The PostgreSQL Operator Helm Chart
The PostgreSQL Operator comes with a container called
handles a variety of lifecycle actions for the PostgreSQL Operator, including:
After configuring the
values.yaml file with you configuration options, the
installer will be run using the
helm command line tool and takes care of
setting up all of the objects required to run the PostgreSQL Operator.
postgres-operator Helm chart is available in the Helm
directory in the PostgreSQL Operator repository.
The Helm chart will create the ServiceAccount, ClusterRole, and ClusterRoleBinding
that are required to run the
pgo-deployer. If you have already configured the
ServiceAccount and ClusterRoleBinding for the installation process (e.g. from a
previous installation), you can disable their creation using the
serviceAccount.create variables in the
values.yaml file. If these options
are disabled, you must provide the name of your preconfigured ServiceAccount using
In order to install the PostgreSQL Operator using the Helm chart you will need
to first create the namespace in which the
pgo-deployer will be run. By default,
it will run in the namespace that is provided to
helm at the command line.
kubectl create namespace <namespace> helm install postgres-operator -n <namespace> /path/to/chart_dir
The PostgreSQL Operator has the ability to manage PostgreSQL clusters across multiple Kubernetes Namespaces, including the ability to add and remove Namespaces that it watches. Doing so does require the PostgreSQL Operator to have elevated privileges, and as such, the PostgreSQL Operator comes with three “namespace modes” to select what level of privileges to provide. Detailed information about these “namespace modes” can be found in the Namespace section here.
pgo-deployer uses a Kubernetes ConfigMap
to pass configuration options into the installer. The values in your
file will be used to populate the configuation options in the ConfigMap.
values.yaml file contains all of the configuration parametes for deploying
the PostgreSQL Operator. The values.yaml file contains the defaults that
should work in most Kubernetes environments, but it may require some customization.
For a detailed description of each configuration parameter, please read the PostgreSQL Operator Installer Configuration Reference
Once you have configured the PostgreSQL Operator Installer to your specification, you can install the PostgreSQL Operator with the following command:
helm install <name> -n <namespace> /path/to/chart_dir
nameused when installing, this
namewill be used to upgrade and uninstall the PostgreSQL Operator.
To use the
there are a few additional steps to take in order to get it to work with your
PostgreSQL Operator installation. For convenience, you can download and run the
script in your local environment:
curl https://raw.githubusercontent.com/CrunchyData/postgres-operator/master/installers/kubectl/client-setup.sh > client-setup.sh chmod +x client-setup.sh ./client-setup.sh
client.keyfiles to be overwritten.
client-setup.sh script performs the following tasks:
pgoif it is unset. This is the default namespace that the PostgreSQL Operator is deployed to
- Checks for valid Operating Systems and determines which
pgobinary to download
- Creates a directory in
- Downloads the
pgobinary, saves it to in
$HOME/.pgo/$PGO_OPERATOR_NAMESPACE, and sets it to be executable
- Pulls the TLS keypair from the PostgreSQL Operator
pgo.tlsSecret so that the
pgoclient can communicate with the PostgreSQL Operator. These are saved as
- Pulls the
pgousercredentials from the
pgouser-adminsecret and saves them in the format
username:passwordin a file called
pgouserare all set to be read/write by the file owner. All other permissions are removed.
- Sets the following environmental variables with the following values:
export PGOUSER=$HOME/.pgo/$PGO_OPERATOR_NAMESPACE/pgouser export PGO_CA_CERT=$HOME/.pgo/$PGO_OPERATOR_NAMESPACE/client.crt export PGO_CLIENT_CERT=$HOME/.pgo/$PGO_OPERATOR_NAMESPACE/client.crt export PGO_CLIENT_KEY=$HOME/.pgo/$PGO_OPERATOR_NAMESPACE/client.key
For convenience, after the script has finished, you can permanently add these environmental variables to your environment:
cat <<EOF >> ~/.bashrc export PATH="$HOME/.pgo/$PGO_OPERATOR_NAMESPACE:$PATH" export PGOUSER="$HOME/.pgo/$PGO_OPERATOR_NAMESPACE/pgouser" export PGO_CA_CERT="$HOME/.pgo/$PGO_OPERATOR_NAMESPACE/client.crt" export PGO_CLIENT_CERT="$HOME/.pgo/$PGO_OPERATOR_NAMESPACE/client.crt" export PGO_CLIENT_KEY="$HOME/.pgo/$PGO_OPERATOR_NAMESPACE/client.key" EOF
By default, the
client-setup.sh script targets the user that is stored in the
pgouser-admin secret in the
$PGO_OPERATOR_NAMESPACE) Namespace. If
you wish to use a different Secret, you can set the
Verify the Installation
One way to verify the installation was successful is to execute the
pgo version command.
In a new console window, run the following command to set up a port forward:
kubectl -n pgo port-forward svc/postgres-operator 8443:8443
In another console window, run the
pgo version command:
If successful, you should see output similar to this:
pgo client version 4.6.2 pgo-apiserver version 4.6.2
Upgrade and Uninstall
Once install has be completed using Helm, it will also be used to upgrade and uninstall your PostgreSQL Operator.
namespacein the following sections should match the options provided at install.
To make changes to your deployment of the PostgreSQL Operator you will use the
helm upgrade command. Once the configuration changes have been made to you
values.yaml file, you can run the following command to implement them in the
helm upgrade <name> -n <namespace> /path/to/updated_chart
To uninstall the PostgreSQL Operator you will use the
helm uninstall command.
This will uninstall the operator and clean up resources used by the
helm uninstall <name> -n <namespace>
pgo-deployer job does not complete successfully, the resources that
are created and normally cleaned up by Helm will be left in your
Kubernetes cluster. This will allow you to use the failed job and its logs to
debug the issue. The following command will show the logs for the
kubectl logs -n <namespace> job.batch/pgo-deploy
You can also view the logs as the job is running by using the
kubectl logs -n <namespace> job.batch/pgo-deploy -f
These logs will provide feedback if there are any misconfigurations in your install. Once you have finished debugging the failed job and fixed any configuration issues, you can take steps to re-run your install, upgrade, or uninstall. By running another command the resources from the failed install will be cleaned up so that a successfull install can run.