OpenShift cheat sheet for beginners

Here is a simple cheatsheet for OpenShift beginners that will help you to visualise some basic settings about your projects, applications, pods in order to debug or get informations about how they behave.

Listing all your projects

oc get projects

This will give you the list of all the project that you can work on an highlight the current project.

Positioning the current project

oc project my-project

This will switch you current project to my-project. This settings is save in your ~/.kube/config file, so if multiple persons are using oc simultaneously with the same user, just mind no overriding each other.

Listing the existing pods (applications)

oc get pods

This will list all the pods (a wrapper for containers, even if generally 1 pod = 1 container) and show you status for each of them.

Checking status for pod

oc describe pod 

This will display information about the pod lifecycle: the node on which it has been scheduled, the status of the docker image on the node (image existing or pulling or failed to be pulled), the readiness and liveness status, and if the pod is started or stopped.

Watching pods logs

oc logs -f 

The -f option is for follow, just like for the tail command. This will display the logs sent to stdout from the container.
If the pod has crashed or has stopped, it will be in a state that would prevent seeing logs unless you specify -p (for –previous) option.

oc logs -p 

Watching event on project

oc get events -w

This will show you all the OpenShift events occurring on the current project and keep watching it (-w for –watch). The evens includes scheduling events, pod startup, scheduling, etc…

Hope that this will help every beginner.

Starting with OpenShift v3 : Using the All-In-One Virtual Machine

OpenShift v3 is a PaaS management software relying on innovative technologies allowing you to run your own cloud environment in your private infrastructure, on public clouds or in hybrid way.

To get familiar with OpenShift, the best thing to do, is try to install it on your (muscled (8GB+ RAM)) laptop and deploy some of the example environment and run hello world applications on it.

To do so, I recommend you to use the All-In-One image provided by the OpenShift team at this address:

You will have to be familiar with Vagrant and and a virtualisation tool like VirtualBox (or bitterly, a Linux Kernel based virtualisation tool like KVM) and your OpenShift 1-machine cluster will be running in minutes.

Step by step

Easy and simple, just perform the following steps. Let’s assume that we are using OSX, but the steps are very similar if using Windows or Linux of course. For convenience also, we will be using VirtualBox which is available on the 3 platforms.

Installing the tools

The required tools are: VirtualBox and Vagrant.

VirtualBox is a available on the virtual box website. Download a 5.0.x version for your platform and take a few minutes also to download the extension pack for your platform. The installation is quite straight forward by using a wizard installer: Next Next Next install.

Vagrant is a command line “script like” based tool used to control VirtualBox using command lines. The script recipe is named a Vagrantfile which will contain the whole logic for creating a Virtual Machine and settings its various configuration elements. Vagrant is also installable with OS specific packages and/or wizard based installer available from the vagrant download page.

Downloading the OpenShift All-In-One files

Visit the OpenShift All-In-One page at and you will see there all the materials that we are now ready to use to start our OpenShift cluster. You now all know what are the different tools referring too. So let’s continue by downloading the following elements:

  • The Vagrant Box File 1.0.6, about 2.1GB : This file is a template Virtual Box image containing the base OpenShift VM
  • The Vagrantfile : The vagrant recipe to start and run the OpenShift cluster

Once you have these files, I recommend you to put them in the same directory for example under your home directory:

mkdir -p ~/OpenShift
mv ~/Downloads/Vagrantfile ~/OpenShift
mv ~/Downloads/ ~/OpenShift

Adding the box image

To enable Vagrant to instantiate virtual machines using the provided .box image, we will have to add it to the Vagrant available boxes.

cd ~/OpenShift
vagrant box add

Starting the VM

Before starting the VM, we will just perform a single change on the Vagrantfile, in case you have a slow laptop like mine, to avoid a timeout while starting the VM and add the following line just after = “openshift3”

config.vm.boot_timeout = 600

To start your VM, then simply run the following command:

vagrant up

Wait for a few minutes, and if you want to see progress, you can launch your VirtualBox console and see that a VM named “openshift3” is automatically started and configured.

Connecting to your OpenShift dashboard

Vagrant establishes a port-forward between some ports of the running VM and ports on your localhost. We may have notice this on the log messages.
The openshift master will listen on its localhost interface on port 8443 which will be mapped to your laptop localhost on port 8443 which will be convenient for OpenShift self SSL certificates to be accepted.
To connect to the dashboard, simply visit this address: https://localhost:8443/ . You will be able to see the login screen.


Login using the following credentials:

  • Username: admin
  • Password: admin

And you will then see the list of existing environment and applications:


Deploying your first environment

To start a new project, simply clic on the New Project button on the upper right corner of the screen and select your environment:


Running the first hello-word app

Then, you can add your first application to this project by clicking the Add to project button, and select the template. Here the EAP6 template.



My wordpress blog migration to OpenShift Online

After almost a year working with a custom domain on, the world leader platform for blogging is asking me for a renewal of my domain name and service which is quite expensive baed on the sporadic usage I do of my blog and the traffic that I have.

Anyway, that was a good opportunity to perform my blog migration to the OpenShift platform which is now very mature to host such projects and gives you the ability through the WordPress cartridge to have your on private and administrable installation of WordPress running on the cloud.

I was already running a trial version of OpenShift 2.0 online which gave me the ability to run 3 gears and I already used 2 for other private project. So this, trial instance would be perfect to host my blog.

If you are in the same situation here are some steps to follow if you want to migration a blog to Openshift.

  • Create your OpenShift Online (v2) wordpress environment
  • Choose a DNS registrar which supports having CNAME on your domain level (preferable)
  • Export your last wordpress site after having install the WordPress Export plugin
  • Install your new wordpress site on OpenShift
  • Import the result of the export of the old site (images will be imported automatically, so be sure that the old site is still up, running and alive)
  • Edit your domain name in OpenShift to point to your DNS name
  • Edit your DNS zone to add a CNAME pointing to the openshift URL of your blog
  • And you are done !