShift container ...
   Creating initial OpenShift configuration
   Starting OpenShift using container 'origin'
   Waiting for API server to start listening
   OpenShift server started
-- Installing registry ... OK
-- Installing router ... OK
-- Importing image streams ... OK
-- Importing templates ... OK
-- Login to server ... OK
-- Creating initial project "myproject" ... OK
-- Server Information ...
   OpenShift server started.
   The server is accessible via web console at:

   You are logged in as:
       User:     developer
       Password: developer

   To login as administrator:
       oc login -u system:admin

Any user is sudoer. They can execute commands with '--as=system:admin'

Now, let’s work with the cluster:

$ oc new-project example
$ oc new-app wildfly~

I’m gone for a while, I need to know if my cluster is running:

$ oc-cluster status
oc cluster running. Current profile <example>

I need to get some information on my clusters:

$ oc-cluster list
- example
- roadshow
- test

$ oc-cluster console

I need to log in to the origin container, to check something:

$ oc-cluster ssh
Going into the Origin Container
[root@moby origin]# pwd

I’m done, let’s get rid of this cluster:

$ oc-cluster destroy
Are you sure you want to destroy cluster with profile <example> (y/n)? y
Removing profile example
Bringing the cluster down

Removing /Users/jmorales/.oc/profiles/example

How this works?

For the profiles to work, by default a subdirectory will be created in $HOME/.oc/profiles with the profile name. A file called $HOME/.oc/active_profile will hold also the name of the active profile, if there is a cluster up. Removing the cluster will remove the subdirectory holding all the profile data.

We’re using --host-data-config and --host-data-dir to retain the configuration of the cluster, as we understand this is basic for daily use of the tool. And we use --keep-config to retain this information.

We’re also binding the cluster to as this is the way to make the cluster secure, and reproducible, as the ip address changes when you move from network to network. Also, anyone can log into your running cluster if you had a cluster up, since it’s using AnyPasswd identity provider.

We also do two really convenient things for developers:

  • We create an admin/admin user that will be a cluster-admin, so you can login as admin from the web console

  • We add the sudoer role to system:authenticated so that any user can impersonate cluster-admin without needing to change user profiles

  • Provides 10 PV of type hostPath to use (handy for pre 1.5 clients)

  • Label images built with the cluster, so anytime you destroy a cluster, all these images will also be removed.

  • Creates a .kube context to the current cluster with the name of the profile, so succesive startups of the cluster will have the context set.


The tool provides a plugin mechanism to add functionality. There’s 2 types of plugins:

  • global plugins. Are always accesible.

  • local plugins. Need to be installed/uninstalled.

Plugins are files in the plugins.d directory of the tool. They need to have a name following the pattern <PLUGIN_NAME>.<global|local>.plugin

You can:

  • list available plugins: oc-cluster plugin-list

  • Install a plugin: oc-cluster plugin-install <PLUGIN_NAME>

  • Uninstall a plugin: oc-cluster plugin-uninstall <PLUGIN_NAME>

Global plugins

These plugins provide methods that augment the functionality of the tool.

They are always available (installed).

There is a template for these plugins available here

It has to have a method called <PLUGIN_NAME>.help with the description of the commands provided by the plugin, so they can be shown when printing the oc-cluster -h.

Local plugins

These plugins provide methods that augment the functionality of the tool, or install software on the cluster.

These plugins need to be installed.

There is a template for these plugins available here

These plugins need to have at list these methods:

  • <PLUGIN_NAME>.help: Description of the commands provided by the plugin, so they can be shown when printing the oc-cluster -h.

  • <PLUGIN_NAME>.describe: Description of what the plugin does. It will be shown with oc-cluster plugin-list.

  • <PLUGIN_NAME>.install: Installs the plugin.

  • <PLUGIN_NAME>.uninstall: Uninstalls the plugin

Can contain additional methods providing commands, like the global plugins.

By default, a local plugin needs to always call <PLUGIN_NAME>.describe

Plugin list

  • cfme: Installs Cloudforms

  • cockpit: Installs cockpit

  • dotnetIS: Installs the .net imagestream

  • dotnetsample: deploys a .net sample application

  • gitlab: Installs gitlab

  • nexus: Installs nexus 2

  • nexus3: Installs nexus 3

  • oc-client: Builds the oc binary of a specific fork/branch and makes it downlodable. HANDY FOR OPENSHIFT ENGINEERS

  • pipelines: Installs pipelines capabilities (for oc client < 1.4)

  • prepull-images: Pulls some of the most common images. Handy to when you prune your docker local repository.

  • profilesnapshot: Provides the ability to store/restore a profile

  • registryv2: Configures your OpenShift embedded registry as v2

  • roadshow-test: Creates a sample project with the content the OpenShift RoadShow uses.

  • samplepipeline: Deploys a sample pipeline project.

  • user: Configures the cluster to use htpasswd and provide methods for user management

  • volumes: Provides commands to create PersistentVolumes (local to a profile or shared between profiles)

And the list os constantly growing. Check what’s available here or get a list of plugins.

Convenience methods for working with persistent volumes (Provided as global plugin)

Most users will need to work with persistent services, so we have added two convenience methods for working with volumes. One for cluster-specific volumes, and another for shared volumes (similating NFS server behaviors).

