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Prerequisites and System Requirements

To install the Couchbase Autonomous Operator, all you need is a running Kubernetes or OpenShift cluster.

If you don’t have access to a Kubernetes cluster, but still want to use the Operator for development, Minikube (single-node Kubernetes cluster) and Minishift (single-node OpenShift cluster) make great alternatives. Both of these products are much easier to install and deploy when compared to setting up and running an actual Kubernetes or OpenShift cluster.

Platform Compatibility

Support Level Definitions:

Couchbase has performed an extensive testing and review process to make sure that the Operator runs well out of the box on the specified platform.


Couchbase believes that the Operator will run well out of the box on the specified platform, but extensive testing has not been performed. Couchbase will make a best effort to investigate issues on a Supported platform version, but it is recommended that you run the Operator on a Certified platform version.

Developer Preview

Couchbase is still developing functionality for the specified platform, but you are encouraged to start your own testing and provide early feedback.

Table 1. Couchbase Software Compatibility
Software Version

Couchbase Server Enterprise Edition

Certified 5.5, 5.5.x, 6.0

Table 2. Kubernetes Platform Compatibility List
Platform Version

Open Source Kubernetes

Certified 1.9, 1.10

Supported 1.11+

Red Hat OpenShift

Certified 3.9, 3.10

Supported 3.11+

Table 3. Public Kubernetes Service Compatibility List
Amazon EKS Google GKE Microsoft AKS

Developer Preview

Developer Preview

Developer Preview

Persistent Volume Compatibility

Persistent volumes are mandatory for production deployments. Review the best practices for more information about cluster supportability requirements.

Table 4. Persistent Volume Compatibility List
AWS Azure Disk Ceph RBD GCE Glusterfs Portworx Volume







Only dynamic volume provisioning using storage classes is currently supported.

RBAC and Networking Requirements

Preparing the Kubernetes cluster to run the Operator may require setting up proper RBAC and network settings in your Kubernetes cluster. Before moving forward, review the following documentation:

Next Steps

As you’re setting up your Kubernetes environment, make sure that you’re following the recommended best practices.

Once your Kubernetes environment is set up, you can move on to installing the Operator.