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OpenShift Install

This guide uses OpenShift 4, follow the guide for your platform to install.

Once the OpenShift cluster is up and running, the operator can be deployed to watch one or more namespaces. The preferred method to install the operator is using the OpenShift console. The operator can also be installed manually if desired.

Console Install

The operator is published in the Operator Hub with the OpenShift console. Log into the console using the URL for your cluster and select the Operators link, then select the OperatorHub link to display the list of operators.

Select the operator named Argo CD and click the Install button. You can select the namespace and deploy the operator.

In addition to the console interface, the Operator Install section of the OLM Install Guide details the same method using manifests.

Manual Install

The following steps can be used to manually install the operator in an OpenShift 4.x environment with minimal overhead.

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


Once the cluster is up and running, log in as the cluster-admin user.

oc login -u kubeadmin

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.

oc new-project argocd

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


Provision the ServiceAccounts, Roles and RoleBindings to set up RBAC for the operator.

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

oc create -f deploy/service_account.yaml
oc create -f deploy/role.yaml
oc create -f deploy/role_binding.yaml

Argo CD needs several ClusterRole resources to function, however the ClusterRoles have been refined to read-only for the cluster resources.

To enable full cluster admin access on OpenShift, run the following command. This step is optional.

oc adm policy add-cluster-role-to-user cluster-admin -z argocd-application-controller -n argocd


Add the Argo CD CRDs to the cluster.

oc create -f deploy/argo-cd

Add the Argo CD Operator CRDs to the cluster

oc create -f deploy/crds

There should be four CRDs present for Argo CD on the cluster.

oc get crd | grep argo
NAME                       CREATED AT   2019-11-09T06:36:59Z    2019-11-09T06:36:59Z  2019-11-09T06:37:06Z        2019-11-09T06:37:06Z

Deploy Operator

Provision the operator using a Deployment manifest.

oc create -f deploy/operator.yaml

An operator Pod should start and enter a Running state after a few seconds.

oc 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.