This guide will help you install and configure Minishift for use with Ansible Container.

The minishift-up-role

Use the minishift-up-role to install Minishift, and create a local VM that hosts an OpenShift cluster and Docker Engine.

Specficially, the role performs the following tasks:

  • Downloads and installs the latest Minishift
  • Downloads and installs the OpenShift client
  • Installs the Docker Machine driver
  • Creates a Minishift instance
  • Grants cluster admin to the developer account
  • Adds a persistent volume

The following platforms are supported:

  • Debian
  • Red Hat
  • OSX


  • Prior to running the role, clear your terminal session of any DOCKER* environment variables.
  • sudo access is required in order to install packages


If you’re running on a Mac, you’ll need the following installed:


For Linux platforms, have the following installed:

  • KVM installed and working. The role installs the Docker Machine driver for KVM, but it assumes KVM is already installed, and working.
  • Ansible 2.2+


If you’re running on Fedora, Ansible requires the following packages:

  • python2-dnf
  • libselinux-python

Install the role

Use the Ansible Galaxy client, which comes bundled with Ansible, to install the role. If you’re not familiar with installing roles, start by establishing a local directory where roles will be installed and executed. The following example creates the directory roles in your home directory, and then adds ANSIBLE_ROLES_PATH=~/roles to the login script, .bashrc:

# Set your home directory as the working directory
$ cd ~

# Create the roles directory
$ mkdir roles

# Define ANSIBLE_ROLES_PATH in your login script
$ echo "export ANSIBLE_ROLES_PATH=~/roles" >>.bashrc


The login script name will vary by platform and shell. Use the script that matches your environment.

Now open a new terminal window or tab to create a new session and execute the login script, and then check that ANSIBLE_ROLES_PATH is defined:

# Check the environment for our new variable
$ env | grep ANSIBLE_ROLES


To install the role to your new ~/roles directory, run the following:

# Install the role
$ ansible-galaxy install chouseknecht.minishift-up-role

Run the role

Now that the role is installed, you can execute it using the included playbook. Use the following commands to copy the playbook to your home directory, review the defaults, and execute it:

# Set your home directory as the working directory
$ cd ~

# Copy the included playbook
$ cp ./roles/chouseknecht.minishift-up-role/files/minishift-up.yml .

The minishift-up.yml playbook contains the following:

- name: Install minishift
  hosts: localhost
  connection: local
  gather_facts: yes
    - role: chouseknecht.minishift-up-role
      minishift_repo: minishift/minishift
      minishit_release_tag_name: "v1.0.0-beta.1"
      minishift_dest: /usr/local/bin
      minishift_force_install: yes
        name: pv0001
        path: /data/pv0001/
        size: 5Gi
      minishift_restart: yes
      minishift_delete: no
      - insecure-registry
      - insecure-registry minishift
      - iso-url
      openshift_repo: openshift/origin
      openshift_client_dest: /usr/local/bin
      openshift_force_client_install: yes

By default it will install release ‘v1.0.0-beta.1’ of Minishift to /usr/local/bin, overwriting any previous installation, and shutting down any existing instance of the Minishift VM. It will download the latest relase of oc, the OpenShift client, to /usr/local/bin.

After downloading and installing the Minishift and OpenShift tools, it executes minishift start passing as parameters any values in the minishift_start_options role parameter. And once the instance is up and runnning, it creates a persistent volume for the OpenShift cluster, with the storage path set to /data/pv0001/ inside the VM.

You can impact these actions by changing the role parameter values. For more information about the parameters, view the role’s README file.

After reviewing the role parameters, use the following to run the role:

# Run the minishift role
$ ansible-playbook minishift-up-role.yml --ask-sudo-pass

Post Installation

Add client tools to your PATH

By default the oc and minishift binary files are installed to /usr/local/bin, which is generally included in the the environment PATH variable. If for some reason that is not the case, or the binaries were installed to a different location, modify your login script, and add the appropriate directory to the PATH variable.

Install and configure Docker locally

You’ll want to have Docker installed locally, outside of the Minishift instance. During development, if you plan to use a container to watch for changes on the local file system, it’s better to run such a container outside of Minishift using the local Docker daemon. When simulating production or deploying the app to the OpenShift instance, then it makes sense to use the Docker daemon running inside the Minishift instance. However, you’ll still need to run Docker commands, such as docker ps or docker images, from outside of the Minishift instance.

After installing Docker Engine on a Fedora or RHEL platform, modify /etc/sysconfig/docker so that it doesn’t automatically set the value of DOCKER_CERT_PATH. You’ll do this by changing DOCKER_CERT_PATH=/etc/docker to the following:

if [ -z "${DOCKER_CERT_PATH}" ]; then

Set the API version

After running eval $(minishift docker-env) to set your environment to use the Minishift VM’s Docker daemon, you’ll likely receive an API match error the first time you run a Docker command. For example:

# Set the environment to use the Minishift VM's Docker
$ eval $(minishift docker-env)

# Check the status of running containers
$ docker ps

Error response from daemon: client is newer than server (client API version: 1.23, server API version: 1.22)

To fix the error, reset the DOCKER_API_VERSION environment variable to match the server’s API version:

# Set the API version
$ export DOCKER_API_VERSION=1.22