Getting Started Guide

Red Hat Container Development Kit 3.11

Quick-start guide to using and developing with Red Hat Container Development Kit

Chris Negus

Robert Krátký

Red Hat Developer Group Documentation Team


This guide shows how to get up to speed using Red Hat Container Development Kit. Included instructions and examples guide through first steps developing containerized applications using Docker, Kubernetes, and OpenShift Container Platform, both from your host workstation (Microsoft Windows, macOS, or Red Hat Enterprise Linux) and from within the Container Development Environment provided by Red Hat Container Development Kit.

Chapter 1. Getting started with Container Development Kit

This section contains information about setting up, installing, and uninstalling Container Development Kit.

1.1. Introducing Red Hat Container Development Kit

Red Hat Container Development Kit provides a platform for developing containerized applications. It is a set of tools that enables developers to quickly and easily set up an environment for developing and testing containerized applications on the Red Hat Enterprise Linux platform.

  • Container Development Kit provides a personal Container Development Environment you can install on your own laptop, desktop, or server system. The Container Development Environment is provided in the form of a Red Hat Enterprise Linux virtual machine.
  • Container Development Kit is available for the Microsoft Windows, macOS, and Linux operating systems, thus allowing developers to use their preferred platform while producing applications ready to be deployed in the Red Hat Enterprise Linux ecosystem.

Container Development Kit is a part of the Red Hat Developers program, which provides tools, resources, and support for developers who wish to utilize Red Hat solutions and products to create applications, both locally and in the cloud. For additional information and to register to become a part of the program, visit

1.1.1. Understanding Container Development Kit documentation

1.2. Preparing to Install CDK

1.2.1. Overview

The following section describes how to install CDK and the required dependencies.

These are the basic steps for setting up CDK on your personal system:

  1. Set up your virtualization environment
  2. Download CDK software for your operating system from the Red Hat Container Development Kit Download page
  3. Install CDK
  4. Set up and start CDK
  5. Configure CDK so you can use it efficiently

The setup procedure should be run as a regular user with permission to launch virtual machines. In the procedure, you will see how to assign that permission, along with ways to configure your hypervisor and command shell to start and effectively interact with CDK.

1.2.2. Prerequisites

CDK requires a hypervisor to start the virtual machine on which the OpenShift cluster is provisioned. Verify that the hypervisor of your choice is installed and enabled on your system before you set up CDK. Once the hypervisor is up and running, additional setup is required for CDK to work with that hypervisor.

Depending on your host operating system, you have the choice of the following recommended native hypervisors:

All Platforms

Refer to the documentation for each hypervisor to determine the hardware and operating system versions needed to run that hypervisor.

1.3. Setting Up the Virtualization Environment

1.3.1. Overview

Follow the appropriate procedure to set up the hypervisor for your particular operating system. CDK uses libmachine and its driver plug-in architecture to provide a consistent way to manage the CDK VM.

Some hypervisors require manual installation of the driver plug-in. CDK embeds the VirtualBox driver plug-in, so no additional steps are required to configure it. However, VirtualBox will need to be identified to CDK via the --vm-driver virtualbox flag or persistant configuration settings. See Setting Up CDK to Use VirtualBox for more information.

See the appropriate section for your hypervisor and operating system:

1.3.2. Red Hat Enterprise Linux Setting Up the KVM Driver

CDK is currently tested against docker-machine-driver-kvm version 0.10.0.

  1. As root, install the KVM binary and make it executable as follows:

    # curl -L -o /usr/local/bin/docker-machine-driver-kvm
    # chmod +x /usr/local/bin/docker-machine-driver-kvm

    For more information, see the GitHub documentation of the Docker Machine KVM driver.

  2. As root, install libvirt and qemu-kvm on your system:

    # yum install libvirt qemu-kvm
  3. As root, add yourself to the libvirt group:

    # usermod -a -G libvirt username
  4. Update your current session to apply the group change:

    $ newgrp libvirt
  5. Start the libvirtd service as root:

    # systemctl start libvirtd
    # systemctl enable libvirtd Start libvirtd service

  1. Check the status of libvirtd:
$ systemctl is-active libvirtd
  1. If libvirtd is not active, start the libvirtd service as root:
# systemctl start libvirtd Next Steps

Proceed to Installing CDK once your hypervisor has been installed and configured.

1.3.3. macOS Setting Up the xhyve Driver

CDK is currently tested against docker-machine-driver-xhyve version 0.3.3.

To install the xhyve driver, you need to download and install the docker-machine-driver-xhyve binary and place it in a directory which is on your PATH environment variable. The directory /usr/local/bin is recommended, as it is the default installation directory for Docker Machine binaries.

The following steps explain the installation of the docker-machine-driver-xhyve binary to the /usr/local/bin/ directory:

  1. Download the docker-machine-driver-xhyve binary using:

    $ sudo curl -L -o /usr/local/bin/docker-machine-driver-xhyve
  2. Enable root access for the docker-machine-driver-xhyve binary and add it to the default wheel group:

    $ sudo chown root:wheel /usr/local/bin/docker-machine-driver-xhyve
  3. Set the owner User ID (SUID) for the binary as follows:

    $ sudo chmod u+s,+x /usr/local/bin/docker-machine-driver-xhyve

The downloaded docker-machine-driver-xhyve binary is compiled against a specific version of macOS. The driver may fail to work after a macOS version upgrade. In this case, you can try to compile the driver from source:

$ go get -u -d
$ cd $GOPATH/src/

# Install docker-machine-driver-xhyve binary into /usr/local/bin
$ make install

# docker-machine-driver-xhyve need root owner and uid
$ sudo chown root:wheel /usr/local/bin/docker-machine-driver-xhyve
$ sudo chmod u+s /usr/local/bin/docker-machine-driver-xhyve

For more information, see the xhyve driver documentation on GitHub. Next Steps

Proceed to Installing CDK once your hypervisor has been installed and configured.

1.3.4. Windows Setting Up the Hyper-V Hypervisor

To use CDK with Hyper-V:

  1. Install Hyper-V.
  2. Add the user to the local Hyper-V Administrators group.


    This is required to allow the user to create and delete virtual machines with the Hyper-V Management API. For more information, see Hyper-V commands must be run as an Administrator.

  3. Add an External Virtual Switch.
  4. Verify that you pair the virtual switch with a network card (wired or wireless) that is connected to the network.
  5. Use the configuration option hyperv-virtual-switch or startup flag --hyperv-virtual-switch to set the name of the external virtual switch you want to use for CDK.

    For example, on PowerShell use

    PS> minishift config set hyperv-virtual-switch "External (Wireless)"


    PS> minishift start --hyperv-virtual-switch "External (Wireless)"
    • The name of the virtual switch is case sensitive.
    • The use of the environment variable HYPERV_VIRTUAL_SWITCH has been deprecated. Instead MINISHIFT_HYPERV_VIRTUAL_SWITCH can be used as a configuration option, although this is not recommended as environment variables on Windows do not support non-ASCII characters. Next Steps

Proceed to Installing CDK once your hypervisor has been installed and configured.

1.3.5. Setting Up CDK to Use VirtualBox

VirtualBox must be manually installed in order to use the embedded VirtualBox drivers. VirtualBox version 5.1.12 or later is required. Ensure that you download and install VirtualBox before using the embedded drivers.

VirtualBox must be identified to CDK through either the --vm-driver virtualbox flag or persistant configuration options. Use VirtualBox Temporarily

The --vm-driver virtualbox flag will need to be given on the command line each time the minishift start command is run. For example:

$ minishift start --vm-driver virtualbox Use VirtualBox Permanently

Setting the vm-driver option as a persistent configuration option allows you to run minishift start without explicitly passing the --vm-driver virtualbox flag each time. You may set the vm-driver persistent configuration option as follows:

$ minishift config set vm-driver virtualbox

The vm-driver persistent configuration option must be supplied before minishift start has been run. If you have already run minishift start, ensure that you run minishift delete, set the configuration with minishift config set vm-driver virtualbox, then run minishift start in order to make use of the VirtualBox driver. Next Steps

Proceed to Installing CDK once your hypervisor has been installed and configured.

1.4. Installing CDK


Before you can download CDK software, you need to either register with the Red Hat Developer Program site or login to the Red Hat customer portal with Red Hat subscription credentials.

  1. Download CDK for your operating system from the Red Hat Container Development Kit Download page.
  2. Copy the downloaded minishift file to a directory in your PATH and make it executable. The downloaded executable is named cdk-3.11.0-1-minishift-darwin-amd64 (for macOS), cdk-3.11.0-1-minishift-linux-amd64 (for Red Hat Enterprise Linux) or cdk-3.11.0-1-minishift-windows-amd64.exe (for Windows). Assuming the executable is in the ~/Downloads directory, follow the procedure for your operating system:

    For Red Hat Enterprise Linux:

    $ mkdir -p ~/bin
    $ cp ~/Downloads/cdk-3.11.0-1-minishift* ~/bin/minishift
    $ chmod +x ~/bin/minishift
    $ export PATH=$PATH:$HOME/bin
    $ echo 'export PATH=$PATH:$HOME/bin' >> ~/.bashrc

    For macOS:

    $ mkdir -p ~/bin
    $ cp ~/Downloads/cdk-3.11.0-2-minishift* ~/bin/minishift
    $ chmod +x ~/bin/minishift
    $ export PATH=$PATH:$HOME/bin
    $ echo export PATH=$PATH:$HOME/bin >> ~/.bash_profile

    For Windows:

    Create the desired directory and copy the downloaded CDK binary to the directory, renaming the binary to minishift.exe. Add the directory path to the Windows PATH variable.

    If it’s difficult to get minishift.exe in your PATH, you can simply run it from the current directory as ./minishift.exe (or .\minishift.exe in Command Prompt).

  • On the Windows operating system, due to issue #236, you need to execute the CDK binary from your local C:\ drive. You cannot run CDK from a network drive.
  • CDK will use any SSH binary found on the PATH in preference to internal SSH code. Ensure that any SSH binary in the system PATH does not generate warning messages as this will cause installation problems such as issue #1923.

1.5. CDK Quickstart

1.5.1. Overview

This section contains a brief demo of CDK and of the provisioned OpenShift cluster. For details on the usage of CDK, see the Basic Usage section.

The interaction with OpenShift is with the command line tool oc which is copied to your host. For more information on how CDK can assist you in interacting with and configuring your local OpenShift instance, see the OpenShift Client Binary section.

For more information about the OpenShift cluster architecture, see Architecture Overview in the OpenShift documentation.

The following steps describe how to get started with CDK on a Linux operating system with the KVM hypervisor driver.

1.5.2. Setting up CDK

The minishift setup-cdk command gets and configures the components needed to run CDK on your system. By default, minishift setup-cdk places CDK content in your ~/.minishift directory (%USERPROFILE%/.minishift on Windows).


