Development Environment

This document explains how to setup your dev environment.


Download Operator SDK

Go to the Operator SDK repo and follow the fork guide to fork, clone, and setup the local operator-sdk repository.

Build the Operator SDK CLI

Build the Operator SDK CLI operator-sdk binary:

$ make install

Then, now you are able to test and use the operator-sdk build using the source code.


The SDK includes many tests that are run as part of CI. To build the binary and run all tests (assuming you have a correctly configured environment), you can simple run:

$ make test-ci

If you simply want to run the unit tests, you can run:

$ make test

For more information on running testing and correctly configuring your environment, refer to the Running the Tests Locally document. To incorporate code changes in your development environment see the Testing changes Locally document.

To run the lint checks done in the CI locally, run:

$ make lint

NOTE Note that for it is required to install golangci-lint locally. For more info see its doc

How the operator-sdk binaries are built

In the release process, the script is executed and it will call the makefile target make release. To know more about the release process, see the doc also see operator-sdk releases.

NOTE The Deploy stage (configured in .travis.yml ) builds also execute the same makefile targets. This stage is executed against the master branch when a Pull Request is merged.

How to test the build of operator-sdk binaries

Follow these steps to execute the Travis Deploy stage against your branch to demonstrate that the merge build will complete as expected.

  • Enable the Travis in your fork repository. For more info see To get started with Travis CI using GitHub
  • Create image repos in quay (or another registry that supports multi-arch images) for ansible, helm, and scorecard proxy. For each image type, you need repos for the manifest list and one for each architecture (e.g. ansible-operator, ansible-operator-amd64, ansible-operator-s390x, etc.)

NOTE Be sure to make each repository public.

  • Set the following environment variables in the Travis settings for your fork:

    • ANSIBLE_IMAGE docker image name (e.g.
    • HELM_IMAGE same as above, but for helm
    • SCORECARD_PROXY_IMAGE same as above, but for scorecard proxy
    • DOCKER_USERNAME credentials for your repo
    • DOCKER_PASSWORD credentials for your repo
    • DOCKER_CLI_EXPERIMENTAL set to enabled
    • COVERALLS_TOKEN token to integrate the project with So, enable your fork in and generate a token to allow it.
  • Make a commit with [travis deploy] in the commit message on the branch with the changes.

  • Check the travis build for your branch in your fork (not the PR build in the operator-sdk repo, since we don’t allow PRs to build images in the operator-framework quay repo.)

NOTE Post a link in the Pull Request to the Travis build page showing successful Deploy and Deploy multi-arch manifest lists stages with your changes.

See the project README for more details.

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