How to access the Kubernetes api from within a pod container

kubernetes

I used to be able to curl

https://$KUBERNETES_SERVICE_HOST:$KUBERNETES_PORT_443_TCP_PORT/api/v1beta3/namespaces/default/

as my base URL, but in kubernetes 0.18.0 it gives me "unauthorized". The strange thing is that if I used the external IP address of the API machine (http://172.17.8.101:8080/api/v1beta3/namespaces/default/), it works just fine.

Best Solution

In the official documentation I found this:

https://kubernetes.io/docs/tasks/access-application-cluster/access-cluster/#accessing-the-api-from-a-pod

Apparently I was missing a security token that I didn't need in a previous version of Kubernetes. From that, I devised what I think is a simpler solution than running a proxy or installing golang on my container. See this example that gets the information, from the api, for the current container:

KUBE_TOKEN=$(cat /var/run/secrets/kubernetes.io/serviceaccount/token)
curl -sSk -H "Authorization: Bearer $KUBE_TOKEN" \
      https://$KUBERNETES_SERVICE_HOST:$KUBERNETES_PORT_443_TCP_PORT/api/v1/namespaces/default/pods/$HOSTNAME

I also use include a simple binary, jq (http://stedolan.github.io/jq/download/), to parse the json for use in bash scripts.

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