To connect to a serverless Kubernetes (ASK) cluster from your on-premises machine, we recommend that you use the kubectl command-line tool. This topic describes how to use kubectl to connect to an ASK cluster.


  1. Download the latest kubectl client from the Kubernetes version description page.
  2. Install and set up the kubectl client.

    For more information, see Install and set up kubectl.

  3. Configure the cluster credentials.

    You can view cluster credentials on the details page of a cluster.

    1. Log on to the ACK console.
    2. In the left-side navigation pane of the ACK console, click Clusters.
    3. On the Clusters page, find the cluster that you want to manage and click the name of the cluster or click Details in the Actions column. The details page of the cluster appears.
    4. Optional:Click the Basic Information tab. In the Cluster Information section, you can view the public and internal IP addresses that are used to connect to the cluster.
      Connect to an ASK cluster
    5. Click the Connection Information tab. You can copy the code on the Public Access tab or the Internal Access tab to the $HOME/.kube/config file of your on-premises machine. By default, kubectl retrieves cluster credentials from this file. You can also create another file, for example, /tmp/kubeconfig, and copy the cluster credentials into the file. Then, run the export KUBECONFIG=/tmp/kubeconfig command.
    6. After the preceding operation is complete, run the following command to check whether the kubectl client is connected to the cluster:
      kubectl get pod
      NAME                                           READY   STATUS    RESTARTS   AGE
      ack-cube-1-***                                 1/1     Running   0          24h

What to do next

After the preceding operations are complete, you can use kubectl to connect to the ASK cluster from your on-premises machine.