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kubectl Plugin

The Rook kubectl plugin is a tool to help troubleshoot your Rook cluster. Here are a few of the operations that the plugin will assist with:

  • Health of the Rook pods
  • Health of the Ceph cluster
  • Create "debug" pods for mons and OSDs that are in need of special Ceph maintenance operations
  • Restart the operator
  • Purge an OSD
  • Run any ceph command

See the kubectl-rook-ceph documentation for more details.


  • Install krew
  • Install Rook plugin

    kubectl krew install rook-ceph

Ceph Commands

  • Run any ceph command with kubectl rook-ceph ceph <args>. For example, get the Ceph status:

    kubectl rook-ceph ceph status


        id:     a1ac6554-4cc8-4c3b-a8a3-f17f5ec6f529
        health: HEALTH_OK
        mon: 3 daemons, quorum a,b,c (age 11m)
        mgr: a(active, since 10m)
        mds: 1/1 daemons up, 1 hot standby
        osd: 3 osds: 3 up (since 10m), 3 in (since 8d)
        volumes: 1/1 healthy
        pools:   6 pools, 137 pgs
        objects: 34 objects, 4.1 KiB
        usage:   58 MiB used, 59 GiB / 59 GiB avail
        pgs:     137 active+clean
        client:   1.2 KiB/s rd, 2 op/s rd, 0 op/s wr

Reference: Ceph Status

Debug Mode

Debug mode can be useful when a MON or OSD needs advanced maintenance operations that require the daemon to be stopped. Ceph tools such as ceph-objectstore-tool, ceph-bluestore-tool, or ceph-monstore-tool are commonly used in these scenarios. Debug mode will set up the MON or OSD so that these commands can be run.

  • Start the debug pod for mon b

    kubectl rook-ceph debug start rook-ceph-mon-b
  • Stop the debug pod for mon b

    kubectl rook-ceph debug stop rook-ceph-mon-b

Reference: Debug Mode