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Dashboard for visualization of multi-projects resources in OpenShift.
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OpenShift Dashboard

Dashboard for visualization of multi-projects resources in OpenShift.

This is a web application that aims to display a nice dashboard of your resources across multiple projects in an OpenShift instance.

How It Works

It is a Go webapp that uses the OpenShift API to build a dashboard, based on Start Bootstrap - SB Admin 2.

  • If the application is running in a container in an OpenShift Cluster, it will connect to the OpenShift API Server using the information available from the environment (mainly the service account token secret).

  • If the application is not running in an OpenShift Cluster, it uses the default configuration file to connect to the OpenShift API Server. So it requires that you login with the oc client before starting the application.

It displays a summary of the following resources:


The dashboard also groups resources by applications. An application is just a logical wrapper for multiple resources. You can assign resources to an application by setting a label named application on each resource (object):

  - kind: SomeObject
      name: myobject
        application: myapplication

The dashboard will then extracts all declared applications from the labels of your resources.

  • Why not use projects to represents applications?
    • Because we could have multiple applications shared in a single project, or some projects which produces builds and images, but are not applications.

Running on OpenShift

If you want to deploy this dashboard on an OpenShift cluster, you can use the provided template, that will create all the required resources:

Using the template is very easy (and the recommended way to install the dashboard on OpenShift):

  • if you don't already have a project, create one

    oc new-project dashboard
  • create a new application from the template, and override some parameters

    oc new-app -f -p APPLICATION_NAME=dashboard,DASHBOARD_TITLE="My OpenShift Dashboard",
  • if a build does not start, you can start one with

    oc start-build dashboard
  • Wait a little for the build to finish, the following deployment to succeed, and... that's it! You can now open your browser at the configured route DNS, and you should have a nice dashboard.

  • The next step is to give more rights to your service account so that it can see other projects: to do that, we will add the view role to our dashboard service account for all the projects you want to display in the dashboard

    oc policy add-role-to-user view system:serviceaccount:{DASHBOARD_PROJECT}:dashboard -n {NAME_OF_THE_PROJECT_TO_DISPLAY_IN_THE_DASHBOARD}

    for example, if the dashboard application is deployed in the dashboard projects, and you want to show projects project1 and project2 in the dashboard:

    oc policy add-role-to-user view system:serviceaccount:dashboard:dashboard -n myproject1
    oc policy add-role-to-user view system:serviceaccount:dashboard:dashboard -n myproject2
  • The last step is to create applications, by adding an application label to your objects.

Alternatively, you can just use the pre-build Docker image hosted on Docker Hub:

  • create a new application from the vbehar:openshift-dashboard image

    oc new-app vbehar/openshift-dashboard
  • expose the service through a new route

    oc expose service openshift-dashboard

Note that if you choose to deploy without the template, the pod will use the default service account, and you will need to either:

Running locally

If you want to run it on your laptop:

  • clone the sources in your GOPATH

      git clone $GOPATH/src/
  • install

    • godep: for using the vendored dependencies

      go get
    • gin: for live-reloading the web server

      go get
  • configure the environment (in dev mode, caching is disabled)

    echo "GO_ENV=dev" > $GOPATH/src/
  • Login with the oc client: it will create a config file that will be used by the dashboard app to connect to the OpenShift API.

      oc login [...]
  • start the web server on port 8080 (don't forget the --godep option, to use godep to retrieve the vendored dependencies)

      gin --godep --port 8080 run main.go
  • open http://localhost:8080/


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