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kubectl annotate - Update the annotations on a resource


kubectl annotate [OPTIONS]


Update the annotations on one or more resources.

An annotation is a key/value pair that can hold larger (compared to a label), and possibly not human-readable, data. It is intended to store non-identifying auxiliary data, especially data manipulated by tools and system extensions. If --overwrite is true, then existing annotations can be overwritten, otherwise attempting to overwrite an annotation will result in an error. If --resource-version is specified, then updates will use this resource version, otherwise the existing resource-version will be used.

Possible resources include (case insensitive): pods (po), services (svc), replicationcontrollers (rc), nodes (no), events (ev), componentstatuses (cs), limitranges (limits), persistentvolumes (pv), persistentvolumeclaims (pvc), horizontalpodautoscalers (hpa), resourcequotas (quota) or secrets.


select all resources in the namespace of the specified resource types

-f, --filename=[]
Filename, directory, or URL to a file identifying the resource to update the annotation

When using the default output, don't print headers.

-o, --output=""
Output format. One of: json|yaml|wide|name|go-template=...|go-template-file=...|jsonpath=...|jsonpath-file=... See golang template [ ⟨⟩] and jsonpath template [ ⟨⟩].

Output the formatted object with the given group version (for ex: 'extensions/v1beta1').

If true, allow annotations to be overwritten, otherwise reject annotation updates that overwrite existing annotations.

Record current kubectl command in the resource annotation.

If non-empty, the annotation update will only succeed if this is the current resource-version for the object. Only valid when specifying a single resource.

-l, --selector=""
Selector (label query) to filter on

-a, --show-all=false
When printing, show all resources (default hide terminated pods.)

When printing, show all labels as the last column (default hide labels column)

If non-empty, sort list types using this field specification. The field specification is expressed as a JSONPath expression (e.g. '{}'). The field in the API resource specified by this JSONPath expression must be an integer or a string.

Template string or path to template file to use when -o=go-template, -o=go-template-file. The template format is golang templates [ ⟨⟩].


log to standard error as well as files

DEPRECATED: The API version to use when talking to the server

Path to a cert. file for the certificate authority.

Path to a client certificate file for TLS.

Path to a client key file for TLS.

The name of the kubeconfig cluster to use

The name of the kubeconfig context to use

If true, the server's certificate will not be checked for validity. This will make your HTTPS connections insecure.

Path to the kubeconfig file to use for CLI requests.

when logging hits line file:N, emit a stack trace

If non-empty, write log files in this directory

Maximum number of seconds between log flushes

log to standard error instead of files

Require server version to match client version

If present, the namespace scope for this CLI request.

Password for basic authentication to the API server.

-s, --server=""
The address and port of the Kubernetes API server

logs at or above this threshold go to stderr

Bearer token for authentication to the API server.

The name of the kubeconfig user to use

Username for basic authentication to the API server.

-v, --v=0
log level for V logs

comma-separated list of pattern=N settings for file-filtered logging


# Update pod 'foo' with the annotation 'description' and the value 'my frontend'.
# If the same annotation is set multiple times, only the last value will be applied
kubectl annotate pods foo description='my frontend'
# Update a pod identified by type and name in "pod.json"
kubectl annotate -f pod.json description='my frontend'
# Update pod 'foo' with the annotation 'description' and the value 'my frontend running nginx', overwriting any existing value.
kubectl annotate --overwrite pods foo description='my frontend running nginx'
# Update all pods in the namespace
kubectl annotate pods --all description='my frontend running nginx'
# Update pod 'foo' only if the resource is unchanged from version 1.
kubectl annotate pods foo description='my frontend running nginx' --resource-version=1
# Update pod 'foo' by removing an annotation named 'description' if it exists.
# Does not require the --overwrite flag.
kubectl annotate pods foo description-




January 2015, Originally compiled by Eric Paris (eparis at redhat dot com) based on the kubernetes source material, but hopefully they have been automatically generated since!

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