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Kubernetes Cheat Sheet

This page contains a list of commonly used kubectl commands and flags.

Kubectl apply - Creating objects

# create resource(s)

kubectl apply -f ./my-manifest.yaml

# create from multiple files

kubectl apply -f ./my1.yaml -f ./my2.yaml     

# create resource(s) in all manifest files in dir

kubectl apply -f ./dir  

# create resource(s) from url

kubectl apply -f 

# create a Job which prints "Hello World"

kubectl create job hello --image=busybox:1.28 -- echo "Hello World"

# create a CronJob that prints "Hello World" every minute

kubectl create cronjob hello --image=busybox:1.28   --schedule="*/1 * * * *" -- echo "Hello World"

Viewing the Resources

# Get commands with basic output

kubectl get services                         
kubectl get pods --all-namespaces            
kubectl get pods -o wide                     
kubectl get deployment my-dep                
kubectl get pods                             
kubectl get pod my-pod -o yaml               

# Describe commands with verbose output

kubectl describe nodes my-node
kubectl describe pods my-pod

# List Services Sorted by Name

kubectl get services

# List pods Sorted by Restart Count

kubectl get pods --sort-by='.status.containerStatuses[0].restartCount'

# List PersistentVolumes sorted by capacity

kubectl get pv

# Get the version label of all pods with label app=cassandra

kubectl get pods --selector=app=cassandra -o \

# Retrieve the value of a key with dots, e.g. 'ca.crt'

kubectl get configmap myconfig \
  -o jsonpath='{\.crt}'

# Retrieve a base64 encoded value with dashes instead of underscores.

kubectl get secret my-secret --template='{{index .data "key-name-with-dashes"}}'

# Get all worker nodes (use a selector to exclude results that have a label

# named '')

kubectl get node --selector='!'

# Get all running pods in the namespace

kubectl get pods --field-selector=status.phase=Running

# Get ExternalIPs of all nodes

kubectl get nodes -o jsonpath='{.items[*].status.addresses[?(@.type=="ExternalIP")].address}'

# List all containerIDs of initContainer of all pods

# Helpful when cleaning up stopped containers, while avoiding removal of initContainers.

kubectl get pods --all-namespaces -o jsonpath='{range .items[*].status.initContainerStatuses[*]}{.containerID}{"\n"}{end}' | cut -d/ -f3

# List Events sorted by timestamp

kubectl get events --sort-by=.metadata.creationTimestamp

# List all warning events

kubectl events --types=Warning

# Compares the current state of the cluster against the state that the cluster would be in if the manifest was applied.

kubectl diff -f ./my-manifest.yaml

# Get a deployment's status subresource

kubectl get deployment nginx-deployment --subresource=status

Updating resources

# Rolling update "www" containers of "frontend" deployment, updating the image

kubectl set image deployment/frontend www=image:v2    

# Check the history of deployments including the revision

kubectl rollout history deployment/frontend   

# Rollback to the previous deployment

kubectl rollout undo deployment/frontend      

# Rollback to a specific revision

kubectl rollout undo deployment/frontend --to-revision=2 

# Watch rolling update status of "frontend" deployment until completion

kubectl rollout status -w deployment/frontend       

# Rolling restart of the "frontend" deployment

kubectl rollout restart deployment/frontend                    

# Force replace, delete and then re-create the resource. Will cause a service outage.

kubectl replace --force -f ./pod.json

# Create a service for a replicated nginx, which serves on port 80 and connects to the containers on port 8000

kubectl expose rc nginx --port=80 --target-port=8000

Editing resources

# Edit the deploy file

kubectl edit deploy deploy.yaml                      

Scaling resources

# Scale a replicaset named 'foo' to 3

kubectl scale --replicas=3 rs/foo

# Scale a resource specified in "foo.yaml" to 3

kubectl scale --replicas=3 -f foo.yaml 

# If the deployment named mysql's current size is 2, scale mysql to 3

kubectl scale --current-replicas=2 --replicas=3 deployment/mysql  

# Scale multiple replication controllers

kubectl scale --replicas=5 rc/foo rc/bar rc/baz                 

Deleting resources

# Delete a pod using the type and name specified in pod.json

kubectl delete -f ./pod.json              

# Delete a pod with no grace period

kubectl delete pod unwanted --now      

# Delete pods and services with same names "baz" and "foo"

kubectl delete pod,service baz foo         

# Delete pods and services with label name=myLabel

kubectl delete pods,services -l name=myLabel  

# Delete all pods and services in namespace my-ns,

kubectl -n my-ns delete pod,svc --all                        

# Delete all pods matching the awk pattern1 or pattern2

kubectl get pods  -n mynamespace --no-headers=true | awk '/pattern1|pattern2/{print $1}' | xargs  kubectl delete -n mynamespace pod

Interacting with running Pods

kubectl logs my-pod                               
kubectl logs -l name=myLabel                        
kubectl logs my-pod --previous                     
kubectl logs my-pod -c my-container               
kubectl logs my-pod -c my-container --previous   
kubectl logs -f my-pod                          
kubectl logs -f my-pod -c my-container            
kubectl logs -f -l name=myLabel --all-containers  

# Show metrics for a given pod and its containers

kubectl top pod POD_NAME --containers              
kubectl top pod POD_NAME --sort-by=cpu           

Interacting with Deployments and Services

kubectl logs deploy/my-deployment                        
kubectl logs deploy/my-deployment -c my-container       

# listen on local port 5000 and forward to port 5000 on Service backend

kubectl port-forward svc/my-service 5000           

# listen on local port 5000 and forward to Service target port with name <my-service-port>

kubectl port-forward svc/my-service 5000:my-service-port 

# listen on local port 5000 and forward to port 6000 on a Pod created by <my-deployment>

kubectl port-forward deploy/my-deployment 5000:6000     

# run command in first Pod and first container in Deployment (single- or multi-container cases)

kubectl exec deploy/my-deployment -- ls         

Interacting with Nodes and cluster

# Mark my-node as unschedulable

kubectl cordon my-node  

# Drain my-node in preparation for maintenance

kubectl drain my-node    

# Mark my-node as schedulable

kubectl uncordon my-node         

# Show metrics for a given node

kubectl top node my-node 

# Display addresses of the master and services

kubectl cluster-info              

# Dump current cluster state to stdout

kubectl cluster-info dump   

# Dump current cluster state to /path/to/cluster-state

kubectl cluster-info dump --output-directory=/path/to/cluster-state  

Source :

Creating Service Account Run the following command to add a new service account called king: $ kubectl create serviceaccount king serviceaccount/king created Find the name of the secret that stores t

Kubernetes RBAC The Kubernetes API provides access to sensitive data, including deployment details, persistent storage settings, and secrets. Over the years, the Kubernetes community has provided seve

Here the Sample Deployment and Service yaml file to deploy the application start pods in the existing node. deployment.yaml apiVersion: apps/v1 kind: Deployment metadata: name: king-app spec: repl

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