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Kubernetes Cheat Sheet

Kubernetes cheat sheet is for those who want to start kubernetes and don’t know how to start or to remember forgotten commands.

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A cheat sheet for Kubernetes commands.

Master: The machine that controls Kubernetes nodes. This is where all task assignments originate.

Node: These machines perform the requested, assigned tasks. The Kubernetes master controls them.

Pod: A group of one or more containers deployed to a single node. All containers in a pod share an IP address, IPC, hostname, and other resources. Pods abstract network and storage away from the underlying container. This lets you move containers around the cluster more easily.

Replication controller: This controls how many identical copies of a pod should be running somewhere on the cluster.

Service: This decouples work definitions from the pods. Kubernetes service proxies automatically get service requests to the right pod—no matter where it moves to in the cluster or even if it’s been replaced.

Kubelet: This service runs on nodes, reads the container manifests, and ensures the defined containers are started and running.

kubectl: This is the command line configuration tool for Kubernetes.


Kubectl Alias

Linux and OSX

$ alias k=kubectl


$ Set-Alias -Name k -Value kubectl

Cluster Info

  • Get clusters
$ kubectl config get-clusters
  • Get cluster info.
$ kubectl cluster-info
Kubernetes master is running at


A context is a cluster, namespace and user.

  • Get a list of contexts.
$ kubectl config get-contexts
CURRENT   NAME                 CLUSTER                      AUTHINFO             NAMESPACE
          docker-desktop       docker-desktop               docker-desktop
*         foo                  foo                          foo                  bar
  • Get the current context.
$ kubectl config current-context
  • Switch current context.
$ kubectl config use-conext docker-desktop
  • Set default namesapce
    $ kubectl config set-context $(kubectl config current-context) --namespace=my-namespace

To switch between contexts, you can also install and use kubectx.

Get Commands

$ kubectl get all
$ kubectl get namespaces
$ kubectl get services
$ kubectl get replicationcontroller
$ kubectl get deployments
$ kubectl get ingress
$ kubectl get configmaps
$ kubectl get nodes
$ kubectl get pods
$ kubectl get rs
$ kubectl get svc kuard
$ kubectl get endpoints kuard

Additional switches that can be added to the above commands:

  • -o wide - show more information.
  • --watch or -w - watch for changes.


  • --namespace - Get a resource for a specific namespace.

You can set the default namespace for the current context like so:

$ kubectl config set-context $(kubectl config current-context) --namespace=my-namespace

To switch namespaces, you can also install and use kubens.


  • Get pods showing labels.
    $ kubectl get pods --show-labels
  • Get pods by label.
    $ kubectl get pods -l environment=production,tier!=frontend
    $ kubectl get pods -l 'environment in (production,test),tier notin (frontend,backend)'

Describe Command

$ kubectl describe nodes [id]
$ kubectl describe pods [id]
$ kubectl describe rs [id]
$ kubectl describe svc kuard [id]
$ kubectl describe endpoints kuard [id]

Delete Command

$ kubectl delete nodes [id]
$ kubectl delete pods [id]
$ kubectl delete rs [id]
$ kubectl delete svc kuard [id]
$ kubectl delete endpoints kuard [id]

Force a deletion of a pod without waiting for it to gracefully shut down

$ kubectl delete pod-name --grace-period=0 --force

Create vs Apply

kubectl create can be used to create new resources while kubectl apply inserts or updates resources while maintaining any manual changes made like scaling pods.

  • --record - Add the current command as an annotation to the resource.
  • --recursive - Recursively look for yaml in the specified directory.

Create Pod

$ kubectl run kuard --generator=run-pod/v1 --output yaml --export --dry-run > kuard-pod.yml
$ kubectl apply -f kuard-pod.yml

Create Deployment

$ kubectl run kuard --output yaml --export --dry-run > kuard-deployment.yml
$ kubectl apply -f kuard-deployment.yml

Create Service

$ kubectl expose deployment kuard --port 8080 --target-port=8080 --output yaml --export --dry-run > kuard-service.yml
$ kubectl apply -f kuard-service.yml

Export YAML for New Pod

$ kubectl run my-cool-app —-image=me/my-cool-app:v1 --output yaml --export --dry-run > my-cool-app.yaml

Export YAML for Existing Object

$ kubectl get deployment my-cool-app --output yaml --export > my-cool-app.yaml


  • Get logs.
    $ kubectl logs -l app=kuard
  • Get logs for previously terminated container.
    $ kubectl logs POD_NAME --previous
  • Watch logs in real time.
    $ kubectl attach POD_NAME
  • Copy files out of pod (Requires tar binary in container).
    $ kubectl cp POD_NAME:/var/log .

You can also install and use kail.

Port Forward

$ kubectl port-forward deployment/kuard 8080:8080


  • Update replicas.
    $ kubectl scale deployment nginx-deployment --replicas=10


  • Set autoscaling config.
    vkubectl autoscale deployment nginx-deployment --min=10 --max=15 --cpu-percent=80


  • Get rollout status.
    $ kubectl rollout status deployment/nginx-deployment
    Waiting for rollout to finish: 2 out of 3 new replicas have been updated...
    deployment "nginx-deployment" successfully rolled out
  • Get rollout history.
    $ kubectl rollout history deployment/nginx-deployment
    $ kubectl rollout history deployment/nginx-deployment --revision=2
  • Undo a rollout.
    $ kubectl rollout undo deployment/nginx-deployment
    $ kubectl rollout undo deployment/nginx-deployment --to-revision=2
  • Pause/resume a rollout
    $ kubectl rollout pause deployment/nginx-deployment
    $ kubectl rollout resume deploy/nginx-deployment

Pod Example

apiVersion: v1
kind: Pod
  name: cuda-test
    - name: cuda-test
      image: ""
    accelerator: nvidia-tesla-p100

Deployment Example

apiVersion: apps/v1
kind: Deployment
  name: nginx-deployment
  namespace: my-namespace
    - environment: production,
    - teir: frontend
    - key1: value1,
    - key2: value2
  replicas: 3
      app: nginx
        app: nginx
      - name: nginx
        image: nginx:1.7.9
        - containerPort: 80


  • Enable proxy
$ kubectl proxy

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