Sometimes it’s useful or necessary to directly access the Kubernetes API server, for exploratory or testing purposes.

In order to do this, one option is to proxy the API to your local environment, using:

$ kubectl proxy --port=8080
Starting to serve on

Now you can query the API (in a separate terminal session) like so:

$ curl http://localhost:8080/api/v1
  "kind": "APIResourceList",
  "groupVersion": "v1",
  "resources": [
      "name": "services/status",
      "singularName": "",
      "namespaced": true,
      "kind": "Service",
      "verbs": [

Alternatively, without proxying, you can use kubectl directly as follows to achieve the same:

$ kubectl get --raw=/api/v1

Further, if you want to explore the supported API versions and/or resources, you can use the following commands:

$ kubectl api-versions

$ kubectl api-resources
NAME                                  SHORTNAMES     APIGROUP                       NAMESPACED   KIND
bindings                                                                            true         Binding
storageclasses                        sc                    false        StorageClass