Basic CLI commands


Display documentation for a certain resource.

Example: Display documentation for pods
$ oc explain pods


Log in to the OKD server and save login information for subsequent use.

Example: Interactive login
$ oc login
Example: Log in specifying a user name
$ oc login -u user1


Create a new application by specifying source code, a template, or an image.

Example: Create a new application from a local Git repository
$ oc new-app .
Example: Create a new application from a remote Git repository
$ oc new-app https://github.com/sclorg/cakephp-ex
Example: Create a new application from a private remote repository
$ oc new-app https://github.com/youruser/yourprivaterepo --source-secret=yoursecret


Create a new project and switch to it as the default project in your configuration.

Example: Create a new project
$ oc new-project myproject


Switch to another project and make it the default in your configuration.

Example: Switch to a different project
$ oc project test-project


Display information about the current active project and existing projects on the server.

Example: List all projects
$ oc projects


Show a high-level overview of the current project.

Example: Show the status of the current project
$ oc status

Build and Deploy CLI commands


Cancel a running, pending, or new build.

Example: Cancel a build
$ oc cancel-build python-1
Example: Cancel all pending builds from the python build config
$ oc cancel-build buildconfig/python --state=pending


Import the latest tag and image information from an image repository.

Example: Import the latest image information
$ oc import-image my-ruby


Create a new build config from source code.

Example: Create a build config from a local Git repository
$ oc new-build .
Example: Create a build config from a remote Git repository
$ oc new-build https://github.com/sclorg/cakephp-ex


Revert an application back to a previous deployment.

Example: Roll back to the last successful deployment
$ oc rollback php
Example: Roll back to a specific version
$ oc rollback php --to-version=3


Start a new rollout, view its status or history, or roll back to a previous revision of your application.

Example: Roll back to the last successful deployment
$ oc rollout undo deploymentconfig/php
Example: Start a new rollout for a deployment with its latest state
$ oc rollout latest deploymentconfig/php


Start a build from a build config or copy an existing build.

Example: Start a build from the specified build config
$ oc start-build python
Example: Start a build from a previous build
$ oc start-build --from-build=python-1
Example: Set an environment variable to use for the current build
$ oc start-build python --env=mykey=myvalue


Tag existing images into image streams.

Example: Configure the ruby image’s latest tag to refer to the image for the 2.0 tag
$ oc tag ruby:latest ruby:2.0

Application management CLI commands


Update the annotations on one or more resources.

Example: Add an annotation to a route
$ oc annotate route/test-route haproxy.router.openshift.io/ip_whitelist=""
Example: Remove the annotation from the route
$ oc annotate route/test-route haproxy.router.openshift.io/ip_whitelist-


Apply a configuration to a resource by file name or standard in (stdin) in JSON or YAML format.

Example: Apply the configuration in pod.json to a pod
$ oc apply -f pod.json


Autoscale a deployment or replication controller.

Example: Autoscale to a minimum of two and maximum of five pods
$ oc autoscale deploymentconfig/parksmap-katacoda --min=2 --max=5


Create a resource by file name or standard in (stdin) in JSON or YAML format.

Example: Create a pod using the content in pod.json
$ oc create -f pod.json


Delete a resource.

Example: Delete a pod named parksmap-katacoda-1-qfqz4
$ oc delete pod/parksmap-katacoda-1-qfqz4
Example: Delete all pods with the app=parksmap-katacoda label
$ oc delete pods -l app=parksmap-katacoda


Return detailed information about a specific object.

Example: Describe a deployment named example
$ oc describe deployment/example
Example: Describe all pods
$ oc describe pods


Edit a resource.

Example: Edit a deployment using the default editor
$ oc edit deploymentconfig/parksmap-katacoda
Example: Edit a deployment using a different editor
$ OC_EDITOR="nano" oc edit deploymentconfig/parksmap-katacoda
Example: Edit a deployment in JSON format
$ oc edit deploymentconfig/parksmap-katacoda -o json


Expose a service externally as a route.

Example: Expose a service
$ oc expose service/parksmap-katacoda
Example: Expose a service and specify the host name
$ oc expose service/parksmap-katacoda --hostname=www.my-host.com


Display one or more resources.

Example: List pods in the default namespace
$ oc get pods -n default
Example: Get details about the python deployment in JSON format
$ oc get deploymentconfig/python -o json


Update the labels on one or more resources.

Example: Update the python-1-mz2rf pod with the label status set to unhealthy
$ oc label pod/python-1-mz2rf status=unhealthy


Set the desired number of replicas for a replication controller or a deployment.

Example: Scale the ruby-app deployment to three pods
$ oc scale deploymentconfig/ruby-app --replicas=3


Manage secrets in your project.

Example: Allow my-pull-secret to be used as an image pull secret by the default service account
$ oc secrets link default my-pull-secret --for=pull


Get a token assigned to a service account or create a new token or kubeconfig file for a service account.

Example: Get the token assigned to the default service account
$ oc serviceaccounts get-token default


Configure existing application resources.

