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Siddhant Khare
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Setup Kubectl on Cloud Dev Environment in 60 Seconds

This blog will describe how to automate the kubectl setup for Cloud Dev Environments such as Gitpod.

Why is it necessary to automate?

Gitpod offers an ephemeral environment. If you want to use kubectl on each/all workspaces, it must be configured. As a result, you won't have to manually install and configure kubectl every time you start working on it.

What is Ephemeral Environment?

An ephemeral environment is a short-lived, encapsulated deployment of an application. Ephemeral environments provide robust, on-demand platforms for running tests, previewing features, and collaborating asynchronously across teams. (Ref. here)

TL;DR; these are "Dynamic environments", "Temporary environments", "on-demand environments" or "short-lived environments".

Pre-Baked Dev Environment

Gitpod gives users the ability to construct pre-baked (ready to use) environments by offering .gitpod.yml that automate the configuration of the development environment. In order to avoid having to set up everything from scratch, users save time and experience less friction in their lives.

Automate kubectl setup

You only need two files to complete this task: your .gitpod.yml file and a script that executes the setup and installation of kubectl along with all other necessary tools.

  • First, You need to copy-paste this script in any directory of that particular project.

  • Now, You need to execute this script from your .gitpod.yml (present in the root of your project).

  - name: Setup kubectl
    command: bash $GITPOD_REPO_ROOT/
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You can configure the path based on where the setup kubectl script is located because my script was located in the root directory in this case.

Try Now

In less than 40 seconds, start using kubectl by clicking the button below.:


Talk is cheap, show me the code

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Learn how to integrate Kubectl with Gitpod.

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Configure Secrets & Hit Below button:

Secret Management

Secrets Key-Value Map

sso_start_url = ${AWS_SSO_URL}
sso_region = ${AWS_SSO_REGION}
sso_account_id = ${AWS_ACCOUNT_ID}
sso_role_name = ${AWS_ROLE_NAME}
region = ${AWS_REGION}
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Configure secrets

  • Configure the following secrets here in Gitpod settings:


    Note: You Can set scope at for all worskapces (⚠️) or at your Org. Level, at your Personal username level, or at Just Repo. Level. Read More: Configure Environment Variables

  • Maybe you use vault or some other secret storage, that's okay. The key is to inject them into the config when the workspace starts.

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Tailscale setup:

Tailscale hello service

  • Verify that reaching the example Tailscale hello application via ping fails.

Gitpod workspace

  • Click the button below to start a new development environment:

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  • Login to your Tailscale account when prompted from the Gitpod workspace terminal:
To authenticate, visit:
  • Verify that reaching the example Tailscale hello application via ping succeeds.

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