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Marketplace Operator

Marketplace is a conduit to bring off-cluster operators to your cluster.


In order to deploy the Marketplace Operator, you must:

  1. Have an OKD or a Kubernetes cluster with Operator Lifecycle Manager (OLM) installed.
  2. Be logged in as a user with Cluster Admin role.

Using the Marketplace Operator


The operator manages one CRD: OperatorSource.


OperatorSource is used to define the external datastore we are using to store operator bundles.

Here is a description of the spec fields:

  • type is the type of external datastore being described. At the moment we only support Quay's app-registry as our external datastore, so this value should be set to appregistry

  • endpoint is typically set to https:/ if you are using Quay's app-registry.

  • registryNamespace is the name of your app-registry namespace.

  • displayName and publisher are optional and only needed for UI purposes.

Please see here for an example OperatorSource.

If you want an OperatorSource to work with private app-registry repositories, please take a look at the Private Repo Authentication documentation.

On adding an OperatorSource to an OKD cluster, operators will be visible in the OperatorHub UI in the OKD console. There is no equivalent UI in the Kubernetes console.

The creation of an OperatorSource results in the creation of an OLM CatalogSource in the same namespace the marketplace operator is running in. This CatalogSource will be populated with operators from the OperatorSource ready to be managed by OLM.

Deploying the Marketplace Operator with OKD

The Marketplace Operator is deployed by default with OKD and no further steps are required.

Deploying the Marketplace Operator with Kubernetes

First ensure that the Operator Lifecycle Manager is installed on your cluster.

Deploying the Marketplace Operator

$ kubectl apply -f deploy/upstream

Installing an operator using Marketplace

The following section assumes that Marketplace was installed in the marketplace namespace. For Marketplace to function you need to have at least one OperatorSource CR present on the cluster. To get started you can use the OperatorSource for upstream-community-operators. If you are on an OKD cluster, you can skip this step as the OperatorSource for community-operators is installed by default instead.

$ kubectl apply -f deploy/upstream/

Once the OperatorSource has been successfully deployed, you can discover the operators available using the following command:

$ kubectl get opsrc upstream-community-operators,PACKAGES:.status.packages -n marketplace
NAME                           PACKAGES
upstream-community-operators   federationv2,svcat,metering,etcd,prometheus,automationbroker,templateservicebroker,cluster-logging,jaeger,descheduler

Note: Please do not install upstream-community-operators and community-operators OperatorSources on the same cluster. The rule of thumb is to install community-operators on OpenShift clusters and upstream-community-operators on upstream Kubernetes clusters.

Now if you want to install the descheduler and jaeger operators, create OLM Subscriptions for desheduler and jaeger in the appropriate namespace. For upstream Kubernetes, this will be marketplace (i.e. the same namespace the CatalogSource created by the OperatorSource is in). This is because marketplace is not a global catalog namespace in upstream Kubernetes.

kind: Subscription
  name: jaeger
  namespace: marketplace
  channel: alpha
  name: jaeger
  source: upstream-community-operators
  sourceNamespace: marketplace

For OLM to act on your subscription please note that an OperatorGroup that matches the InstallMode(s) in your CSV needs to be present in the subscription namespace (which is marketplace in this example).

For OKD, the openshift-marketplace namespace is the global catalog namespace, so a subscription to an operator from a CatalogSource in the openshift-marketplace namespace can be created in any namespace.

Uninstalling an operator via the CLI

After an operator has been installed, to uninstall the operator you need to delete the following resources. Below we uninstall the jaeger operator as an example.

Delete the Subscription in the namespace that the operator was installed into. For upstream Kubernetes, this is the marketplace namespace. Keeping to the above example subscription jaeger, we can run the following command to delete it from the command line:

$ kubectl delete subscription jaeger -n marketplace

For OKD, if the install was done via the OpenShift OperatorHub UI, the subscription will be named after the operator's packageName and will be located in the namespace you chose in the UI. By modifying the namespace in the above command it can be used to delete the appropriate subscription.

Delete the ClusterServiceVersion in the namespace that the operator was installed into. This will also delete the operator deployment, pod(s), rbac, and other resources that OLM created for the operator. This also deletes any corresponding CSVs that OLM "Copied" into other namespaces watched by the operator.

$ kubectl delete clusterserviceversion jaeger-operator.v1.8.2 -n marketplace

Populating your own App Registry OperatorSource

Follow the steps here to upload operator artifacts to

Once your operator artifact is pushed to you can use an OperatorSource to add your operator offering to Marketplace. An example OperatorSource is provided here.

An OperatorSource must specify the registryNamespace the operator artifact was pushed to, and set the name and namespace for creating the OperatorSource on your cluster.

Add your OperatorSource to your cluster:

$ oc create -f your-operator-source.yaml

Once created, the Marketplace operator will use the OperatorSource to download your operator artifact from the app registry and display your operator offering in the Marketplace UI.

You can also access private AppRegistry repositories via an authenticated OperatorSource, which you can learn more about here.

Marketplace End to End (e2e) Tests

A full writeup on Marketplace e2e testing can be found here