In Red Hat OpenShift 4.2, we introduced a number of new console customization features, including ConsoleNotifications, ConsoleExternalLogLinks, ConsoleLinks, and ConsoleCLIDownloads. New in 4.3, the ConsoleLink feature has been extended to cover even more use cases. In addition to the User Menu, Help Menu, and Application Menu, users can now add links to specific project dashboards.

You can add a launcher card to a project dashboard by using the ConsoleLink CRD. Each of the links in the above screenshot is a separate ConsoleLink instance.

Users can define

namespaceDashboard, namespaceSelector

, and namespaces array to further customize their launcher.

  • namespaceDashboard

    holds information about namespaces in which the dashboard link should appear, and it is applicable only when location is set to NamespaceDashboard. If not specified, the link will appear in all namespaces.

  • namespaceSelector

    is used to select the Namespaces that should contain dashboard link by label. If the namespace labels match, dashboard link will be shown for the namespaces.

  • namespaces

    is an array of namespace names in which the dashboard link should appear.

Take a closer look at the sample. We used namespaceDashboard to show the link in a single namespace; in this case, we’re adding it to the namespace ‘my-project’.

apiVersion: console.openshift.io/v1
kind: ConsoleLink
metadata:
name: example-namespace-dashboard
spec:
href: 'https://www.example.com'
location: NamespaceDashboard
text: Namespace Dashboard Link
namespaceDashboard:
namespaces:
- my-project

This simple YAML will create the Launcher card below. Remember that you can add multiple links to the launcher card to easily display relevant external links. Operators can also use CRDs to add their own project level links in an automated fashion.

The new ConsoleLink location makes it easier than ever for cluster admins to link to project-specific applications relevant to a particular project. For adding cluster-wide scoped links to the User Menu, Help Menu, and Application Menu, check out our console customization blog.

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