Kubetools - A Curated List of Kubernetes Tools

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There are more than 300+ Kubernetes Certified Service Providers and tons of Kubernetes Certified distributions. Choosing a right distribution can be a daunting task. Kubetools is built with a purpose to build a curated list of popular Kubernetes tools. It is actively maintained by Collabnix Slack Community.

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Cluster Management

Monokle - Desktop unified visual tool for authoring, analysis and deployment of Kubernetes configurations

kops - Production Grade K8s Installation, Upgrades, and Management

silver-surfer - Check ApiVersion compatibility and provide Migration path for Kubernetes objects when upgrading Kubernetes to latest versions

Kube-ops-view - Kubernetes Operational View - read-only system dashboard for multiple K8s clusters

kubeprompt - Kubernetes prompt info

Metalk8s - An opinionated Kubernetes distribution with a focus on long-term on-prem deployments

kind - Kubernetes IN Docker - local clusters for testing Kubernetes

Clusterman - Cluster Autoscaler for Kubernetes and Mesos

Cert-manager - Automatically provision and manage TLS certificates

Goldilocks - Get your resource requests “Just Right”

katafygio - Dump, or continuously backup Kubernetes objets as yaml files in git

Rancher - Complete container management platform

Sealed Secrets - A Kubernetes controller and tool for one-way encrypted Secrets

OpenKruise/Kruise - Automate application workloads management on Kubernetes https://openkruise.io

kubectl snapshot - Take Cluster Snapshots

kapp - simple deployment tool focused on the concept of “Kubernetes application” — a set of resources with the same label https://get-kapp.io

keda - Event-driven autoscaler for Kubernetes

Octant - To better understand the complexity of Kubernetes clusters

Portainer - Portainer inside a Kubernetes environment

Gardener - Deliver fully-managed clusters at scale everywhere with your own Kubernetes-as-a-Service

xlskubectl - xlskubectl — a spreadsheet to control your Kubernetes cluster

Kubefirst - Fully-automated OSS delivery & infrastructure management gitops platforms

Kamaji - Build and operate Kubernetes at scale with a fraction of operational burden

kustomizer - An experimental package manager for distributing Kubernetes configuration as OCI artifacts

Cluster with Core CLI tools

Bootkube - bootkube - Launch a self-hosted Kubernetes cluster

kubectx + kubens - Switch faster between clusters and namespaces in kubectl

kube-ps1 - Kubernetes prompt info for Bash and Zsh

kube-shell - Kubernetes shell: An integrated shell for working with the Kubernetes

kuttle: kubectl wrapper for sshuttle without SSH - Kubernetes wrapper for sshuttle

kubectl sudo - Run kubernetes commands with the security privileges of another user

K9s - Kubernetes CLI To Manage Your Clusters In Style!

Ktunnel - A cli that exposes your local resources to kubernetes

KubeOperator - Run kubectl command in Web Browser. https://kubeoperator.io/

Vimkubectl - Manage any Kubernetes resource from Vim https://www.vim.org/scripts/script.ph

KubeHelper - KubeHelper - simplifies many daily Kubernetes cluster tasks through a web interface.

kubecolor - colorizes kubectl output

Krew - Krew is the package manager for kubectl plugins

Kueue - Kueue is a set of APIs and controller for job queueing

fubectl - Reduces repetitive interactions with kubectl

kube-ps1 - Kubernetes prompt for bash and zsh

Alert and Monitoring

Thanos - Highly available Prometheus setup with long term storage capabilities. CNCF Sandbox project. https://thanos.io

Prometheus - The Prometheus monitoring system and time series database.

Grafana - The tool for beautiful monitoring and metric analytics & dashboards for Graphite, InfluxDB & Prometheus & More

Kubetail - Bash script to tail Kubernetes logs from multiple pods at the same time

Searchlight - Alerts for Kubernetes

linkerd2 Monitoring Mixin for Grafana - Grafana dashboards for linkerd2 monitoring and can work in standalone (default) or in multi cluster setup

kuberhaus - Kubernetes resource dashboard with node/pod layout and resource requests

Kubernetes Job/CronJob Notifier - This tool sends an alert to slack whenever there is a Kubernetes cronJob/Job failure/success

