A Kubernetes-aware bash prompt

If you manage multiple Kubernetes deployments, this little trick can show you the current Kubernetes context as part of your bash prompt.

Edit your ~/.bash_profile or ~/.bashrc with the following:

function kube_context() {
    # could have used $?, but it was easier with a string compare
    local ctx=$(kubectl config current-context 2>&1)
    if [ "${ctx}" != "error: current-context is not set" ]; then
        echo -n "<${ctx}> "

Blue='\e[0;34m'         # Blue
White='\e[0;37m'        # White
BRed='\e[1;31m'         # Red
IWhite='\e[0;97m'       # White

PS1="\[$Blue\]\t\[$BWhite\]\[$LightBlue\] \$(kube_context)\[$BRed\]\[$BRed\]\w\[\033[m\]\[$IWhite\]\$(__git_ps1)\[$White\]\$ "

The snippet above yields the following prompt:


The key part of the PS1 value above is \$(kube_context), which must start with the \ character, or it won’t refresh after it’s initial run.