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Access Keys

Access keys let you authenticate with Loft API endpoints and Loft CLI in non-interactive environments such as from within CI/CD pipelines.

Create Access Key

  1. Go to the Profile view using the menu on the left
  2. Switch to the Access Keys tab
  3. Click the button to create a new access key
  4. In the drawer that appears on the right, use the field Display Name to specify a Name for your access key
  5. OPTIONAL: Expand the Limit Access Key Scope section to specify which clusters, namespaces and virtual clusters this access key can be used for
  6. On the very bottom, click on the button to create this access key

Use Access Key

Log in via CLI

You can use an access key to log into Loft from non-interactive environments:

loft login [domain] --access-key=[ACCESS_KEY]

# Retrieve management API kube-context afterwards:
loft use management

# Retrieve users
kubectl get users

Optional: Create Kube-Context manually

You can create the kube config also manually by creating an access key for your user first and then using the following template, with the following placeholders:

  • $LOFT_HOST: the loft host you connect to
  • $ACCESS_KEY: the access key to use

Then replace these placeholders in the following template and save it as my-kube-config.yaml:

apiVersion: v1
kind: Config
- cluster:
server: https://$LOFT_URL/kubernetes/management
# Optional: if the server uses an insecure certificate
# insecure-skip-tls-verify: true
name: loft
- context:
cluster: loft
user: loft
name: loft
current-context: loft
- name: loft
token: $ACCESS_KEY

You can then access your virtual cluster by using the freshly created kube config file:

KUBECONFIG=my-kube-config.yaml kubectl get users