Kubernetes pod command and args — compared with Dockerfile

2 min readDec 25, 2023

In Kubernetes, you have the power to tailor the commands that are executed within your containers. This flexibility is achieved through two key fields in Pod YAML files: command and args. Let’s dive into how they work:

1. command: Setting the Primary Command

  • Think of command as the heart of the action, defining the main command to be run within a container.
  • Specify it as an array of strings, with each element representing a part of the command.


command: ["echo", "Hello from the container!"]

2. args: Providing Additional Arguments

  • Need to pass extra information to the command? That’s where args come in.
  • It’s also an array of strings, supplying arguments to the command specified in command.


args: ["This message is brought to you by args."]

Integration with Dockerfiles: A Smooth Transition

If you’re familiar with Dockerfiles, you’ll notice a familiar pattern:

  • command aligns with the ENTRYPOINT instruction in Dockerfiles.
  • args corresponds to the CMD instruction.

Key Takeaways:

  • Use command to define the primary command to execute in a container.
  • Use args to provide additional arguments to that command.
  • Understand their relationship with ENTRYPOINT and CMD in Dockerfiles for seamless transitions.

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