Enable CSI


Before you install and use Portworx with CSI, ensure you meet the prerequisistes:

  • Openshift users must use Openshift 4.1 or higher
  • Kubernetes users must use 1.13.12 or higher
  • Certain features may require newer versions of Kubernetes or Portworx


The Portworx CSI Driver requires additional components called CSI Sidecars in order to function properly. To make sure these components and their dependencies are installed on your cluster, follow the instructions below.

Portworx CSI installed by default

Starting with the Portworx Operator 1.5 and higher, CSI is installed by default unless explicitly disabled. Due to the nature of CSI and its dependencies, it is highly recommend to use the Portworx Operator instead of the spec generator for installation.

The Portworx Operator easily manages all CSI components based on your Kubernetes and Portworx versions. This makes upgrading Kubernetes and Portworx versions far easier.

Note: Explicitly disabling CSI will also prevent the Pure Storage FlashBade DirectAccess mode from working.

Portworx Operator 1.4 and earlier

Older operator versions do not enable CSI by default. It is highly recommended to upgrade to Portworx Operator 1.5 or later.

To enable CSI on older Portworx Operator versions, you may set the following CSI feature gate:

    CSI: "true"

Openshift installation:

You must add the px-csi-account service account to the privileged security context.

oc adm policy add-scc-to-user privileged system:serviceaccount:kube-system:px-csi-account
Note: If you experience the following error: “errorUnable to update cluster as v1alpha1 version of … Remove these CRDs to allow the upgrade to proceed”, follow this solution from RedHat.


Portworx, Inc. welcomes contributions to its CSI implementation, which is open-source and repository is at OpenStorage. In addition, we also encourage contributions to the Kubernetes-CSI open source implementation.

Last edited: Tuesday, Nov 2, 2021