How do i list all containers in Kubernetes cluster using kubectl?

Current documentation doesn't mention anything like 'container' resource.

kubectl get pod -o json

lists all pods which contains container descriptions. But is it possible to list containers as first class citizens?

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This will get all container with the namespace in a pretty format:

kubectl get pods --all-namespaces -o=custom-columns=NameSpace:.metadata.namespace,NAME:.metadata.name,CONTAINERS:.spec.containers[*].name
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    To prevent expansion of wildcards by my shell, I had to put a single quote around the -o= value, like kubectl get pods --all-namespaces -o='custom-columns=NameSpace:.metadata.namespace,NAME:.metadata.name,CONTAINERS:.spec.containers[*].name' Jan 20, 2021 at 15:28

When you don't use the namespace flag you are only looking in the default namespace. Try

kubectl get pod --all-namespaces

That will list all the pods in your cluster

You can filter via namespace like

kubectl get pod -n kube-system

To show all containers

kubectl get pods --all-namespaces -o jsonpath={.items[*].spec.containers[*].name}
  • Commands in the answer list pods. Is there any way how to list containers in a similar way?
    – czerny
    Sep 13, 2017 at 16:24
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    you can do this kubectl get pods --all-namespaces -o jsonpath={.items[*].spec.containers[*].name} its not as nicely printed out
    – Mike
    Sep 13, 2017 at 16:31
  • Thanks. Could you please copy it to the main answer since the question is really about containers, not pods?
    – czerny
    Sep 13, 2017 at 17:39
  • done.. I made an edit
    – Mike
    Sep 14, 2017 at 10:58
kubectl get pods --all-namespaces

EDIT : damn, burned ! :)

kubectl describe pods <pod name>

This will list containers in pods of given name.


You can list all containers in default namespace

kubectl get pods -o=jsonpath="{.items[*].spec.containers[*].name}"

Also you can user --namespace and --selector.

kubectl get pods --namespace default --selector app=nginx -o=jsonpath="{.items[*].spec.containers[*].name}"


https://kubernetes.io/docs/reference/generated/kubectl/kubectl-commands#get https://kubernetes.io/docs/reference/kubectl/jsonpath/


you can use -A shortcut instead of --all-namespaces

kubectl get pods -A

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