kubectl create


Create a resource from a file or from stdin.

JSON and YAML formats are accepted.

kubectl create -f FILENAME


  # Create a pod using the data in pod.json
  kubectl create -f ./pod.json
  # Create a pod based on the JSON passed into stdin
  cat pod.json | kubectl create -f -
  # Edit the data in registry.yaml in JSON then create the resource using the edited data
  kubectl create -f registry.yaml --edit -o json


--allow-missing-template-keys     Default: true

If true, ignore any errors in templates when a field or map key is missing in the template. Only applies to golang and jsonpath output formats.

--dry-run string[="unchanged"]     Default: "none"

Must be "none", "server", or "client". If client strategy, only print the object that would be sent, without sending it. If server strategy, submit server-side request without persisting the resource.


Edit the API resource before creating

--field-manager string     Default: "kubectl-create"

Name of the manager used to track field ownership.

-f, --filename strings

Filename, directory, or URL to files to use to create the resource

-h, --help

help for create

-k, --kustomize string

Process the kustomization directory. This flag can't be used together with -f or -R.

-o, --output string

Output format. One of: (json, yaml, name, go-template, go-template-file, template, templatefile, jsonpath, jsonpath-as-json, jsonpath-file).

--raw string

Raw URI to POST to the server. Uses the transport specified by the kubeconfig file.

-R, --recursive

Process the directory used in -f, --filename recursively. Useful when you want to manage related manifests organized within the same directory.


If true, the configuration of current object will be saved in its annotation. Otherwise, the annotation will be unchanged. This flag is useful when you want to perform kubectl apply on this object in the future.

-l, --selector string

Selector (label query) to filter on, supports '=', '==', and '!='.(e.g. -l key1=value1,key2=value2). Matching objects must satisfy all of the specified label constraints.


If true, keep the managedFields when printing objects in JSON or YAML format.

--template string

Template string or path to template file to use when -o=go-template, -o=go-template-file. The template format is golang templates [http://golang.org/pkg/text/template/#pkg-overview].

--validate string[="strict"]     Default: "strict"

Must be one of: strict (or true), warn, ignore (or false).
"true" or "strict" will use a schema to validate the input and fail the request if invalid. It will perform server side validation if ServerSideFieldValidation is enabled on the api-server, but will fall back to less reliable client-side validation if not.
"warn" will warn about unknown or duplicate fields without blocking the request if server-side field validation is enabled on the API server, and behave as "ignore" otherwise.
"false" or "ignore" will not perform any schema validation, silently dropping any unknown or duplicate fields.


Only relevant if --edit=true. Defaults to the line ending native to your platform.

--as string

Username to impersonate for the operation. User could be a regular user or a service account in a namespace.

--as-group strings

Group to impersonate for the operation, this flag can be repeated to specify multiple groups.

--as-uid string

UID to impersonate for the operation.

--azure-container-registry-config string

Path to the file containing Azure container registry configuration information.

--cache-dir string     Default: "$HOME/.kube/cache"

Default cache directory

--certificate-authority string

Path to a cert file for the certificate authority

--client-certificate string

Path to a client certificate file for TLS

--client-key string

Path to a client key file for TLS

--cloud-provider-gce-l7lb-src-cidrs cidrs     Default:,

CIDRs opened in GCE firewall for L7 LB traffic proxy & health checks

--cloud-provider-gce-lb-src-cidrs cidrs     Default:,,,

CIDRs opened in GCE firewall for L4 LB traffic proxy & health checks

--cluster string

The name of the kubeconfig cluster to use

--context string

The name of the kubeconfig context to use

--default-not-ready-toleration-seconds int     Default: 300

Indicates the tolerationSeconds of the toleration for notReady:NoExecute that is added by default to every pod that does not already have such a toleration.

--default-unreachable-toleration-seconds int     Default: 300

Indicates the tolerationSeconds of the toleration for unreachable:NoExecute that is added by default to every pod that does not already have such a toleration.


If true, opt-out of response compression for all requests to the server


If true, the server's certificate will not be checked for validity. This will make your HTTPS connections insecure

--kubeconfig string

Path to the kubeconfig file to use for CLI requests.


Require server version to match client version

-n, --namespace string

If present, the namespace scope for this CLI request

--password string

Password for basic authentication to the API server

--profile string     Default: "none"

Name of profile to capture. One of (none|cpu|heap|goroutine|threadcreate|block|mutex)

--profile-output string     Default: "profile.pprof"

Name of the file to write the profile to

--request-timeout string     Default: "0"

The length of time to wait before giving up on a single server request. Non-zero values should contain a corresponding time unit (e.g. 1s, 2m, 3h). A value of zero means don't timeout requests.

-s, --server string

The address and port of the Kubernetes API server

--storage-driver-buffer-duration duration     Default: 1m0s

Writes in the storage driver will be buffered for this duration, and committed to the non memory backends as a single transaction

--storage-driver-db string     Default: "cadvisor"

database name

--storage-driver-host string     Default: "localhost:8086"

database host:port

--storage-driver-password string     Default: "root"

database password


use secure connection with database

--storage-driver-table string     Default: "stats"

table name

--storage-driver-user string     Default: "root"

database username

--tls-server-name string

Server name to use for server certificate validation. If it is not provided, the hostname used to contact the server is used

--token string

Bearer token for authentication to the API server

--user string

The name of the kubeconfig user to use

--username string

Username for basic authentication to the API server

--version version[=true]

--version, --version=raw prints version information and quits; --version=vX.Y.Z... sets the reported version


Treat warnings received from the server as errors and exit with a non-zero exit code

See Also

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