kubectl exec - Execute a command in a container
kubectl exec [OPTIONS]
Execute a command in a container.
-c, --container="" Container name. If omitted, use the kubectl.kubernetes.io/default-container annotation for selecting the container to be attached or the first container in the pod will be chosen
-f, --filename= to use to exec into the resource
--pod-running-timeout=1m0s The length of time (like 5s, 2m, or 3h, higher than zero) to wait until at least one pod is running
-q, --quiet=false Only print output from the remote session
-i, --stdin=false Pass stdin to the container
-t, --tty=false Stdin is a TTY
--as="" Username to impersonate for the operation. User could be a regular user or a service account in a namespace.
--as-group= Group to impersonate for the operation, this flag can be repeated to specify multiple groups.
--as-uid="" UID to impersonate for the operation.
--azure-container-registry-config="" Path to the file containing Azure container registry configuration information.
--cache-dir="/build/.kube/cache" Default cache directory
--certificate-authority="" Path to a cert file for the certificate authority
--client-certificate="" Path to a client certificate file for TLS
--client-key="" Path to a client key file for TLS
--cluster="" The name of the kubeconfig cluster to use
--context="" The name of the kubeconfig context to use
--disable-compression=false If true, opt-out of response compression for all requests to the server
--insecure-skip-tls-verify=false If true, the server's certificate will not be checked for validity. This will make your HTTPS connections insecure
--kubeconfig="" Path to the kubeconfig file to use for CLI requests.
--match-server-version=false Require server version to match client version
-n, --namespace="" If present, the namespace scope for this CLI request
--password="" Password for basic authentication to the API server
--profile="none" Name of profile to capture. One of (none|cpu|heap|goroutine|threadcreate|block|mutex)
--profile-output="profile.pprof" Name of the file to write the profile to
--request-timeout="0" The length of time to wait before giving up on a single server request. Non-zero values should contain a corresponding time unit (e.g. 1s, 2m, 3h). A value of zero means don't timeout requests.
-s, --server="" The address and port of the Kubernetes API server
--tls-server-name="" Server name to use for server certificate validation. If it is not provided, the hostname used to contact the server is used
--token="" Bearer token for authentication to the API server
--user="" The name of the kubeconfig user to use
--username="" Username for basic authentication to the API server
--version=false Print version information and quit
--warnings-as-errors=false Treat warnings received from the server as errors and exit with a non-zero exit code
# Get output from running the 'date' command from pod mypod, using the first container by default
kubectl exec mypod -- date
# Get output from running the 'date' command in ruby-container from pod mypod
kubectl exec mypod -c ruby-container -- date
# Switch to raw terminal mode; sends stdin to 'bash' in ruby-container from pod mypod
# and sends stdout/stderr from 'bash' back to the client
kubectl exec mypod -c ruby-container -i -t -- bash -il
# List contents of /usr from the first container of pod mypod and sort by modification time
# If the command you want to execute in the pod has any flags in common (e.g. -i),
# you must use two dashes (--) to separate your command's flags/arguments
# Also note, do not surround your command and its flags/arguments with quotes
# unless that is how you would execute it normally (i.e., do ls -t /usr, not "ls -t /usr")
kubectl exec mypod -i -t -- ls -t /usr
# Get output from running 'date' command from the first pod of the deployment mydeployment, using the first container by default
kubectl exec deploy/mydeployment -- date
# Get output from running 'date' command from the first pod of the service myservice, using the first container by default
kubectl exec svc/myservice -- date
January 2015, Originally compiled by Eric Paris (eparis at redhat dot com) based on the kubernetes source material, but hopefully they have been automatically generated since!