Helm chart for OpenProject

This is the chart for OpenProject itself. It 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

Helm chart Provenance and Integrity

We sign our chart using the Helm Provenance and Integrity functionality. You can find the used public key here

We recommend using the Helm GnuPG plugin. With it you can manually verify the signature like this:

helm repo add openproject https://charts.openproject.org
helm fetch --prov openproject/openproject
helm gpg verify openproject-*.tgz


Demo video

Below is a demo video on how to install OpenProject using the helm chart, including configuration for Let’s Encrypt TLS certificate with cert-manager and ingress-nginx:

Accompanying README instructions for the demo video: opf/helm-charts/demo

Quick start

Add the OpenProject Helm repository:

helm repo add openproject https://charts.openproject.org
helm repo update

Install the OpenProject chart in a dedicated openproject namespace:

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

The namespace is optional, but we highly recommend it as it does make it easier to manage the resources created for OpenProject.


Configuration of the chart takes place through defined values, and a catch-all entry environment to provide all possible variables through ENV that OpenProject supports. To get more information about the possible values, please see our guide on environment variables.

Available OpenProject specific helm values

We try to map the most common options to chart values directly for ease of use. The most common ones are listed here, feel free to extend available values through a pull request.

OpenProject image and version

By default, the helm chart will target the latest stable major release. You can define a custom supported docker tag using image.tag. Override container registry and repository using image.registry and image.repository, respectively.

Please make sure to use the -slim variant of OpenProject, as the all-in-one container is adding unnecessary services and will not work as expected with default options such as operating as a non-root user.

HTTPS mode

Regardless of the TLS mode of ingress, OpenProject needs to be told whether it’s expected to run and return HTTPS responses (or generate correct links in mails, background jobs, etc.). If you’re not running https, then set openproject.https=false.

Seed locale (13.0+)

By default, demo data and global names for types, statuses, etc. will be in English. If you wish to set a custom locale, set openproject.seed_locale=XX, where XX can be a two-character ISO code. For currently supported values, see the OPENPROJECT_AVAILABLE__LANGUAGES default value in the environment guide.

Admin user (13.0+)

By default, OpenProject generates an admin user with password admin which is required to change after first interactive login. If you’re operating an automated deployment with fresh databases for testing, this default approach might not be desirable.

You can customize the password as well as name, email, and whether a password change is enforced on first login with these variables:

openproject.admin_user.name="Firstname Lastname"

ReadWriteMany volumes

By default and when using filesystem-based attachments, OpenProject requires the Kubernetes cluster to support ReadWriteMany (rwx) volumes. This is due to the fact that multiple container instances need access to write to the attachment storage.

To avoid using ReadWriteMany, you will need to configure an S3 compatible object storage instead which is shown in the advanced configuration guide.

  enabled: false

  enabled: true
  # host: 
  # port:

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 through environment variables 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


To install or update from this directory run the following command.


This will install the chart with --set develop=true which is recommended on local clusters such as minikube or kind.

This will also set OPENPROJECT_HTTPS to false so no TLS certificate is required to access it.

You can set other options just like when installing via --set (e.g. bin/install-dev --set persistence.enabled=false).


Changes to the chart can be debugged using the following.


This will try to render the templates and show any errors. You can set values just like when installing via --set (e.g. bin/debug --set persistence.enabled=false).


Create a TLS certificate, e.g. using mkcert.

mkcert helm-example.openproject-dev.com

Create the tls secret in kubernetes.

kubectl -n openproject create secret tls openproject-tls \
  --key="helm-example.openproject-dev.com-key.pem" \

Set the tls secret value during installation or an upgrade by adding the following.

--set ingress.tls.enabled=true --set tls.secretName=openproject-tls

Root CA

If you want to add your own root CA for outgoing TLS connection, do the following.

  1. Put the certificate into a config map.
kubectl -n openproject-dev create configmap ca-pemstore --from-file=/path/to/rootCA.pem

To make OpenProject use this CA for outgoing TLS connection, set the following options.

  --set egress.tls.rootCA.configMap=ca-pemstore \
  --set egress.tls.rootCA.fileName=rootCA.pem


There are various sensitive credentials used by the chart. While they can be provided directly in the values (e.g. --set postgresql.auth.password), it is recommended to store them in secrets instead.

You can create a new secret like this:

kubectl -n openproject create secret generic <name>

You can then edit the secret to add the credentials via the following.

kubectl -n openproject edit secret <name>

The newly created secret will look something like this:

apiVersion: v1
kind: Secret
  creationTimestamp: "2024-01-10T09:36:09Z"
  name: <name>
  namespace: openproject
  resourceVersion: "1074377"
  uid: ff6538cd-f8cb-418f-8cee-bd1e20d96d24
type: Opaque

To add the actual content, you can simply add stringData: to the end of it and save it.

The keys which are looked up inside the secret data can be changed from their defaults in the values as well. This is the same in all cases where next to existingSecret you can also set secretKeys.

In the following sections we give examples for what this may look like using the default keys for the credentials used by OpenProject.


  postgres-password: postgresPassword
  password: userPassword

If you have an existing secret where the keys are not postgres-password and password, you can customize the used keys as mentioned above.

For instance:

helm upgrade --create-namespace --namespace openproject --install openproject \
  --set postgresql.auth.existingSecret=mysecret \
  --set postgresql.auth.secretKeys.adminPasswordKey=adminpw \
  --set postgresql.auth.secretKeys.userPasswordKey=userpw

This can be customized for the the credentials in the following sections too in the same fashion. You can look up the respective options in the values.yaml file.

Default passwords

If you provide neither an existing secret nor passwords directly in the values.yaml file, the postgres chart will generate a secret automatically.

This secret will contain both the user and admin passwords. You can print the base64 encoded passwords as follows.

kubectl get secret -n <namespace> openproject-postgresql -o yaml | grep password

OIDC (OpenID Connect)

  clientId: 7c6cc104-1d07-4a9f-b3fb-017da8577cec
  clientSecret: Sf78Q~H14O7F2_EOS4NsLoxu-ayOm42i~MljMb44

Sealed secrets

kubectl create secret generic openproject-oidc-secret-sealed --from-literal=OPENPROJECT_OPENID__CONNECT_PROVIDERHERE_IDENTIFIER=xxxxx --from-literal=OPENPROJECT_OPENID__CONNECT_PROVIDERHERE_SECRET=xxxxx --dry-run=client -o yaml | kubeseal ...

Set openproject.oidc.extraOidcSealedSecret="openproject-oidc-secret-sealed" in your values.


  secretAccessKey: zwH7t0H3bJQf/TvlQpE7/Y59k9hD+nYNRlKUBpuq


For OpenProject to work in OpenShift without further adjustments, you need to use the following pod and container security context.

  supplementalGroups: [1000]
  fsGroup: null

  runAsUser: null
  runAsGroup: null

By default OpenProject requests fsGroup: 1000 in the pod security context, and also 1000 for both runAsUser and runAsGroup in the container security context. You have to allow this using a custom SCC (Security Context Constraint) in the cluster. In this case you do not have to adjust the security contexts. But the easiest way is the use of the security contexts as shown above.

Due to the default restrictions in OpenShift there may also be issues running PostgreSQL and memcached. Again, you may have to create an SCC to fix this or adjust the policies in the subcharts accordingly.

Assuming no further options for both, simply disabling the security context values to use the default works as well.

      enabled: false
      enabled: false

    enabled: false
    enabled: false