Helm Chart

Basic commands

helm repo add openproject https://charts.openproject.org
helm upgrade --install my-openproject openproject/openproject


This chart bootstraps an OpenProject instance, optionally with a PostgreSQL database and Memcached.


  • Kubernetes 1.16+
  • Helm 3.0.0+
  • PV provisioner support in the underlying infrastructure

Installing the Chart

You can install the chart with the release name my-openproject in its own namespace like this:

helm upgrade --create-namespace --namespace openproject --install my-openproject openproject/openproject

The namespace is optional, but using it does make it easier to manage the resources created for OpenProject.

Updating the configuration

The OpenProject configuration can be changed through environment variables. You can use helm upgrade to set individual values.

For instance:

helm upgrade --reuse-values --namespace openproject my-openproject --set environment.OPENPROJECT_IMPRESSUM__LINK=https://www.openproject.org/legal/imprint/ --set environment.OPENPROJECT_APP__TITLE='My OpenProject'

Find out more about the configuration section.

Uninstalling the Chart

To uninstall the release with the name my-openproject do the following:

helm uninstall --namespace openproject my-openproject

Note: This will not remove the persistent volumes created while installing. The easiest way to ensure all PVCs are deleted as well is to delete the openproject namespace (kubectl delete namespace openproject). If you installed OpenProject into the default namespace, you can delete the volumes manually one by one.


Web deployment stuck in CrashLoopBackoff

Describing the pod may yield an error like the following:

65s)  kubelet            Error: failed to start container "openproject": Error response from daemon: failed to create shim task: OCI runtime create failed: runc create failed: unable to start container process: error during container init: error setting cgroup config for procHooks process: failed to write "400000": write /sys/fs/cgroup/cpu,cpuacct/kubepods/burstable/pod990fa25e-dbf0-4fb7-9b31-9d7106473813/openproject/cpu.cfs_quota_us: invalid argument: unknown

This can happen when using minikube. By default, it initialises the cluster with 2 CPUs only.

Either increase the cluster’s resources to have at least 4 CPUs or install the OpenProject helm chart with a reduced CPU limit by adding the following option to the install command:

--set resources.limits.cpu=2

Root access in OpenShift

The OpenProject container performs tasks as root during setup. In OpenShift this is not allowed. You will have to add the anyuid SCC (Security Context Constraint) to OpenProject’s service account.