Installing the OpenShift command line tools

The oc (or kubectl) command line tools are used to access Openshift through the command line.

You can download the latest version of the OpenShift client tools from

Now, extract the downloaded file. On Linux, run:

tar –xvf openshift-client-linux.tar.gz

This will produce two commands, oc and kubectl. Place these somewhere in your $PATH. If you want the commands to be available to multiple users on a system, consider placing them in /usr/local/bin:

mv oc kubectl /usr/local/bin

If you are installing them just for yourself, you can install them in $HOME/bin:

mkdir -p $HOME/bin
mv oc kubectl $HOME/bin

Lastly, ensure that the directory in which you have placed the commands is in your $PATH. Typically, your system will already be configured to find commands in /usr/local/bin. You may need to add $HOME/bin to your path by editing your .bashrc file and adding:

export PATH=$HOME/bin:$PATH