To use a directory other than ~/.minishift, you must set the --minishift-home flag or MINISHIFT_HOME environment variable, as described in Environment Variables.

Run the following command to set up CDK for Red Hat Enterprise Linux:

$ minishift setup-cdk
Setting up CDK 3 on host using '/home/user/.minishift' as Minishift's home directory
Copying minishift-rhel7.iso to '/home/user/.minishift/cache/iso/minishift-rhel7.iso'
Copying oc to '/home/user/.minishift/cache/oc/v3.10.45/linux/oc'
Creating configuration file '/home/user/.minishift/config/config.json'
Creating marker file '/home/user/.minishift/cdk'
Default add-ons anyuid, admin-user, xpaas, registry-route, che, eap-cd installed
Default add-ons anyuid, admin-user, xpaas enabled
CDK 3 setup complete.

For Windows or macOS: Running the minishift setup-cdk command on Windows and macOS results in slightly different output, based on some different components and pathnames.

1.5.3. Starting CDK

  1. By default, minishift start prompts you for your Red Hat Subscription Manager account username and password. You can enter that information or choose instead to:

    • Skip registration: Add the --skip-registration option to minishift start to not register the CDK VM.
    • Register permanently: You can export registration information to environment variables so that minishift picks it up automatically each time it starts.


      Storing unencrypted registration information in environment variables is not secure. Entering your credentials through the minishift start prompt is recommended for security.

      Export your registration information as follows:

      For Red Hat Enterprise Linux:

      $ echo export MINISHIFT_USERNAME=$MINISHIFT_USERNAME >> ~/.bashrc
      $ echo export MINISHIFT_PASSWORD=$MINISHIFT_PASSWORD >> ~/.bashrc

      For macOS:

      $ echo export MINISHIFT_USERNAME=$MINISHIFT_USERNAME >> ~/.bash_profile
      $ echo export MINISHIFT_PASSWORD=$MINISHIFT_PASSWORD >> ~/.bash_profile

      For Windows:

      Using Command Prompt:


      Using PowerShell:

  2. Run the minishift start command:

    $ minishift start
    -- Starting profile 'minishift'
    -- Minishift VM will be configured with ...
       Memory:    4 GB
       vCPUs :    2
       Disk size: 20 GB
    -- Starting Minishift VM .......................... OK
    -- Registering machine using subscription-manager
       Registration in progress ..................... OK [42s]
       OpenShift server started.
       The server is accessible via web console at:
       You are logged in as:
           User:     developer
           Password: <any value>
       To login as administrator:
           oc login -u system:admin
    • The IP is dynamically generated for each OpenShift cluster. To check the IP, run the minishift ip command.
    • By default, CDK uses the driver most relevant to the host OS. To use a different driver, set the --vm-driver flag in minishift start. For example, to use VirtualBox instead of KVM on Linux operating systems, run minishift start --vm-driver=virtualbox.
    • While CDK starts it runs several checks to make sure that the CDK VM and the OpenShift cluster are able to start correctly. If any startup checks fail, see the Troubleshooting Getting Started topic for information about possible causes and solutions.

    For more information about minishift start options, see the minishift start command reference.

  3. Use minishift oc-env to display the command you need to type into your shell in order to add the oc binary to your PATH environment variable. The output of oc-env will differ depending on OS and shell type.

    $ minishift oc-env
    export PATH="/home/user/.minishift/cache/oc/v3.11.157/linux:$PATH"
    # Run this command to configure your shell:
    # eval $(minishift oc-env)

For more information about interacting with OpenShift with the command line interface and the Web console, see the OpenShift Client Binary section.

1.5.4. Deploying a Sample Application

OpenShift provides various sample applications, such as templates, builder applications, and quickstarts. The following steps describe how to deploy a sample Node.js application from the command line.

  1. Create a Node.js example application:

    $ oc new-app -l name=myapp
  2. Track the build log until the application is built and deployed:

    $ oc logs -f bc/nodejs-ex
  3. Expose a route to the service:

    $ oc expose svc/nodejs-ex
  4. Access the application:

    $ minishift openshift service nodejs-ex --in-browser
  5. To stop CDK, use the following command:

    $ minishift stop
    Stopping local OpenShift cluster...
    Unregistering machine
    Cluster stopped.

For more information about creating applications in OpenShift, see Creating New Applications in the OpenShift documentation.

1.6. Uninstalling CDK

1.6.1. Overview

This section describes how you can uninstall the minishift binary and delete associated files.

1.6.2. Uninstalling CDK

  1. Delete the CDK VM and any VM-specific files:

    $ minishift delete

    This command deletes everything in the MINISHIFT_HOME/.minishift/machines/minishift directory. Other cached data and the persistent configuration are not removed.

  2. To completely uninstall CDK, delete everything in the MINISHIFT_HOME directory (default ~/.minishift):

    For Red Hat Enterprise Linux and macOS:

    $ rm -rf ~/.minishift

    For Windows PowerShell:

    Replace <MINISHIFT_HOME> with the location of your home directory.

    PS C:\> Remove-Item -Recurse -Force C:\<MINISHIFT_HOME>\.minishift\

    For Windows command prompt:

    Replace <MINISHIFT_HOME> with the location of your home directory. (You may need to use the del /s command instead.)

    c:\> rm -r c:\<MINISHIFT_HOME>\.minishift
  3. With your hypervisor management tool, confirm that there are no remaining artifacts related to the CDK VM. For example, if you use KVM, you need to run the virsh command.

Chapter 2. Using CDK

This section describes how to use the minishift command-line interface (CLI). It covers the basic commands as well as advanced features like profiles, image caching, add-ons and host folders.

For details about using the minishift and oc commands to manage your local OpenShift cluster, see Chapter 3, Interacting with OpenShift using Container Development Kit.

2.1. Basic Usage

2.1.1. Overview

When you use CDK, you interact with the following components:

  • the CDK virtual machine (VM)
  • the Docker daemon running on the VM
  • the OpenShift cluster running on the Docker daemon

The CDK architecture diagram outlines these components. The minishift binary, placed on the PATH for easy execution, is used to start, stop, and delete the CDK VM. The VM itself is bootstrapped off of a Red Hat Enterprise Linux Live ISO.

Some CDK commands, for example docker-env, interact with the Docker daemon, whilst others communicate with the OpenShift cluster, for example the openshift command.

Once the OpenShift cluster is up and running, you interact with it using the oc binary. CDK caches this binary under $MINISHIFT_HOME (per default ~/.minishift). minishift oc-env is an easy way to add the oc binary to your PATH.

For more details about using CDK to manage your local OpenShift cluster, see Chapter 3, Interacting with OpenShift using Container Development Kit.

Figure 2.1. : CDK architecture

CDK architecture diagram

2.1.2. CDK Life-cycle The minishift setup-cdk Command

The minishift setup-cdk command copies a Red Hat Enterprise Linux ISO image to the CDK cache, creates a default configuration file, installs and enables default add-ons, and creates a marker file to confirm that the command has been run.

The command also copies the oc binary to your host so that you can interact with OpenShift through the oc command line tool or through the Web console, which can be accessed through the URL provided in the output of the minishift start command. The minishift start Command

The minishift start command creates and configures the CDK VM and provisions a local, single-node OpenShift cluster within the CDK VM. The minishift stop Command

The minishift stop command stops your OpenShift cluster and shuts down the CDK VM, but preserves the OpenShift cluster state.

Starting CDK again will restore the OpenShift cluster, allowing you to continue working from the last session. However, you must enter the same parameters that you used in the original start command.

See the Persistent Configuration section for more information on how to persist CDK settings. The minishift delete Command

The minishift delete command deletes the OpenShift cluster, and also shuts down and deletes the CDK VM. No data or state are preserved.

2.1.3. Runtime Options

The runtime behavior of CDK can be controlled through flags, environment variables, and persistent configuration options.

The following precedence order is applied to control the behavior of CDK. Each action in the following list takes precedence over the action below it:

  1. Use command line flags as specified in the Flags section.
  2. Set environment variables as described in the Environment Variables section.
  3. Use persistent configuration options as described in the Persistent Configuration section.
  4. Accept the default value as defined by CDK. Flags

You can use command line flags with CDK to specify options and direct its behavior. This has the highest precedence. Almost all commands have flags, although different commands might have different flags. Some of the commonly-used command line flags of the minishift start command are cpus, memory or vm-driver. Environment Variables

CDK allows you to specify command line flags you commonly use through environment variables. To do so, apply the following rules to the flag you want to set as an environment variable.

  1. Apply MINISHIFT_ as a prefix to the flag you want to set as an environment variable. For example, the vm-driver flag of the minishift start command becomes MINISHIFT_vm-driver.
  2. Use uppercase characters for the flag, so MINISHIFT_vm-driver in the above example becomes MINISHIFT_VM-DRIVER.
  3. Replace - with _, so MINISHIFT_VM-DRIVER becomes MINISHIFT_VM_DRIVER.

Environment variables can be used to replace any option of any CDK command. A common example is the URL of the ISO to be used. Usually, you specify it with the iso-url flag of the minishift start command. Applying the above rules, you can also specify this URL by setting the environment variable as MINISHIFT_ISO_URL.


You can also use the MINISHIFT_HOME environment variable, to choose a different home directory for CDK. By default, the minishift command places all runtime state into ~/.minishift. This environment variable is currently experimental and semantics might change in future releases.

To use MINISHIFT_HOME, you should set the new home directory when you first set up CDK. For example, this sets the minishift home directory to ~/.mynewdir on a Linux system:

$ minishift setup-cdk --minishift-home ~/.mynewdir
$ export MINISHIFT_HOME=~/.mynewdir
$ echo 'export MINISHIFT_HOME=~/.mynewdir' >> ~/.bashrc Persistent Configuration

Using persistent configuration allows you to control CDK behavior without specifying actual command line flags, similar to the way you use environment variables. You can also define global configuration using the --global flag. Global configuration is applicable to all profiles.

CDK maintains a configuration file in $MINISHIFT_HOME/config/config.json. This file can be used to set commonly-used command line flags persistently for individual profiles. The global configuration file is maintained at MINISHIFT_HOME/config/global.json.

  • Persistent configuration can only be applied to the set of supported configuration options that are listed in the synopsis of the minishift config sub-command. This is different from environment variables, which can be used to replace any option of any command.
  • By default, minishift persists start flags to persistent configuration. Use minishift config set save-start-flags false to disable this behavior. Setting Persistent Configuration Values

The easiest way to change a persistent configuration option is with the minishift config set sub-command. For example:

# Set default memory 4096 MB
$ minishift config set memory 4096

The easiest way to set a persistent configuration option across all profiles is with the minishift config set --global sub-command.

