Install on OpenShift

Knative Install on OpenShift

This guide walks you through the installation of the latest version of Knative Serving on OpenShift by using the Knative Serving Operator. The operator is available on the OpenShift OperatorHub. After you install Knative Serving, this guide walks you through creating and deploying an image of a sample “Hello World” app onto the new Knative cluster.

You can find guides for other platforms here.

Before you begin

  • An OpenShift 4 cluster is required for installation. Visit for information on setting up a cluster. You will need cluster administrator privileges to install and use Knative on an OpenShift cluster.

Installing the Knative Serving Operator

  1. Go to Catalog > OperatorHub in the OpenShift Web Console. A list of operators for OpenShift, provided by Red Hat as well as a community of partners and open-source projects is provided. Click on the Knative Serving Operator tile.

NOTE: Use the Filter by Keyword box to help you find the Knative Serving operator in the catalog.

KSO Tile

  1. A Show Community Operator dialog box will open. Click Continue to proceed.

  2. The Knative Serving Operator descriptor screen will appear. Click Install.

KSO Install Screen

  1. On the Create the Operator Subscription screen, create a new subscription by clicking on the Subscribe button. This will install the Knative Serving Operator in the project openshift-operators and Knative Serving in the knative-serving project.

KSO Namespaces Default

NOTE: The Operator Lifecycle Manager (OLM) installs the operator, which will automatically install Knative. This installation will create the knative-serving, istio-operator, and istio-system namespaces.

  1. Verify the subscription status for the installation operator, by viewing the Subscription Overview. The UPGRADE STATUS will update from 0 Installing to 1 Installed.

NOTE: The screen will update after a few minutes. Wait for the knative-serving namespace to appear in the project drop-down menu. Refresh the page if needed.

KSO Upgrade Status

  1. Knative Serving is now installed. Navigate to Catalog > Installed Operators to confirm the operator is installed. Click on knative-serving to view the install status.

KSO installed

Deploying an app

Now that your cluster has Knative installed, you’re ready to deploy an app.

If you’d like to follow a step-by-step guide for deploying your first app on Knative, check out the Getting Started with Knative App Deployment guide.

If you’d like to view the available sample apps and deploy one of your choosing, head to the sample apps repo.

NOTE: When looking up the IP address to use for accessing your app, you need to look up the NodePort for the istio-ingressgateway well as the IP address used for OpenShift. You can use the following command to look up the value to use for the {IP_ADDRESS} placeholder used in the samples:

# In Knative 0.2.x and prior versions, the `knative-ingressgateway` service was used instead of `istio-ingressgateway`.

# The use of `knative-ingressgateway` is deprecated in Knative v0.3.x.
# Use `istio-ingressgateway` instead, since `knative-ingressgateway`
# will be removed in Knative v0.4.
if kubectl get configmap config-istio -n knative-serving &> /dev/null; then

export IP_ADDRESS=$(oc get node  -o 'jsonpath={.items[0].status.addresses[0].address}'):$(oc get svc $INGRESSGATEWAY -n istio-system -o 'jsonpath={.spec.ports[?(@.port==80)].nodePort}')

Uninstalling the Knative Serving Operator

  1. Go to Catalog > OperatorHub in the OpenShift Web Console.

  2. Click on the Knative Serving Operator tile.

KSO Uninstall Tile

NOTE: The operator tile will indicate it is installed.

  1. The Show Community Operator` dialog box will appear. Click Continue to proceed.

  2. Once the Knative Serving Operator descriptor screen appears, click Uninstall.

KSO Uninstall

  1. Select Also completely remove the Operator from the selected namespace, in the Remove Operator Subscription dialog box.

  2. Click Remove.