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Chapter 3. Installing Red Hat OpenShift Container Storage Operator

You can install Red Hat OpenShift Container Storage Operator using the Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform Operator Hub.


  • Access to an OpenShift Container Platform cluster using an account with cluster-admin and Operator installation permissions.
  • For additional resource requirements, see Planning your deployment.
  • When you need to override the cluster-wide default node selector for OpenShift Container Storage, you can use the following command in command line interface to specify a blank node selector for the openshift-storage namespace:

    $ oc annotate namespace openshift-storage


  1. Navigate in the web console to the click Operators → OperatorHub.
  2. Scroll or type a keyword into the Filter by keyword box to search for OpenShift Container Storage Operator.
  3. Click Install on the OpenShift Container Storage operator page.
  4. On the Install Operator page, the following required options are selected by default:

    1. Update Channel as stable-4.7.
    2. Installation Mode as A specific namespace on the cluster.
    3. Installed Namespace as Operator recommended namespace openshift-storage. If Namespace openshift-storage does not exist, it will be created during the operator installation.
    4. Select Approval Strategy as Automatic or Manual.
    5. Click Install.

      If you selected Automatic updates, then the Operator Lifecycle Manager (OLM) automatically upgrades the running instance of your Operator without any intervention.

      If you selected Manual updates, then the OLM creates an update request. As a cluster administrator, you must then manually approve that update request to have the Operator updated to the new version.

Verification steps

Verify that the OpenShift Container Storage Operator shows a green tick indicating successful installation.

Next steps

  • Create OpenShift Container Storage cluster.

For information, see Creating an OpenShift Container Storage Cluster service for external mode.