Kubectl vs HTTP API

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One of the best things Kubernetes has is its API, however, I’ve seen a few tools that instead of using the HTTP API use a wrapper on kubectl. I tweeted about it and a discussion was created around the differences between kubectl and the HTTP API.

One thing that I hope it’s clear it’s that kubectl is designed to be used by people and HTTP API is designed to be used by code. In fact, if you look at the documentation you will see that there’s a list of differnt APIs and kubectl is under kubectl CLI, this is teh list of all the kubernetes APIs:

  • Kubernetes API
  • Extension API
  • Autoscaling API
  • Batch API
  • kubectl CLI

So, let’s see what these differences are!

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