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kcp Documentation


kcp is a Kubernetes-like control plane focusing on:

  • A control plane for many independent, isolated “clusters” known as workspaces
  • Enabling API service providers to offer APIs centrally using multi-tenant operators
  • Easy API consumption for users in their workspaces
  • Advanced deployment strategies for scenarios such as affinity/anti-affinity, geographic replication, cross-cloud replication, etc.

kcp can be a building block for SaaS service providers who need a massively multi-tenant platform to offer services to a large number of fully isolated tenants using Kubernetes-native APIs. The goal is to be useful to cloud providers as well as enterprise IT departments offering APIs within their company.



  • kubectl
  • A Kubernetes cluster (for local testing, consider kind)

Download kcp

Visit our latest release page and download kcp and kubectl-kcp-plugin that match your operating system and architecture.

Extract kcp and kubectl-kcp-plugin and place all the files in the bin directories somewhere in your $PATH.

Start kcp

You can start kcp using this command:

kcp start

This launches kcp in the foreground. You can press ctrl-c to stop it.

To see a complete list of server options, run kcp start options.


During its startup, kcp generates a kubeconfig in .kcp/admin.kubeconfig. Use this to connect to kcp and display the version to confirm it's working:

$ export KUBECONFIG=.kcp/admin.kubeconfig
$ kubectl version
WARNING: This version information is deprecated and will be replaced with the output from kubectl version --short.  Use --output=yaml|json to get the full version.
Client Version: version.Info{Major:"1", Minor:"24", GitVersion:"v1.24.4", GitCommit:"95ee5ab382d64cfe6c28967f36b53970b8374491", GitTreeState:"clean", BuildDate:"2022-08-17T18:46:11Z", GoVersion:"go1.19", Compiler:"gc", Platform:"darwin/amd64"}
Kustomize Version: v4.5.4
Server Version: version.Info{Major:"1", Minor:"24", GitVersion:"v1.24.3+kcp-v0.8.0", GitCommit:"41863897", GitTreeState:"clean", BuildDate:"2022-09-02T18:10:37Z", GoVersion:"go1.18.5", Compiler:"gc", Platform:"darwin/amd64"}

Next steps

Thanks for checking out our quickstart!

If you're interested in learning more about all the features kcp has to offer, please check out our additional documentation:


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