Argus - This tool monitors changes in the filesystem on specified paths

Kube-Scout - Scout for alarming issues across your Kubernetes clusters

Logging and Tracing

Jaeger - CNCF Jaeger, a Distributed Tracing Platform

Kiali - Kiali project, observability for the Istio service mesh

ELK - Elasticsearch, Logstash, Kibana

fluentbit - Fast and Lightweight Log processor and forwarder for Linux, BSD and OSX

Loki - Like Prometheus, but for logs

kubectl-mtail - tail logs from multiple pods matching label selector

Troubleshooting / Debugging

Monokle - Desktop unified visual tool for authoring, analysis and deployment of Kubernetes configurations

Kubectl-debug - Allows you to run a new container with all the troubleshooting tools installed in running pod for debugging purposed

PowerfulSeal - A powerful testing tool for Kubernetes clustersd

Crash-diagnostic - Crash-Diagnostics is a tool to help investigate, analyze, and troubleshoot unresponsive or crashed Kubernetes clustersd

K9s - Kubernetes CLI To Manage Your Clusters In Style!d

Kubernetes CLI Plugin - Doctor - kubectl cluster triage plugin for k8s - 🏥 (brew doctor equivalent)d

Knative Inspect - A light-weight debugging tool for Knative’s system componentsd

Kubeman - To find information from Kubernetes clusters, and to investigate issues related to Kubernetes and Istiod

kpexec - kpexec is a kubernetes cli that runs commands in a container with high privilegesd

Koolkits - 🧰 Opinionated, language-specific, batteries-included debug container images for Kubernetes

kubespy - pod debugging tool for kubernetes clusters with docker runtimes

Developement Tools/Kit

Okteto: A Tool for Cloud Native Developers - Build better applications by developing and testing your code directly in Kubernetes

Tilt: Tilt manages local development instances for teams that deploy to Kubernetes - Local Kubernetes development with no stress

Garden: Kubernetes from source to finish - Development orchestrator for Kubernetes, containers and functions.

KuberNix - Single dependency Kubernetes clusters for local testing, experimenting and development

Copper - A configuration file validator for Kubernetes

ko - Build and deploy Go applications on Kubernetes

Dekorate - Java annotation processors for Kubernetes

Lens IDE - A powerful interface and toolkit for managing, visualizing, and interacting with multiple Kubernetes clusters

Kosko - Organize Kubernetes manifests in JavaScript

Telepresence - Fast, local development for Kubernetes and Openshift microservices

Monokle - Desktop unified visual tool for authoring, analysis and deployment of Kubernetes configurations

KuberEz - Graphical modeling tool for Kubernetes manifest

mirrord - Run your local process in the context of your cloud cluster

Aptakube - A modern, lightweight and multi-cluster desktop client for Kubernetes

Kubes - Kubernetes App Deploy Tool: build docker image, compile Kubernetes YAML files, and apply them

Alternative Tools for Developement

Minikube - minikube implements a local Kubernetes clusterd

KubeSphere - Easy-to-use Production Ready Container Platform https://kubesphere.io

skippbox - A Desktop application for k8sd

kind - Kubernetes IN Docker - local clusters for testing Kubernetes https://kind.sigs.k8s.io/d

k3d - k3d is a lightweight wrapper to run k3s (Rancher Lab’s minimal Kubernetes distribution) in docker.d

Systemk: virtual kubelet for systemd - Systemk is a systemd backend for the virtual-kubelet. Instead of starting containers, you start systemd units

CI/CD integration Tools

HybridK8s Droid - Intelligence foor your favourite Delivery Platform

Devtron - Software Delivery Workflow for Kubernetes

Skaffold - Easy and Repeatable Kubernetes Development

Apollo - Apollo - The logz.io continuous deployment solution over kubernetes

Helm Cabin - Web UI that visualizes Helm releases in a Kubernetes cluster

flagger - Progressive delivery Kubernetes operator (Canary, A/B Testing and Blue/Green deployments)

Kubeform - Kubernetes CRDs for Terraform providers https://kubeform.com

Spinnaker - Spinnaker is an open source, multi-cloud continuous delivery platform for releasing software changes with high velocity and confidence. http://www.spinnaker.io/

werf - GitOps tool to deliver apps to Kubernetes and integrate this process with GitLab and other CI tools

Flux - GitOps Kubernetes operator

Argo CD - Declarative continuous deployment for Kubernetes

Tekton - A cloud native continuous integration and delivery (CI/CD) solution

Jenkins X - Jenkins X provides automated CI+CD for Kubernetes with Preview Environments on Pull Requests using Tekton, Knative, Lighthouse, Skaffold and Helm

Drone - Drone is a Container-Native, Continuous Delivery Platform

Helmwave - Helmwave is helm3-native tool for deploy your Helm Charts

Security Tools

Kubevious CLI - Prevent cross-manifest errors and violations of best practicees in YAML files, Helm Charts and Kubernetes clusters

TerraScan - Detect compliance and security violations across Infrastructure as Code to mitigate risk before provisioning cloud native infrastructure.

klum - Kubernetes Lazy User Manager

kube2iam - IAM credentials to containers running inside a kubernetes cluster based on annotations.

