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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


In this chapter, we have learned how to install, use, and create kubectl plugins. It is useful to know how to expand kubectl with existing plugins, and how to create your ones.

We have learned about a few very handy and useful kubectl plugins:

  • ctx: Allows us to switch between Kubernetes clusters very easily
  • ns: Allows us to switch between namespaces
  • view-allocations: Shows a list of allocations for resources in the cluster

When you work daily with multiple Kubernetes clusters and namespaces, using the ctx and ns plugins will save a lot of time.

In the next chapter, we going to learn how to deploy applications using Kustomize.