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Published: Mar 13, 2019 License: Apache-2.0 Imports: 12 Imported by: 0


Azure Active Directory plugin for client authentication

This plugin provides an integration with Azure Active Directory device flow. If no tokens are present in the kubectl configuration, it will prompt a device code which can be used to login in a browser. After login it will automatically fetch the tokens and store them in the kubectl configuration. In addition it will refresh and update the tokens in the configuration when expired.


  1. Create an Azure Active Directory Web App / API application for apiserver following these instructions. The callback URL does not matter (just cannot be empty).

  2. Create a second Azure Active Directory native application for kubectl. The callback URL does not matter (just cannot be empty).

  3. On kubectl application's configuration page in Azure portal grant permissions to apiserver application by clicking on Required Permissions, click the Add button and search for the apiserver application created in step 1. Select "Access apiserver" under the DELEGATED PERMISSIONS. Once added click the Grant Permissions button to apply the changes.

  4. Configure the apiserver to use the Azure Active Directory as an OIDC provider with following options

    --oidc-client-id="spn:APISERVER_APPLICATION_ID" \
    • Replace the APISERVER_APPLICATION_ID with the application ID of apiserver application
    • Replace TENANT_ID with your tenant ID.   * For a list of alternative username claims that are supported by the OIDC issuer check the JSON response at
  5. Configure kubectl to use the azure authentication provider

    kubectl config set-credentials "USER_NAME" --auth-provider=azure \
      --auth-provider-arg=environment=AzurePublicCloud \
      --auth-provider-arg=client-id=APPLICATION_ID \
      --auth-provider-arg=tenant-id=TENANT_ID \
    • Supported environments: AzurePublicCloud, AzureUSGovernmentCloud, AzureChinaCloud, AzureGermanCloud
    • Replace USER_NAME and TENANT_ID with your user name and tenant ID
    • Replace APPLICATION_ID with the application ID of yourkubectl application ID
    • Replace APISERVER_APPLICATION_ID with the application ID of your apiserver application ID
    • Be sure to also (create and) select a context that uses above user
  6. The access token is acquired when first kubectl command is executed

kubectl get pods

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