A Different Way to Download Kubectl

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A Different Way to Download Kubectl

Kubernetes has grown and grown to a 1GB download. If all you need is to control the cluster from outside, you don't need all that.

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In the Kubernetes documentation for accessing a cluster, there is a step to install kubectl, the CLI for working with clusters. This step assumes you've download a pre-compiled release of Kubernetes and then points you at a subdirectory to find kubectl for your operating system and architecture.

But, do you really want to download 1 GB and all of Kubernetes just to get the CLI for accessing a cluster?

There's an easier way.

Kubectl is available for download at:


<VERSION TAG>/bin/<OS>/<ARCH>/kubectl 

Replace the <VERSION TAG>, <OS>, and <ARCH> with the values appropriate for your system. <VERSION TAG> is the tagged release, such as v1.4.1. The <OS> can be values such as darwin (for mac), linux, and windows. The possible <ARCH> values are 386 and amd64.

Note, the download is kubectl.exe for Windows.

That means you can get kubectl for Mac at version v1.4.1 with a curl like:

curl -O https://storage.googleapis.com/kubernetes-release/release/v1.4.1/bin/darwin/amd64/kubectl

This is a much easier and faster way to get kubectl.

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