Install the Operator SDK CLI


  • docker version 17.03+ (or another tool compatible with multi-stage Dockerfiles).
  • kubectl version v1.11.3+ (v1.16.0+ if using CRDs).

Install from Homebrew (macOS)

If you are using Homebrew, you can install the SDK CLI tool with the following command:

$ brew install operator-sdk

Install from GitHub release

Download the release binaries

# Set the release version variable
# Linux
$ curl -LO${RELEASE_VERSION}/operator-sdk-${RELEASE_VERSION}-x86_64-linux-gnu
$ curl -LO${RELEASE_VERSION}/ansible-operator-${RELEASE_VERSION}-x86_64-linux-gnu
$ curl -LO${RELEASE_VERSION}/helm-operator-${RELEASE_VERSION}-x86_64-linux-gnu
# macOS
$ curl -LO${RELEASE_VERSION}/operator-sdk-${RELEASE_VERSION}-x86_64-apple-darwin
$ curl -LO${RELEASE_VERSION}/ansible-operator-${RELEASE_VERSION}-x86_64-apple-darwin
$ curl -LO${RELEASE_VERSION}/helm-operator-${RELEASE_VERSION}-x86_64-apple-darwin

Verify the downloaded release binaries

# Linux
$ curl -LO${RELEASE_VERSION}/operator-sdk-${RELEASE_VERSION}-x86_64-linux-gnu.asc
$ curl -LO${RELEASE_VERSION}/ansible-operator-${RELEASE_VERSION}-x86_64-linux-gnu.asc
$ curl -LO${RELEASE_VERSION}/helm-operator-${RELEASE_VERSION}-x86_64-linux-gnu.asc
# macOS
$ curl -LO${RELEASE_VERSION}/operator-sdk-${RELEASE_VERSION}-x86_64-apple-darwin.asc
$ curl -LO${RELEASE_VERSION}/ansible-operator-${RELEASE_VERSION}-x86_64-apple-darwin.asc
$ curl -LO${RELEASE_VERSION}/helm-operator-${RELEASE_VERSION}-x86_64-apple-darwin.asc

To verify a release binary using the provided asc files, place the binary and corresponding asc file into the same directory and use the corresponding command:

# Linux
$ gpg --verify operator-sdk-${RELEASE_VERSION}-x86_64-linux-gnu.asc
$ gpg --verify ansible-operator-${RELEASE_VERSION}-x86_64-linux-gnu.asc
$ gpg --verify helm-operator-${RELEASE_VERSION}-x86_64-linux-gnu.asc
# macOS
$ gpg --verify operator-sdk-${RELEASE_VERSION}-x86_64-apple-darwin.asc
$ gpg --verify ansible-operator-${RELEASE_VERSION}-x86_64-apple-darwin.asc
$ gpg --verify helm-operator-${RELEASE_VERSION}-x86_64-apple-darwin.asc

If you do not have the maintainers public key on your machine, you will get an error message similar to this:

$ gpg --verify operator-sdk-${RELEASE_VERSION}-x86_64-apple-darwin.asc
$ gpg: assuming signed data in 'operator-sdk-${RELEASE_VERSION}-x86_64-apple-darwin'
$ gpg: Signature made Fri Apr  5 20:03:22 2019 CEST
$ gpg:                using RSA key <KEY_ID>
$ gpg: Can't check signature: No public key

To download the key, use the following command, replacing $KEY_ID with the RSA key string provided in the output of the previous command:

$ gpg --recv-key "$KEY_ID"

You’ll need to specify a key server if one hasn’t been configured. For example:

$ gpg --keyserver --recv-key "$KEY_ID"

Now you should be able to verify the binary.

Install the release binary in your PATH

# Linux
$ chmod +x operator-sdk-${RELEASE_VERSION}-x86_64-linux-gnu && sudo mkdir -p /usr/local/bin/ && sudo cp operator-sdk-${RELEASE_VERSION}-x86_64-linux-gnu /usr/local/bin/operator-sdk && rm operator-sdk-${RELEASE_VERSION}-x86_64-linux-gnu
$ chmod +x ansible-operator-${RELEASE_VERSION}-x86_64-linux-gnu && sudo mkdir -p /usr/local/bin/ && sudo cp ansible-operator-${RELEASE_VERSION}-x86_64-linux-gnu /usr/local/bin/ansible-operator && rm ansible-operator-${RELEASE_VERSION}-x86_64-linux-gnu
$ chmod +x helm-operator-${RELEASE_VERSION}-x86_64-linux-gnu && sudo mkdir -p /usr/local/bin/ && sudo cp helm-operator-${RELEASE_VERSION}-x86_64-linux-gnu /usr/local/bin/helm-operator && rm helm-operator-${RELEASE_VERSION}-x86_64-linux-gnu
# macOS
$ chmod +x operator-sdk-${RELEASE_VERSION}-x86_64-apple-darwin && sudo mkdir -p /usr/local/bin/ && sudo cp operator-sdk-${RELEASE_VERSION}-x86_64-apple-darwin /usr/local/bin/operator-sdk && rm operator-sdk-${RELEASE_VERSION}-x86_64-apple-darwin
$ chmod +x ansible-operator-${RELEASE_VERSION}-x86_64-apple-darwin && sudo mkdir -p /usr/local/bin/ && sudo cp ansible-operator-${RELEASE_VERSION}-x86_64-apple-darwin /usr/local/bin/ansible-operator && rm ansible-operator-${RELEASE_VERSION}-x86_64-apple-darwin
$ chmod +x helm-operator-${RELEASE_VERSION}-x86_64-apple-darwin && sudo mkdir -p /usr/local/bin/ && sudo cp helm-operator-${RELEASE_VERSION}-x86_64-apple-darwin /usr/local/bin/helm-operator && rm helm-operator-${RELEASE_VERSION}-x86_64-apple-darwin

Compile and install from master

Prerequisites for compilation

$ git clone
$ cd operator-sdk
$ git checkout master
$ make install

Note: Ensure that your GOPROXY is set with its default value for Go versions 1.15+ which is,direct.