Build and Deploy Simple Website

OpenShift has an integrated container image build service that users interact with through BuildConfig objects. BuildConfig’s are very powerful, builds can be triggered by git repo or image tag pushes and connected into a pipeline to do automated deployments of newly built images. While powerful, these mechanisms can be cumbersome when starting out so we will be using a BuildConfig in a slightly simpler setup.

Creating the BuildConfig

We will create a BuildConfig that will take a Binary (Local) source which will stream the contents of our local filesystem to the builder.

First, we will log into the cluster using the oc CLI tool

oc login https://api.<cluster>

Next we will create the ImageStream that the BuildConfig will push the completed image to. The ImageStream is a direct mapping to the image stored in the OpenShift integrated registry.

oc create imagestream local-image

Next, we will create the BuildConfig object

apiVersion: ""
kind: "BuildConfig"
  name: "local-image"
      kind: "ImageStreamTag"
      name: "local-image:latest"
    type: Binary
    type: dockerStrategy
    dockerStrategy: {}

Create a file with the above contents and instantiate the objects in Kubernetes

oc apply -f buildconfig.yaml

Create the Image

We will create the directory along with our files:

  • Dockerfile Describes our docker build
  • httpd.conf Apache HTTPd does not work out of the box as non-root so we modify the default configuration file
  • index.html Simple index.html page we will serve
mkdir local-image
cd local-image

cat <<EOF > index.html
Hello World!

cat <<EOF > httpd.conf
ServerRoot "/etc/httpd"

# Minimum modules needed
LoadModule mpm_event_module modules/
LoadModule log_config_module modules/
LoadModule mime_module modules/
LoadModule dir_module modules/
LoadModule authz_core_module modules/
LoadModule unixd_module modules/

TypesConfig /etc/mime.types

PidFile /tmp/

# Port to Listen on
Listen *:8080

DocumentRoot "/var/www/html"

# Default file to serve
DirectoryIndex index.html

# Errors go to their own log
ErrorLog /dev/stderr

# Access log
LogFormat "%h %l %u %t \"%r\" %>s %b" common
CustomLog /dev/stdout common

# Never change this block
<Directory />
  AllowOverride None
  Require all denied

# Allow documents to be served from the DocumentRoot
<Directory "/var/www/html">
    Options Indexes FollowSymLinks
    AllowOverride None
    Require all granted

cat <<EOF > Dockerfile
FROM centos:latest
RUN yum -y update
RUN yum -y install httpd
ADD index.html /var/www/html
ADD httpd.conf /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf
CMD ["/usr/sbin/httpd", "-DFOREGROUND"]

Now let’s create a Build from the BuildConfig and upload our current directory as the source for the build.

$ oc start-build local-image --from-dir=. --follow
Uploading directory "." as binary input for the build ...
Successfully built fe3e487fffe5
Pushing image docker-registry.default.svc:5000/stf002platform/local-image:latest ...
Push successful

Once that is complete, we can see that the image was uploaded to the integrated registry by getting the ImageStream object

$ oc get imagestream local-image
NAME          DOCKER REPO                                                   TAGS     UPDATED
local-image   docker-registry.default.svc:5000/stf002platform/local-image   latest   5 minutes ago

Deploy the Image

Now that we have built a container image we can deploy it with a Deployment object. Using the Docker Repo specified in the ImageStream we can create our deployment:

apiVersion: apps/v1
kind: Deployment
  creationTimestamp: null
    app: local-image
  name: local-image
  replicas: 1
      app: local-image
  strategy: {}
      creationTimestamp: null
        app: local-image
      - image: "docker-registry.default.svc:5000/stf002platform/local-image:latest"
        imagePullPolicy: Always
        name: local-image
        resources: {}
status: {}

Create a file with the above contents and instantiate the objects in Kubernetes

oc apply -f deployment.yaml


Snippet created with oc create deployment local-image --image docker-registry.default.svc:5000/stf002platform/local-image --dry-run -o yaml

Now once the Deployment controller creates a pod we should be able to do a port forward and test that our web server is serving our index.html file

$ oc describe deployment local-image
$ oc get pods -l app=local-image
$ oc port-forward deployment/local-image 8080:8080
Forwarding from [::1]:8080 -> 8080
Forwarding from -> 8080
$ curl localhost:8080
Hello World!

Next Steps

Can you modify the index.html page to display “Hello from (your name)”?


Modify index.html in your current directory

Start a new image build: oc start-build local-image –from-dir=. –follow

Get a list of pods running in your namespace: oc get pods

Delete the currently running pod: oc delete pod local-image-…

Alternative to deleting the pod, update the Deployment to trigger a new rollout: oc patch deployment local-image -p '{"spec":{"template":{"metadata":{"labels":{"date":"'`date +'%s'`'"}}}}}'


Once we are finished testing, we can delete everything

oc delete deployment local-image
oc delete buildconfig local-image
oc delete imagestream local-image