Example: Set the name of a secret on a build config
$ oc set build-secret --source buildconfig/mybc mysecret

Troubleshooting and debugging CLI commands


Attach the shell to a running container.

Example: Get output from the python container from pod python-1-mz2rf
$ oc attach python-1-mz2rf -c python


Copy files and directories to and from containers.

Example: Copy a file from the python-1-mz2rf pod to the local file system
$ oc cp default/python-1-mz2rf:/opt/app-root/src/README.md ~/mydirectory/.


Launch a command shell to debug a running application.

Example: Debug the python deployment
$ oc debug deploymentconfig/python


Execute a command in a container.

Example: Execute the ls command in the python container from pod python-1-mz2rf
$ oc exec python-1-mz2rf -c python ls


Retrieve the log output for a specific build, build config, deployment, or pod.

Example: Stream the latest logs from the python deployment
$ oc logs -f deploymentconfig/python


Forward one or more local ports to a pod.

Example: Listen on port 8888 locally and forward to port 5000 in the pod
$ oc port-forward python-1-mz2rf 8888:5000


Run a proxy to the Kubernetes API server.

Example: Run a proxy to the API server on port 8011 serving static content from ./local/www/
$ oc proxy --port=8011 --www=./local/www/


Open a remote shell session to a container.

Example: Open a shell session on the first container in the python-1-mz2rf pod
$ oc rsh python-1-mz2rf


Copy contents of a directory to or from a running pod container. Only changed files are copied using the rsync command from your operating system.

Example: Synchronize files from a local directory with a pod directory
$ oc rsync ~/mydirectory/ python-1-mz2rf:/opt/app-root/src/


Create a pod running a particular image.

Example: Start a pod running the perl image
$ oc run my-test --image=perl


Wait for a specific condition on one or more resources.

This command is experimental and might change without notice.

Example: Wait for the python-1-mz2rf pod to be deleted
$ oc wait --for=delete pod/python-1-mz2rf

Advanced developer CLI commands


Display the full list of API resources that the server supports.

Example: List the supported API resources
$ oc api-resources


Display the full list of API versions that the server supports.

Example: List the supported API versions
$ oc api-versions


Inspect permissions and reconcile RBAC roles.

Example: Check whether the current user can read pod logs
$ oc auth can-i get pods --subresource=log
Example: Reconcile RBAC roles and permissions from a file
$ oc auth reconcile -f policy.json


Display the address of the master and cluster services.

Example: Display cluster information
$ oc cluster-info


Convert a YAML or JSON configuration file to a different API version and print to standard output (stdout).

Example: Convert pod.yaml to the latest version
$ oc convert -f pod.yaml


Extract the contents of a config map or secret. Each key in the config map or secret is created as a separate file with the name of the key.

Example: Download the contents of the ruby-1-ca config map to the current directory
$ oc extract configmap/ruby-1-ca
Example: Print the contents of the ruby-1-ca config map to stdout
$ oc extract configmap/ruby-1-ca --to=-


Idle scalable resources. An idled service will automatically become unidled when it receives traffic or it can be manually unidled using the oc scale command.

Example: Idle the ruby-app service
$ oc idle ruby-app


Manage images in your OKD cluster.

Example: Copy an image to another tag
$ oc image mirror myregistry.com/myimage:latest myregistry.com/myimage:stable


Observe changes to resources and take action on them.

Example: Observe changes to services
$ oc observe services


Updates one or more fields of an object using strategic merge patch in JSON or YAML format.

Example: Update the spec.unschedulable field for node node1 to true
$ oc patch node/node1 -p '{"spec":{"unschedulable":true}}'

If you must patch a custom resource definition, you must include the --type merge or --type json option in the command.


Manage authorization policies.

Example: Add the edit role to user1 for the current project
$ oc policy add-role-to-user edit user1


Process a template into a list of resources.

Example: Convert template.json to a resource list and pass to oc create
$ oc process -f template.json | oc create -f -


Manage the integrated registry on OKD.

Example: Display information about the integrated registry
$ oc registry info


Modify an existing object based on the contents of the specified configuration file.

Example: Update a pod using the content in pod.json
$ oc replace -f pod.json

Settings CLI commands


Output shell completion code for the specified shell.

Example: Display completion code for Bash
$ oc completion bash


Manage the client configuration files.

Example: Display the current configuration
$ oc config view
Example: Switch to a different context
$ oc config use-context test-context


Log out of the current session.

Example: End the current session
$ oc logout


Display information about the current session.

Example: Display the currently authenticated user
$ oc whoami

Other developer CLI commands


Display general help information for the CLI and a list of available commands.

Example: Display available commands
$ oc help
Example: Display the help for the new-project command
$ oc help new-project


List the available plug-ins on the user’s PATH.

Example: List available plug-ins
$ oc plugin list


Display the oc client and server versions.

Example: Display version information
$ oc version

For cluster administrators, the OKD server version is also displayed.