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kubectl delete - Delete resources by filenames, stdin, resources and names, or by resources and label selector
kubectl delete [OPTIONS]
Delete resources by filenames, stdin, resources and names, or by resources and label selector.
JSON and YAML formats are accepted. Only one type of the arguments may be specified: filenames, resources and names, or resources and label selector.
Some resources, such as pods, support graceful deletion. These resources define a default period before they are forcibly terminated (the grace period) but you may override that value with the --grace-period flag, or pass --now to set a grace-period of 1. Because these resources often represent entities in the cluster, deletion may not be acknowledged immediately. If the node hosting a pod is down or cannot reach the API server, termination may take significantly longer than the grace period. To force delete a resource, you must specify the --force flag. Note: only a subset of resources support graceful deletion. In absence of the support, --grace-period is ignored.
IMPORTANT: Force deleting pods does not wait for confirmation that the pod's processes have been terminated, which can leave those processes running until the node detects the deletion and completes graceful deletion. If your processes use shared storage or talk to a remote API and depend on the name of the pod to identify themselves, force deleting those pods may result in multiple processes running on different machines using the same identification which may lead to data corruption or inconsistency. Only force delete pods when you are sure the pod is terminated, or if your application can tolerate multiple copies of the same pod running at once. Also, if you force delete pods the scheduler may place new pods on those nodes before the node has released those resources and causing those pods to be evicted immediately.
Note that the delete command does NOT do resource version checks, so if someone submits an update to a resource right when you submit a delete, their update will be lost along with the rest of the resource.
--all=false Delete all resources, including uninitialized ones, in the namespace of the specified resource types.
-A, --all-namespaces=false If present, list the requested object(s) across all namespaces. Namespace in current context is ignored even if specified with --namespace.
--cascade="background" Must be "background", "orphan", or "foreground". Selects the deletion cascading strategy for the dependents (e.g. Pods created by a ReplicationController). Defaults to background.
--dry-run="none" Must be "none", "server", or "client". If client strategy, only print the object that would be sent, without sending it. If server strategy, submit server-side request without persisting the resource.
--field-selector="" Selector (field query) to filter on, supports '=', '==', and '!='.(e.g. --field-selector key1=value1,key2=value2). The server only supports a limited number of field queries per type.
-f, --filename= containing the resource to delete.
--force=false If true, immediately remove resources from API and bypass graceful deletion. Note that immediate deletion of some resources may result in inconsistency or data loss and requires confirmation.
--grace-period=-1 Period of time in seconds given to the resource to terminate gracefully. Ignored if negative. Set to 1 for immediate shutdown. Can only be set to 0 when --force is true (force deletion).
--ignore-not-found=false Treat "resource not found" as a successful delete. Defaults to "true" when --all is specified.
-k, --kustomize="" Process a kustomization directory. This flag can't be used together with -f or -R.
--now=false If true, resources are signaled for immediate shutdown (same as --grace-period=1).
-o, --output="" Output mode. Use "-o name" for shorter output (resource/name).
--raw="" Raw URI to DELETE to the server. Uses the transport specified by the kubeconfig file.
-R, --recursive=false Process the directory used in -f, --filename recursively. Useful when you want to manage related manifests organized within the same directory.
-l, --selector="" Selector (label query) to filter on, not including uninitialized ones.
--timeout=0s The length of time to wait before giving up on a delete, zero means determine a timeout from the size of the object
--wait=true If true, wait for resources to be gone before returning. This waits for finalizers.
OPTIONS INHERITED FROM PARENT COMMANDS¶
--add-dir-header=false If true, adds the file directory to the header of the log messages
--alsologtostderr=false log to standard error as well as files
--application-metrics-count-limit=100 Max number of application metrics to store (per container)
--as="" Username to impersonate for the operation
--as-group= Group to impersonate for the operation, this flag can be repeated to specify multiple groups.
--azure-container-registry-config="" Path to the file containing Azure container registry configuration information.
--boot-id-file="/proc/sys/kernel/random/boot_id" Comma-separated list of files to check for boot-id. Use the first one that exists.
--cache-dir="/home/user/.kube/cache" Default cache directory
--certificate-authority="" Path to a cert file for the certificate authority
--client-certificate="" Path to a client certificate file for TLS
--client-key="" Path to a client key file for TLS
--cloud-provider-gce-l7lb-src-cidrs=220.127.116.11/22,18.104.22.168/16 CIDRs opened in GCE firewall for L7 LB traffic proxy health checks
--cloud-provider-gce-lb-src-cidrs=22.214.171.124/22,126.96.36.199/22,188.8.131.52/22,184.108.40.206/16 CIDRs opened in GCE firewall for L4 LB traffic proxy health checks
--cluster="" The name of the kubeconfig cluster to use
--container-hints="/etc/cadvisor/container_hints.json" location of the container hints file
--containerd="/run/containerd/containerd.sock" containerd endpoint
--containerd-namespace="k8s.io" containerd namespace
--context="" The name of the kubeconfig context to use
--default-not-ready-toleration-seconds=300 Indicates the tolerationSeconds of the toleration for notReady:NoExecute that is added by default to every pod that does not already have such a toleration.
