This guide provides details about how you can install the Knative
For macOS, you can install
kn by using Homebrew.
brew install knative/client/kn
Note: Quickstart requires
kn version 0.25 or later. To upgrade an existing install to the latest version, run
brew upgrade kn.
You can install
kn by downloading the executable binary for your system and placing it in the system path. Note that you will need
kn version 0.25 or later.
Download the binary for your system from the
Rename the binary to
knand make it executable by running the commands:
mv <path-to-binary-file> kn chmod +x kn
<path-to-binary-file>is the path to the binary file you downloaded in the previous step, for example,
Move the executable binary file to a directory on your PATH by running the command:
mv kn /usr/local/bin
Verify that the plugin is working by running the command:
Check out the
git clone https://github.com/knative/client.git cd client/
Build an executable binary:
kninto your system path, and verify that
kncommands are working properly. For example:
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
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
Having issues upgrading
If you are having issues upgrading using Homebrew, it may be due to a change to a
CLI repository, where
master branch was renamed to
main. If so, run
brew tap --repair brew update brew upgrade kn
to resolve the issue.
Install kn using the nightly-built binary¶
Nightly container images include features which may not be included in the latest Knative release and are not considered to be stable.
Nightly-built executable binaries are available for users who want to install the latest pre-release build of
Links to the latest nightly-built executable binaries are available here:
Using kn with Tekton¶
See the Tekton documentation.