Setting up kn

This guide provides details about how you can set up the Knative kn CLI.

Install kn using brew

For macOS, you can install kn by using Homebrew.

brew install kn

Install kn using a binary

You can install kn by downloading the executable binary for your system and placing it in the system path.

A link to the latest stable binary release is available on the kn release page.

Install kn using the nightly-built binary

Nightly-built executable binaries are available for users who want to install the latest pre-release build of kn.

WARNING: Nightly-built executable binaries include features which may not be included in the latest Knative release and are not considered to be stable.

Links to the latest nightly-built executable binaries are available here:

Install kn using Go

  1. Check out the kn client repository:

    git clone https://github.com/knative/client.git
    cd client/
    
  2. Build an executable binary:

    hack/build.sh -f
    
  3. Move kn into your system path, and verify that kn commands are working properly. For example:

    kn version
    

Running kn using container images

WARNING: Nightly container images include features which may not be included in the latest Knative release and are not considered to be stable.

Links to images are available here:

You can run kn from a container image. For example:

docker run --rm -v "$HOME/.kube/config:/root/.kube/config" gcr.io/knative-releases/knative.dev/client/cmd/kn:latest service list

NOTE: Running kn from a container image does not place the binary on a permanent path. This procedure must be repeated each time you want to use kn.

Using kn with Tekton

See the Tekton documentation.