Cheat Sheet

Operator-SDK Cheat Sheet commands and operations

Below you will find a cheat sheet with options and helpers for projects, which are built with the SDK and are respecting its proposed layout.

Common commands and options

Command Description
operator-sdk init To initialize an operator project in the current directory.
operator-sdk init --plugins=<plugin-key> To initialize an operator project in the current directory using a specific plugin. To check the available plugins you can run operator-sdk --help. E.g (operator-sdk init --plugins=helm).
operator-sdk create api [flags] Lets you create your own APIs with its GKV by Extending the Kubernetes API with CustomResourceDefinitions, or lets you use external/core-types. Also generates their respective controllers.
operator-sdk create webhook [flags] To scaffold Webhooks for the APIs declared in the project. Currently, only the Go-based project supports this option.
make docker-build IMG=<some-registry>/<project-name>:<tag> Build the operator image.
make docker-build docker-push IMG=<some-registry>/<project-name>:<tag> Build and push the operator image for your registry.
make install Install the CRDs into the cluster.
make uninstall Uninstall the CRDs into the cluster.
make run Run your controller locally and outside of the cluster. Note that this will run in the foreground, so switch to a new terminal if you want to leave it running.
make deploy Deploy your project on the cluster.
make undeploy Undeploy your project on the cluster.

To create bundles, catalogs, and develop for OLM

For further information check Operator SDK Integration with Operator Lifecycle Manager.

Command Description
make bundle Create/update the bundle based on the project manifests in the bundle/ directory. For more info see Create a bundle.
operator-sdk bundle validate ./bundle To validate your bundle spec definition.
operator-sdk bundle validate ./bundle --select-optional suite=operatorframework Validate your bundle against criteria. For further information use the flag --help.
operator-sdk olm install To install OLM on your cluster for development purposes.
operator-sdk olm uninstall To uninstall OLM from your cluster.
make bundle-build BUNDLE_IMG=<some-registry>/<project-name-bundle>:<tag> To build your bundle operator image.
make bundle-build bundle-push BUNDLE_IMG=<some-registry>/<project-name-bundle>:<tag> To build and push your bundle operator image.
operator-sdk run bundle <some-registry>/<project-name-bundle>:<tag> To deploy your bundle operator using OLM on your cluster for development purposes.
operator-sdk run bundle --service-account sa-with-secret --pull-secret-name regcred --ca-secret-name cert-sec Configure run bundle (and run bundle-upgrade) to use an image pull secret, non-default service account configured with that secret, and custom CA certificate secret

Updating bundle channels

The following examples let you update the bundle with data-informed. For further information also check Upgrade your Operator and see Channel Naming.

NOTE: Note that it will carry over any customizations you have made and ensure a rolling update to the next version of your Operator.

make bundle CHANNELS=fast,preview DEFAULT_CHANNEL=stable VERSION=1.0.0 IMG=<some-registry>/<project-name-bundle>:<tag>

NOTE You can use environment variables to pass the values such as export CHANNELS=fast,candidate. Note that, their values will be used by make bundle command.

To test your projects

Command Description
operator-sdk scorecard ./bundle Run the Scorecard tests for your bundle.
make test Run Go tests. It is valid only for Go-based operators.
molecule test Run Molecule tests. It is valid only for Ansible-based operators.
helm test Run Helm chart tests. It is valid only for Helm-based operators.

NOTE: This is not a comprehensive list of make targets or commands. Please see the scaffolded Makefile and make help for the full list of targets. Note that you can use operator-sdk <command> --help and check the CLI section to check all options.