View Kubernetes Secrets easily
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Often we find it difficult to visualize the Kubernetes secrets as they are base64 encoded. You will need to manually copy the encoded data and then decode it or write small custom shell scripts for the same.
Fortunately, there’s a kubectl plugin to simplify this process.
view-secret The plugin allows users to view the contents of a secret without having to decode it manually.
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To use the
kubectl view-secret plugin, you first need to install it on your system. You can do this by running the following command:
$ kubectl krew install view-secret
Note: above command will only work if you have Krew installed.
- You can also install the binary from the release page.
Once the plugin is installed, you can use it by running the following command:
$ kubectl view-secret [SECRET_NAME]
This will display the contents of the secret in plain text. For example, if you have a secret named.
$ kubectl get secret mysecret -o yaml apiVersion: v1 data: foo: YmFy kind: Secret metadata: name: my-secret namespace: default type: Opaque
Ideally, you would have to decode the value manually and view the secret. For example,
$ echo "YmFy" | base64 -d bar
view-secret the plugin, you can view its contents by running the following command:
$ kubectl view-secret mysecret Choosing key: foo bar
This will print the contents of the secret in plain text, allowing you to easily view and manage the secret without having to decode it manually.
another interesting use case can be if a secret has more than one key value in it,
$ kubectl get secret mysecret -o yaml apiVersion: v1 data: bar: Zm9v foo: YmFy kind: Secret metadata: name: mysecret namespace: default type: Opaque
you can now explore secret using the plugin as follow,
$ kubectl view-secret mysecret Multiple sub keys found. Specify another argument, one of: -> bar -> foo $ kubectl view-secret mysecret foo bar $ kubectl view-secret mysecret bar foo
In conclusion, the
kubectl view-secret a plugin is a useful tool for viewing secrets in Kubernetes clusters. It allows users to view the contents of a secret in plain text.
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