How to get pod details in Kubernetes

In this quick post we will see how to get pod details in Kubernetes. In Kubernetes, we can get details about a pod using the kubectl command-line tool or by making API requests directly. Here are some common ways to retrieve information about a pod.

1. Get pod details using kubectl Command-line Tool

The kubectl command-line tool is the primary interface for interacting with Kubernetes clusters. It provides a wide range of commands to manage and inspect various aspects of the cluster, including pods.

To get pod details using kubectl, you can use the following command:

kubectl get pods

To get more detailed information about a specific pod, you can use the describe command:

kubectl describe pod <pod-name>

Note – We can also use namespace.

kubectl describe pod <pod-name> -n <namespace>

This command will list all the pods running in the default namespace. If you want to see pods in a different namespace, you can specify it using the -n flag:

kubectl get pods -n <namespace>

This command will display detailed information about the specified pod, including its status, IP address, events, and more.

2. Querying the Kubernetes API

Another way to get pod details in Kubernetes is by querying the Kubernetes API directly.

To query the Kubernetes API directly, you can use tools like curl or specialized tools like kubectl. The Kubernetes API is a RESTful API, and you can interact with it by making HTTP requests.

Here are examples of querying the Kubernetes API using curl:

  1. Get a list of pods:
   curl -X GET http://<apiserver-ip>:<apiserver-port>/api/v1/namespaces/<namespace>/pods

Replace <apiserver-ip> and <apiserver-port> with the IP and port of your Kubernetes API server, and <namespace> with the namespace you are interested in.

  1. Get details about a specific pod:
   curl -X GET http://<apiserver-ip>:<apiserver-port>/api/v1/namespaces/<namespace>/pods/<pod-name>

Replace <pod-name> with the name of the pod you want to retrieve details for.

  1. Get a list of all namespaces:
   curl -X GET http://<apiserver-ip>:<apiserver-port>/api/v1/namespaces
  1. Get information about nodes:
   curl -X GET http://<apiserver-ip>:<apiserver-port>/api/v1/nodes

Keep in mind that direct API queries may require authentication. If your cluster is secured, you’ll need to include authentication tokens or certificates in your requests.

Alternatively, you can use kubectl to interact with the API:

kubectl get pods --namespace=<namespace> -o json

This command gets pod information in JSON format. You can modify the command based on your needs, specifying different resource types, namespaces, or output formats.

Remember that these examples demonstrate the basic structure of querying the Kubernetes API. In real-world scenarios, you might want to use tools that handle authentication, handle different API versions, and format responses for easier consumption.

3. Getting pod details using the Kubernetes dashboard

The Kubernetes Dashboard is a web-based user interface that provides a graphical way to manage and monitor your Kubernetes clusters. Here’s a general guide on how to use the Kubernetes Dashboard:


  1. Kubernetes Cluster: Ensure you have a running Kubernetes cluster.
  2. kubectl: Make sure you have the kubectl command-line tool installed and configured to access your cluster.

Steps to Use the Kubernetes Dashboard:

Step 1: Install the Kubernetes Dashboard

The Kubernetes Dashboard may not be installed by default. You can install it using the following command:

kubectl apply -f

Step 2: Access the Dashboard

Run the following command to start a proxy to the Kubernetes API server:

kubectl proxy

This command creates a proxy between your machine and the Kubernetes API server. The Dashboard will be available at http://localhost:8001/api/v1/namespaces/kubernetes-dashboard/services/https:kubernetes-dashboard:/proxy/.

Step 3: Get Token for Dashboard Access

To access the Dashboard, you’ll need a token. You can create a service account and get the token with the following commands:

kubectl apply -f
kubectl create serviceaccount dashboard-admin-sa
kubectl create clusterrolebinding dashboard-admin-sa --clusterrole=cluster-admin --serviceaccount=default:dashboard-admin-sa
kubectl get secret $(kubectl get serviceaccount dashboard-admin-sa -o jsonpath="{.secrets[0].name}") -o jsonpath="{.data.token}" | base64 --decode

Copy the token that is printed in the last command.

Step 4: Log in to the Dashboard

Open the Dashboard URL in your browser (http://localhost:8001/api/v1/namespaces/kubernetes-dashboard/services/https:kubernetes-dashboard:/proxy/). Choose the “Token” option for authentication and paste the token you obtained in the previous step.

Step 5: Explore the Dashboard

Once logged in, you can explore various aspects of your cluster, including:

  • Overview: Provides a high-level overview of your cluster.
  • Nodes: Information about the nodes in your cluster.
  • Workloads: Information about your deployments, pods, and replica sets.
  • Services: Information about your services.

The Dashboard provides a graphical representation of your cluster’s state, making it easier to monitor and manage resources.

Remember that exposing the Dashboard to the public internet without proper security measures is not recommended. If you are running in a production environment, consider securing access using authentication and authorization mechanisms.

These commands provide various details about the pod, such as its status, containers, IP address, events, etc. Adjust the commands based on your specific requirements.

Note – Don’t forget to replace <pod-name> and <namespace> with the actual name and namespace of the pod you’re interested in.


Getting pod details in Kubernetes is essential for managing and troubleshooting your applications. Whether you prefer using the command-line tool, querying the API, or using the Dashboard, there are multiple ways to obtain the information you need. By leveraging these methods, you can effectively monitor and manage your pods in Kubernetes.

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