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Expose a replicated application as a service or route


oc expose [Options]


Expose containers internally as services or externally via routes

There is also the ability to expose a deployment configuration, replication controller, service, or pod as a new service on a specified port. If no labels are specified, the new object will re-use the labels from the object it exposes.



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.


ClusterIP to be assigned to the service. Leave empty to auto-allocate, or set to 'None' to create a headless service.


If true, only print the object that would be sent, without sending it.


Additional external IP address (not managed by Kubernetes) to accept for the service. If this IP is routed to a node, the service can be accessed by this IP in addition to its generated service IP.

-f,  --filename=[]

Filename, directory, or URL to files identifying the resource to expose a service


The name of the API generator to use. Defaults to "route/v1". Available generators include "service/v1", "service/v2", and "route/v1". "service/v1" will automatically name the port "default", while "service/v2" will leave it unnamed.


Set a hostname for the new route

-l,  --labels=""

Labels to apply to the service created by this call.


IP to assign to the LoadBalancer. If empty, an ephemeral IP will be created and used (cloud-provider specific).


The name for the newly created object.

-o,  --output=""

Output format. One of: json|yaml|name|templatefile|template|go-template|go-template-file|jsonpath|jsonpath-file.


An inline JSON override for the generated object. If this is non-empty, it is used to override the generated object. Requires that the object supply a valid apiVersion field.


Set a path for the new route


The port that the resource should serve on.


The network protocol for the service to be created. Default is 'TCP'.


Record current kubectl command in the resource annotation. If set to false, do not record the command. If set to true, record the command. If not set, default to updating the existing annotation value only if one already exists.

-R,  --recursive=false

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.


A label selector to use for this service. Only equality-based selector requirements are supported. If empty (the default) infer the selector from the replication controller or replica set.)


If non-empty, set the session affinity for the service to this; legal values: 'None', 'ClientIP'


Name or number for the port on the container that the service should direct traffic to. Optional.


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⟩].


Type for this service: ClusterIP, NodePort, LoadBalancer, or ExternalName. Default is 'ClusterIP'.


Sets the WildcardPolicy for the hostname, the default is "None". Valid values are "None" and "Subdomain"

Options Inherited from Parent Commands


Allow a SignatureVerifier to use keys which are technically non-compliant with RFC6962.


log to standard error as well as files


Max number of application metrics to store (per container)


Username to impersonate for the operation


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


Path to the file containing Azure container registry configuration information.


Comma-separated list of files to check for boot-id. Use the first one that exists.


Default HTTP cache directory


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


CIDRs opened in GCE firewall for LB traffic proxy health checks


The name of the kubeconfig cluster to use


location of the container hints file


containerd endpoint


The name of the kubeconfig context to use


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.


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.


docker endpoint


use TLS to connect to docker


path to trusted CA


path to client certificate


path to private key


a comma-separated list of environment variable keys that needs to be collected for docker containers


Only report docker containers in addition to root stats


DEPRECATED: docker root is read from docker info (this is a fallback, default: /var/lib/docker)


Whether to enable cpu load reader


Max length of time for which to store events (per type). Value is a comma separated list of key values, where the keys are event types (e.g.: creation, oom) or "default" and the value is a duration. Default is applied to all non-specified event types


Max number of events to store (per type). Value is a comma separated list of key values, where the keys are event types (e.g.: creation, oom) or "default" and the value is an integer. Default is applied to all non-specified event types


Interval between global housekeepings


Interval between container housekeepings


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.


Maximum number of seconds between log flushes


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


Whether to log the usage of the cAdvisor container


If non-empty, write log files in this directory


log to standard error instead of files


Comma-separated list of files to check for machine-id. Use the first one that exists.


Require server version to match client version

-n,  --namespace=""

If present, the namespace scope for this CLI request


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=""

The address and port of the Kubernetes API server


logs at or above this threshold go to stderr


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


database name


database host:port


database password


use secure connection with database


table name


database username


Bearer token for authentication to the API server


The name of the kubeconfig user to use

-v,  --v=0

log level for V logs


Print version information and quit


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


  # Create a route based on service nginx. The new route will re-use nginx's labels
  oc expose service nginx
  # Create a route and specify your own label and route name
  oc expose service nginx -l name=myroute --name=fromdowntown
  # Create a route and specify a hostname
  oc expose service nginx --hostname=www.example.com
  # Create a route with wildcard
  oc expose service nginx --hostname=x.example.com --wildcard-policy=Subdomain
  This would be equivalent to *.example.com. NOTE: only hosts are matched by the wildcard, subdomains would not be included.
  # Expose a deployment configuration as a service and use the specified port
  oc expose dc ruby-hello-world --port=8080
  # Expose a service as a route in the specified path
  oc expose service nginx --path=/nginx
  # Expose a service using different generators
  oc expose service nginx --name=exposed-svc --port=12201 --protocol="TCP" --generator="service/v2"
  oc expose service nginx --name=my-route --port=12201 --generator="route/v1"
  Exposing a service using the "route/v1" generator (default) will create a new exposed route with the "--name" provided
  (or the name of the service otherwise). You may not specify a "--protocol" or "--target-port" option when using this generator.

See Also



June 2016, Ported from the Kubernetes man-doc generator

Referenced By


Openshift CLI User Manuals June 2016