Cluster administrators can use cluster capabilities to enable or disable optional components prior to installation. Cluster administrators can enable cluster capabilities at anytime after installation.

Cluster administrators cannot disable a cluster capability after it is enabled.

Selecting cluster capabilities

You can select cluster capabilities by following one of the installation methods that include customizing your cluster, such as "Installing a cluster on AWS with customizations" or "Installing a cluster on GCP with customizations".

During a customized installation, you create an install-config.yaml file that contains the configuration parameters for your cluster.

If you customize your cluster by enabling or disabling specific cluster capabilities, you are responsible for manually maintaining your install-config.yaml file. New OKD updates might declare new capability handles for existing components, or introduce new components altogether. Users who customize their install-config.yaml file should consider periodically updating their install-config.yaml file as OKD is updated.

You can use the following configuration parameters to select cluster capabilities:

  baselineCapabilitySet: v4.11 (1)
  additionalEnabledCapabilities: (2)
  - CSISnapshot
  - Console
  - Storage
1 Defines a baseline set of capabilities to install. Valid values are None, vCurrent and v4.x. If you select None, all optional capabilities will be disabled. The default value is vCurrent, which enables all optional capabilities.

v4.x refers to any value up to and including the current cluster version. For example, valid values for a OKD 4.12 cluster are v4.11 and v4.12.

2 Defines a list of capabilities to explicitly enable. These will be enabled in addition to the capabilities specified in baselineCapabilitySet.

In this example, the default capability is set to v4.11. The additionalEnabledCapabilities field enables additional capabilities over the default v4.11 capability set.

The following table describes the baselineCapabilitySet values.

Table 1. Cluster capabilities baselineCapabilitySet values description
Value Description


Specify this option when you want to automatically add new, default capabilities that are introduced in new releases.


Specify this option when you want to enable the default capabilities for OKD 4.11. By specifying v4.11, capabilities that are introduced in newer versions of OKD are not enabled. The default capabilities in OKD 4.11 are baremetal, marketplace, and openshift-samples.


Specify this option when you want to enable the default capabilities for OKD 4.12. By specifying v4.12, capabilities that are introduced in newer versions of OKD are not enabled. The default capabilities in OKD 4.12 are baremetal, marketplace, openshift-samples, Console, Insights, Storage and CSISnapshot.


Specify when the other sets are too large, and you do not need any capabilities or want to fine-tune via additionalEnabledCapabilities.

Optional cluster capabilities in OKD 4.12

Currently, cluster Operators provide the features for these optional capabilities. The following summarizes the features provided by each capability and what functionality you lose if it is disabled.

Additional resources

Bare-metal capability


The Cluster Baremetal Operator provides the features for the baremetal capability.

The Cluster Baremetal Operator (CBO) deploys all the components necessary to take a bare-metal server to a fully functioning worker node ready to run OKD compute nodes. The CBO ensures that the metal3 deployment, which consists of the Bare Metal Operator (BMO) and Ironic containers, runs on one of the control plane nodes within the OKD cluster. The CBO also listens for OKD updates to resources that it watches and takes appropriate action.

The bare-metal capability is required for deployments using installer-provisioned infrastructure. Disabling the bare-metal capability can result in unexpected problems with these deployments.

It is recommended that cluster administrators only disable the bare-metal capability during installations with user-provisioned infrastructure that do not have any BareMetalHost resources in the cluster.

If the bare-metal capability is disabled, the cluster cannot provision or manage bare-metal nodes. Only disable the capability if there are no BareMetalHost resources in your deployment.

Cluster storage capability


The Cluster Storage Operator provides the features for the Storage capability.

The Cluster Storage Operator sets OKD cluster-wide storage defaults. It ensures a default storageclass exists for OKD clusters. It also installs Container Storage Interface (CSI) drivers which enable your cluster to use various storage backends.

If the cluster storage capability is disabled, the cluster will not have a default storageclass or any CSI drivers. Users with administrator privileges can create a default storageclass and manually install CSI drivers if the cluster storage capability is disabled.


  • The storage class that the Operator creates can be made non-default by editing its annotation, but this storage class cannot be deleted as long as the Operator runs.

Console capability


The Console Operator provides the features for the Console capability.

The Console Operator installs and maintains the OKD web console on a cluster. The Console Operator is installed by default and automatically maintains a console.

Additional resources

CSI snapshot controller capability


The Cluster CSI Snapshot Controller Operator provides the features for the CSISnapshot capability.

The Cluster CSI Snapshot Controller Operator installs and maintains the CSI Snapshot Controller. The CSI Snapshot Controller is responsible for watching the VolumeSnapshot CRD objects and manages the creation and deletion lifecycle of volume snapshots.

Additional resources

Insights capability


The Insights Operator provides the features for the Insights capability.

The Insights Operator gathers OKD configuration data and sends it to Red Hat. The data is used to produce proactive insights recommendations about potential issues that a cluster might be exposed to. These insights are communicated to cluster administrators through Insights Advisor on console.redhat.com.


Insights Operator complements OKD Telemetry.

Additional resources

Marketplace capability


The Marketplace Operator provides the features for the marketplace capability.

The Marketplace Operator simplifies the process for bringing off-cluster Operators to your cluster by using a set of default Operator Lifecycle Manager (OLM) catalogs on the cluster. When the Marketplace Operator is installed, it creates the openshift-marketplace namespace. OLM ensures catalog sources installed in the openshift-marketplace namespace are available for all namespaces on the cluster.

If you disable the marketplace capability, the Marketplace Operator does not create the openshift-marketplace namespace. Catalog sources can still be configured and managed on the cluster manually, but OLM depends on the openshift-marketplace namespace in order to make catalogs available to all namespaces on the cluster. Users with elevated permissions to create namespaces prefixed with openshift-, such as system or cluster administrators, can manually create the openshift-marketplace namespace.

If you enable the marketplace capability, you can enable and disable individual catalogs by configuring the Marketplace Operator.

Additional resources

OpenShift samples capability


The Cluster Samples Operator provides the features for the openshift-samples capability.

The Cluster Samples Operator manages the sample image streams and templates stored in the openshift namespace.

On initial start up, the Operator creates the default samples configuration resource to initiate the creation of the image streams and templates. The configuration object is a cluster scoped object with the key cluster and type configs.samples.

The image streams are the Fedora CoreOS (FCOS)-based OKD image streams pointing to images on registry.redhat.io. Similarly, the templates are those categorized as OKD templates.

If you disable the samples capability, users cannot access the image streams, samples, and templates it provides. Depending on your deployment, you might want to disable this component if you do not need it.