Kubetools - A Curated List of Kubernetes Tools

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There are more than 200+ Kubernetes Certified Service Providers and tons of distributions. Choosing a right distribution can be a daunting task. Kubetools is built with a purpose. It is contributed and managed by Collabnix community to target the most popular tools and technique and coming up with the best practices around these tools.

Currently, we are maintaining a database of 300+ Kubernetes tools but there is a plan to take it to next step and help you pick up the most popular tool for your infrastructure.

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Cluster Management

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
Kubed - Kubernetes Cluster Operator Daemon
Kubestack - Kubestack is the free and open-source GitOps framework to codify your custom platform stack using Terraform.
Cluster-API - To simplify provisioning, upgrading, and operating multiple Kubernetes clusters
Vcluster - It spins up lightweight, virtual k8s clusters that run inside the namespaces of an underlying k8s cluster allowing better multi-tenancy management.

Cluster with Core CLI tools

Bootkube - bootkube - Launch a self-hosted Kubernetes cluster
kubectx + kubens - Switch faster between clusters and namespaces in kubectl
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.

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

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-debug - Allows you to run a new container with all the troubleshooting tools installed in running pod for debugging purpose
PowerfulSeal - A powerful testing tool for Kubernetes clusters
Crash-diagnostic - Crash-Diagnostics is a tool to help investigate, analyze, and troubleshoot unresponsive or crashed Kubernetes clusters
K9s - Kubernetes CLI To Manage Your Clusters In Style!
Kubernetes CLI Plugin - Doctor - kubectl cluster triage plugin for k8s - 🏥 (brew doctor equivalent)
Knative Inspect - A light-weight debugging tool for Knative’s system components
Kubeman - To find information from Kubernetes clusters, and to investigate issues related to Kubernetes and Istio
kpexec - kpexec is a kubernetes cli that runs commands in a container with high privileges

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 The Kubernetes IDE
Kosko - Organize Kubernetes manifests in JavaScript
Telepresence - Fast, local development for Kubernetes and Openshift microservices
Monokle - Desktop UI for managing Kubernetes manifests
Kr8s - Desktop application made for developers that need to monitor and visualize their Kubernetes clusters in a user friendly GUI
DevSpace - Developer CLI tool for Kubernetes
Eclipse JKube - Java Kubernetes Maven and Gradle plugins

Alternative Tools for Developement

Minikube - minikube implements a local Kubernetes cluster
KubeSphere - Easy-to-use Production Ready Container Platform https://kubesphere.io
skippbox - A Desktop application for k8s
kind - Kubernetes IN Docker - local clusters for testing Kubernetes https://kind.sigs.k8s.io/
k3d - k3d is a lightweight wrapper to run k3s (Rancher Lab’s minimal Kubernetes distribution) in docker.

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
KubeVela - KubeVela works as an application delivery control plane that is fully decoupled from runtime infrastructure
ksonnet - A CLI-supported framework that streamlines writing and deployment of Kubernetes configurations to multiple clusters
CircleCI - A cloud-based tool that helps build continuous integration and continuous delivery pipelines to Kubernetes.
Shipwright - A framework for building container images on Kubernetes

Security Tools

TerraScan - Detect compliance and security violations across Infrastructure as Code to mitigate risk before provisioning cloud native infrastructure.
klum - Kubernetes Lazy User Manager
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
Flaco - The Falco Project - Cloud-Native runtime security
Clair - Vulnerability Static Analysis for Containers
Anchore Cli - Coomand Line Interface built on top of anchore engine to manage and inspect images, policies, subscriptions and registries
Project Quay - Container image registry designed to boost the security of your repositories via vulnerability scanning and tight access control
Kubescape - Tool to test if Kubernetes is deployed securely according to multiple frameworks: regulatory, customized company policies and DevSecOps best practices, such as the NSA-CISA and the MITRE ATT&CK®

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
Cilium - Providing, securing and observing network connectivity between container workloads

Testing Tools

k6 - A modern load testing tool, using Go and JavaScript
Network bandwith and load testing - Test suite for Kubernetes
test-infra - Test infrastructure for the Kubernetes project
kube-score - Kubernetes object analysis with recommendations for improved reliability and security
Litmus - Cloud-Native Chaos Engineering; Kubernetes-Native Chaos Engineering; Chaos Engineering for Kubernetes
PowerfulSeal - A powerful testing tool for Kubernetes clusters
kube-burner - Kube-burner is a tool aimed at stressing kubernetes clusters
kube-monkey - kube-monkey randomly deletes k8 pods in the cluster to validate failure-resilient services
conftest - Write tests against structured configuration data using the Open Policy Agent Rego query language
Microcks - Kubernetes native tool for API mocking and testing

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.


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 provides a usable and highly graphical interface for Kubernetes

Machine Learning/Deep Learning

Kubeflow - Machine Learning Toolkit for Kubernetes
Volcano - A Kubernetes Native Batch System

Compute Edge Tools

KubeEdge - Kubernetes Native Edge Computing Framework
Kubeless - Kubernetes Native Serverless Framework

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
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


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
Kubecost - Cross-cloud cost allocation models for workloads running on Kubernetes
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 KubeMQ - An Open-Source, Kubernetes-Native Messaging Platform


Last Updated: 25 Oct, 2021


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