Kubernetes Dashboard

Kubernetes Dashboard is a general-purpose, web-based UI for Kubernetes clusters. It allows users to manage applications running in the cluster and troubleshoot them and manage the cluster itself.

Versions Supported

  • 2.6.0

Notable parameters

NameSupported ValuesDefault ValuesDescription
k8s-dashboard.namespacekubernetes-dashboardThe namespace where you want to run the Kubernetes dashboard deployment
k8s-dashboard.clusterRoleAny valid clusterRole from the Kubernetes clusterk8s-dashboard-readonlyThe ClusterRole to be attached to the ServiceAccount which defines RBAC to the cluster resources.
By default, a ClusterRole (k8s-dashboard-readonly) with ReadOnly access to most of the resources is deployed.
k8s-dashboard.certDurationA Go time.Duration string format in s (seconds), m (minutes), and h (hour) suffixes8760h (365 days)Validity for the Self-signed certificate, specified in hours.
k8s-dashboard.certRenewalA Go time.Duration string format in s (seconds), m (minutes), and h (hour) suffixes720h (30 days)Certificate renew before expiration duration
k8s-dashboard.serviceTypeClusterIP, LoadBalancerClusterIPThe ServiceType for dashboard.
It is highly recommended to use ClusterIP service type to restrict access to the cluster
k8s-dashboard.skipLoginTrue, FalseFalseFlag to skip authentications in the Dashboard UI.
Enabling this might expose a security risk. Use this only for demo purposes.

Accessing the dashboard

  • ClusterIP service type

When connected to the cluster remotely, run the following command to establish a connection to dashboard deployment on port 8080:

kubectl port-forward -n kubernetes-dashboard service/kubernetes-dashboard 8080:443

To access Kubernetes Dashboard, go to the below URL in a browser of your choice https://localhost:8080

From the Dashboard login page, run the below command from the Terminal window to get the bearer token:

kubectl -n kubernetes-dashboard describe secret $(kubectl -n kubernetes-dashboard get secret | grep kubernetes-dashboard-token | awk '{print $1}')

The output of the above command will look as below, where the token value is in the last line:

Name: kubernetes-dashboard-token-h4lnf
Namespace: kubernetes-dashboard
Labels: <none>
Annotations: kubernetes.io/service-account.name: kubernetes-dashboard
kubernetes.io/service-account.uid: 00e729f1-6638-4e68-8df5-afa2e2e38095
Type: kubernetes.io/service-account-token
ca.crt: 1029 bytes
namespace: 20 bytes
token: eyJhbGciOiJSUzI1NiIsImtpZCI6Ilg1bTg3RWM4Y1c3NnhkQ3dXbXNDUXQydVpYQklRUWoxa1BaS0ctVkVTSDQifQ.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.JU4GOJNjGpkHabUyxBt_2rvtXNjpR3w238BF2oMCQUNf_ZkUGSMeAAgIKxbAuk62dtJNDaRh5yAZ9J5KthMcU6k4qVmodUOJdlvigBVNjTDEhPM-sqJus62HMtwjpvm0CX-aP_A_BqHs2yJ3OgXSX0uHmkUO1FMoZSVaRpOvx7f5bPswxd87L3npuZt4p-NJIX32-DGjBnxdANAHcWil3YHIUbDgQIdjDfN6stGU_JByvzfCJpNCWWDinr772W7iZ3uA28F8uGS0ZMd1E5e1moEFBY8BM015Qxg2Y_k7lmv9S8GMkBJyTiJNiqnwLwfsiE1ycE4Tgq_vuQfFToIMNw
  • LoadBalancer service type

Use the Load Balancer service IP & Port to connect to the Dashboard


Follow below steps to configure Ingress on Kubernetes Dashboard

  1. Change serviceType from "LoadBalancer" to "ClusterIP" (line #17)
  2. Ingress (line #23)
    • Enable Ingress: Change enabled from "false" to "true"
    • Set Ingress rules like annotations, path, hosts, etc.

With these configuration changes, you can access Kubernetes Dashboard service on the Ingress Controller LoadBalancer hostname / IP


  • If the Dashboard is not accessible, check the dashboard pod for errors and ensure the Dashboard service is in the 'Running' state.
  • When the namespace is customized while deploying Dashboard replace the namespace values in the above commands.


https://kubernetes.io/docs/tasks/access-application-cluster/web-ui-dashboard/ https://github.com/kubernetes/dashboard/tree/master/docs