For example, you can set the default memory to 8192 MB for every profile as follows:

$ minishift config set --global memory 8192

Flags which can be used multiple times per command invocation, like docker-env or insecure-registry, need to be comma-separated when used with the config set command. For example, from the CLI, you can use insecure-registry like this:

$ minishift start --insecure-registry --insecure-registry

To configure the same registries in the persistent configuration, run the following command:

$ minishift config set insecure-registry,

To view all persistent configuration values, you can use the minishift config view sub-command:

$ minishift config view
- memory: 4096

To view all persistent configuration values in the global configuration file, you can use the minishift config view --global sub-command:

$ minishift config view --global
- memory: 8192

Alternatively, you can display a single value with the minishift config get sub-command:

$ minishift config get memory
4096 Unsetting Persistent Configuration Values

To remove a persistent configuration option, you can use the minishift config unset sub-command. For example:

$ minishift config unset memory

The precedence for user-defined values is as follows:

  1. Command line flags.
  2. Environment variables.
  3. Instance-specific configuration.
  4. Global configuration.

2.1.4. Persistent Volumes

As part of the OpenShift cluster provisioning, 100 persistent volumes are created for your OpenShift cluster. This allows applications to make persistent volumes claims. The location of the persistent data is determined in the host-pv-dir flag of the minishift start command and defaults to /var/lib/minishift/openshift.local.pv on the CDK VM.

2.1.5. HTTP/HTTPS Proxies

If you are behind an HTTP/HTTPS proxy, you need to supply proxy options to allow Docker and OpenShift to work properly. To do this, pass the required flags during minishift start.

For example:

$ minishift start --http-proxy http://YOURPROXY:PORT --https-proxy https://YOURPROXY:PORT

In an authenticated proxy environment, the proxy_user and proxy_password must be a part of proxy URI.

 $ minishift start --http-proxy http://<proxy_username>:<proxy_password>@YOURPROXY:PORT \
                   --https-proxy https://<proxy_username>:<proxy_password>@YOURPROXY:PORT

You can also use the --no-proxy flag to specify a comma-separated list of hosts that should not be proxied.

Using the proxy options will transparently configure the Docker daemon as well as OpenShift to use the specified proxies.

  • minishift start honors the environment variables HTTP_PROXY, HTTPS_PROXY and NO_PROXY. The environment variables can be specified in lower case or upper case. The lower case variables take higher precedence over upper case variables. If these variables are set, they are implicitly used during minishift start unless explicitly overridden by the corresponding command line flags.
  • CDK does not escape the special characters in environment variables for proxies. Special characters must be manually escaped.
  • Use the minishift start --openshift-version flag to request a specific version of OpenShift Container Platform. You can list all CDK-compatible OpenShift Container Platform versions with the minishift openshift version list command.

2.1.6. Networking

The CDK VM is exposed to the host system with a host-only IP address that can be obtained with the minishift ip command.

2.1.7. Connecting to the CDK VM with SSH

You can use the minishift ssh command to interact with the CDK VM.

You can run minishift ssh without a sub-command to open an interactive shell and run commands on the CDK VM in the same way that you run commands interactively on any remote machine using SSH.

You can also run minishift ssh with a sub-command to send the sub-command directly to the CDK VM and return the result to your local shell. For example:

$ minishift ssh -- docker ps
CONTAINER    IMAGE                   COMMAND                CREATED        STATUS        NAMES
71fe8ff16548 openshift3/ose:v3.11.157 "/usr/bin/openshift s" 4 minutes ago  Up 4 minutes  origin

2.2. CDK Profiles

2.2.1. Overview


You must run minishift setup-cdk before using profiles.

A profile is an instance of the Minishift VM along with all of its configuration and state. The profile feature allows you to create and manage these isolated instances of Minishift.

Each CDK profile is created with its own configuration (memory, CPU, disk size, add-ons, and so on) and is independent of other profiles. Refer to the use of environment variables if you want to make sure that certain configuration settings, for example cpus or memory, get applied to all profiles.

The active profile is the profile against which all commands are executed, unless the global --profile flag is used. You can determine the active profile by using the minishift profile list command. You can execute single commands against a non-active profile by using the --profile flag, for example minishift --profile profile-demo console to open the OpenShift console for the specified profile-demo profile.

On top of the --profile flag, there are commands for listing, deleting and setting the active profile. These commands are described in the following sections.


Even though profiles are independent of each other, they share the same cache for ISOs, oc binaries and container images. minishift delete --clear-cache will affect all profiles for this reason. We recommend using --clear-cache with caution.

2.2.2. Creating Profiles

There are two ways to create a new profile.


Profile names can only consist of alphanumeric characters. Underscores ( _ ) and hyphens ( - ) are allowed as separators. Using the --profile Flag

When you run the minishift start command with the --profile flag the profile is created if it does not already exist. For example:

$ minishift --profile profile-demo start
-- Checking if requested hypervisor 'xhyve' is supported on this platform ... OK
-- Checking if xhyve driver is installed ...
   Driver is available at /usr/local/bin/docker-machine-driver-xhyve
   Checking for setuid bit ... OK
-- Checking the ISO URL ... OK
-- Starting local OpenShift cluster using 'xhyve' hypervisor ...
-- Minishift VM will be configured with ...
   Memory:    2 GB
   vCPUs :    2
   Disk size: 20 GB

See also Example Workflow for Profile Configuration.


A profile automatically becomes the active profile when a CDK instance is started successfully via minishift start. Using the profile set Command

The other option to create a profile is to use the profile set command. If the specified profile does not exist, it is implicitly created:

$ minishift profile set demo
Profile 'demo' set as active profile

The default profile is minishift. It will be present by default and it does not need to be created.

2.2.3. Listing Profiles

You can list all existing profiles with the minishift profile list command. You can also see the active profile highlighted in the output.

$ minishift profile list
- minishift     Running     	(Active)
- profile-demo  Does Not Exist

2.2.4. Switching Profiles

To switch between profiles use the minishift profile set command:

$ minishift profile set profile-demo
Profile 'profile-demo' set as active profile

Only one profile can be active at any time.

2.2.5. Deleting Profiles

To delete a profile, run:

$ minishift profile delete profile-demo
You are deleting the active profile. It will remove the VM and all related artifacts. Do you want to continue [y/N]?: y
Deleted:  /Users/user/.minishift/profiles/profile-demo
Profile 'profile-demo' deleted successfully
Switching to default profile 'minishift' as the active profile.

The default profile minishift cannot be deleted.

2.2.6. Example Workflow for Profile Configuration

You have two options to create a new profile and configure its persistent configuration. The first option is to implicitly create the new profile by making it the active profile using the profile set command. Once the profile is active you can run any minishift config command. Lastly, start the instance:

$ minishift profile set profile-demo
$ minishift config set memory 8GB
$ minishift config set cpus 4
$ minishift addon enable anyuid
$ minishift start

The alternative is to execute a series of commands each specifying the targeted profile explicitly using the --profile flag:

$ minishift --profile profile-demo config set memory 8GB
$ minishift --profile profile-demo config set cpus 4
$ minishift --profile profile-demo addon enable anyuid
$ minishift --profile profile-demo minishift start

2.3. Image Caching

2.3.1. Overview

To speed up the provisioning of the OpenShift cluster and to minimize network traffic, container images can be cached on the host. These images can then be imported into the running Docker daemon, either explicitly on request or implicitly during minishift start. The following sections describe image caching and its configuration in more detail.


The format in which images are cached has changed with CDK version 3.3.0. Prior to 3.3.0, the images were stored as tar files. As of 3.3.0, images are stored in the OCI image format.

If you used image caching prior to CDK 3.3.0, your cache will need to be recreated. If you want to remove the obsolete pre-3.3.0 images, you can clear your cache via:

$ minishift delete --clear-cache

2.3.2. Explicit Image Caching

CDK provides the image command together with its sub-commands to control the behavior of image caching. To export and import images from the Docker daemon of the CDK VM, use minishift image export and minishift image import. Importing and Exporting Single Images

Once the CDK VM is running, images can be explicitly exported from the Docker daemon:

$ minishift image export <image-name-0> <image-name-1> ...
Pulling image <image-name-0> .. OK
Exporting <image-name-0>. OK
Pulling image <image-name-1> .. OK
Exporting <image-name-2>. OK

Images which are not available in the Docker daemon will be pulled prior to being exported to the host.

To import previously cached images, use the minishift image import command:

$ minishift image import <image-name-0> <image-name-1> ...
Importing <image-name-0> . OK Listing Cached Images

The minishift image list command lists either the currently cached images or the images available in the CDK Docker daemon.

To view currently cached images on the host:

$ minishift image list

To view images available in the Docker daemon:

$ minishift image list --vm Persisting Cached Image Names

In order to avoid having to type the image names explicitly as part of the image export or image import command, you can store a list of image names for import and export in the persistent configuration.

Use minishift image cache-config view to view the list of currently configured images and minishift image cache-config add to add images to the list:

$ minishift image cache-config view
$ minishift image cache-config add alpine:latest busybox:latest
$ minishift image cache-config view

To remove images from the list use minishift image cache-config remove:

$ minishift image cache-config remove alpine:latest
$ minishift image cache-config view

Once the image names are stored in the persistent configuration, you can run minishift image export and minishift image import without any arguments. Exporting and Importing All Images

You can export and import all images using the --all flag. For the export command, this means that all images currently available on the Docker daemon will be exported to the host. For the import command, it means that all images available in the local CDK cache will be imported into the Docker daemon of the CDK VM.


Exporting and importing all images can take a long time and locally cached images can take up a considerable amount of disk space. We recommend using this feature with caution.

2.3.3. Implicit Image Caching

Image caching is enabled by default for CDK. It occurs in a background process after the minishift start command is completed for the first time. Once the images are cached under $MINISHIFT_HOME/cache/image, successive CDK VM creations will use these cached images.

To disable this feature you need to disable the image-caching property in the persistent configuration using the minishift config set command:

$ minishift config set image-caching false

Implicit image caching will transparently add the required OpenShift images to the list of cached images as specified per cache-images configuration option. See Persisting Cached Image Names.


Each time an image exporting background process runs, a log file is generated under $MINISHIFT_HOME/logs which can be used to verify the progress of the export.

You can re-enable the caching of the OpenShift images by setting image-caching to true or removing the setting altogether using minishift config unset:

$ minishift config unset image-caching

2.3.4. Delete Image from Local Cache

Images are cached under $MINISHIFT_HOME/cache/images and stored as an SHA256 blob along with an index which contains details about matching the SHA with an image name.

