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The best alternative to Kubernetes Lens that doesn't slow you down

Looking for an alternative to Kubernetes Lens? Tired of waiting for Lens to load? Try Aptakube, a fast and lightweight desktop client for Kubernetes

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

If you're looking for an alternative to Lens/OpenLens, here's a short comparison between Aptakube and Lens/OpenLens.

Tech StackTauri, Rust and SolidElectron, Node.js and React
User InterfaceGUI (Graphical)GUI (Graphical)
Time to Interactive1Time taken to get past the splash screen⚡️ Instantly~5 seconds
App Disk Size124 MB1.21 GB
Memory Usage @ Home1How much memory was used when the app started73 MB524 MB
Memory Usage @ 3000 Pods1How much memory was used to list 3000 pods218 MB713 MB
Multi-clusterAbility to connect to multiple clusters simultaneouslyNo
Aggregated Log ViewerView logs from multiple pods at onceNo
Resource MetricsCPU and Memory usage metrics via standard Kubernetes Metrics API
Metrics-server or Prometheus

Requires Prometheus
Cloud AuthenticationWhether you need to login to use the appNo
Requires Lens ID 2


From a feature point of view, Aptakube and Lens are somewhat similar. Aptakube has an advantage on its multi-cluster capability, richer resource views and aggregated log viewer.

Our customers have reported that Aptakube is many times faster than Lens, as well as being much smaller in size and uses significaly less memory. Download and see for yourself 😉

Aptakube is also cheaper, doesn't require cloud authentication and uses a perpetual fallback license. You bought it, you own it.

  1. Tested on a MacBook Pro 16" 2021 M1 Pro 16GB, running macOS Ventura 13.3.
  • Aptakube 1.4.0
  • Lens 2022.12.11410-latest
  1. Lens is a commercial product built on top of OpenLens. OpenLens does not require cloud authentication, but Lens does.

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Last updated: April 14, 2023.

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Screenshot of Aptakube showing a list of pods from 2 clusters in a single view