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Getting started with RedHat CodeReady Containers OpenShift

If your keen to develop your knowledge around Containers a great place to start is by downloading OpenShift onto your laptop from the RedHat CodeReady Containers site.

Once you have downloaded the file ~2.3GB file and untared the file you are ready to go.

crc help

$ crc help
CodeReady Containers is a tool that manages a local OpenShift 4.x cluster optimized for testing and development purposes

  crc [flags]
  crc [command]

Available Commands:
  config      Modify crc configuration
  console     Open the OpenShift Web Console in the default browser
  delete      Delete the OpenShift cluster
  help        Help about any command
  ip          Get IP address of the running OpenShift cluster
  oc-env      Add the 'oc' binary to PATH
  setup       Set up prerequisites for the OpenShift cluster
  start       Start the OpenShift cluster
  status      Display status of the OpenShift cluster
  stop        Stop the OpenShift cluster
  version     Print version information

  -f, --force              Forcefully perform an action
  -h, --help               help for crc
      --log-level string   log level (e.g. "debug | info | warn | error") (default "info")

Use "crc [command] --help" for more information about a command.

Our first step is crc setup

crc setup

$ cd crc-macos-1.3.0-amd64
$ ./crc setup
INFO Checking if running as non-root              
INFO Caching oc binary                            
INFO Setting up virtualization with HyperKit      
INFO Will use root access: change ownership of /Users/rekins/.crc/bin/hyperkit 
INFO Will use root access: set suid for /Users/rekins/.crc/bin/hyperkit 
INFO Installing crc-machine-hyperkit              
INFO Will use root access: change ownership of /Users/rekins/.crc/bin/crc-driver-hyperkit 
INFO Will use root access: set suid for /Users/rekins/.crc/bin/crc-driver-hyperkit 
INFO Setting file permissions for /etc/resolver/testing 
INFO Setting file permissions for /etc/hosts      
INFO Unpacking bundle from the CRC binary         
Setup is complete, you can now run 'crc start' to start the OpenShift cluster

Once the setup is complete we can use crc start to start the OpenShift cluster on our laptop.

crc start

$ crc start
INFO Checking if running as non-root              
INFO Checking if oc binary is cached              
INFO Checking if HyperKit is installed            
INFO Checking if crc-driver-hyperkit is installed 
INFO Checking file permissions for /etc/resolver/testing 
INFO Checking file permissions for /etc/hosts     
? Copy it from

Follow the link and download or copy Image Pull Secret

Paste the Pull Secret into the terminal session.

INFO Extracting bundle: crc_hyperkit_4.2.10.crcbundle ...
INFO Creating CodeReady Containers VM for OpenShift 4.2.10..
INFO Verifying validity of the cluster certificates ...
INFO Network restart not needed 
INFO Check internal and public DNS query ...
INFO Copying kubeconfig file to instance dir ...
INFO Cluster TLS certificates have expired, renewing them...
INFO Adding user's pull secret ...
INFO Updating cluster ID ...
INFO Starting OpenShift cluster ... [waiting 3m]
INFO To access the cluster, first set up your environment by following 'crc oc-env' instructions
INFO Then you can access it by running 'oc login -u developer -p developer https://api.crc.testing:6443'
INFO To login as an admin, run 'oc login -u kubeadmin -p #####-#####-#####-##### https://api.crc.testing:6443'
INFO You can now run 'crc console' and use these credentials to access the OpenShift web console Started the OpenShift cluster
WARN The cluster might report a degraded or error state. This is expected since several operators have been disabled to lower the resource usage. For more information, please consult the documentation
$ crc oc-env
export PATH="/Users/rekins/.crc/bin:$PATH"
# Run this command to configure your shell:
# eval $(crc oc-env)

If all has gone as expected you should now have an up and running OpenShift Cluster, we can access the OpenShift Web Console with crc console providing the credentials above.

$ crc console
Opening the OpenShift Web Console in the default browser...
OpenShift Container Platform console

In my next Blog post I will look at deploying an application into my OpenShift cluster.

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