Red Hat Container Development Kit

Red Hat Container Development Kit

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Beginning with version 3.0, Red Hat Container Development Kit is a fully revamped personal container development environment using new tooling based on Minishift to streamline installation of your personal OpenShift environment. Please make sure to refer to the latest documentation and tutorials as instructions from earlier versions are no longer compatible.

1. Download Red Hat Development Suite for Windows

The easiest way to install Red Hat Container Development Kit 3.1 is to use the Red Hat Development Suite installer, a single download for installing some of the best Red Hat development tools. The Development Suite installer will take care of installing dependencies and environment settings. For the download, you will need to register with If you prefer not to use the Development Suite installer see the CDK download page and documentation.

Choose from either the online installer which will download only the selected components, or the bundled installer.

NOTE: If you haven’t directly downloaded the Red Hat Development Suite from Red Hat Developers, your account may not have the correct entitlements to install the Container Development Kit. The easiest way to add the entitlements is to visit Red Hat Developers and initiate a download of the Red Hat Development Suite. We are working on a fix to enable you to add the entitlements to your account without starting a new download.

2. Installation

  1. Double click on the downloaded file to launch the installer.

  2. On the splash page, Click Next.

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  3. Choose the folder you wish to use to install Red Hat Development Suite. The, click Next

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  4. Select components to install:

    After the installer determines whether any of the components are already installed you will be presented with a list to choose from. By default, Red Hat Development Suite will install Red Hat JBoss Developer Studio which includes IDE tooling for container development as well as Red Hat Container Development Kit.

    1. To use the Red Hat Container Development Kit you will need a hypervisor to run the included Red Hat Enterprise Linux VM. For Windows, the default choice is Hyper-V, which is included with many newer versions of Windows but is not enabled by default. If Hyper-V is not enabled, Development Suite will install VirtualBox. For more information, see the CDK 3.1 Getting Started Guide.
    2. Should you prefer not to install Developer Studio, uncheck the box next to RED HAT JBOSS DEVELOPER STUDIO.  You will still be able to use Red Hat Container Development Kit and Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform through the command line and the browser. You can also choose not to install OpenJDK 8.
    3. A number of additional components are available to install including Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform and Red Hat JBoss Fuse. Scroll down and select any additional packages you'd like to install.

    After you've completed component selection, click Next

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  5. Enter your Red Hat Developer Program username and password (the same ID used to log into Then, click Download & Install.

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  6. Wait a few moments while the installer downloads and installs the selected components and any other requirements.

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  7. When installation is complete, click Close the installer.

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3. Starting the CDK and working with minishift

You have the choice of working with Red Hat Container Development Kit using either Red Hat JBoss Developer Studio IDE or using the command line tool, minishift.   Once the CDK minishift VM is running, you will be able to access the web console for your personal OpenShift cluster running inside of the VM.

To learn more, refer to the  CDK 3.1 Getting Started Guide.

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