The best alternative to Kubectl commands

Tired of googling for kubectl commands you always forget? Try Aptakube, a fast and lightweight GUI for Kubernetes

Aptakube demonstrating its multi-cluster functionality, quick actions and aggregated logs.

Let's be honest, you can't completely replace kubectl.

Here at Aptakube we recommend using kubectl and/or GitOps for automation and deployment. But engineers often need to poke around the cluster, view some logs, analyze the state of their workloads, etc. For these scenarios, which are often manually performed, we highly recommend a GUI such as Aptakube, it's much faster and easier to use, especially for those who are not using Kubernetes on a daily basis.

Here's a quick comparison between kubectl and Aptakube.

Aptakubekubectl
Tech StackTauri, Rust and SolidGo
User InterfaceGUI (Graphical)CLI (Command Line)
Time to Interactive1Time taken to get something on the screen⚡️ Instantly⚡️ Instantly
Multi-clusterAbility to connect to multiple clusters simultaneouslyNo
Aggregated Log ViewerView logs from multiple pods at onceYes, but it's difficult to visualize
Resource ViewHuman-friendly view for resourcesPartially, with kubectl describe
Quick ActionsRestart, Scale, Delete with a single clickYes, if you know the command

Conclusion

  • kubectl is best for for automation and deployment
  • Aptakube is best for manual tasks such as exploration, debugging, troubleshooting, and monitoring

  1. Tested on a MacBook Pro 16" 2021 M1 Pro 16GB, running macOS Ventura 13.0.
  • Aptakube 0.8.0

If you notice any inaccuracies, please let us know at hello@aptakube.com.

Last updated: January 17, 2023.

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