Fabric8 Documentation

Fabric8 Developer Console

Fabric8 Developer Console provides a rich HTML5 web application for creating, building, testing and managing Microservices on Kubernetes.

Fabric8 Developer Console is single lightweight pod, replication controller and services that runs on any Kubernetes or Openshift cluster.


Here is how to install the Console on Kubernetes / OpenShift


The fabric8 console uses the authentication of the underlying system. Therefor you need to adjust the authentication on your base platform.

So if you are on openshift have a look how to configure authentication.

Getting Started

The console has a number of tabs that let you work with the various Kubernetes resources. We'll highlight the main ones you'll need to use:


The main tab to get a feel for what's running in your system is the Controllers tab which shows all the replication controllers.

To scale up or down a controller to run more or less pods (containers) just increase or decrease the Desired Replicas value and hit Save and hey presto pods are created or destroyed.

controllers tab screenshot


The Overview tab gives you a feel for how all the various services and replication controllers interact:

overview tab screenshot


The Library tab lets you drag and drop Apps into your library from downloaded App Zips so that you can see all the available applications you can run. Click on an app then hit Run to run them.

You can also drag folder from the Library to your desktop and local file system to save them.

library tab screenshot

Using Kubernetes/OpenShift

If you are using Kubernetes or OpenShift you need to find the URL for the console service. From there you should be able to navigate to the tabs for pods, [replication controllers] and services.

If you use the Fabric8 Vagrant approach then the URL is http://fabric8.vagrant.f8/.

Otherwise you need to find the host name to use.

e.g. on OpenShift V3 you can find it via:

oc get route fabric8