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Service Accounts

Configure the service account to run Workflows

Roles, Role-Bindings, and Service Accounts

In order for Argo to support features such as artifacts, outputs, access to secrets, etc. it needs to communicate with Kubernetes resources using the Kubernetes API. To communicate with the Kubernetes API, Argo uses a ServiceAccount to authenticate itself to the Kubernetes API. You can specify which Role (i.e. which permissions) the ServiceAccount that Argo uses by binding a Role to a ServiceAccount using a RoleBinding

Then, when submitting Workflows you can specify which ServiceAccount Argo uses using:

argo submit --serviceaccount <name>

When no ServiceAccount is provided, Argo will use the default ServiceAccount from the namespace from which it is run, which will almost always have insufficient privileges by default.

For more information about granting Argo the necessary permissions for your use case see Workflow RBAC.

Granting admin privileges

For the purposes of this demo, we will grant the default ServiceAccount admin privileges (i.e., we will bind the admin Role to the default ServiceAccount of the current namespace):

kubectl create rolebinding default-admin --clusterrole=admin --serviceaccount=argo:default -n argo

Note that this will grant admin privileges to the default ServiceAccount in the namespace that the command is run from, so you will only be able to run Workflows in the namespace where the RoleBinding was made.