operator-sdk init

operator-sdk init

Initialize a new project


Initialize a new project including vendor/ directory and Go package directories.

Writes the following files:

  • a boilerplate license file
  • a PROJECT file with the domain and repo
  • a Makefile to build the project
  • a go.mod with project dependencies
  • a Kustomization.yaml for customizating manifests
  • a Patch file for customizing image for manager manifests
  • a Patch file for enabling prometheus metrics
  • a cmd/manager/main.go to run

project will prompt the user to run ‘dep ensure’ after writing the project files.

operator-sdk init [flags]


  # Scaffold a project using the apache2 license with "The Kubernetes authors" as owners
  operator-sdk init --project-version=2 --domain example.org --license apache2 --owner "The Kubernetes authors"


      --domain string            domain for groups (default "my.domain")
      --fetch-deps               ensure dependencies are downloaded (default true)
  -h, --help                     help for init
      --license string           license to use to boilerplate, may be one of 'apache2', 'none' (default "apache2")
      --owner string             owner to add to the copyright
      --plugins strings          Name and optionally version of the plugin to initialize the project with. Available plugins: ("ansible.sdk.operatorframework.io/v1", "go.kubebuilder.io/v2", "helm.sdk.operatorframework.io/v1")
      --project-name string      name of this project
      --project-version string   project version, possible values: ("2", "3-alpha") (default "3-alpha")
      --repo string              name to use for go module (e.g., github.com/user/repo), defaults to the go package of the current working directory.
      --skip-go-version-check    if specified, skip checking the Go version

Options inherited from parent commands

      --verbose   Enable verbose logging


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