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Install Dragonfly Kubernetes Operator

Dragonfly Operator is a Kubernetes operator used to deploy and manage Dragonfly instances in your Kubernetes clusters.

The main features include:

  • Automatic Failover
  • Scaling Horizontally and Vertically (with Custom Rollout Strategy)
  • Custom Configuration Options
  • Authentication and Server TLS
  • Snapshots to Persistent Volume Claims (PVCs) and S3-Compatible Cloud Storage
  • Monitoring with Prometheus and Grafana


  • A working Kubernetes cluster (tested with Kubernetes 1.19+)
  • kubectl installed and configured to connect to your cluster


Make sure your Kubernetes cluster is up and running. To install Dragonfly Operator, run:

# Install the CRD and Operator
kubectl apply -f

By default, the operator will be installed in the dragonfly-operator-system namespace.


Create a Dragonfly instance with replicas

  1. To create a sample Dragonfly instance with a master and three replicas, run the this command:

    kubectl apply -f
  2. To check the status of the instance, run:

    kubectl describe dragonfly-sample
  3. Connect to the master instance of the service at:

    As pods are added or removed, the service automatically updates to point to the new master.

Connect with redis-cli

To connect to the instance using redis-cli, run:

kubectl run -it --rm --restart=Never redis-cli --image=redis:7.0.10 -- redis-cli -h dragonfly-sample.default

The command creates a temporary pod that runs the redis-cli and connects to the instance. To run Redis commands, press shift + R and then enter the Redis commands. For example, to set and retrieve a key, you can run:

If you don't see a command prompt, try pressing enter.
dragonfly-sample.default:6379> GET 1
dragonfly-sample.default:6379> SET 1 2
dragonfly-sample.default:6379> GET 1
dragonfly-sample.default:6379> exit
pod "redis-cli" deleted

Change the number of replica instances

To change the number of replica instances, edit the spec.replicas field in the Dragonfly instance. For example, to scale up to 5 replicas run:

kubectl patch dragonfly dragonfly-sample --type merge -p '{"spec":{"replicas":5}}'

Pass custom Dragonfly arguments

To pass custom arguments to Dragonfly, edit the spec.args field in the Dragonfly instance. For example, to configure Dragonfly to require a password run:

kubectl patch dragonfly dragonfly-sample --type merge -p '{"spec":{"args":["--requirepass=supersecret"]}}'

Vertically scale the instance

To vertically scale the instance, edit the spec.resources field in the Dragonfly instance. For example, to increase the CPU requests to 2 cores run:

kubectl patch dragonfly dragonfly-sample --type merge -p '{"spec":{"resources":{"requests":{"cpu":"2"}}}}'

To understand how to configure High Availability, please refer to the High Availability section.