Installing kubectl

Kubectl is a command line tool for Kubernetes. We will use it to run containers, inspect state, view logs and scale application.

On MacOS

With homebew

brew install kubernetes-cli

From Binaries

curl -LO https://storage.googleapis.com/kubernetes-release/release/$(curl -s https://storage.googleapis.com/kubernetes-release/release/stable.txt)/bin/darwin/amd64/kubectl
chmod +x ./kubectl
sudo mv ./kubectl /usr/local/bin/kubectl

On Linux

CentOS & RHEL

cat <<EOF > /etc/yum.repos.d/kubernetes.repo
[kubernetes]
name=Kubernetes
baseurl=https://packages.cloud.google.com/yum/repos/kubernetes-el7-x86_64
enabled=1
gpgcheck=1
repo_gpgcheck=1
gpgkey=https://packages.cloud.google.com/yum/doc/yum-key.gpg https://packages.cloud.google.com/yum/doc/rpm-package-key.gpg
EOF
yum install -y kubectl

Ubuntu & Debing

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install -y apt-transport-https
curl -s https://packages.cloud.google.com/apt/doc/apt-key.gpg | sudo apt-key add -
sudo touch /etc/apt/sources.list.d/kubernetes.list 
echo "deb http://apt.kubernetes.io/ kubernetes-xenial main" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/kubernetes.list
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install -y kubectl

Check kubectl version

$ kubectl version

Client Version: version.Info{Major:"1", Minor:"14", GitVersion:"v1.14.0", GitCommit:"641856db18352033a0d96dbc99153fa3b27298e5", GitTreeState:"clean", BuildDate:"2019-03-25T15:53:57Z", GoVersion:"go1.12.1", Compiler:"gc", Platform:"darwin/amd64"}
Server Version: version.Info{Major:"1", Minor:"12", GitVersion:"v1.12.5", GitCommit:"51dd616cdd25d6ee22c83a858773b607328a18ec", GitTreeState:"clean", BuildDate:"2019-01-16T18:14:49Z", GoVersion:"go1.10.7", Compiler:"gc", Platform:"linux/amd64"}

Enable kubectl autocomplete

Make your life easier!

# bash
source <(kubectl completion bash)
echo "source <(kubectl completion bash)" >> ~/.profile # make it permanent

# zsh
source <(kubectl completion zsh)
echo "source <(kubectl completion zsh)" >> ~/.zshrc # make it permanent

# oh-my-zsh
# open ~/.zshrc and find "plugins" list
plugins=(git postgres brew yarn kubectl)
#                               ^ add it to the list like this


Find more in official documentation https://kubernetes.io/docs/tasks/tools/install-kubectl/