14. Supported OpenShift versions

Date: 2021-11-24




We can realistically support a few versions of OpenShift, so we need a rolling schedule of which versions we currently support. We use a similar rolling schedule for GitLab charts and supported Kubernetes versions. For charts we based our support schedule on the versions of managed Kubernetes popular cloud providers offer.

Managed OpenShift offerings from Red Hat, Azure, and AWS were consulted. GCP does not offer a managed OpenShift service.


Since Azure managed OpenShift lags behind releases for three months, we will test and support N - 2 minor versions of OpenShift at a time, removing testing clusters three months after official Red Hat support ends. This will ensure that we allow users on Azure enough time to upgrade their managed OpenShift clusters.

For our testing/support that means we should currently have 4.7, 4.8 and 4.9 clusters. Once OpenShift 4.10 (or 5.0) is released, we should plan to remove 4.7 from our projects three months after Red Hat EOL, February 2022.

This cycle corresponds to supporting each minor version of OpenShift for one year after release.


GitLab Operator users will have to be made aware that we officially support N-2 versions of OpenShift. We may have to issue deprecation warnings from the operator when running in an OpenShift cluster version that has aged out of support.