Status Subresource

By convention, the Kubernetes API makes a distinction between the specification of the desired state of an object (a nested object field called "spec") and the status of the object at the current time (a nested object field called "status"). The specification is a complete description of the desired state, including configuration settings provided by the user, default values expanded by the system, and properties initialized or otherwise changed after creation by other ecosystem components (e.g., schedulers, auto-scalers), and is persisted in Etcd with the API object. The status summarizes the current state of the object in the system, and is usually persisted with the object by an automated processes but may be generated on the fly. At some cost and perhaps some temporary degradation in behavior, the status could be reconstructed by observation if it were lost.

The PUT and POST verbs on objects MUST ignore the "status" values, to avoid accidentally overwriting the status in read-modify-write scenarios. A /status subresource MUST be provided to enable system components to update statuses of resources they manage.

You can read more about the API convention in Kubernetes API Convention doc.

Status subresource support in Kubernetes

Subresource support for CRD is enabled by default in 1.10+ releases , so ensure that you are running kubernetes with the minimum version. You can use kubectl version command to check the Kubernetes version.

Enabling Status subresource in CRD definition

First step is to enable status subresource in the CRD definition. This can be achieved by adding a comment // +kubebuilder:subresource:status just above the Go type definition as shown in example below.

// MySQL is the Schema for the mysqls API
// +k8s:openapi-gen=true
// +kubebuilder:subresource:status
type MySQL struct {
    metav1.TypeMeta   `json:",inline"`
    metav1.ObjectMeta `json:"metadata,omitempty"`

    Spec   MySQLSpec   `json:"spec,omitempty"`
    Status MySQLStatus `json:"status,omitempty"`

CRD generation tool will use the +kubebuilder:subresource:status annotation to enable status subresource in the CRD definition. So, if you run, make manifests, it will regenerate the CRD manifests under config/crds/<kind_types.yaml. Here is an example manifests with status subresource enabled. Note the subresources section with an empty status field.

kind: CustomResourceDefinition
  creationTimestamp: null
  labels: "1.0"
    kind: MySQL
    plural: mysqls
  scope: Namespaced
    status: {}
          type: string
          type: string
          type: object
          type: object
          type: object
  version: v1
    kind: ""
    plural: ""
  conditions: []
  storedVersions: []

Ensure you have updated the CRD definition in your cluster by running kubectl apply -f config/crds

Getting and Updating status in Reconciler code

In order to get the status subresource, you don't have do anything new. The Get client method returns the entire object which contains the status field.

For updating the status subresource, compute the new status value and update it in the object and then issue client.Status().Update(context.Background(), &obj) to update the status.

    instance := &myappsv1.MySQL{}
    err := r.Get(context.TODO(), request.NamespacedName, instance)
    if err != nil {
        // handle err

    // updating the status
    instance.Status.SomeField = "new-value"
    err = r.Status().Update(context.Background(), instance)
    if err != nil {
        return reconcile.Result{}, err

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