Kyverno - Kubernetes Native Policy Management https://kyverno.io

kiosk - kiosk office Multi-Tenancy Extension For Kubernetes - Secure Cluster Sharing & Self-Service Namespace Provisioning

kube-bench - CIS Kubernetes Benchmark tool

kube-hunter - Pentesting tool - Hunts for security weaknesses in Kubernetes clusters

kube-who-can - Show who has RBAC permissions to perform actions on different resources in Kubernetes

starboard - Kubernetes-native security toolkit

Simulator - Kubernetes Security Training Platform - Focussing on security mitigation

RBAC Lookup - Easily find roles and cluster roles attached to any user, service account, or group name in your Kubernetes cluster https://fairwinds.com

Kubeaudit - kubeaudit helps you audit your Kubernetes clusters against common security controls

Gangway - An application that can be used to easily enable authentication flows via OIDC for a kubernetes cluster

Audit2rbac - Autogenerate RBAC policies based on Kubernetes audit logs

Chartsec - Helm Chart security scanner

kubestriker - Security Auditing tool

Datree - CLI tool to prevent K8s misconfigurations by ensuring that manifests and Helm charts follow best practices as well as your organization’s policies

Krane - Kubernetes RBAC static Analysis & visualisation tool

Falco - The Falco Project - Cloud-Native runtime security

Clair - Vulnerability Static Analysis for Containers

Network Policies

trireme-kubernetes - Aporeto integration with Kubernetes Network Policies

Calico - Cloud native connectivity and network policy

kubepox - Kubernetes network Policy eXploration tool

kokotap - Tools for kubernetes pod network tapping

Submariner - Connect all your Kubernetes clusters, no matter where they are in the world

egress-operator - An operator to produce egress gateway pods and control access to them with network policies

kubefwd (Kube Forward) - Bulk port forwarding Kubernetes services for local development

Testing Tools

Testkube - Kubernetes-native testing framework for testers and developers

k6d - A modern load testing tool, using Go and JavaScript

Network bandwith and load testingd - Test suite for Kubernetes

test-infrad - Test infrastructure for the Kubernetes project

kube-scored - Kubernetes object analysis with recommendations for improved reliability and security

Litmusd - Cloud-Native Chaos Engineering; Kubernetes-Native Chaos Engineering; Chaos Engineering for Kubernetes

PowerfulSeald - A powerful testing tool for Kubernetes clusters

kube-burnerd - Kube-burner is a tool aimed at stressing kubernetes clusters

Tracetest - Generate end-to-end and integration tests automatically from your OpenTelemetry traces

Service Mesh

Istio - Connect, secure, control, and observe services

Traefik - The Cloud Native Edge Router

NGINX Ingress Controller - NGINX and NGINX Plus Ingress Controllers for Kubernetes


linkerd-config - A Kubernetes controller that knows how to reconcile the Linkerd configuration

Kong - Kong for Kubernetes: the official Ingress Controller for Kubernetes

OSM - Open Service Mesh (OSM) is a lightweight, extensible, cloud native service mesh

Layer5 - Layer5, the service mesh company, representing every service mesh

Gloo Mesh - The Service Mesh Orchestration Platform

APISIX - Apache APISIX is a dynamic, real-time, high-performance API gateway.