To delete an image from the local cache, use the minishift image delete command:

$ minishift image delete <image-name-0> <image-name-1> ...
Deleting <image-name-0> from the local cache OK
Deleting <image-name-1> from the local cache OK

2.4. Add-ons

2.4.1. Overview

CDK allows you to extend the vanilla OpenShift setup provided by cluster up with an add-on mechanism.

Add-ons are directories that contain a text file with the .addon extension. The directory can also contain other resource files such as JSON template files. However, only one .addon file is allowed per add-on.

The following example shows the contents of an add-on file, including the name and description of the add-on, additional metadata, and the actual add-on commands to apply.

Example: anyuid add-on definition file

# Name: anyuid                                                                          1
# Description: Allows authenticated users to run images under a non pre-allocated UID   2
# Required-Vars: ACME_TOKEN                                                             3
# OpenShift-Version: >3.6.0                                                             4
# Minishift-Version: >1.22.0                                                            5

mytoken := oc sa get-token oauth-client                                                 6

oc new-app -p OPENSHIFT_OAUTH_CLIENT_SECRET=#{mytoken}                                  7
oc adm policy add-scc-to-group anyuid system:authenticated                              8

(Required) Name of the add-on.
(Required) Description of the add-on.
(Optional) Comma separated list of required interpolation variables. See Variable Interpolation.
(Optional) OpenShift version required to run a specific add-on. See OpenShift Version Semantics.
(Optional) CDK version required to run a specific add-on. See Minishift Version Semantics.
Run an actual add-on command and store its output in a variable. See Internal Variables.
Actual add-on command. In this case, the command executes the oc binary using the mytoken variable value.
Actual add-on command. In this case, the command executes the oc binary.
  • Comment lines, starting with the '#' character, can be inserted anywhere in the file.
  • Commands starting with the ! character ignore execution failure. With the help of this, add-on will be idempotent i.e. a command can be executed multiple times without changing the final behavior of the add-on.

Enabled add-ons are applied during minishift start, immediately after the initial cluster provisioning is successfully completed.

2.4.2. OpenShift-Version Semantics

As part of the add-on metadata you can specify the OpenShift version which needs to be running in order to apply the add-on. To do so, you can specify the optional OpenShift-Version metadata field. The semantics are as follows:


OpenShift version higher than 3.6.0 needs to be running in order to apply the add-on.


OpenShift version 3.6.0 or higher needs to be running in order to apply the add-on.


OpenShift version 3.6.0 needs to be running in order to apply the add-on.

>=3.5.0, <3.8.0

OpenShift version should higher or equal to 3.5.0 but lower than 3.8.0.

>=3.5.0, <=3.8.0

OpenShift version should higher or equal to 3.5.0 but lower or equal to 3.8.0.

  • If the metadata field OpenShift-Version is not specified in the add-on header, the add-on can be applied against any version of OpenShift.
  • OpenShift-Version only supports versions in the form of <major>.<minor>.<patch>.

2.4.3. Minishift-Version Semantics

As part of the add-on metadata you can specify the Minishift version which needs to be running in order to apply the add-on. To do so, you can specify the optional Minishift-Version metadata field. The semantics are as follows:


Minishift version greater than 1.22.0 needs to be running in order to apply the add-on.


Minishift version greater than or equal to 1.22.0 needs to be running in order to apply the add-on.


Minishift version 1.22.0 needs to be running in order to apply the add-on.

>=1.21.0, <1.25.0

Minishift version must be greater than or equal to 1.21.0, but less than 1.25.0.

>=1.22.0, <=1.25.0

Minishift version must be greater than or equal to 1.22.0, but less than or equal to 1.25.0.

  • If the metadata field Minishift-Version is not specified in the add-on header, the add-on can be applied against any version of CDK.
  • Minishift-Version only supports versions in the form of <major>.<minor>.<patch>.

2.4.4. Defining Add-on Dependencies

Add-on dependencies can be defined using the Depends-On metadata field. Multiple dependencies may be defined using a comma-separated list of add-on names.

Example: Defining add-on dependency in add-on definition file

# Name: example
# Description: Shows the use of the Depends-On metadata field
# Depends-On: anyuid, admin-user

echo Depends on the anyuid and admin-user add-ons, requiring them to be installed.

2.4.5. Add-on Commands

This section describes the commands that an add-on file can contain. They form a small domain-specific language for CDK add-ons:

If the add-on command starts with ssh, you can run any command within the CDK-managed VM. This is similar to running minishift ssh and then executing any command on the VM. For more information about minishift ssh command usage, see Connecting to the CDK VM with SSH.

If the add-on command starts with oc, it uses the oc binary that is cached on your host to execute the specified oc command. This is similar to running oc --as system:admin …​ from the command line.


The oc command is executed as system:admin.

If the add-on command starts with openshift, it uses the oc binary present in the OpenShift container to execute the command. This means that any file parameters or other system-specific parameters must match the environment of the container instead of your host.
If the add-on command starts with docker, it executes a docker command against the Docker daemon within the CDK VM. This is the same daemon on which the single-node OpenShift cluster is running as well. This is similar to running eval $(minishift docker-env) on your host and then executing any docker command. See also minishift docker-env.
If the add-on command starts with echo, the arguments following the echo command are printed to the console. This can be used to provide additional feedback during add-on execution.
If the add-on command starts with sleep, it waits for the specified number of seconds. This can be useful in cases where you know that a command such as oc might take a few seconds before a certain resource can be queried.
If the add-on command starts with cat, the arguments following the cat command must be a valid file path. This will print the contents of a valid file to the console or display an error message if the file path is invalid. This can be useful to use file contents with another command.

Trying to use an undefined command will cause an error when the add-on gets parsed.

2.4.6. Variable Interpolation

CDK allows the use of variables within the add-on commands. Variables have the format #{<variable-name>}. The following example shows how the OpenShift routing suffix can be interpolated into an openshift command to create a new certificate as part of securing the OpenShift registry. The used variable #{routing-suffix} is part of the built-in add-on variables.

Example: Usage of the routing-suffix variable

$ openshift admin ca create-server-cert \
  --signer-cert=/var/lib/origin/openshift.local.config/master/ca.crt \
  --signer-key=/var/lib/origin/openshift.local.config/master/ca.key \
  --signer-serial=/var/lib/origin/openshift.local.config/master/ca.serial.txt \
  --hostnames='docker-registry-default.#{routing-suffix},docker-registry.default.svc.cluster.local,' \
  --cert=/etc/secrets/registry.crt \
  --key=/etc/secrets/registry.key Built-in Variables

There exist several built-in variables which are available for interpolation at all times. The following table shows these variables.

Table 2.1. Supported built-in add-on variables



IP of the CDK VM.


OpenShift routing suffix for the application.


Name of the current add-on.


User used by CDK for execution of commands through SSH. Dynamic Variables

The commands minishift start as well as minishift addons apply also provide an --addon-env flag which allows to dynamically pass variables for interpolation, for example:

$ minishift addons apply --addon-env PROJECT_USER=user acme

The --addon-env flag can be specified multiple times to define more than one variables for interpolation.

Specifying dynamic variables also works in conjunction with setting persistent configuration values.

$ minishift config set addon-env PROJECT_USER=user
$ minishift addons apply acme

Multiple variables must be comma separated when the minishift config set command is used.

There is also the possibility to dynamically interpolate a variable with the value of an environment variable at the time the add-on gets applied. For this the variable value needs to be prefixed with env.

$ minishift config set addon-env PROJECT_USER=env.USER        1
$ minishift addons apply acme                                 2
Using the env prefix ensures that instead of literally replacing '#{PROJECT_USER}' with 'env.USER', the value of the environment variable USER is used. If the environment variable is not set, interpolation does not occur.
When the add-on is applied, each occurrence of #{PROJECT_USER} within an add-on command gets replaced with the value of the environment variable USER.

As an add-on developer, you can enforce that a variable value is provided when the add-on gets applied by adding the variable name to the Required-Vars metadata header. Multiple variables need to be comma separated.

# Name: acme
# Description: ACME add-on
# Required-Vars: PROJECT_USER

You can also provide default values for variables using the Var-Defaults metadata header. Var-Defaults needs to be specified in the format of <key>=<value>. Multiple default key/value pairs need to be comma separated.

# Name: acme
# Description: ACME add-on
# Required-Vars: PROJECT_USER
# Var-Defaults: PROJECT_USER=user
  • = and , are metacharacters and cannot be used as part of keys or values.
  • An empty value will be set if "NULL", "Null", or "null" is specified as the value for a Var-Defaults key. For example:

    # Var-Defaults: PROJECT_USER=null
  • Variable values specified via the command line using the --addon-env or set via minishift config set addon-env have precedence over Var-Defaults. Internal Variables

Add-ons allow the definition of variables. These variables can be used to store the output of an add-on command.

For example, you can save oc command output in a mytoken variable and use it in subsequent add-on commands like so:

mytoken := oc sa get-token oauth-client
oc new-app -p OPENSHIFT_OAUTH_CLIENT_SECRET=#{mytoken}

2.4.7. Default Add-ons

CDK provides a set of built-in add-ons that offer some common OpenShift customization to assist with development. During minishift setup-cdk, Minishift automatically installs and enables the xpaas, anyuid, and admin-user add-ons. To install the default add-ons, run:

$ minishift addons install --defaults

This command extracts the default add-ons to the add-on installation directory $MINISHIFT_HOME/addons. To view the list of installed add-ons, you can then run:

$ minishift addons list --verbose=true

This command prints a list of installed add-ons. You should at least see the anyuid add-on listed. This is an important add-on that allows you to run images that do not use a pre-allocated UID. By default, this is not allowed in OpenShift.

Table 2.2. Default add-ons

Add-on NameDescription


Changes the default security context constraints to allow pods to run with arbitrary UID.


Creates a user named 'admin' and assigns the cluster-admin role to it.


Runs an instance of the Eclipse Che integrated development environment.


Imports JBoss EAP CD templates.


User can change and add default login username and password for the OpenShift instance.


Creates an edge terminated route for the OpenShift registry.


Imports xPaaS templates.


The eap-cd add-on provides templates for JBoss EAP CD 15. To use a more recent version of JBoss EAP CD, use the upstream eap-cd add-on. See Add-ons by the Community for more information on how to install the upstream add-on. Add-ons by the Community

Apart from the several default add-ons, there are a number of community developed add-ons for CDK. Community add-ons can be found in the minishift-addons repository. You can get all the information about these add-ons in the repository. The instructions for installing them can be found in the README.

2.4.8. Installing Add-ons

Add-ons are installed with the minishift addons install command.

The following example shows how to install an add-on.

Example: Installing an add-on

$ minishift addons install <path_to_addon_directory>

2.4.9. Enabling and Disabling Add-ons

Add-ons are enabled with the minishift addons enable command and disabled with the minishift addons disable command. Enabled add-ons automatically get executed during minishift start.

