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Manual Installation

The following steps can be used to manually install the operator on any Kubernetes environment with minimal overhead.


Several of the steps in this process require the cluster-admin ClusterRole or equivalent.


This guide uses minikube to deploy a Kubernetes cluster locally, follow the instructions for your platform to install.

Run minikube with a dedicated profile. Adjust the system resources as needed for your platform.

minikube start -p argocd --cpus=4 --disk-size=40gb --memory=8gb

Manual Install

The following section outlines the steps necessary to deploy the ArgoCD Operator manually using standard Kubernetes manifests.


It is a good idea to create a new namespace for the operator.

kubectl create namespace argocd

Once the namespace is created, set up the local context to use the new namespace.

kubectl config set-context argocd --cluster argocd --namespace argocd --user argocd
kubectl config use-context argocd

The remaining resources will now be created in the new namespace.


Set up RBAC for the ArgoCD operator and components.

NOTE: The ClusterRoleBindings defined in deploy/role_binding.yaml use the argocd namespace. You will need to update these if using a different namespace.

kubectl create -f deploy/service_account.yaml
kubectl create -f deploy/role.yaml
kubectl create -f deploy/role_binding.yaml
kubectl create -f deploy/cluster_role.yaml
kubectl create -f deploy/cluster_role_binding.yaml


Add the upstream Argo CD CRDs to the cluster.

kubectl create -f deploy/argo-cd

Add the ArgoCD Operator CRDs to the cluster.

kubectl create -f deploy/crds

There should be three CRDs present for ArgoCD on the cluster.

kubectl get crd
NAME                       CREATED AT   2019-11-09T02:35:47Z    2019-11-09T02:35:47Z  2019-11-09T02:36:02Z        2019-11-09T02:36:02Z

Deploy Operator

Deploy the operator

kubectl create -f deploy/operator.yaml

The operator pod should start and enter a Running state after a few seconds.

kubectl get pods
NAME                              READY   STATUS    RESTARTS   AGE
argocd-operator-758dd86fb-sx8qj   1/1     Running   0          75s


Once the operator is installed and running, new ArgoCD resources can be created. See the usage documentation to learn how to create new ArgoCD resources.