kubectl-apply man page

kubectl apply — Apply a configuration to a resource by filename or stdin


kubectl apply [Options]


Apply a configuration to a resource by filename or stdin. The resource will be created if it doesn't exist yet. To use 'apply', always create the resource initially with either 'apply' or 'create --save-config'.

JSON and YAML formats are accepted.


-f, --filename=[]
Filename, directory, or URL to file that contains the configuration to apply
If true, include definitions of new APIs via calls to the API server. [default true]
-o, --output=""
Output mode. Use "-o name" for shorter output (resource/name).
Record current kubectl command in the resource annotation.
-R, --recursive=false
Process the directory used in -f, --filename recursively. Useful when you want to manage related manifests organized within the same directory.
--schema-cache-dir=" /.kube/schema"
If non-empty, load/store cached API schemas in this directory, default is '$HOME/.kube/schema'
If true, use a schema to validate the input before sending it

Options Inherited from Parent Commands

log to standard error as well as files

DEPRECATED: The API version to use when talking to the server

Username to impersonate for the operation.

Path to a cert. file for the certificate authority.

Path to a client certificate file for TLS.

Path to a client key file for TLS.

The name of the kubeconfig cluster to use

The name of the kubeconfig context to use

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

Path to the kubeconfig file to use for CLI requests.

when logging hits line file:N, emit a stack trace

If non-empty, write log files in this directory

Maximum number of seconds between log flushes

log to standard error instead of files

Require server version to match client version

If present, the namespace scope for this CLI request.

Password for basic authentication to the API server.

-s, --server=""
The address and port of the Kubernetes API server

logs at or above this threshold go to stderr

Bearer token for authentication to the API server.

The name of the kubeconfig user to use

Username for basic authentication to the API server.

log level for V logs

comma-separated list of pattern=N settings for file-filtered logging


# Apply the configuration in pod.json to a pod.
kubectl apply -f ./pod.json

# Apply the JSON passed into stdin to a pod.
cat pod.json | kubectl apply -f -

See Also



January 2015, Originally compiled by Eric Paris (eparis at redhat dot com) based on the kubernetes source material, but hopefully they have been automatically generated since!

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