The following examples show how to enable and disable the anyuid add-on.

Example: Enabling the anyuid add-on

$ minishift addons enable anyuid

Example: Disabling the anyuid add-on

$ minishift addons disable anyuid Add-on Priorities

When you enable an add-on, you can also specify a priority, which determines the order that the add-ons are applied.

The following example shows how to enable the registry add-on with a higher priority value.

Example: Enabling the registry add-on with priority

$ minishift addons enable registry --priority=5

The add-on priority attribute determines the order in which add-ons are applied. By default, an add-on has the priority 0. Add-ons with a lower priority value are applied first.

In the following example, the anyuid, registry, and eap add-ons are enabled with the respective priorities of 0, 5 and 10. This means that anyuid is applied first, followed by registry, and lastly the eap add-on.

Example: List command output with explicit priorities

$ minishift addons list
- anyuid         : enabled    P(0)
- registry       : enabled    P(5)
- eap            : enabled    P(10)


If two add-ons have the same priority the order in which they are getting applied is not determined.

2.4.10. Applying Add-ons

Add-ons can be explicitly executed with the minishift addons apply command. You can use the apply command for both enabled and disabled add-ons. To apply multiple add-ons with a single command, specify add-on names separated by space.

The following example shows how to explicitly apply the anyuid and the admin-user add-ons.

Example: Applying anyuid and admin-user add-ons

$ minishift addons apply anyuid admin-user

2.4.11. Removing Add-ons

Add-ons can be removed with the minishift addons remove command. It is the mirror command to minishift addons apply and similarly can be used regardless of whether the add-on is enabled or not. Provided the specified add-on is installed and has a <addon_name>.addon.remove file, minishift addons remove will execute the commands specified in this file.

To remove multiple add-ons with a single command, specify the add-on names separated by a space. The following example shows how to explicitly remove the admin-user add-on.

Example: Removing admin-user add-on

$ minishift addons remove admin-user
-- Removing addon 'admin-user':.
admin user deleted

2.4.12. Uninstalling Add-ons

Add-ons can be uninstalled with the minishift addons uninstall command. It is the mirror command to minishift addons install and can be used regardless of whether the add-on is enabled or not. Provided the specified add-on is installed, minishift addons uninstall will delete the corresponding add-on directory from $MINISHIFT_HOME/addons.

The following example shows how to explicitly uninstall the admin-user add-on:

Example: Uninstalling admin-user add-on

$ minishift addons uninstall admin-user
Add-on 'admin-user' uninstalled

2.4.13. Writing Custom Add-ons

To write a custom add-on, you should create a directory and in it create at least one text file with the extension .addon, for example admin-role.addon.

This file needs to contain the Name and Description metadata fields, as well as the commands that you want to execute as a part of the add-on.

The following example shows the definition of an add-on that gives the developer user cluster-admin privileges.

Example: Add-on definition for admin-role

# Name: admin-role
# Description: Gives the developer user cluster-admin privileges

oc adm policy add-role-to-user cluster-admin developer

After you define the add-on, you can install it by running:

$ minishift addons install <ADDON_DIR_PATH>

You can also write metadata with multiple lines.

Example: Add-on definition which contain multiline description

# Name: prometheus
# Description: This template creates a Prometheus instance preconfigured to gather OpenShift and
# Kubernetes platform and node metrics and report them to admins. It is protected by an
# OAuth proxy that only allows access for users who have view access to the prometheus
# namespace. You may customize where the images (built from openshift/prometheus
# and openshift/oauth-proxy) are pulled from via template parameters.
# Url:

You can also edit your add-on directly in the CDK add-on install directory $MINISHIFT_HOME/addons. Be aware that if there is an error in the add-on, it will not show when you run any addons commands, and it will not be applied during the minishift start process.

To provide add-on removal instructions, you can create text file with the extension .addon.remove, for example admin-user.addon.remove. Similar to the .addon file, it needs the Name and Description metadata fields. If a .addon.remove file exists, it can be applied via the remove command.

2.5. Host Folders

2.5.1. Overview

Host folders are directories on the host which are shared between the host and the CDK VM. This allows for two way file synchronization between the host and the VM. The following sections discuss usage of the minishift hostfolder command.

2.5.2. The minishift hostfolder Command

CDK provides the minishift hostfolder command to list, add, mount, unmount and remove host folders. You can use the hostfolder command to mount multiple shared folders onto custom specified mount points.


Currently CIFS and SSHFS based host folders are supported. Prerequisites SSHFS

SSHFS is the default technology for sharing host folders. It works without prerequisites. CIFS

Host folders can be shared using CIFS. It is possible to use CIFS on Windows, macOS, and Linux.

On macOS, you can enable CIFS-based shares under System Preferences > Sharing. See How to connect with File Sharing on your Mac for detailed setup instructions.

On Linux, follow your distribution-specific instructions to install Samba. Refer to Samba File and Print Server in RHEL to learn how to configure the Samba implementation of CIFS in Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Displaying Host Folders

The minishift hostfolder list command gives you an overview of the defined host folders, their names, mount points, remote paths and whether they are currently mounted.

An example output could look like:

$ minishift hostfolder list
Name    Type    Source               Mountpoint       Mounted
test    sshfs   /Users/user/test     /mnt/sda1/test   N

In this example, there is an SSHFS based host folder with the name test which mounts /Users/user/test onto /mnt/sda1/test in the CDK VM. The share is currently not mounted. Adding Host Folders

The minishift hostfolder add command allows you to define a new host folder.

The exact syntax to use depends on the host folder type. Independent of the type you can choose between non-interactive and interactive configuration. The default is non-interactive. By specifying the --interactive flag you can select the interactive configuration mode.

The following sections give examples for configuring CIFS and SSHFS host folders. CIFS

Adding a CIFS based hostfolder

$ minishift hostfolder add -t cifs --source // --target /mnt/sda1/myshare --options username=user,password=mysecret,domain=MYDOMAIN myshare

The above command will create a new host folder with the name of myshare. The source of the host folder is the UNC path // which is required. The target or mount point is /mnt/sda1/myshare within the CDK VM. Using the --options flag host folder type specific options can be specified using a list of comma separated key/value pairs. In the case of a CIFS host folder the required options are the user name for the CIFS share as well as the password. Via the --options flag the domain of the share can be specified as well. Often this can be left out, but for example on Windows, when your account is linked to a Microsoft account, you must use the Microsoft account email address as user name as well as your machine name as displayed by $env:COMPUTERNAME as a domain.


On Windows hosts, the minishift hostfolder add command also provides a users-share option. When this option is specified, no UNC path needs to be specified and C:\Users is assumed. SSHFS

Adding an SSHFS based hostfolder

$ minishift hostfolder add -t sshfs --source /Users/user/myshare --target /mnt/sda1/myshare myshare

For the case of an SSHFS based host folder only the source and target of the host folder need to be specified.


When adding host folders, one can give type-specific options to be used while mounting by using the --options flag. For example:

$ minishift hostfolder add -t sshfs --source ~/myshare/ --target /mnt/sda1/myshare --options "-o compression=no" myshare Instance-Specific Host Folders

By default, host folder definitions are persistent, similar to other persistent configuration options. This means that these host folder definitions will survive the deletion and subsequent re-creation of a CDK VM.

In some cases you might want to define a host folder just for a specific CDK instance. To do so, you can use the --instance-only flag of the minishift hostfolder add command. Host folder definitions that are created with the --instance-only flag will be removed together with any other instance-specific state during minishift delete. Mounting Host Folders

After you have added host folders, you use the minishift hostfolder mount command to mount a host folder by its name:

$ minishift hostfolder mount myshare

You can verify that the host folder is mounted by running:

$ minishift hostfolder list
Name       Mountpoint          Remote path              Mounted
myshare    /mnt/sda1/myshare   //   Y

Alternatively, you can list the actual content of the mounted host folder:

$ minishift ssh "ls -al /mnt/sda1/myshare"

When mounting SSHFS based host folders an SFTP server process is started on port 2022 of the host. Make sure that your network and firewall settings allow this port to be opened. If you need to configure this port you can make use of CDK’s persistent configuration using the key hostfolders-sftp-port, for example:

$ minishift config set hostfolders-sftp-port 2222 Auto-Mounting Host Folders

Host folders can also be mounted automatically each time you run minishift start. To set auto-mounting, you need to set the hostfolders-automount option in the CDK configuration file.

$ minishift config set hostfolders-automount true

After the hostfolders-automount option is set, CDK will attempt to mount all defined host folders during minishift start. Unmounting Host Folders

You use the minishift hostfolder umount command to unmount a host folder.

$ minishift hostfolder umount myshare

$ minishift hostfolder list
Name       Mountpoint          Remote path              Mounted
myshare    /mnt/sda1/myshare   //   N Deleting Host Folders

You use the minishift hostfolder remove command to remove a host folder definition.

$ minishift hostfolder list
Name        Mountpoint            Remote path              Mounted
myshare     /mnt/sda1/myshare     //   N

$ minishift hostfolder remove myshare

$ minishift hostfolder list
No host folders defined

2.6. Assign Static IP Address

2.6.1. Overview

Most hypervisors do not support extending the lease time when the IP is assigned using DHCP. This might lead to a new IP being assigned to the VM after a restart as it will conflict with the security certificates generated for the old IP. This will make CDK completely unusable until a new instance is set up by running minishift delete followed by minishift start.

To prevent this, CDK includes the functionality to set a static IP address to the VM. This will prevent the IP address from changing between restarts. However, it will not work on all of the driver plug-ins at the moment due to the way the IP address is resolved.

  • Assigning a static IP address to the CDK VM is only officially supported for Hyper-V.
  • The CDK VM cannot be assigned a static IP address when using the KVM driver plug-in.

2.6.2. Assign IP Address to Hyper-V

Since the Internal Virtual Switch for Hyper-V does not provide a DHCP offer option, an IP address needs to be provided in a different way. Functionality is provided to assign an IP address on startup using the Data Exchange Service for Hyper-V.

To make this work, you need to create a Virtual Switch using NAT.


WinNAT is limited to one NAT network per host. For more details about capabilities and limitations, please see the WinNAT capabilities and limitations blog.

The following command will attempt to assign an IP address for use on the Internal Virtual Switch 'MyInternal':

PS> minishift.exe config set hyperv-virtual-switch "MyInternal"
PS> minishift.exe start `
  --network-ipaddress `
  --network-gateway `

If you want to use the 'DockerNAT' network, the following commands are needed to setup the correct NAT networking and assign an IP in the range expected:

PS> New-NetNat -Name SharedNAT -InternalIPInterfaceAddressPrefix
PS> minishift.exe config set hyperv-virtual-switch "DockerNAT"
PS> minishift.exe start `
  --network-ipaddress `
  --network-gateway `

Be sure to specify a valid gateway and nameserver. Failing to do so will result in connectivity issues.

