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
  • Copies the oc client to /usr/local/bin
  • 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

Mac OS

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 2.4+


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/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
    minishift_release_tag_name: ""
    minishift_dest: /usr/local/bin
    minishift_force_install: yes
    minishift_restart: yes
    minishift_delete: yes
    minishift_start_options: []
    openshift_client_dest: /usr/local/bin
    openshift_force_client_copy: yes

It will install the latest minishift binary to /usr/local/bin, overwriting any previous installation, and shut down and replace any existing instance of the Minishift VM. The copy of the oc binary delivered with the Minishift release will be copied to /usr/local/bin.

You can impact these actions, and how Minishift is started, 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-become-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.

Enable Pushing images to Minishift

If you plan to build images using a Docker daemon external to Minishift, and then need to push them to the Minishift registry, you can reference the registry using https://local.openshift. When you executed the role, an entry for local.openshift was added to your /etc/hosts file, and a route was created to expose the registry. To successfully access the registry with this URL, you’ll need to add local.openshift and to the list of insecure registries passed to the external Docker daemon at startup via the --insecure-registry option.