lens VS kubelogin

Compare lens vs kubelogin and see what are their differences.


kubectl plugin for Kubernetes OpenID Connect authentication (kubectl oidc-login) (by int128)
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Posts with mentions or reviews of kubelogin. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2024-04-09.
  • Giving Kyma a little spin ... a SpinKube
    6 projects | dev.to | 9 Apr 2024
    Authenticating with Kyma is a (in my opinion) unnecessary challenge as it leverages the OIDC-login plugin for kubectl. You find a description of the setup here. This works fine when on a Mac but can give you some headaches on a Windows and on Linux machine especially when combined with restrictive setups in corporate environments. For Windows I can only recommend installing krew via chocolatey and then install the OIDC plugin via kubectl krew install oidc-login. At least for me that was the only way to get this working on Windows.
  • Windows auth with K8s on prem
    2 projects | /r/k8s | 1 Jun 2023
    It is sort of a roundabout way, but I sync Active Directory to a Keycloak realm, then use OIDC auth with kube-oidc-proxy (https://github.com/jetstack/kube-oidc-proxy) and kubelogin (https://github.com/int128/kubelogin) for OIDC-based auth to the api server.
  • Kubernetes in production.
    2 projects | /r/kubernetes | 21 Feb 2023
    Yes, I setup a cluster with no SPFs. That means an HA setup for the external load balancer. I use HAProxy for my ELB, and setup 2 instances with a VRRP + keepalived to provide HA to the ingress controller. I run the control plane private, accessible only from localhost. I setup kube-oidc-proxy (https://github.com/jetstack/kube-oidc-proxy) to expose the API server with single sign-on on the ingress controller, and use the kubelogin plugin (https://github.com/int128/kubelogin) to provide OIDC support to kubectl. I then setup Keycloak to handle OIDC/OAuth2/SAML and syncing to Active Directory, and setup groups in Active Directory to control acccess to clusters. Devs each get their own namespace in the dev cluster, with mostly cluster-admin access to their namespace. Staging/Prod clusters are locked down, with read-only access to devs. Thanks to the OIDC auth to the APIServer, when employees are onboarded & offboarded, we only need to add/remove them from groups in Active Directory and everything else just magically syncs.
  • Gitlab token exchange with keycloak to execute deployments with kubectl
    1 project | /r/gitlab | 27 Jan 2023
    I've successfully configured kube-apiserver to authenticate users through oidc (https://github.com/int128/kubelogin) so all the users from my keycloak realm can access to the cluster with their credentials.
  • Getting started with kubectl plugins
    20 projects | dev.to | 18 Jan 2023
    Link to GitHub Repository
  • Why are there so many OIDC SSO options for Kubernetes?
    7 projects | /r/kubernetes | 26 Nov 2022
    kubelogin (helper for k8s build in OIDC support)
    5 projects | /r/kubernetes | 7 Nov 2022
    I use the kube-login plugin for kubectl (https://github.com/int128/kubelogin) along with the kube-oidc-proxy (https://github.com/jetstack/kube-oidc-proxy), using Keycloak as my OIDC provider (https://www.keycloak.org) and doing LDAP synchronization to Active Directory.
  • Manage user authentication in on-prem cluster
    1 project | /r/kubernetes | 20 Aug 2022
    Dex oauth and kubelogin. We happen to use google auth in our org, but dex is pretty flexible. You only have to have a way to distribute server certificates. We then have documented script commands to pull certs and create kubectl fig files. OpenUnison always looked interesting, but dex has been good enough for our uses.
  • k8s dex authentications
    2 projects | /r/kubernetes | 6 Jul 2022
    With a working dex/OIDC configuration, you could use: https://github.com/int128/kubelogin
  • A kubectl plugin for Kubernetes OpenID Connect (OIDC) authentication
    1 project | news.ycombinator.com | 3 Feb 2022

What are some alternatives?

When comparing lens and kubelogin you can also consider the following projects:

rancher - Complete container management platform

pam-keycloak-oidc - PAM module connecting to Keycloak for user authentication using OpenID Connect/OAuth2, with MFA/2FA/TOTP support

k9s - 🐶 Kubernetes CLI To Manage Your Clusters In Style!

kubectl-neat - Clean up Kubernetes yaml and json output to make it readable

Portainer - Making Docker and Kubernetes management easy.

okta-k8s-oidc-terraform-example - An example repo showcasing setting up Okta OIDC using Terraform

octant - Highly extensible platform for developers to better understand the complexity of Kubernetes clusters.

kubectl-kubesec - Security risk analysis for Kubernetes resources

argo - Workflow Engine for Kubernetes

ksniff - Kubectl plugin to ease sniffing on kubernetes pods using tcpdump and wireshark

Monokle - Monokle is a set of OSS tools designed to help create and maintain high-quality Kubernetes configurations throughout the application lifecycle

kube-oidc-proxy - Reverse proxy to authenticate to managed Kubernetes API servers via OIDC.