2.6.3. Set Fixed IP Address


This feature is not supported on KVM as the driver plug-in relies on the DHCP offer to determine the IP address.

The following command will set the IP address that was assigned as fixed:

$ minishift ip --set-static

If you prefer to use dynamic assignment, you can use:

$ minishift ip --set-dhcp

Use minishift config set static-ip false to stop automatically assigning a static IP address for supported hypervisors.

2.7. CDK Docker daemon

2.7.1. Overview

When running OpenShift in a single VM, you can reuse the Docker daemon managed by CDK for other Docker use-cases as well. By using the same Docker daemon as CDK, you can speed up your local development.

2.7.2. Console Configuration

In order to configure your console to reuse the CDK Docker daemon, follow these steps:

  1. Make sure that you have the Docker client binary installed on your machine. For information about specific binary installations for your operating system, see the Docker installation site.
  2. Start CDK with the minishift start command.
  3. Run the minishift docker-env command to display the command you need to type into your shell in order to configure your Docker client. The command output will differ depending on OS and shell type.

    $ minishift docker-env
    export DOCKER_TLS_VERIFY="1"
    export DOCKER_HOST="tcp://"
    export DOCKER_CERT_PATH="/Users/user/.minishift/certs"
    export DOCKER_API_VERSION="1.24"
    # Run this command to configure your shell:
    # eval $(minishift docker-env)
  4. Test the connection by running the following command:

    $ docker ps

    If successful, the shell will print a list of running containers.

2.8. Experimental Features

2.8.1. Overview

If you want to get early access to some upcoming features and experiment, you can set the environment variable MINISHIFT_ENABLE_EXPERIMENTAL, which makes additional feature flags available:


Experimental features are not officially supported, and might break or result in unexpected behavior. To share your feedback on these features, you are welcome to contact the Minishift community.

2.8.2. Enabling Experimental oc cluster up Flags

By default, CDK does not expose all oc cluster up flags in the CDK CLI.

You can set the MINISHIFT_ENABLE_EXPERIMENTAL environment variable to enable the following options for the minishift start command:

Enables passing flags directly to oc cluster up that are not directly exposed in the CDK CLI.

For example, the following command will provision the OpenShift service catalog:

$ MINISHIFT_ENABLE_EXPERIMENTAL=y minishift start --extra-clusterup-flags "--enable='*,service-catalog'"

The recommended way to enable service catalog is by using the minishift openshift component add command.

2.8.3. Local Proxy Server

To help in the situation when security certificates are used in an organization, but cannot be easily shared with the instance, CDK can run a local proxy server on the host, which the CDK instance can use to access external resources.

Enabling the proxy server is done using the following command:

$ minishift config set local-proxy true

This will start a proxy server on the host which will be automatically assigned to the CDK instance.

When the corporate or upstream proxy is known, you can specify this with the following configuration option:

$ minishift config set local-proxy-upstream http(s)://[username:password@]host:port

When this option is used, all traffic will be re-encrypted with a CDK-specific certificate. For this reason, this proxy should only be used for development and use with CDK.


To allow external traffic to your local host you might have to enable port 3128/tcp in your host firewall.

2.8.4. Local DNS Server

CDK provides a DNS server for offline usage or the possibility of overriding DNS records while testing. This will allow you to access the OpenShift routes without Internet.


The DNS server is specific to a profile.

Starting the DNS server can be done as follows:

$ minishift dns start

After starting the DNS server you need to configure your device settings to use this nameserver. The start command will show you a temporary option that can be used when you entered offline usage.


In the current implementation you need to start the server and do required changes in the host settings manually. The DNS configuration is not permanent and might reset when the network state of the device changes.

Stopping the DNS server can be done as follows:

$ minishift dns stop

To get the status of the DNS server:

$ minishift dns status Local DNS Setup for macOS

Recent versions of macOS do not send out DNS queries in offline mode, and the process for using a local DNS server from CDK is more involved than other operating systems. Enable tap devices

Check for the presence of tap devices in /dev:

$ ls /dev | grep tap

If no tap devices are present, install the tuntap package:

$ brew install tuntap Use a tap device to create a network service

As root, open the /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/preferences.plist file and add the following XML under the <key>NetworkServices</key> element:

<key>D16F22CE-6DDE-4E63-837C-E16538EA5CCB</key>	1
    <dict />
            <string></string>		2
        <string>tap0</string>			3
        <string>MiniTap</string>		4
    <dict />
    <string>MiniTap</string>			5
This is the UUID for the network service. Replace this value with the output of uuidgen.
The IP address for the network service.
The /dev/tap device to use.
4 5
Name for the network service (This will appear in the Network Preferences GUI). Adding the Network Service to ServiceOrder array

In the /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/preferences.plist file, look for the <key>ServiceOrder</key> element. As root, append the UUID for our MiniTap network service to this array.

	<string>D16F22CE-6DDE-4E63-837C-E16538EA5CCB</string>	1
The UUID for MiniTap network service. Adding the Network Service to Service dictionary

In the /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/preferences.plist file, look for the <key>Service</key> element. As root, append the following XML to its dictionary:

        <key>D16F22CE-6DDE-4E63-837C-E16538EA5CCB</key>				  1
The UUID of the MiniTap service.
Replace this UUID with the UUID of your MiniTap service.

Reboot macOS and you should see a MiniTap service in the Network Preferences GUI. This service will be disconnected. To turn it on, issue the following commands:

$ exec 4<>/dev/tap0			1
$ ifconfig tap0  2 3
$ ifconfig tap0 up			4
1 2 4
Replace it with the /dev/tap device used by MiniTap Service.
IP address should be same as the one in the MiniTap Service definition. Adding resolver config

Create the file /etc/resolver/ with the following content:

nameserver <ip_address_of_the_minishfit_vm>
search_order 1

2.8.5. CDK System Tray

To help the users of CDK on macOS and Windows perform simple tasks like starting and stopping a profile from the GUI, the binaries for these platforms have been compiled to include an experimental system tray.

By default, the system tray is automatically started on running minishift start. To disable this behavior, use the following command:

$ minishift config set auto-start-tray false

To start the system tray:

$ minishift service start systemtray

2.8.6. Timezone Setup

If you want to set a different timezone from the default, use the following command:

$ minishift timezone --set <Valid_Timezone>

To see the available timezones, use the following command:

$ minishift timezone --list

To check the current timezone of the CDK instance, use the following command:

$ minishift timezone

2.9. Run Against an Existing Machine

2.9.1. Overview

CDK can be run against an existing remote machine using vm-driver as generic.


CentOS 7, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7, and Fedora > 26 are the suggested Linux distributions for this feature.

2.9.2. Configuring an Existing Remote Machine

To use an existing machine with CDK, it needs to be configured as follows:

  1. Establish password-less SSH from the host to the existing remote machine:

    Host$ ssh-copy-id <user>@<remote_IP_address> # Ensure that the user has sudo access without a password or use root
    Host$ ssh <user>@<remote_IP_address>         # Ensure that this login works without a password

Skip the following steps if you are using CentOS 7, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 or Fedora (version > 26).

  1. Configure the existing remote machine:

    Remote_Machine$ yum install -y docker net-tools firewalld
    Remote_Machine$ systemctl start docker
    Remote_Machine$ systemctl enable docker
    Remote_Machine$ systemctl start firewalld
    Remote_Machine$ systemctl enable firewalld
  2. Allow the 2376, 8443, and 80 TCP ports through the firewall on the remote machine to have communication from the host:

    Remote_Machine$ firewall-cmd --permanent --add-port 2376/tcp --add-port 8443/tcp --add-port 80/tcp
  3. Determine the Docker bridge network container subnet:

    Remote_Machine$ docker network inspect -f "{{range .IPAM.Config }}{{ .Subnet }}{{end}}" bridge

    This command displays a subnet, such as

  4. Using the Docker bridge network container subnet, create a minishift zone for the firewall with the subnet as its source:

    Remote_Machine$ firewall-cmd --permanent --new-zone minishift
    Remote_Machine$ firewall-cmd --permanent --zone minishift --add-source <subnet>
  5. Allow the 53 and 8053 UDP ports through the firewall on the remote machine to allow containers to access the OpenShift master API and DNS endpoints:

    Remote_Machine$ firewall-cmd --permanent --zone minishift --add-port 53/udp --add-port 8053/udp
  6. Reload the firewall on the remote machine:

    Remote_Machine$ firewall-cmd --reload

2.9.3. Running Against an Existing Remote Machine

Use the following command on the host to run CDK against a remote machine:

$ minishift start --vm-driver generic --remote-ipaddress <remote_IP_address> --remote-ssh-user <username> --remote-ssh-key <private_ssh_key>
$ minishift addon apply htpasswd-identity-provider --addon-env USER_PASSWORD=<NEW_PASSWORD>

The value of the --remote-ssh-key flag must be the location of a private SSH key on the host machine.


To change the default username and password, you must apply the htpasswd-identity-provider add-on with the desired username and password after running the minishift start command. By default, CDK uses the Allow All identity provider. The Allow All identity provider allows any non-empty username and password to log in.

2.10. Converting an Existing Docker Compose Project

2.10.1. Installing Kompose

Kompose is a tool for converting Docker Compose to container orchestrators such as OpenShift and Kubernetes. Kompose may be installed manually or via a package manager (Chocolatey on Microsoft Windows, Homebrew on macOS, or Yum on Red Hat Enterprise Linux). Manually

  1. Download the binary for your operating system from the Kompose GitHub Releases page.
  2. Add the binary to a location in your PATH. With Chocolatey

On Microsoft Windows, you can install Kompose via Chocolatey:

PS> choco.exe install kubernetes-kompose With Homebrew

On macOS, you can install Kompose via Homebrew:

$ brew install kompose On Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Kompose can be installed from the command line by enabling the Red Hat Developer Tools and Red Hat Software Collections repositories:

$ subscription-manager repos --enable rhel-7-server-devtools-rpms
$ subscription-manager repos --enable rhel-server-rhscl-7-rpms
$ yum install kompose -y

2.10.2. Using Kompose

To convert your Docker Compose project using Kompose, follow these steps:

  1. Start CDK so you have an OpenShift cluster to communicate with.

    $ minishift start
    Starting local OpenShift cluster using 'kvm' hypervisor...
    -- Checking OpenShift client ... OK
    -- Checking Docker client ... OK
    -- Checking Docker version ... OK
    -- Checking for existing OpenShift container ... OK
  2. Download an example Docker Compose file, or use your own.

  3. Convert your Docker Compose file to OpenShift. Run kompose convert --provider=openshift in the same directory as your docker-compose.yaml file.

