Kubernetes prompt info for bash and zsh
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kube-ps1: Kubernetes prompt for bash and zsh

A script that lets you add the current Kubernetes context and namespace configured on kubectl to your Bash/Zsh prompt strings (i.e. the $PS1).

Inspired by several tools used to simplify usage of kubectl.




prompt demo


This project is now available in brew ports!

$ brew update
$ brew install kube-ps1

From Source

  1. Clone this repository
  2. Source the kube-ps1.sh in your ~/.zshrc or your ~/.bashrc


source /path/to/kube-ps1.sh


source /path/to/kube-ps1.sh
PS1='[\u@\h \W $(kube_ps1)]\$ '


The default prompt assumes you have the kubectl command line utility installed. Official installation instructions and binaries are available:

Install and Set up kubectl

If using this with OpenShift, the oc tool needs installed. It can be obtained from brew ports:

brew install openshift-cli

or the source can be downloaded:

OC Client Tools

Set the binary to oc with the following environment variable:


If neither binary is available, the prompt will print the following:


Helper utilities

There are several great tools that make using kubectl very enjoyable:

Tmux port

I have begun porting kube-ps1 to tmux as a status line plugin. If you prefer tmux, and like the functionality provided by kube-ps1, checkout the kube-tmux project

Prompt Structure

The default prompt layout is:


If the current-context is not set, kube-ps1 will return the following:



If you want to stop showing Kubernetes status on your prompt string temporarily run kubeoff. To disable the prompt for all shell sessions, run kubeoff -g. You can enable it again in the current shell by running kubeon, and globally with kubeon -g.

kubeon     : turn on kube-ps1 status for this shell.  Takes precedence over
             global setting for current session
kubeon -g  : turn on kube-ps1 status globally
kubeoff    : turn off kube-ps1 status for this shell. Takes precedence over
             global setting for current session
kubeoff -g : turn off kube-ps1 status globally


The default settings can be overridden in ~/.bashrc or ~/.zshrc by setting the following environment variables:

Variable Default Meaning
KUBE_PS1_BINARY kubectl Default Kubernetes binary
KUBE_PS1_NS_ENABLE true Display the namespace. If set to false, this will also disable KUBE_PS1_DIVIDER
KUBE_PS1_PREFIX ( Prompt opening character
KUBE_PS1_SYMBOL_ENABLE true Display the prompt Symbol. If set to false, this will also disable KUBE_PS1_SEPARATOR
KUBE_PS1_SYMBOL_DEFAULT Default prompt symbol. Unicode \u2388
KUBE_PS1_SYMBOL_USE_IMG false ☸️ , Unicode \u2638 as the prompt symbol
KUBE_PS1_SEPARATOR | Separator between symbol and cluster name
KUBE_PS1_DIVIDER : Separator between cluster and namespace
KUBE_PS1_SUFFIX ) Prompt closing character

For terminals that do not support UTF-8, the symbol will be replaced with the string k8s.

To disable a feature, set it to an empty string:



The default colors are set with the following environment variables:

Variable Default Meaning
KUBE_PS1_SYMBOL_COLOR blue Set default color of the Kubernetes symbol
KUBE_PS1_CTX_COLOR red Set default color of the cluster context
KUBE_PS1_NS_COLOR cyan Set default color of the cluster namespace
KUBE_PS1_BG_COLOR null Set default color of the prompt background

Blue was used for the default symbol to match the Kubernetes color as closely as possible. Red was chosen as the cluster name to stand out, and cyan for the namespace.

Set the variable to an empty string if you do not want color for each prompt section:


Names are usable for the following colors:

black, red, green, yellow, blue, magenta, cyan

256 colors are available by specifying the numerical value as the variable argument.

Bug Reports and shell configuration

Due to the vast ways of customizing the shell, please try the prompt with a minimal configuration before submitting a bug report.

This can be done as follows for each shell before loading kube-ps1:


bash --norc


zsh -f
zsh --no-rcs