OpenEBS operator configuration reference for Lokomotive


OpenEBS is a container native storage provider supporting dynamic storage provisioning, which allows creating persistent volume claims to be automatically bound by created persistent volumes. OpenEBS a adopts Container Attached Storage (CAS) approach, where each workload is provided with a dedicated storage controller.

This component installs the OpenEBS operator.


  • A Lokomotive cluster accessible via kubectl.

  • At least 3 workers with available disks.

  • iSCSI client configured and iscsid service running on the worker nodes. In our current setup, we have iscsid service automatically enabled and running on all worker nodes.

NOTE: OpenEBS requires available disks, i.e. disks that aren’t mounted by anything. This means that by default, OpenEBS does not work on machines with just a single physical disk, e.g. Packet’s t1.small.x86 (because the disk is used for the operating system).


To only use a subset of worker nodes for OpenEBS storage, you must manually label the nodes before configuring the OpenEBS operator component.

Refer to the Kubernetes documentation on adding labels to a node .

OpenEBS operator component configuration example:

component "openebs-operator" {
  # Optional arguments.
  # Example node labels to consider for OpenEBS storage.
  ndm_selector_label = "node"
  ndm_selector_value = "openebs"

NOTE: If ndm_selector_label and ndm_selector_value are not provided, all worker nodes are considered by OpenEBS for storage.

Attribute reference

Table of all the arguments accepted by the component.

Argument Description Default Type Required
ndm_selector_label Name of the node label. - string false
ndm_selector_value Value of the node label - string false


To apply the OpenEBS operator component:

lokoctl component apply openebs-operator

This component only concerns with the installation of openebs-operator. To configure the storage class and storage pool claim, check out the openebs-storage-class component.


To destroy the component:

lokoctl component delete openebs-operator --delete-namespace