Contour - High performance ingress controller for Kubernetes

Kusk Gateway - OpenAPI-driven Ingress Controller for Kubernetes


Kubespy - Tools for observing Kubernetes resources in real time

Popeye - A Kubernetes cluster resource sanitizer

Stern - Multi pod and container log tailing for Kubernetes

Cri-tools - CLI and validation tools for Kubelet Container Runtime Interface (CRI)

Kubebox - Terminal and Web console for Kubernetes

Kubewatch - Watch k8s events and trigger Handlers

kube-state-metrics - Add-on agent to generate and expose cluster-level metrics

Sloop - Kubernetes History Visualization

kubectl tree 🎄 - Kubectl plugin to observe object hierarchies through ownerReferences

chaoskube - chaoskube periodically kills random pods in your Kubernetes cluster

BotKube - Helps you monitor your Kubernetes cluster(s), debug critical deployments and gives recommendations for standard practices

Kubestone - Kubestone is a benchmarking Operator that can evaluate the performance of Kubernetes installations

Chaos Mesh - A Chaos Engineering Platform for Kubernetes

Lemur - LEMUR: Observability and Context

kubernetes-event-exporter - Export Kubernetes events to multiple destinations with routing and filtering

Kubevious - Kubevious is an app-centric assurance, validation, and introspection platform for Kubernetes

OpenTelemetry - High-quality, ubiquitous, and portable telemetry to enable effective observability

Grafana Tempo - Grafana Tempo is a high volume, minimal dependency distributed tracing backend

Tracetest - Generate end-to-end and integration tests automatically from your OpenTelemetry traces

Machine Learning/Deep Learning

Nos - nos is an open-source platform to efficiently run AI workloads on Kubernetes, increasing GPU utilization and reducing infrastructure and operational costs

Kubeflow - Machine Learning Toolkit for Kubernetes

Volcano - A Kubernetes Native Batch System

Compute Edge Tools

KubeEdge - Kubernetes Native Edge Computing Framework

OpenYurt - Extending your native Kubernetes to edge

Akri - A Kubernetes Resource Interface for the Edge

SuperEdge - An edge-native container management system for edge computing

Keylime - A CNCF Project to Bootstrap & Maintain Trust on the Edge / Cloud and IoT

Kubernetes Tools for Specific Cloud

Kubernetes on AWS (kube-aws) - A command-line tool to declaratively manage Kubernetes clusters on AWS

Draft: Streamlined Kubernetes Development - A tool for developers to create cloud-native applications on Kubernetes

helm-ssm - A low dependency tool for retrieving and injecting secrets from AWS SSM into Helm

Skupper - Multicloud communication for Kubernetes

Storage Providers

ChubaoFS - distributed file system and object storage

Longhorn - Cloud-Native distributed block storage built on and for Kubernetes

OpenEBS - Kubernetes native - hyperconverged block storage with multiple storage engines

Rook - Storage Orchestration for Kubernetes

SeaweedFS - Distributed file system supports read-write many volumes

TiKV - Distributed transactional key-value database

TopoLVM - Capacity-aware CSI plugin for Kubernetes

velero - Backup and migrate Kubernetes applications and their persistent volumes

Vitess - Vitess is a database clustering system for horizontal scaling of MySQL

kaDalu - A lightweight Persistent storage solution for Kubernetes / OpenShift using GlusterFS in background

Multiple Tools Repo

Chaos Toolkit Kubernetes Support - Kubernetes driver extension of the Chaos Toolkit probes and actions API

k14s - Kubernetes Tools that follow Unix philosophy to be simple and composable

Pulumi - Pulumi - Modern Infrastructure as Code. Any cloud, any language. Give your team cloud superpowers rocket https://www.pulumi.com

Cost Optimisation

Kubecost - Cross-cloud cost allocation models for workloads running on Kubernetes

PerfectScale - Reduce Kubernetes costs while improving performance and resilience with data-driven intelligence built for continuous optimization


Rudr - A Kubernetes implementation of the Open Application Model specification

Keel - Kubernetes Operator to automate Helm, DaemonSet, StatefulSet & Deployment updates

Cabin, the mobile app for Kubernetes - The Mobile Dashboard for Kubernetes

Funktion - CLI tool for working with funktion

Alterant - A simple Kubernetes configuration modifier

BUCK - Brigade Universal Controller for Kubernetes

kube-fledged - A kubernetes add-on for creating and managing a cache of container images directly on the cluster worker nodes, so application pods start almost instantly

kpt - toolkit to help you manage, manipulate, customize, and apply Kubernetes Resource configuration

capsule - Capsule helps to implement a multi-tenancy and policy-based environment in your Kubernetes cluster

KubeSlice - KubeSlice enables Kubernetes pods and services to communicate seamlessly across clusters, clouds, edges, and data centers by creating logical application boundaries known as Slices

routernetes - Use Kubernetes to make a home router!


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