Version: Current

Modifying the Operator



The operator is written in Golang. To build the operator you will need to install Go.

Local Kubernetes Environnement

For local development we recommend to use Minikube or kind. If you are using MacOS or Windows you can also use the kubernetes cluster included within Docker for Mac/Windows. All of these tools will enable you to run a local kubernetes cluster on your development machine.

Operating Your Local Kubernetes Cluster

To operate your (local) Kubernetes cluster you will need to install kubectl and helm


For macOs simply use Homebrew to install all the tools:

brew cask install docker
brew install go helm

After that start the and go to it's settings and start Kubernetes.


For your local development you will need a S3 compatible storage. We would recommend to use Minio inside a docker container.

docker container run \
--name minio \
-p 9000:9000 \
-d \
--rm \
minio/minio \
server /data

In the Minio management GUI you will need to add a new bucket for the operator. The default credentials for your minio instance are minioadmin:minioadmin. You might change those. Go to the management UI at http://localhost:9000/ and add a new bucket. After creating your bucket you will need to specify some environment variables to enable the operator to use the bucket. For that export these variables:

export S3_ACCESS_KEY="your-minio-access-key"
export S3_SECRET_KEY="your-minio-secret-key"
export S3_BUCKET="name-of-your-bucket"
export S3_USE_SSL="false" # This ensures that the operator will connect even without HTTPS
export S3_ENDPOINT=""

You can save time by using direnv to export these variables in your project. If you use direnv just add a file .s3_credentials with your Minio credentials.

Build and Run the Operator

To build an run the operator you can simply execute make in the operator directory of this repository:

cd operator

This will produce the operator as bin/manager. If you wonder why the operator is named manager (the resulting binary). The reason for that is in Kubernetes a combination of more than one controller is called controller-manager or short manager. In contrast operator is created by the community to name a controller-manager which controls custom resources and hence we use custom resources. (see for further information)

To run the operator locally you can simply execute make run in the operator directory of this repository:

NOTICE: You will need to uninstall the operator with helm -n securecodebox-system uninstall securecodebox-operator from your local cluster, if you've installed it via helm. Unless both operators try to work on the same cluster which may cause unexpected behavior.

cd operator
make run