Kubernetes cluster Connection

The Kubernetes cluster Connection type enables connection to a Kubernetes cluster by SparkKubernetesOperator tasks and KubernetesPodOperator tasks.

Authenticating to Kubernetes cluster

There are different ways to connect to Kubernetes using Airflow.

  1. Use kube_config that reside in the default location on the machine(~/.kube/config) - just leave all fields empty

  2. Use in_cluster config, if Airflow runs inside Kubernetes cluster take the configuration from the cluster - mark: In cluster configuration

  3. Use kube_config from different location - insert the path into Kube config path

  4. Use kube_config in JSON format from connection configuration - paste kube_config into Kube config (JSON format)

Default Connection IDs

The default connection ID is kubernetes_default .

Configuring the Connection

In cluster configuration

Use in cluster configuration.

Kube config path

Use custom path to kube config.

Kube config (JSON format)

Kube config that used to connect to Kubernetes client.


Default Kubernetes namespace for the connection.

Cluster context

When using a kube config, can specify which context to use.

Disable verify SSL

Can optionally disable SSL certificate verification. By default SSL is verified.

Disable TCP keepalive

TCP keepalive is a feature (enabled by default) that tries to keep long-running connections alive. Set this parameter to True to disable this feature.

Xcom sidecar image

Define the image used by the PodDefaults.SIDECAR_CONTAINER (defaults to "alpine") to allow private repositories, as well as custom image overrides.

Example storing connection in env var using URI format:


And using JSON format:

AIRFLOW_CONN_KUBERNETES_DEFAULT='{"conn_type": "kubernetes", "extra": {"in_cluster": true, "kube_config_path": "~/.kube/config", "namespace": "my-namespace"}}'

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