Helpful kubectl Commands for Developers

This entry shows usefule kubectl commands that I find very useful and use almost every day when working with in the kubernete environment.

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What is Kubernetes

Kubernetes, often called k8s, is an open-source platform to automate cicd or containerized applications. It was originally developed by Google.

Key Features and Components

  • Containers and Pods
  • Cluster Architecture
  • Master Components
  • Node Components
  • Networking
  • Storage
  • Self-healing
  • Scalability and Load Balancing
  • Automation

What is Docker

In this article, I will list helpful commands for a developer who works with k8s environment from your local dev machine.

Get Contexts

Get all available contexts

kubectl config get-contexts

See current context

kubectl config current-context

Set current context

kubectl config use-context <context-name>


To get cluster-info

kubectl cluster-info

To display resource usage

kubectl top
kubectl top pods

General Resources

List resources:

kubectl get

Describe a resource

kubectl describe

Describe the nodes

kubectl describe nodes


List services for all namespaces

    kubectl get services --all-namespaces
    kubectl get svc --all-namespaces

    To get services for just a namespace

    kubectl get services -n <namespace>


    Get current pods (in the current context)

    kubectl get pods

    Describe a specific pod

    kubectl describe pod <pod-name>

    Execute a Command inside a container

    kubectl exec -it my-pod -- /bin/bash
    root@my-pod:/# ls
    bin  dev  home  root  var  etc
    root@my-pod:/# exit

    Get logs of a pod

    kubectl logs my-pod -c my-container

    Port Forward

    This example show forwarding local port 5000 to the pod’s port 6000

    kubectl port-forward my-pod 5000:6000
    Forwarding from -> 6000
    Forwarding from [::1]:5000 -> 6000


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