Keycloak Operator Installation

How to install the Keycloak Operator on Kubernetes and OpenShift

Keycloak Operator Installation

In this guide we will show how to install the Keycloak Operator in your Kubernetes or OpenShift cluster.

OLM Installation

The recommended way to install the Keycloak Operator in Kubernetes environments is to use the Operator Lifecycle Manager (OLM).


Make sure OLM is installed in your environment. For Guidance on how to install OLM, follow this guide.

The Keycloak Operator OLM package can be installed from the OLM catalog. For general instructions on how to install operators using OLM, follow the instructions on the OLM page. In the default Catalog, the Keycloak Operator is named keycloak-operator. Make sure to use the candidate channel to find the operator.

OpenShift UI

On OpenShift, use the built-in OLM UI to install the Keycloak Operator. Navigate to Home, Operators, OperatorHub using the menu on the left side of the OpenShift Console. Search for "keycloak" on the search input box:

Select the Keycloak Operator in the UI

Select the Keycloak Operator from the list of results. After that, follow the instructions on the screen. Make sure you are installing from the candidate channel:

Configure Keycloak Operator

Vanilla Kubernetes Installation

To install the operator on a vanilla Kubernetes cluster, you first need to install its CRDs by running the following commands:

kubectl apply -f
kubectl apply -f

After successfull CRD installation, install the Keycloak Operator deployment by running the following command:

kubectl apply -f

Currently the operator watches only the namespace where the operator is installed.

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