NodeJS Kubernetes Client with automatic API discovery.

Usage no npm install needed!

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NodeJS Kubernetes Client with automatic API discovery.

See this blog post for further information.


npm install --save auto-kubernetes-client


  1. Create a configuration object

    const config = {
        url: 'https://k8s.example.com',
        ca: 'PEM encoded CA certificate',
        cert: 'PEM encoded client certificate',
        key: 'PEM encoded client key'
  2. Create the client and connect to the API server

    const AutoK8sClient = require('auto-kubernetes-client');
    AutoK8sClient(config, function(err, client) {
        if (err) {
            throw new Error(`Error when connecting: ${err.message}`);
        // Use client
  3. Invoke methods

    The client exposes resources available to the authenticated user using a fairly regular API.

    • API groups need to be selected using the group(name[, version]) method. The "core" API is available directly on the client instance.
    • Non-namespaced resources are available directly on the API instance (core/group), for namespaced-resources one must explicitly select the namespace using the ns(name) method.
    • Resource collections are available by their name in plural, for example client.ns('default').pods represents the "pods" resource collection. Resource collections offer resource methods list, watch, and deletecollection, as well as create to create a new resource.
    • Single (non-collection) resources are available by their singular name, for example client.ns('default').pod('pod1') represents the "pod" resources for the "pod1" pod. Single resources offer resource methods get, create, update, patch and delete.
    • Resource methods typically have the signature method([qs]), where qs is a hash for additional query parameters, and return a promise for the parsed response entity.
    • The watch resource method has the signature watch([resourceVersion[, qs]]), and returns an object stream for the observed changes. Each object has a type field ('ADDED', 'DELETED', 'MODIFIED', 'ERROR'), and the actual object that was modified.
    • By default the client interprets 'Status' responses from the server with a 'Failure' status as error responses, and translates them into actual promise rejections. This can be disabled by using '.options({ rawResponse: true}).resourceMethod(...)' on the resource collection or resource.


Example Description
examples/list-pods List all pods in the cluster
examples/watch-pods Watch all pods in a specific namespace


This software is licensed under the Apache 2 license, quoted below.

Copyright 2017 Collaborne B.V. <http://github.com/Collaborne/>

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