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kubectl: Command-Line Kubernetes in a Nutshell

By : Rimantas Mocevicius
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kubectl: Command-Line Kubernetes in a Nutshell

By: Rimantas Mocevicius

Overview of this book

The kubectl command line tool lets you control Kubernetes clusters to manage nodes in the cluster and perform all types of Kubernetes operations. This introductory guide will get you up to speed with kubectl in no time. The book is divided into four parts, touching base on the installation and providing a general overview of kubectl in the first part. The second part introduces you to managing Kubernetes clusters and working with nodes. In the third part, you’ll be taken through the different ways in which you can manage Kubernetes applications, covering how to create, update, delete, view, and debug applications. The last part of the book focuses on various Kubernetes plugins and commands. You’ll get to grips with using Kustomize and discover Helm, a Kubernetes package manager. In addition to this, you’ll explore how you can use equivalent Docker commands in kubectl. By the end of this book, you’ll have learned how to install and update an application on Kubernetes, view its logs, and inspect clusters effectively.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)
Section 1: Getting Started with kubectl
Section 2: Kubernetes Cluster and Node Management
Section 3: Application Management
Section 4: Extending kubectl

Chapter 7: Working with kubectl Plugins

In the previous chapter, we learned how to do various operations with kubectl, such as listing nodes and pods and checking logs. In this chapter, let's learn how to extend the kubectl command base with plugins. kubectl has many commands but might not always have the ones you want, and, in such instances, we need to use plugins. We will learn how to install kubectl plugins in order to have more features with extra sub-commands. We will see how to use those plugins, and finally, we will see how we can create a basic plugin for kubectl.

In this chapter, we're going to cover the following main topics:

  • Installing plugins
  • Using plugins
  • Creating basic plugin