How to create a Deployment in Kubernetes

Deployments represent a set of identical Pods. A Deployment runs multiple copies of the application. It automatically replaces any instances that fail. It helps to ensure that one or more instances of the application are always up and running. Deployments are managed by the Kubernetes Deployment controller. Deployments use a Pod template, which contains a specification for its Pods. 

A Kubernetes deployment is a resource object in Kubernetes that provides declarative updates to applications.

To know more about on Deployment specifications, see the Kubernetes API documentation

In this article, we will learn to create a deployment in Kubernetes and perform operations on it.


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What we will do

Create a Deployment

Create a Deployment

Create a file and add the following deployment definition in it.

vim my-deployment.yaml
apiVersion: apps/v1
kind: Deployment
    app: httpd-frontend
  name: httpd-frontend
  replicas: 1
      app: httpd-frontend
        app: httpd-frontend
      - image: httpd:2.4-alpine
        name: httpd


In this example:

  • A Deployment named httpd-frontend will be created, indicated by the metadata: name field.
  • The Deployment will create 1 replica of the Pod, indicated by the replicas field.
  • The Pod template, or spec: template field, indicates that its Pods are labeled app: httpd-frontend.
  • The Pod template's specification, or template: spec field, indicates that the Pods run one container, httpd, which runs the httpd: image at version 2.4-alpine.

Use the following command to create a deployment

kubectl create -f my-deployment.yaml

Once you create a deployment, you can get its details using the following command.

kubectl get deployment | grep httpd-frontend


Deployment created a replica-set, to list it use the following command.

kubectl get replicaset | grep httpd-frontend


Pods created by the replica-set can be listed using the following command which will list the pods matching the specified name.

kubectl get pods | grep httpd-frontend


Now, you can test the auto-creation of the pod if the existing fails by deleting it.

To delete the existing pod, use the following commands.

kubectl get pods | grep httpd-frontend
kubectl delete pod httpd-frontend-74fd6fd8cd-8nj2s
kubectl get pods | grep httpd-frontend


In the above screenshot, you can see that the pod got created after deleting the existing pod.

Now, even if the replica-set is deleted, the deployment will create it.

To test this, delete the replica-set using the following command.

kubectl get replicaset | grep httpd-frontend
kubectl delete replicaset httpd-frontend-74fd6fd8cd
kubectl get replicaset | grep httpd-frontend


In the above screenshot you can see that even after deleting the replica-set, it got created.

To see a little more information of the pod, "-o wide" can be used in the command as follows.

kubectl get pods | grep httpd-frontend
kubectl get pods -o wide | grep httpd-frontend


To get the complete information of the pod, it can be described using the following command.

kubectl describe pod httpd-frontend


Now, if you no longer need your application deployed using the deployment, it can be deleted by deleting the deployment.

Use the following commands to delete the deployment.

kubectl get deployment | grep httpd-frontend
kubectl delete deployment httpd-frontend
kubectl get deployment | grep httpd-frontend


In the above screenshot, you can see that after deleting the deployment it did not get created. But if you delete the pod or replicaset which were created part of deployment then they get created.


In this article, we learned to create a deployment and tried the delete operation on Pod, Replicaset and Deployment.

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