    $ kompose convert --provider=openshift
    INFO OpenShift file "frontend-service.yaml" created
    INFO OpenShift file "redis-master-service.yaml" created
    INFO OpenShift file "redis-slave-service.yaml" created
    INFO OpenShift file "frontend-deploymentconfig.yaml" created
    INFO OpenShift file "frontend-imagestream.yaml" created
    INFO OpenShift file "redis-master-deploymentconfig.yaml" created
    INFO OpenShift file "redis-master-imagestream.yaml" created
    INFO OpenShift file "redis-slave-deploymentconfig.yaml" created
    INFO OpenShift file "redis-slave-imagestream.yaml" created

    Alternatively, you can convert and deploy directly to OpenShift with kompose up --provider=openshift.

    $ kompose up --provider=openshift
    INFO We are going to create OpenShift DeploymentConfigs, Services and PersistentVolumeClaims for your Dockerized application.
    If you need different kind of resources, use the 'kompose convert' and 'oc create -f' commands instead.
    INFO Deploying application in "myproject" namespace
    INFO Successfully created Service: frontend
    INFO Successfully created Service: redis-master
    INFO Successfully created Service: redis-slave
    INFO Successfully created DeploymentConfig: frontend
    INFO Successfully created ImageStream: frontend
    INFO Successfully created DeploymentConfig: redis-master
    INFO Successfully created ImageStream: redis-master
    INFO Successfully created DeploymentConfig: redis-slave
    INFO Successfully created ImageStream: redis-slave
    Your application has been deployed to OpenShift. You can run 'oc get dc,svc,is,pvc' for details.
  4. Access the newly deployed application with CDK.

    After deployment, you must create an OpenShift route in order to access the service.

    Create a route for the frontend service using oc.

    $ oc expose service/frontend
    route "frontend" exposed

    Access the frontend service with minishift.

    $ minishift openshift service frontend --namespace=myproject --in-browser
    Opening the service myproject/frontend in the default browser...

    You can also access the GUI of OpenShift for an overview of the deployed containers.

    $ minishift console
    Opening the OpenShift Web console in the default browser...

Chapter 3. Interacting with OpenShift using Container Development Kit

CDK creates a virtual machine and provisions a local, single-node OpenShift cluster in this VM. The following sections describe how CDK can assist you in interacting and configuring your local OpenShift cluster.

For details about managing the CDK VM, see the Basic Usage section.

3.1. Using the OpenShift Client Binary (oc)

3.1.1. Overview

The minishift start command creates an OpenShift cluster using the cluster up approach. For this purpose it copies the oc binary onto your host.

The oc binary is located in the $MINISHIFT_HOME/cache/oc/v3.11.157 directory, assuming that you use the default OpenShift version for CDK. You can add this binary to your PATH using minishift oc-env, which displays the command you need to type into your shell.

The output of minishift oc-env differs depending on the operating system and the shell type.

$ minishift oc-env
export PATH="/home/user/.minishift/cache/oc/v3.11.157:$PATH"
# Run this command to configure your shell:
# eval $(minishift oc-env)

3.1.2. CDK CLI Profile

As part of the minishift start command, a CLI profile named minishift is also created. This profile, also known as a context, contains the configuration to communicate with your OpenShift cluster.

CDK activates this context automatically, but if you need to switch back to it after, for example, logging into another OpenShift instance, you can run:

$ oc config use-context minishift

For an introduction to oc usage, see the Get Started with the CLI topic in the OpenShift documentation.

3.1.3. Logging Into the Cluster

By default, cluster up uses AllowAllPasswordIdentityProvider to authenticate against the local cluster. This means any non-empty user name and password can be used to login to the local cluster.

The recommended user name and password is developer and developer, respectively. This is because they are already assigned to the default project myproject and also can impersonate the administrator. This allows you to run administrator commands using the --as system:admin parameter.

To login as administrator, use the system account:

$ oc login -u system:admin

In this case, client certificates are used. The certificates are stored in ~/.kube/config. The cluster up command installs the appropriate certificates as a part of the bootstrap.


If you run the command oc login -u system -p admin, you will log in but not as an administrator. Instead, you will be logged in as an unprivileged user with no particular rights.

To view the available login contexts, run:

$ oc config view

3.1.4. Accessing the Web Console

To access the OpenShift Web console, you can run this command in a shell after starting CDK to get the URL of the Web console:

$ minishift console --url

Alternatively, after starting CDK, you can use the following command to directly open the console in a browser:

$ minishift console

3.1.5. Accessing OpenShift Services

To access a service that is exposed with a route, run this command in a shell:

$ minishift openshift service [-n NAMESPACE] [--url] NAME

For more information refer also to Exposing Services.

3.1.6. Viewing OpenShift Logs

To access OpenShift logs, run the following command after starting CDK:

$ minishift logs

3.1.7. Updating OpenShift Configuration

While OpenShift is running, you can view and change the master or the node configuration of your cluster.

To view the OpenShift master configuration file master-config.yaml, run the following command:

$ minishift openshift config view

To show the node or kubeapi-server configuration instead of the master configuration, specify the target flag.

For details about the view sub-command, see the minishift openshift config view synopsis.


After you update the OpenShift configuration, OpenShift will transparently restart. Example: Configuring cross-origin resource sharing

In this example, you configure cross-origin resource sharing (CORS) by updating the OpenShift master configuration to allow additional IP addresses to request resources.

By default, OpenShift only allows cross-origin resource requests from the IP address of the cluster or from localhost. This setting is stored in the corsAllowedOrigins property of the master configuration file master-config.yaml.

To change the property value and allow cross-origin requests from all domains, run the following command:

$  minishift openshift config set --patch '{"corsAllowedOrigins": [".*"]}'

If you get the error The specified patch need to be a valid JSON. when you run the above command, you need to modify the above command depending on your operating system, your shell environment and its interpolation behavior.

For example, if you use PowerShell on Windows 7 or 10, modify the above command to:

PS> minishift.exe openshift config set --patch '{\"corsAllowedOrigins\": [\".*\"]}'

If you use Command Prompt, use the following:

C:\> minishift.exe openshift config set --patch "{\"corsAllowedOrigins\": [\".*\"]}" Example: Changing the OpenShift Routing Suffix

In this example, you change the OpenShift routing suffix in the master configuration.

If you use a static routing suffix, you can set the routing-suffix flag as part of the minishift start command. By default, CDK uses a dynamic routing prefix based on, in which the IP address of the VM is a part of the routing suffix, for example

If you experience issues with, you can use, which is based on the same principles.

To set the routing suffix to, run the following command:

$ minishift openshift config set --patch '{"routingConfig": {"subdomain": "<IP-ADDRESS>"}}'

Make sure to replace IP-ADDRESS in the above example with the IP address of your CDK VM. You can retrieve the IP address by running the minishift ip command.

3.1.8. Add Component to OpenShift Cluster

To add a component to a running OpenShift cluster, use the following:

$ minishift openshift component add <component-name> Example: Add service-catalog component

In this example, the service-catalog component can be added as follows:

$ minishift openshift component add service-catalog

3.1.9. List Valid Components to Add to OpenShift Cluster

To list valid components which can be added to the running OpenShift cluster, use the following:

$ minishift openshift component list

3.2. Exposing Services

3.2.1. Overview

There are several ways you can expose your service after you deploy it on OpenShift. The following sections describe the various methods and when to use them.

3.2.2. Routes

If you are deploying a Web application, the most common way to expose it is by a route. A route exposes the service as a host name. You can create a route using the Web console or the CLI:

$ oc expose svc/frontend

To see a full example of creating an application and exposing it with a route, see the Deploying a Sample Application section.

3.2.3. NodePort Services

In case the service you want to expose is not HTTP based, you can create a NodePort service. In this case, each OpenShift node will proxy that port into your service. To access this port on your CDK VM, you need to configure an Ingress IP using oc expose with the parameter type=LoadBalancer.

A common use-case for Ingress IP Self-Service is the ability to expose a database service. The following example shows the complete workflow to create and expose a MariaDB instance using CDK:

$ minishift start
$ eval $(minishift oc-env)
$ oc new-app -e MYSQL_ROOT_PASSWORD=admin
$ oc rollout status -w dc/mariadb
$ oc expose dc mariadb --type=LoadBalancer --name=mariadb-ingress
$ oc export svc mariadb-ingress
    - nodePort: 30907

After the service is exposed, you can access MariaDB with the mysql CLI using the CDK VM IP and the exposed NodePort service.

$ mysql --user=root --password=admin --host=$(minishift ip) --port=30907

3.2.4. Port Forwarding Using oc port-forward

If you want to quickly access a port of a specific pod of your cluster, you can also use the oc port-forward command of the OpenShift CLI.

$ oc port-forward POD [LOCAL_PORT:]REMOTE_PORT Using VirtualBox tools

In case you’re using the VirtualBox driver plug-in there is another method you can use for port forwarding. This method will allow for permanent port forwarding as well as for forwarding multiple ports at the same time. This method requires you to set up a nodePort as outlined above.

If we go by the example above, we can do the following:

$ VBoxManage controlvm minishift natpf1 "mariadb,tcp,,3306,,30907"

This will allow us to communicate with the mariadb service on localhost:3306 which might be convenient if you don’t want to change default ports. Additionally, an important advantage of this way of forwarding ports is that we can talk to a service as opposed to just a single pod.

3.3. Accessing the OpenShift Docker Registry

3.3.1. Overview

OpenShift provides an integrated Docker registry which can be used for development as well. Images present in the registry can directly be used for applications, speeding up the local development workflow.

3.3.2. Logging Into the Registry

  1. Start CDK and add the oc binary to the PATH. For a detailed example, see the CDK Quickstart section.
  2. Make sure your shell is configured to reuse the CDK Docker daemon.
  3. Log into the OpenShift Docker registry.

     $ docker login -u developer -p $(oc whoami -t) $(minishift openshift registry)

3.3.3. Deploying Applications

The following example shows how to deploy an OpenShift application directly from a locally-built Docker image. This example uses the OpenShift project myproject. This project is automatically created by minishift start.

  1. Make sure your shell is configured to reuse the CDK Docker daemon.
  2. Build the Docker image as usual.
  3. Tag the image against the OpenShift registry:

     $ docker tag my-app $(minishift openshift registry)/myproject/my-app
  4. Push the image to the registry to create an image stream with the same name as the application:

     $ docker push $(minishift openshift registry)/myproject/my-app
  5. Create an application from the image stream and expose the service:

     $ oc new-app --image-stream=my-app --name=my-app
     $ oc expose service my-app

If you want to deploy an application using oc run --image […​] then exposed internal registry route doesn’t work. You should use internal registry IP along with your project and app to deploy, as following:

$ oc run myapp --image

Chapter 4. Troubleshooting CDK

This section contains solutions to common problems that you might encounter while setting up and using CDK.