--default-unreachable-toleration-seconds=300 Indicates the tolerationSeconds of the toleration for unreachable:NoExecute that is added by default to every pod that does not already have such a toleration.
--disable-root-cgroup-stats=false Disable collecting root Cgroup stats
--docker="unix:///var/run/docker.sock" docker endpoint
--docker-env-metadata-whitelist="" a comma-separated list of environment variable keys matched with specified prefix that needs to be collected for docker containers
--docker-only=false Only report docker containers in addition to root stats
--docker-root="/var/lib/docker" DEPRECATED: docker root is read from docker info (this is a fallback, default: /var/lib/docker)
--docker-tls=false use TLS to connect to docker
--docker-tls-ca="ca.pem" path to trusted CA
--docker-tls-cert="cert.pem" path to client certificate
--docker-tls-key="key.pem" path to private key
--enable-load-reader=false Whether to enable cpu load reader
--event-storage-age-limit="default=0" Max length of time for which to store events (per type). Value is a comma separated list of key values, where the keys are event types (e.g.: creation, oom) or "default" and the value is a duration. Default is applied to all non-specified event types
--event-storage-event-limit="default=0" Max number of events to store (per type). Value is a comma separated list of key values, where the keys are event types (e.g.: creation, oom) or "default" and the value is an integer. Default is applied to all non-specified event types
--global-housekeeping-interval=1m0s Interval between global housekeepings
--housekeeping-interval=10s Interval between container housekeepings
--insecure-skip-tls-verify=false If true, the server's certificate will not be checked for validity. This will make your HTTPS connections insecure
--kubeconfig="" Path to the kubeconfig file to use for CLI requests.
--log-backtrace-at=:0 when logging hits line file:N, emit a stack trace
--log-cadvisor-usage=false Whether to log the usage of the cAdvisor container
--log-dir="" If non-empty, write log files in this directory
--log-file="" If non-empty, use this log file
--log-file-max-size=1800 Defines the maximum size a log file can grow to. Unit is megabytes. If the value is 0, the maximum file size is unlimited.
--log-flush-frequency=5s Maximum number of seconds between log flushes
--logtostderr=true log to standard error instead of files
--machine-id-file="/etc/machine-id,/var/lib/dbus/machine-id" Comma-separated list of files to check for machine-id. Use the first one that exists.
--match-server-version=false Require server version to match client version
-n, --namespace="" If present, the namespace scope for this CLI request
--one-output=false If true, only write logs to their native severity level (vs also writing to each lower severity level
--password="" Password for basic authentication to the API server
--profile="none" Name of profile to capture. One of (none|cpu|heap|goroutine|threadcreate|block|mutex)
--profile-output="profile.pprof" Name of the file to write the profile to
--referenced-reset-interval=0 Reset interval for referenced bytes (container_referenced_bytes metric), number of measurement cycles after which referenced bytes are cleared, if set to 0 referenced bytes are never cleared (default: 0)
--request-timeout="0" The length of time to wait before giving up on a single server request. Non-zero values should contain a corresponding time unit (e.g. 1s, 2m, 3h). A value of zero means don't timeout requests.
-s, --server="" The address and port of the Kubernetes API server
--skip-headers=false If true, avoid header prefixes in the log messages
--skip-log-headers=false If true, avoid headers when opening log files
--stderrthreshold=2 logs at or above this threshold go to stderr
--storage-driver-buffer-duration=1m0s Writes in the storage driver will be buffered for this duration, and committed to the non memory backends as a single transaction
--storage-driver-db="cadvisor" database name
--storage-driver-host="localhost:8086" database host:port
--storage-driver-password="root" database password
--storage-driver-secure=false use secure connection with database
--storage-driver-table="stats" table name
--storage-driver-user="root" database username
--tls-server-name="" Server name to use for server certificate validation. If it is not provided, the hostname used to contact the server is used
--token="" Bearer token for authentication to the API server
--update-machine-info-interval=5m0s Interval between machine info updates.
--user="" The name of the kubeconfig user to use
--username="" Username for basic authentication to the API server
-v, --v=0 number for the log level verbosity
--version=false Print version information and quit
--vmodule= comma-separated list of pattern=N settings for file-filtered logging
--warnings-as-errors=false Treat warnings received from the server as errors and exit with a non-zero exit code
# Delete a pod using the type and name specified in pod.json.
kubectl delete -f ./pod.json
# Delete resources from a directory containing kustomization.yaml - e.g. dir/kustomization.yaml.
kubectl delete -k dir
# Delete a pod based on the type and name in the JSON passed into stdin.
cat pod.json | kubectl delete -f -
# Delete pods and services with same names "baz" and "foo"
kubectl delete pod,service baz foo
# Delete pods and services with label name=myLabel.
kubectl delete pods,services -l name=myLabel
# Delete a pod with minimal delay
kubectl delete pod foo --now
# Force delete a pod on a dead node
kubectl delete pod foo --force
# Delete all pods
kubectl delete pods --all
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!