Perform a Rollback on a DaemonSet

This page shows how to perform a rollback on a DaemonSet.

Before you begin

You need to have a Kubernetes cluster, and the kubectl command-line tool must be configured to communicate with your cluster. It is recommended to run this tutorial on a cluster with at least two nodes that are not acting as control plane hosts. If you do not already have a cluster, you can create one by using minikube or you can use one of these Kubernetes playgrounds:

Your Kubernetes server must be at or later than version 1.7. To check the version, enter kubectl version.

You should already know how to perform a rolling update on a DaemonSet.

Performing a rollback on a DaemonSet

Step 1: Find the DaemonSet revision you want to roll back to

You can skip this step if you only want to roll back to the last revision.

List all revisions of a DaemonSet:

kubectl rollout history daemonset <daemonset-name>

This returns a list of DaemonSet revisions:

daemonsets "<daemonset-name>"
1               ...
2               ...
  • Change cause is copied from DaemonSet annotation to its revisions upon creation. You may specify --record=true in kubectl to record the command executed in the change cause annotation.

To see the details of a specific revision:

kubectl rollout history daemonset <daemonset-name> --revision=1

This returns the details of that revision:

daemonsets "<daemonset-name>" with revision #1
Pod Template:
Labels:       foo=bar
 Image:        ...
 Port:         ...
 Environment:  ...
 Mounts:       ...
Volumes:      ...

Step 2: Roll back to a specific revision

# Specify the revision number you get from Step 1 in --to-revision
kubectl rollout undo daemonset <daemonset-name> --to-revision=<revision>

If it succeeds, the command returns:

daemonset "<daemonset-name>" rolled back

Step 3: Watch the progress of the DaemonSet rollback

kubectl rollout undo daemonset tells the server to start rolling back the DaemonSet. The real rollback is done asynchronously inside the cluster control plane.

To watch the progress of the rollback:

kubectl rollout status ds/<daemonset-name>

When the rollback is complete, the output is similar to:

daemonset "<daemonset-name>" successfully rolled out

Understanding DaemonSet revisions

In the previous kubectl rollout history step, you got a list of DaemonSet revisions. Each revision is stored in a resource named ControllerRevision.

To see what is stored in each revision, find the DaemonSet revision raw resources:

kubectl get controllerrevision -l <daemonset-selector-key>=<daemonset-selector-value>

This returns a list of ControllerRevisions:

NAME                               CONTROLLER                     REVISION   AGE
<daemonset-name>-<revision-hash>   DaemonSet/<daemonset-name>     1          1h
<daemonset-name>-<revision-hash>   DaemonSet/<daemonset-name>     2          1h

Each ControllerRevision stores the annotations and template of a DaemonSet revision.

kubectl rollout undo takes a specific ControllerRevision and replaces DaemonSet template with the template stored in the ControllerRevision. kubectl rollout undo is equivalent to updating DaemonSet template to a previous revision through other commands, such as kubectl edit or kubectl apply.


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