Discover, install, and configure shell plugins with Fig Plugin Store →

Kube PS1

Kubernetes prompt info for bash and zsh

3.2k stars
342 forks

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.





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 colors are set with the following environment variables:

Variable Default Meaning
KUBE_PS1_PREFIX_COLOR null Set default color of the prompt prefix
KUBE_PS1_SYMBOL_COLOR blue Set default color of the Kubernetes symbol
KUBE_PS1_CTX_COLOR red Set default color of the context
KUBE_PS1_SUFFIX_COLOR null Set default color of the prompt suffix
KUBE_PS1_NS_COLOR cyan Set default color of the 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 context 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.

Customize display of cluster name and namespace

You can change how the cluster name and namespace are displayed using the KUBE_PS1_CLUSTER_FUNCTION and KUBE_PS1_NAMESPACE_FUNCTION variables respectively.

For the following examples let's assume the following:

cluster name: namespace: alpha

If you're using domain style cluster names, your prompt will get quite long very quickly. Let's say you only want to display the first portion of the cluster name (sandbox), you could do that by adding the following:

function get_cluster_short() {
  echo "$1" | cut -d . -f1


The same pattern can be followed to customize the display of the namespace. Let's say you would prefer the namespace to be displayed in all uppercase (ALPHA), here's one way you could do that:

function get_namespace_upper() {
    echo "$1" | tr '[:lower:]' '[:upper:]'

export KUBE_PS1_NAMESPACE_FUNCTION=get_namespace_upper

In both cases, the variable is set to the name of the function, and you must have defined the function in your shell configuration before kube_ps1 is called. The function must accept a single parameter and echo out the final value.

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