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, as well as manage the cluster itself.

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

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

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 like this, 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 LB 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 config 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 any errors and ensure the Dashboard service is in the 'Running' state.
  • When the namespace is customized while deploying Dashboard, make sure to 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