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kops Cheat Sheet

Basic Cluster Handing

The following example is AWS specific. General syntax is

kops <command> --state=s3://<bucket>/<path> <cluster name>

To create a cluster in AWS

kops create cluster --yes  \
    --zones=us-east-1a \
    --admin-access=<admin IPs> \
    --ssh-access=<admin IPs> \
    --cloud-labels=<labels> \
    --cloud=aws \
    --kubernetes-version v1.13.0 \
    --master-count=3 \
    --name=<cluster name> \
    --networking=calico \
    --node-count=<nr nodes> \
    --state=s3://<bucket>/<path> \
    --topology private

Handle an existing cluster

# In the following "[...]" is placeholder for --state and cluster name definitions...

kops validate cluster     [...]
kops update cluster       [...]
kops upgrade cluster      [...]
kops delete cluster --yes [...]

Getting infos on the cluster

kops get clusters
kops get instancegroups
kops get secrets <name> -oplaintext

kops get <cluster name> [-o yaml]

Set kubecfg cluster context

kops export kubecfg <cluster name>

Removing a node

kubectl drain <node>
kubectl drain <node> --ignore-daemonsets --delete-local-data         # If needed

kops edit ig nodes     # Set node count to 1 less than before

kubectl delete node <node>

kops update cluster --yes


kops ig edit nodes  [...]       # Edit definition of instance group "nodes"
kops update cluster [...]

When the size of existing nodes was changed also

kops rolling-update cluster --yes [...]


SSH is allowed to the masters and the nodes, by default from anywhere.

To change the CIDR allowed to access SSH (and HTTPS), set AdminAccess on the cluster spec.

When using the default images, the SSH username will be admin, and the SSH private key will be the private key corresponding to the public key in kops get secrets –type sshpublickey admin. When creating a new cluster, the SSH public key can be specified with the –ssh-public-key option, and it defaults to ~/.ssh/

Note: In CoreOS, SSH username will be core.

To change the SSH public key on an existing cluster:

kops delete secret –name sshpublickey admin kops create secret --name sshpublickey admin -i ~/.ssh/ kops update cluster --yes to reconfigure the auto-scaling groups kops rolling-update cluster --name --yes to immediately roll all the machines so they have the new key (optional)

Instance Groups