Red Hat
Aug 25, 2014
by arungupta


OpenShift is Red Hat’s PaaS platform and comes in three flavors:

  • Origin is the Community PaaS offering. You can explore the community-driven open source upstream of OpenShift. Join the community.
  • Online is the Public PaaS offering. Host your applications in the public cloud with automated provisioning, management, and scaling of applications. Sign up for free.
  • Enterprise is the Private PaaS offering. Leverage PaaS in your own data centers and private cloud. Request evaluation.

This Tech Tip will show how you can setup a Virtual VM running with OpenShift Online. Instructions at are pretty self explanatory. Here are the exact ones that I followed on Mavericks:

  1. Download VM:
    curl -O
  2. Unpack VM files
    tar xzvf ~/Downloads/openshift-origin.tgz 
    x OpenShift Origin v4/
    x OpenShift Origin v4/OpenShift Origin v4.nvram
    x OpenShift Origin v4/OpenShift Origin v4.vbox
    x OpenShift Origin v4/OpenShift Origin v4.vmsd
    x OpenShift Origin v4/OpenShift Origin v4.vmx
    x OpenShift Origin v4/OpenShift Origin v4.vmxf
    x OpenShift Origin v4/._origin-vm.vmdk
    x OpenShift Origin v4/origin-vm.vmdk
  3. Follow the instructions to create a VirtualBox instance. Create a new hard drive using the unzipped origin-vm.vmdk file.

    IMPORTANT: Instead of 4.2.4 to add bridged networking, setup a host-only network using 4.2.5.

  4. Boot the VM to see the output as:


    Type “5″ to exit to the command prompt.

  5. VM comes pre-configured with Avahi DNS service and so now you can access OpenShift console at broker.openshift.local and seen as:


    The username/password are “demo”/”changeme”.

  6. Create an SSH tunnel into the VM as:
    ssh -f root@broker.openshift.local -L 8080:localhost:8080 -N

    Password is “changeme”. OpenShift admin console is now accessible at localhost:8080/admin-console and looks like:


    More details about Admin Console are well documented.

Many thanks to Harrison for guiding me through creating this process!

Ask your OpenShift questions at stackoverflow or follow them at @openshift.



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