kubectl describe(1) Show details of a specific resource or group of resources


kubectl describe [OPTIONS]


Show details of a specific resource or group of resources.

This command joins many API calls together to form a detailed description of a given resource or group of resources.

$ kubectl describe TYPE NAME_PREFIX

will first check for an exact match on TYPE and NAME_PREFIX. If no such resource exists, it will output details for every resource that has a name prefixed with NAME_PREFIX

Possible resource types include (case insensitive): pods (po), services (svc), deployments, replicasets (rs), replicationcontrollers (rc), nodes (no), events (ev), limitranges (limits), persistentvolumes (pv), persistentvolumeclaims (pvc), resourcequotas (quota), namespaces (ns), serviceaccounts, ingresses (ing), horizontalpodautoscalers (hpa), daemonsets (ds), configmaps, componentstatuses (cs), endpoints (ep), and secrets.


-f, --filename=[]
    Filename, directory, or URL to a file containing the resource to describe

-l, --selector=""
    Selector (label query) to filter on


    log to standard error as well as files

    DEPRECATED: The API version to use when talking to the server

    Path to a cert. file for the certificate authority.

    Path to a client certificate file for TLS.

    Path to a client key file for TLS.

    The name of the kubeconfig cluster to use

    The name of the kubeconfig context to use

    If true, the server's certificate will not be checked for validity. This will make your HTTPS connections insecure.

    Path to the kubeconfig file to use for CLI requests.

    when logging hits line file:N, emit a stack trace

    If non-empty, write log files in this directory

    Maximum number of seconds between log flushes

    log to standard error instead of files

    Require server version to match client version

    If present, the namespace scope for this CLI request.

    Password for basic authentication to the API server.

-s, --server=""
    The address and port of the Kubernetes API server

    logs at or above this threshold go to stderr

    Bearer token for authentication to the API server.

    The name of the kubeconfig user to use

    Username for basic authentication to the API server.

-v, --v=0
    log level for V logs

    comma-separated list of pattern=N settings for file-filtered logging


# Describe a node
kubectl describe nodes kubernetes-minion-emt8.c.myproject.internal
# Describe a pod
kubectl describe pods/nginx
# Describe a pod identified by type and name in "pod.json"
kubectl describe -f pod.json
# Describe all pods
kubectl describe pods
# Describe pods by label name=myLabel
kubectl describe po -l name=myLabel
# Describe all pods managed by the 'frontend' replication controller (rc-created pods
# get the name of the rc as a prefix in the pod the name).
kubectl describe pods frontend


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!