Install kubectl on Windows

Install kubectl on Windows


Kubernetes has become a cornerstone of modern application deployment and management, offering tools for orchestrating containerised applications. One of the essential tools for interacting with Kubernetes clusters is kubectl, the command-line interface that allows users to run commands against Kubernetes clusters. This blog post will show you how to install kubectl on Windows, ensuring you’re equipped to manage your Kubernetes resources efficiently.

Downloading kubectl

To start, you need to download the kubectl executable. You have a couple of options for this:

  • Option 1: Install with Chocolatey: If you have Chocolatey installed (a popular package manager for Windows), you can simply run the following command in your command prompt or PowerShell:powershellCopy codechoco install kubernetes-cliThis command automatically downloads and installs the latest version of kubectl.
  • Option 2: Manual Download: If you prefer to install manually or don’t use Chocolatey, visit the official Kubernetes release page and download the latest kubectl.exe.

Installing KubeCtl on Windows by adding it to your Path

After downloading kubectl, you need to add it to your system’s PATH so that you can run it from any command prompt or PowerShell window.

  • For Chocolatey Users: If you installed kubectl via Chocolatey, it should automatically be added to your PATH.
  • For Manual Installation:
    1. Move kubectl.exe to a desired folder (e.g., C:\kubectl).
    2. Add that folder to your PATH. Go to Control Panel -> System and Security -> System -> Advanced system settings -> Environment Variables. Under “System Variables”, find and select Path, then click Edit. Add the path to the folder containing kubectl.exe.

Verifying the Installation

To verify that kubectl is installed correctly:

  • Open a new command prompt or PowerShell window.
  • Run the command: kubectl version --client
  • This should display the version of kubectl installed on your system.

Configuring kubectl to Connect to a Kubernetes Cluster

To use kubectl, you must configure it to connect to a Kubernetes cluster. You’ll need access to your cluster’s API server and a kubeconfig file, which typically lives at ~/.kube/config.

  • If you have access to a kubeconfig file (perhaps provided by your organisation), place it in the default location (C:\Users\[Your User Name]\.kube\config) or specify its location with the --kubeconfig flag or the KUBECONFIG environment variable.
  • If you’re using a cloud provider like Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS), or Amazon EKS, their respective CLI tools can also help set up kubectl.


When you install kubectl on Windows, it gives you everything you need to interact with your Kubernetes clusters.

Whether you’re inspecting pods, deploying applications, or managing cluster resources, kubectl is your gateway to efficient Kubernetes management.

As you explore the vast functionalities of Kubernetes, remember that kubectl is a powerful ally in your DevOps toolkit.

Happy Kubernetes management!

I have other Kubernetes posts here: – Kubernetes, Connecting to a Kubernetes Cluster on Rancher with kubectl from Windows.


Hi, my name is Stephen Finchett. I have been a software engineer for over 30 years and worked on complex, business critical, multi-user systems for all of my career. For the last 15 years, I have been concentrating on web based solutions using the Microsoft Stack including ASP.Net, C#, TypeScript, SQL Server and running everything at scale within Kubernetes.