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Install Percona Server for MongoDB using kubectl

A Kubernetes Operator is a special type of controller introduced to simplify complex deployments. The Operator extends the Kubernetes API with custom resources.

The Percona Operator for MongoDB is based on best practices for configuration and setup of a Percona Distribution for MongoDB in a Kubernetes-based environment on-premises or in the cloud.

We recommend installing the Operator with the kubectl command line utility. It is the universal way to interact with Kubernetes. Alternatively, you can install it using the Helm package manager.

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To install Percona Distribution for MongoDB, you need the following:

  1. The kubectl tool to manage and deploy applications on Kubernetes, included in most Kubernetes distributions. Install not already installed, follow its official installation instructions .

  2. A Kubernetes environment. You can deploy it on Minikube for testing purposes or using any cloud provider of your choice. Check the list of our officially supported platforms.


Here’s a sequence of steps to follow:

  1. Create the Kubernetes namespace for your cluster. It is a good practice to isolate workloads in Kubernetes by installing the Operator in a custom namespace. Replace the <namespace> placeholder with your value.

    $ kubectl create namespace <namespace>
    Expected output
    namespace/<namespace> was created
  2. Deploy the Operator using the following command:

    $ kubectl apply --server-side -f -n <namespace>
    Expected output serverside-applied serverside-applied serverside-applied serverside-applied
    serviceaccount/percona-server-mongodb-operator serverside-applied serverside-applied
    deployment.apps/percona-server-mongodb-operator serverside-applied

    As the result you will have the Operator Pod up and running.

  3. Deploy Percona Server for MongoDB:

    $ kubectl apply -f -n <namespace>
    Expected output created
  4. Check the Operator and the Percona Server for MongoDB Pods status.

    $ kubectl get psmdb -n <namespace>

    The creation process may take some time. When the process is over your cluster obtains the ready status.

    Expected output
    NAME              ENDPOINT                                           STATUS   AGE
    my-cluster-name   my-cluster-name-mongos.default.svc.cluster.local   ready    5m26s

You have successfully installed and deployed the Operator with default parameters.

The default Percona Server for MongoDB configuration includes three mongod, three mongos, and three config server instances with enabled sharding.

You can check the rest of the Operator’s parameters in the Custom Resource options reference.

Next steps

Connect to Percona Server for MongoDB

Install Percona Server for MongoDB with customized parameters

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Last update: 2024-06-24