Cluster manager

The are two ways to install the core control plane of open cluster management that includes cluster registration and manifests distribution.


Ensure kubectl and kustomize are installed.

Ensure golang is installed, if you are planning to install from the source.

Prepare one Kubernetes cluster to function as the hub. For example, use kind to create a hub cluster. To use kind, you will need docker installed and running.

If you are running OS X, you’ll also need to install gnu-sed:

brew install gnu-sed

Set the following environment variable that will be used throughout to simplify the instructions:

export HUB_CLUSTER_NAME=<your hub cluster name>             # export HUB_CLUSTER_NAME=hub
export CTX_HUB_CLUSTER=<your hub cluster context>           # export CTX_HUB_CLUSTER=kind-hub
export HUB_KUBECONFIG=<your hub cluster kubeconfig file>    # export HUB_KUBECONFIG=~/hub-kubeconfig

Then create the hub cluster with kind, run:

# kind delete cluster --name ${HUB_CLUSTER_NAME} # if the kind cluster is previously created and can be safely deleted
kind create cluster --name ${HUB_CLUSTER_NAME}
kind get kubeconfig --name ${HUB_CLUSTER_NAME} --internal > ${HUB_KUBECONFIG}

Install from source

Clone the registration-operator

git clone

Ensure the kubectl context is set to point to the hub cluster:

kubectl config use-context ${CTX_HUB_CLUSTER}

Deploy hub

cd registration-operator
export KUBECONFIG=$HOME/.kube/config # set a env variable KUBECONFIG to kubeconfig file path
make deploy-hub # make deploy-hub GO_REQUIRED_MIN_VERSION:= # if you see warnings regarding go version

Install community operator from

If you are using OKD, OpenShift, or have OLM installed in your cluster, you can install the cluster manager community operator with a released version from