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Lens - The Kubernetes IDE

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Lens | The Kubernetes IDE

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Lens is the only IDE you’ll ever need to take control of your Kubernetes clusters. It is a standalone application for MacOS, Windows and Linux operating systems. It is open source and free.


What makes Lens special?

  • Amazing usability and end-user experience
  • Multi cluster management: support for hundreds of clusters
  • Standalone application: no need to install anything in-cluster
  • Real-time cluster state visualization
  • Resource utilization charts and trends with history powered by built-in Prometheus
  • Terminal access to nodes and containers
  • Performance optimized to handle massive clusters (tested with a cluster running 25k pods)
  • Full support for Kubernetes RBAC


Download a pre-built package from the releases page. Lens can be also installed via snapcraft (Linux only).

Alternatively on Mac:

brew cask install lens


Prerequisites: Nodejs v12, make, yarn

  • make init
    - initial compilation, installing deps, etc.
  • make dev
    - builds and starts the app
  • make test
    - run tests

Development (advanced)

Allows for faster separate re-runs of some of the more involved processes:

  1. yarn dev:main
    compiles electron's main process part and start watching files
  2. yarn dev:renderer
    compiles electron's renderer part and start watching files
  3. yarn dev-run
    runs app in dev-mode and restarts when electron's main process file has changed

Developer's ~~RTFM~~ recommended list:


Bug reports and pull requests are welcome on GitHub at https://github.com/lensapp/lens.

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