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2. Prerequisites

The following is a guide for how to create an environment that contains the elements described in Compare and contrast.

1. Ensure the following requirements

GPG key

Make sure you have your own GPG key. To list existing keys, run gpg --list-keys

If you don't have any keys, create a new one with gpg --gen-key

2. Create a new GitHub repository

Go to and create a new private git repository.

ℹ This repository will be used by okctl to store infrastructure-as-code, which means files containing various configuration for your up-and-coming cluster.

Now, run:

# Clone the repository you just made
git clone<the new repository>.git
cd <the new repository>

3. Prepare information for cluster creation

ℹ A "cluster" is a Kubernetes cluster in an environment as described in Compare and contrast.

You will soon be creating a cluster, which will ask you for the following information:

  • Username and password: This is your Oslo Kommune AD organization username (oooXXXXX) and its password.
  • Multi factor token (MFA): The same one you use to login to AWS. If you haven't set up MFA yet, you can do that here.
  • AWS account ID: This identifies which account you want to use. You can see which accounts you have access to just after logging in to AWS:


4. Create a cluster

Run scaffold cluster command

# Scaffold a cluster. Format:
# okctl scaffold cluster <cluster name> <environment name>
# <cluster name>        should be something representing your team or your product
# <environment name>    can be for instance "prod" or "test".
# Example:
okctl scaffold cluster kjoremiljo production > cluster.yaml

Run apply cluster command

# Apply a cluster declaration. Format:
# okctl apply cluster -f <cluster declaration path>
# <cluster name>        should be something representing your team or your product
# Example:
okctl apply cluster -f cluster.yaml

When done, verify that you have a working cluster by running

okctl venv production
kubectl get services

The last command should show something like

kubernetes   ClusterIP   <none>        443/TCP   1h

Common commands

# Get help for any command
okctl --help
okctl scaffold cluster --help

# Scaffold a cluster declaration template
okctl scaffold cluster
# Apply a cluster declaration file
okctl apply cluster

# Scaffold an application declaration template
okctl scaffold application
# Apply an application declaration file
okctl apply application

# Show credentials for cluster
okctl show credentials <environment name>

# Run a sub shell with environment variables from the above command and a custom command prompt (PS1)
okctl venv <environment name>

# Delete the cluster
okctl delete cluster <environment name

Last update: 2021-04-28