• janetkuo title: Tools

Kubernetes contains several built-in tools to help you work with the Kubernetes system, and also supports third-party tooling.

Native Tools

Kubernetes contains the following built-in tools:


kubectl is the command line tool for Kubernetes. It controls the Kubernetes cluster manager.


kubeadm is the command line tool for easily provisioning a secure Kubernetes cluster on top of physical or cloud servers or virtual machines (currently in alpha).


kubefed is the command line tool to help you administrate your federated clusters.


minikube is a tool that makes it easy to run a single-node Kubernetes cluster locally on your workstation for development and testing purposes.


Dashboard, the web-based user interface of Kubernetes, allows you to deploy containerized applications to a Kubernetes cluster, troubleshoot them, and manage the cluster and its resources itself.

Third-Party Tools

Kubernetes supports various third-party tools. These include, but are not limited to:


Kubernetes Helm is a tool for managing packages of pre-configured Kubernetes resources, aka Kubernetes charts.

Use Helm to:

  • Find and use popular software packaged as Kubernetes charts
  • Share your own applications as Kubernetes charts
  • Create reproducible builds of your Kubernetes applications
  • Intelligently manage your Kubernetes manifest files
  • Manage releases of Helm packages

Kompose is a tool to help Docker Compose users move to Kubernetes.

Use Kompose to:

  • Translate a Docker Compose file into Kubernetes objects
  • Go from local Docker development to managing your application via Kubernetes
  • Convert v1 or v2 Docker Compose yaml files or Distributed Application Bundles