4.1. Troubleshooting Getting Started

4.1.1. Overview

This section contains solutions to common problems that you might encounter while installing and configuring CDK.

4.1.2. CDK startup check failed

While CDK starts, it runs several startup checks to make sure that the CDK VM and the OpenShift Cluster are able to start without any issues. If any configuration is incorrect or missing, the startup checks fail and CDK does not start.

  • You can skip the startup checks by executing the following command:

    $ minishift config set skip-startup-checks true

The following sections describe the different startup checks. Driver plug-in configuration

One of the startup checks verifies that the relevant driver plug-in is configured correctly. If this startup check fails, review the Setting Up the Virtualization Environment topic and configure the appropriate driver.

If you want to force CDK to start despite a failing driver plug-in check, you can instruct CDK to treat these errors as warnings:

  • For KVM/libvirt on Linux, run the following command:

    $ minishift config set warn-check-kvm-driver true
  • For xhyve on macOS, run the following command:

    $ minishift config set warn-check-xhyve-driver true
  • For Hyper-V on Windows, run the following command:

    C:\> minishift.exe config set warn-check-hyperv-driver true Persistent storage volume configuration and usage

CDK checks whether the persistent storage volume is mounted and that enough disk space is available. If the persistent storage volume, for example, uses more than 95% of the available disk space, CDK will not start.

If you want to recover the data, you can skip this test and start CDK to access the persistent volume:

$ minishift config set skip-check-storage-usage true External network connectivity

After the CDK VM starts, it runs several network checks to verify whether external connectivity is possible from within the CDK VM.

By default, network checks are configured to treat any errors as warnings, because of the diversity of the development environments. You can configure the network checks to optimize them for your environment.

For example, one of the network checks pings an external host. You can change the host by running the following command:

$ minishift config set check-network-ping-host <host-IP-address>

Replace <host-IP-address> with the address of your internal DNS server, proxy host, or an external host that you can reach from your machine.

Because proxy connectivity might be problematic, you can run a check that tries to retrieve an external URL. You can configure the URL by running:

$ minishift config set check-network-http-host <URL>

4.1.3. OpenShift web console does not work with older versions of Safari

minishift console does not work on older versions of Safari web browser such as version 10.1.2 (12603.3.8). Attempting to access the web console results in the following error:

Error unable to load details about the server

Retry after updating it to the latest version or use Firefox or Chrome browser for this. Version 11.0.3 (13604.5.6) has been tested and works with OpenShift web console. You can use minishift console --url to get the web console URL.

4.2. Troubleshooting Driver Plug-ins

4.2.1. Overview

This section contains solutions to common problems that you might encounter while configuring the driver plug-ins for CDK.

4.2.2. KVM/libvirt Undefining virsh snapshots fail

If you use virsh on KVM/libvirt to create snapshots in your development workflow then use minishift delete to delete the snapshots along with the VM, you might encounter the following error:

$ minishift delete
Deleting the Minishift VM...
Error deleting the VM:  [Code-55] [Domain-10] Requested operation is not valid: cannot delete inactive domain with 4 snapshots

Cause: The snapshots are stored in ~/.minishift/machines, but the definitions are stored in /var/lib/libvirt/qemu/snapshot/minishift.

Workaround: To delete the snapshots, you need to perform the following steps as root.

  1. Delete the definitions:

    # virsh snapshot-delete --metadata minishift <snapshot-name>
  2. Undefine the CDK domain:

    # virsh undefine minishift

    You can now run minishift delete to delete the VM and restart CDK.


If these steps do not resolve the issue, you can also use the following command to delete the snapshots:

$ rm -rf ~/.minishift/machines

It is recommended to avoid using metadata when you create snapshots. To ensure this, you can specify the --no-metadata flag. For example:

# virsh snapshot-create-as --domain vm1 overlay1 --diskspec vda,file=/export/overlay1.qcow2 --disk-only --atomic --no-metadata Error creating new host: dial tcp: missing address

The problem is likely that the libvirtd service is not running. You can check this with the following command:

$ systemctl status libvirtd

If libvirtd is not running, start it and enable it to start on boot:

$ systemctl start libvirtd
$ systemctl enable libvirtd Failed to connect socket to '/var/run/libvirt/virtlogd-sock'

The problem is likely that the virtlogd service is not running. You can check this with the following command:

$ systemctl status virtlogd

If virtlogd is not running, start it and enable it to start on boot:

$ systemctl start virtlogd
$ systemctl enable virtlogd Domain 'minishift' already exists…​

If you try minishift start and this error appears, ensure that you use minishift delete to delete the VMs that you created earlier. However, if this fails and you want to completely clean up CDK and start fresh, do the following:

  1. As root, check if any existing CDK VMs are running:

    # virsh list --all
  2. If any CDK VM is running, stop it:

    # virsh destroy minishift
  3. Delete the VM:

    # virsh undefine minishift
  4. As your regular user, delete the ~/.minishift/machines directory:

    $ rm -rf ~/.minishift/machines

In case all of this fails, you might want to uninstall CDK and do a fresh install of CDK.

4.2.3. xhyve Could not create vmnet interface

The problem is likely that the xhyve driver is not able to clean up vmnet when a VM is removed. vmnet.framework determines the IP address based on the following files:

  • /var/db/dhcpd_leases
  • /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/

Reset the CDK-specific IP database, ensure that you remove the minishift entry section from the dhcpd_leases file, and reboot your system.


You can completely reset the IP database by removing the files manually, but this is very risky. Error detecting VBox version: exit status 126

This error is caused by system files left by an improper uninstallation of a previously-installed VirtualBox application.

Cause: Uninstalling VirtualBox by removing it from Applications only removes the .app bundle, not the other system-wide files installed by the VirtualBox installation package. The libmachine library detects the presence of these system-wide files and forces the use of VirtualBox, which is no longer present.

Workaround: Uninstall VirtualBox via the VirtualBox installer package (.pkg) file contained in the VirtualBox disk image (.dmg).

4.2.4. VirtualBox Error machine does not exist

If you use Windows, ensure that you set the --vm-driver virtualbox flag in the minishift start command. Alternatively, the problem might be an outdated version of VirtualBox.

To avoid this issue, it is recommended to use VirtualBox 5.1.12 or later.

4.2.5. Hyper-V Hyper-V commands must be run as an Administrator

If you run CDK with Hyper-V on Windows as a normal user or as a user with Administrator privileges, you might encounter the following error:

Error starting the VM: Error creating the VM. Error with pre-create check: "Hyper-V commands must be run as an Administrator".

Workaround: You can either add yourself to the Hyper-V Administrators group, which is recommended, or run the shell in an elevated mode.

If you are using PowerShell, you can add yourself to the Hyper-V Administrators group as follows:

  1. As an administrator, run the following command:

    PS> ([adsi]"WinNT://./Hyper-V Administrators,group").Add("WinNT://$env:UserDomain/$env:Username,user")
  2. Log out and log back in for the change to take effect.

You can also use the GUI to add yourself to the Hyper-V Administrators group as follows:

  1. Click the Start button and select Computer Management.
  2. In the Computer Management window, select Local Users And Groups, then double-click Groups.
  3. Double-click the Hyper-V Administrators group, the Hyper-V Administrators Properties dialog box is displayed.
  4. Add your account to the Hyper-V Administrators group, log off, then log in for the change to take effect.

Now you can run the Hyper-V commands as a normal user.

For more options for Hyper-V see creating Hyper-V administrators local group. CDK running with Hyper-V fails when connected to OpenVPN

If you try to use CDK with Hyper-V using an external virtual switch while you are connected to a VPN such as OpenVPN, CDK might fail to provision the VM.

Cause: Hyper-V networking might not route the network traffic in both directions properly when connected to a VPN.

Workaround: Disconnect from the VPN and try again after stopping the VM from the Hyper-V manager.

4.3. Troubleshooting Miscellaneous

4.3.1. Overview

This section contains solutions to common problems that you might encounter while using various components of CDK.

4.3.2. The root filesystem of the CDK VM exceeds overlay size

Installing additional packages or copying large files to the root filesystem of the CDK VM might exceed the allocated overlay size and lock the CDK VM.

Cause: The CDK VM root filesystem contains core packages that are configured to optimize running the CDK VM and containers. The available storage on the root filesystem is determined by the overlay size, which is smaller than the total available storage.

Workaround: Avoid installing packages or storing large files in the root filesystem of the CDK VM. Instead, you can create a sub-directory in the /mnt/sda1/ persistent storage volume or define and mount host folders that can share storage space between the host and the CDK VM.

If you want to perform development tasks inside the CDK VM, it is recommended that you use containers, which are stored in persistent storage volumes, and reuse the CDK Docker daemon.

4.3.3. Special characters cause passwords to fail

Depending on your operating system and shell environment, certain special characters can trigger variable interpolation and therefore cause passwords to fail.

Workaround: When creating and entering passwords, wrap the string with single quotes in the following format: '<password>'

4.3.4. Cannot access web console with Microsoft Edge

Attempting to access the OpenShift web console using Microsoft Edge can result in the following error:

Site not reachable.

Alternatively, the OpenShift web console may be rendered as a blank page.

Cause: This is an inconsistent error caused by Microsoft Edge.

Workaround: Use an alternative web browser to access the OpenShift web console. Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome both work as expected.

4.3.5. X.509 certificate is valid for,,,,, not

Starting a stopped CDK VM can produce the following X.509 certificate error:

$ minishift start
-- Checking if requested hypervisor 'kvm' is supported on this platform ... OK
-- Checking the ISO URL ... OK
-- Starting local OpenShift cluster using 'kvm' hypervisor ...
-- Starting Minishift VM ......................... OK
   Error: cannot access master readiness URL
     No log available from "origin" container

   Caused By:
     Error: Get x509: certificate is valid for,,,,, not
Error during 'cluster up' execution: Error starting the cluster.

The reason for the above error is that OpenShift cluster certificates contain the IP of the CDK VM. The certificates are generated only when the CDK VM is freshly started. After restart, the CDK VM might be assigned a new IP address. If this happens, the certificate becomes invalid.

Workaround: Delete the existing CDK VM and start again.

$ minishift delete --force
$ minishift start

4.3.6. Removing the subscription password from an OS-native keychain Windows

On Windows, the password is stored using Credential Manager. Run the following command in Command Prompt to delete the stored password:

C:\> cmdkey /delete:minishift:<username> Red Hat Enterprise Linux

On Red Hat Enterprise Linux, the password is stored using the D-Bus Secret Service API provided by libsecret. Run the following command to delete the stored password:

$ secret-tool clear service minishift username <username> macOS

On macOS, the password is stored using Keychain Access. Run the following command to delete the stored password:

$ security delete-generic-password -s minishift

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