Go clients for talking to a kubernetes cluster.
We recommend using the
v0.x.y tags for Kubernetes releases >=
kubernetes-1.x.y tags for Kubernetes releases <
See INSTALL.md for detailed installation instructions.
go get k8s.io/client-go@master works, but will fetch
master, which may be less stable than a tagged release.
Table of Contents
- What's included
- Kubernetes tags
- How to get it
- How to use it
- Dependency management
- Contributing code
kubernetespackage contains the clientset to access Kubernetes API.
discoverypackage is used to discover APIs supported by a Kubernetes API server.
dynamicpackage contains a dynamic client that can perform generic operations on arbitrary Kubernetes API objects.
plugin/pkg/client/authpackages contain optional authentication plugins for obtaining credentials from external sources.
transportpackage is used to set up auth and start a connection.
tools/cachepackage is useful for writing controllers.
v1.x.yKubernetes release, the major version (first digit) would remain
Bugfixes will result in the patch version (third digit) changing. PRs that are cherry-picked into an older Kubernetes release branch will result in an update to the corresponding branch in
client-go, with a corresponding new tag changing the patch version.
Branches and tags.
We will create a new branch and tag for each increment in the minor version number. We will create only a new tag for each increment in the patch version number. See semver for definitions of major, minor, and patch.
The HEAD of the master branch in client-go will track the HEAD of the master branch in the main Kubernetes repo.
Compatibility: your code <-> client-go
v0.x.y tags indicate that go APIs may change in incompatible ways in
See INSTALL.md for guidelines on requiring a specific version of client-go.
Compatibility: client-go <-> Kubernetes clusters
Since Kubernetes is backwards compatible with clients, older
versions will work with many different Kubernetes cluster versions.
We will backport bugfixes--but not new features--into older versions of
|Kubernetes 1.15||Kubernetes 1.16||Kubernetes 1.17||Kubernetes 1.18|
✓Exactly the same features / API objects in both client-go and the Kubernetes version.
+client-go has features or API objects that may not be present in the Kubernetes cluster, either due to that client-go has additional new API, or that the server has removed old API. However, everything they have in common (i.e., most APIs) will work. Please note that alpha APIs may vanish or change significantly in a single release.
-The Kubernetes cluster has features the client-go library can't use, either due to the server has additional new API, or that client-go has removed old API. However, everything they share in common (i.e., most APIs) will work.
See the CHANGELOG for a detailed description of changes between client-go versions.
|Branch||Canonical source code location||Maintenance status|
||Kubernetes main repo, 1.4 branch||= -|
||Kubernetes main repo, 1.5 branch||= -|
||Kubernetes main repo, 1.5 branch||= -|
||Kubernetes main repo, 1.6 branch||= -|
||Kubernetes main repo, 1.7 branch||= -|
||Kubernetes main repo, 1.8 branch||= -|
||Kubernetes main repo, 1.9 branch||= -|
||Kubernetes main repo, 1.10 branch||= -|
||Kubernetes main repo, 1.11 branch||=-|
||Kubernetes main repo, 1.12 branch||=-|
||Kubernetes main repo, 1.13 branch||=-|
||Kubernetes main repo, 1.14 branch||=-|
||Kubernetes main repo, 1.15 branch||✓|
||Kubernetes main repo, 1.16 branch||✓|
||Kubernetes main repo, 1.17 branch||✓|
||Kubernetes main repo, 1.18 branch||✓|
|client-go HEAD||Kubernetes main repo, master branch||✓|
✓Changes in main Kubernetes repo are actively published to client-go by a bot
=Maintenance is manual, only severe security bugs will be patched.
-Deprecated; please upgrade.
We will maintain branches for at least six months after their first stable tag is cut. (E.g., the clock for the release-2.0 branch started ticking when we tagged v2.0.0, not when we made the first alpha.) This policy applies to every version greater than or equal to 2.0.
Why do the 1.4 and 1.5 branch contain top-level folder named after the version?
For the initial release of client-go, we thought it would be easiest to keep separate directories for each minor version. That soon proved to be a mistake. We are keeping the top-level folders in the 1.4 and 1.5 branches so that existing users won't be broken.
This repository is still a mirror of k8s.io/kubernetes/staging/src/client-go, the code development is still done in the staging area.
v1.8.0, when syncing the code from the staging area,
we also sync the Kubernetes version tags to client-go, prefixed with
kubernetes-. From Kubernetes
v1.17.0, we also create matching semver
v0.x.y tags for each
v1.x.y Kubernetes release.
For example, if you check out the
kubernetes-1.17.0 or the
v0.17.0 tag in
client-go, the code you get is exactly the same as if you check out the
tag in Kubernetes, and change directory to
The purpose is to let users quickly find matching commits among published repos, like sample-apiserver, apiextension-apiserver, etc. The Kubernetes version tag does NOT claim any backwards compatibility guarantees for client-go. Please check the semantic versions if you care about backwards compatibility.
How to get it
Use go1.11+ and fetch the desired version using the
go get command. For example:
go get email@example.com
See INSTALL.md for detailed instructions.
How to use it
For details on how to correctly use a dependency management for installing client-go, please see INSTALL.md.
Please send pull requests against the client packages in the Kubernetes main repository. Changes in the staging area will be published to this repository every day.