Announcing the deprecation of the Kubernetes Terminal add-on.

Using add-ons while managing IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service or Red Hat OpenShift on IBM Cloud clusters allowed you to deploy an in-browser Kubernetes Terminal to perform simple troubleshooting and run basic commands. Due to cluster IAM access tokens, the web terminal was recommended for quick access and testing of the cluster, but not production use. IBM Cloud Shell is the production-grade capability replacing the Kubernetes Terminal add-on:

What is IBM Cloud Shell?

IBM Cloud Shell is a browser-based shell environment that you can use to work in IBM Cloud, and the service became generally available in June 2020. With one click, you can start managing your apps, resources and clusters from the command line — no installation needed. And, as a part of the IBM Cloud console, it’s available to you at no charge for all account types. Learn more about IBM Cloud Shell:

Accessing IBM Cloud Shell for the IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service and Managed OpenShift

Find the IBM Cloud Shell icon on the upper right of your browser window from any page within IBM Cloud console, where a new browser tab will open and create a secure connection: 

Navigate to the desired OpenShift cluster to obtain the CLI login for that specific resource:

Copy the login command and paste in the IBM Cloud Shell window:

Now you can run any OpenShift CLI commands (i.e., oc projects).

Important dates

  • Kubernetes Terminal removed from add-ons: July 1, 2021
  • Kubernetes Terminal end of support: July 1, 2021

Join the discussion

If you have questions or concerns, engage our team via Slack. You can register here and join the discussion in the #general channel on


More from Cloud

Kubernetes version 1.28 now available in IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service

2 min read - We are excited to announce the availability of Kubernetes version 1.28 for your clusters that are running in IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service. This is our 23rd release of Kubernetes. With our Kubernetes service, you can easily upgrade your clusters without the need for deep Kubernetes knowledge. When you deploy new clusters, the default Kubernetes version remains 1.27 (soon to be 1.28); you can also choose to immediately deploy version 1.28. Learn more about deploying clusters here. Kubernetes version 1.28 In…

Temenos brings innovative payments capabilities to IBM Cloud to help banks transform

3 min read - The payments ecosystem is at an inflection point for transformation, and we believe now is the time for change. As banks look to modernize their payments journeys, Temenos Payments Hub has become the first dedicated payments solution to deliver innovative payments capabilities on the IBM Cloud for Financial Services®—an industry-specific platform designed to accelerate financial institutions' digital transformations with security at the forefront. This is the latest initiative in our long history together helping clients transform. With the Temenos Payments…

Foundational models at the edge

7 min read - Foundational models (FMs) are marking the beginning of a new era in machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI), which is leading to faster development of AI that can be adapted to a wide range of downstream tasks and fine-tuned for an array of applications.  With the increasing importance of processing data where work is being performed, serving AI models at the enterprise edge enables near-real-time predictions, while abiding by data sovereignty and privacy requirements. By combining the IBM watsonx data…

The next wave of payments modernization: Minimizing complexity to elevate customer experience

3 min read - The payments ecosystem is at an inflection point for transformation, especially as we see the rise of disruptive digital entrants who are introducing new payment methods, such as cryptocurrency and central bank digital currencies (CDBC). With more choices for customers, capturing share of wallet is becoming more competitive for traditional banks. This is just one of many examples that show how the payments space has evolved. At the same time, we are increasingly seeing regulators more closely monitor the industry’s…