A service account provides an identity for processes that run in a Pod.
This is a user introduction to Service Accounts. See also the Cluster Admin Guide to Service Accounts.
Note: This document describes how service accounts behave in a cluster set up as recommended by the Kubernetes project. Your cluster administrator may have customized the behavior in your cluster, in which case this documentation may not apply.
When you (a human) access the cluster (e.g. using
kubectl), you are
authenticated by the apiserver as a particular User Account (currently this is
admin, unless your cluster administrator has customized your
cluster). Processes in containers inside pods can also contact the apiserver.
When they do, they are authenticated as a particular Service Account (e.g.
When you create a pod, you do not need to specify a service account. It is
automatically assigned the
default service account of the same namespace. If
you get the raw json or yaml for a pod you have created (e.g.
pods/podname -o yaml), you can see the
spec.serviceAccount field has been
You can access the API using a proxy or with a client library, as described in Accessing the Cluster.
Every namespace has a default service account resource called
You can list this and any other serviceAccount resources in the namespace with this command:
$ kubectl get serviceAccounts NAME SECRETS default 1
You can create additional serviceAccounts like this:
$ cat > /tmp/serviceaccount.yaml <<EOF apiVersion: v1 kind: ServiceAccount metadata: name: build-robot EOF $ kubectl create -f /tmp/serviceaccount.yaml serviceaccounts/build-robot
If you get a complete dump of the service account object, like this:
$ kubectl get serviceaccounts/build-robot -o yaml apiVersion: v1 kind: ServiceAccount metadata: creationTimestamp: 2015-06-16T00:12:59Z name: build-robot namespace: default resourceVersion: "272500" selfLink: /api/v1/namespaces/default/serviceaccounts/build-robot uid: 721ab723-13bc-11e5-aec2-42010af0021e secrets: - name: build-robot-token-bvbk5
then you will see that a token has automatically been created and is referenced by the service account.
You may use the ABAC authorization plugin to set permissions on service accounts.
To use a non-default service account, simply set the
field of a pod to the name of the service account you wish to use.
The service account has to exist at the time the pod is created, or it will be rejected.
You cannot update the service account of an already created pod.
You can clean up the service account from this example like this:
$ kubectl delete serviceaccount/build-robot
Note that if a pod does not have a
ServiceAccount set, the
ServiceAccount will be set to
Suppose we have an existing service account named “build-robot” as mentioned above, and we create a new secret manually.
$ cat > /tmp/build-robot-secret.yaml <<EOF apiVersion: v1 kind: Secret metadata: name: build-robot-secret annotations: kubernetes.io/service-account.name: build-robot type: kubernetes.io/service-account-token EOF $ kubectl create -f /tmp/build-robot-secret.yaml secrets/build-robot-secret
Now you can confirm that the newly built secret is populated with an API token for the “build-robot” service account.
$ kubectl describe secrets/build-robot-secret Name: build-robot-secret Namespace: default Labels: <none> Annotations: kubernetes.io/service-account.name=build-robot,kubernetes.io/service-account.uid=870ef2a5-35cf-11e5-8d06-005056b45392 Type: kubernetes.io/service-account-token Data ==== ca.crt: 1220 bytes token: ... namespace: 7 bytes
Note that the content of
tokenis elided here.
First, create an imagePullSecret, as described here Next, verify it has been created. For example:
$ kubectl get secrets myregistrykey NAME TYPE DATA myregistrykey kubernetes.io/.dockerconfigjson 1
Next, read/modify/write the service account for the namespace to use this secret as an imagePullSecret
$ kubectl get serviceaccounts default -o yaml > ./sa.yaml $ cat sa.yaml apiVersion: v1 kind: ServiceAccount metadata: creationTimestamp: 2015-08-07T22:02:39Z name: default namespace: default resourceVersion: "243024" selfLink: /api/v1/namespaces/default/serviceaccounts/default uid: 052fb0f4-3d50-11e5-b066-42010af0d7b6 secrets: - name: default-token-uudge $ vi sa.yaml [editor session not shown] [delete line with key "resourceVersion"] [add lines with "imagePullSecret:"] $ cat sa.yaml apiVersion: v1 kind: ServiceAccount metadata: creationTimestamp: 2015-08-07T22:02:39Z name: default namespace: default selfLink: /api/v1/namespaces/default/serviceaccounts/default uid: 052fb0f4-3d50-11e5-b066-42010af0d7b6 secrets: - name: default-token-uudge imagePullSecrets: - name: myregistrykey $ kubectl replace serviceaccount default -f ./sa.yaml serviceaccounts/default
Now, any new pods created in the current namespace will have this added to their spec:
spec: imagePullSecrets: - name: myregistrykey
TODO: Test and explain how to use additional non-K8s secrets with an existing service account.
TODO explain: - The token goes to: “/var/run/secrets/kubernetes.io/serviceaccount/$WHATFILENAME”