Packaging Applications and Services with Kubernetes Operators

Package applications and services for Kubernetes with the Operator framework. 

Developing Operators

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Operators give you a convenient way to package, deploy, manage and distribute applications for Kubernetes. The method allows you to package configuration so that users can deploy operators from a simple catalog without having to engage administrators. You can distribute operators beyond your organization using which is open to all contributions or the Red Hat OpenShift OperatorHub using Red Hat's certification process. 

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Operator maturity model

Conceptually, an Operator takes human operational knowledge and encodes it into software that is more easily packaged and shared with consumers. How you approach and build your Operator is up to you. Advanced Operators are designed to handle upgrades seamlessly, react to failures automatically, and not take shortcuts, such as skipping a software backup process to save time.

A Kubernetes application is both deployed on Kubernetes and managed using the Kubernetes APIs and kubectl/oc tooling. You can think of Operators as the runtime that manages this type of application on Kubernetes.

Hands-on Operator labs


Building Operators on OpenShift

9 lessons | 240 minutes

Learn about k8s API fundamentals, the etcd operator, using the Operator SDK with Go and Helm, review Ansible basics, and use Ansible to deploy Kubernetes modules.


Operator SDK with Helm

30 minutes | Beginner

Create a CockroachDB Operator from an existing CockroachDB Helm chart, running securely without Tiller or manual invocation.


Manage the etcd Operator

30 minutes | Beginner

Manage etcd clusters on Kubernetes and automate resize, failover, and upgrade tasks, including backup and restore actions.


Install the Operator Lifecycle Manager

30 minutes | Beginner

Install the Operator Lifecycle Manager in an OpenShift environment, access the UI, create a subscription manifest, and approve an InstallPlan.


Ansible Operator Overview

30 minutes | Beginner

Learn what the Ansible Operator is, how to map custom resource events, pass extra variables, leverage existing roles from Ansible Galaxy, then how to deploy and run the Operator in a local or remote OpenShift cluster.

Technology partners: Publish on OpenShift OperatorHub


Red Hat Partner Connect is a program for technology partners—ISVs, SIs, and VARs—that provides software, tools, and other technical resources for your development work, and marketing resources for your marketing & sales colleagues.

Certify your Operator with Red Hat Partner Connect

When you publish, you get:


Seal of approval

Your Operator functionality is verified by Red Hat.



Listed in Red Hat OpenShift OperatorHub and Red Hat Ecosystem Catalog for all customers to see and download.

RHEL Release

Continuous certification

Using Red Hat Certification Build Service APIs means continuous security compliance—great for CI/CD.

RHEL Release

Support coverage

Full Red Hat support for the foundation of Operators and their containers when used with Red Hat OpenShift.

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