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Opinionated interface for the Kubernetes API

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Opinionated Python interface for the Kubernetes API

This package provides a Pythonic interface to use the Kubernetes API from within Python code. It is hand-crafted and opinionated in an attempt to hide the edge cases and cumbersome parts of the raw API which would be exposed by a client using the swagger definitions.

This package is far from finished, the current major features are:

  • Major resources wrapped:
    • Nodes
    • Namespaces
    • Pods
    • ReplicaSets/ReplicationControllers
    • Services
    • Secrets
  • Good labelling support
  • Both blocking and non-blocking support for the WATCH API.
  • Query, create and delete resources.
  • Low-level API to use Kubernetes API more directly.
  • Write tests without needing a real cluster

We are working on these features:

  • Modifying ReplicaSets: i.e. changing number of replicas, changing selectors.
  • Modifying resources in general.
  • Creating new resource items.
  • Deleting resource items.


pip install kube


To use the API one has to authenticate to the Kubernetes apiserver. Currently only the recommended approach of using kubectl in proxy mode is supported. Simply run kubectl proxy on the localhost and the connection will work. When running in a cluster itself this can be easily achieved by running the kubectl proxy in another container in the same pod.

The central object to work with the Kubernetes cluster is the Cluster object:

import kube

cluster = kube.Cluster()
rs = cluster.replicasets.fetch('proxy', namespace='default')
pods = cluster.pods.filter(labels=rs.meta.labels,
                           filter={'metadata.namespace': 'default'})
for pod in pods:
   assert pod.phase is pod.PodPhase.Running


The kube library is fully documented at


The project is still in it’s early stages, feel free to submit suggestions, issues or pull requests to the project. All feedback is welcome.

Development Dependencies

When developing kube you will need some extra dependencies:

  • pytest
  • pytest-cov
  • pylint
  • invoke

Testing Kube

The tests can be run in two ways: Using a stubbed-out API server (default), or against a real Kubernetes cluster. The former runs very fast and will not mess around with a real cluster. The latter is a bit slower but can be used to verify that the code behaves correctly against a real Kubernetes cluster. To reiterate, by default the tests will use the stubbed-out apiserver. To execute the tests against a real cluster, invoke them with py.test --verify <kubectl-context>. There is no need to run a kubectl proxy, this is done automatically. The tests will try not to break your cluster or leave any artefacts around after the test run, however we’d recommend that <kubectl-context> refers to a test cluster.


Kube is available under the LGPLv3 which allows you to use it in your own projects regardless of the license you choose, be it proprietary or open source, while keeping kube itself free software.

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