  • oc-cluster create-volume volumeName [size|10Gi] [path|/Users/jmorales/.oc/profiles/<profile>/volumes/<volumeName>]

  • oc-cluster create-shared-volume project/volumeName [size|10Gi] [path|/Users/jmorales/.oc/volumes/<volumeName>]

oc-cluster create-volume

This command will create a volume in the cluster’s profile. That means that if the cluster is removed, the volume and the data stored in the volume will be removed as well. This will create a PV of type hostPath, with the specified size (or 10Gi by default), on the specified path (or the default for the profile) and a Retain policy for the data.

oc-cluster create-shared-volume

This command will create a volume in a shared location. That means that every cluster will have access to the data, and the data will not be removed if the cluster is removed. For the applications to be able to use this data, the created PV will be prebound to a specific project/namespace, with the same name for the volume as for the claim. This will create a PV of type hostPath, with the specified size (or 10Gi by default), on the specified path (or the default for the profile). With this second mechanism, we can, as an example, share the storage for our nexus deployment between all our clusters, and use nexus for java dependency management in a very convenient way.

Convenience methods for adding common software to your cluster (Provided as a local plugin)

Right now, as this tool is created to boost my productivity (and one of my colleagues), we have some additional methods (that we will convert into plugins) to deploy commons stuff that we use in most of our clusters. In this way, we have a method to deploy nexus in a project called ci, and soon we will have one for gitlab, workshops, etc…​

$ oc-cluster deploy-nexus
Created project ci
persistentvolume "nexus-data" created
Volume created in /Users/jmorales/.oc/volumes/nexus-data
service "nexus" created
route "nexus" created
deploymentconfig "nexus" created
persistentvolumeclaim "nexus-data" created
Project ci has been created and shared with you. It has a nexus instance that has shared storage with other clusters

Bind to a reproducible IP

In systems like linux or mac, you can create a link-local interface, with a static ip, that you can reuse in any place you go. There’s a system environment variable that you can define to use this ip to bind the cluster to. Otherwise it will default to



Use alternate oc version

If you want to have an alternate oc client/version than the one on the path, the script uses an environment variable OC_BINARY that let you replace the client used.

$ OC_CLIENT=oc-1.4.1 oc-cluster up
# Using client for origin v1.4.1

Faster s2i builds

oc-cluster has the ability to bind_mount any local directory or binary to any container. I you mount your $M2_REPOSITORY or $HOME/.m2/repository to your java based s2i builder images, you’ll be giving all the dependencies you have locally to your build container, which will greatly speed builds.

You just need to create a mounts-template.json file in the directory of the tool and have the rules to inject you .m2/repository (or node, python, ruby) into the image. oc-cluster will detect automatically that you want to inject that folder when the file is present and if it has rules for oc injection.

Here’s an example of the content of the file to inject the oc binary into the origin container:

  "bindMounts": [
      "imagePattern": "openshift/wildfly.*",
      "mounts": [
          "source": "$M2_HOME",
          "destination": "/opt/app-root/src/.m2/repository"

By default, M2_HOME will point to $HOME/.m2/repository. You can export a different value, which will take effect.

Developing openshift

With oc-cluster it’s very easy to inject a oc binary into any image. You just need to create a mounts-template.json file in the directory of the tool and have the rules to inject you oc binary into the image. oc-cluster will detect automatically that you want to inject an oc binary when the file is present and if it has rules for oc injection.

Here’s an example of the content of the file to inject the oc binary into the origin container:

  "bindMounts": [
      "imagePattern": "(openshift/origin$)|(openshift/origin:.*)",
      "mounts": [
          "source": "$OPENSHIFT_BINARY",
          "destination": "/usr/bin/openshift"

Make sure that the variable $OPENSHIFT_BINARY points to your oc binary, or use the fully qualified value.


If you can run oc cluster up you can run this tool. This works anywhere that oc cluster up runs, so any limitation really will be more a oc cluster limitation than this tool’s.

This tool assumes you run oc cluster with Docker native and not docker-machine.


Find here a list of things we would like to include in the tool. These will be tracked via issues to allow for feature discussion (

  • Done RFE #26 Allow for login user and keep a KUBECONFIG in the profile. This is a feature that will allow to have multiple profiles using same clsuter ip, that will probably have different certificates, and different users. With a new "oc-cluster login" you’ll be able to login with current certificates created on first boot.

  • RFE #9 Allow to execute upstream images (

  • Done RFE #22 Use upstream command "status".

  • RFE #21 Allow for profile snapshot/restore. This way you can create a cluster, provision it, use it, screw it, and restore to a safe point. There will be potential image conflicts, but will be assumable.

  • Done RFE #23 Ability to enable technology-preview features (like pipelines)

  • Done RFE #20 Make additional commands via "plugins". Additional scripts in the same dir as cluster-up will provide additional provisioning capabilities. Installing nexus, gitlab, imagestreams, tech-preview,…​

  • RFE #19 Allow to use htpasswd identity provider and create users

  • Done RFE #17 Provide basic bash completion

  • RFE #25 Add support for TimeZone

  • RFE #24 Add support for proxies

Any idea you might have, share it with us.

Known Issues

  • [line-through]# In linux, profiles are written as root:root#


Pull Request, and issues to make the tool are welcome. Please help us make this tool better by contributing your use cases. Once we have the plugin mechanism, this will be easier to do. Also, we would love all of these use cases to be in official oc cluster tool but until that happens, we will keep using and maintaining this tool.

This work is done by the OpenShift Evangelist team

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