Actions is only available with a Kubecost Enterprise plan.

The Actions page is where you can create scheduled savings actions that Kubecost will execute for you. The Actions page supports creating actions for multiple turndown and right-sizing features.

Actions are only able to be applied to your primary cluster. To use Actions on a secondary cluster (agents), you must login to the UI directly on that cluster.

Enabling Kubecost Actions

Enable the Cluster Controller

Before you can perform any Actions, you need to enable Kubecost's Cluster Controller. When enabled, Kubecost wil have administrative access to that cluster in order to perform Actions.

Users should exercise caution when enabling this feature. Kubecost will have write access to your cluster (Kubecost is otherwise read-only). The controller can perform irreversible actions. Always ensure you have a backup of your data before enabling this feature.

Some features included in Kubecost Actions are only available in GKE/EKS environments. See the Cluster Controller doc for more clarity on which features you will have access to after enabling the Cluster Controller.

Enable experimental features

In order to access experimental Kubecost Actions for Guided Container-Sizing and Cluster Sizing, you must manually enable them. These features are still considered alpha. To access them, you must first go to Settings, then toggle on 'Enable experimental features' at the bottom of the page. Select Save to confirm.

Creating an Action

On the Actions page, select Create Action in the top right (if no Action exists, you can select Create a new action in the middle of your page. The 'Create New Action' window opens.

You will have the option to perform one of several available Actions:

  • Cluster Turndown: Schedule clusters to spin down when unused and back up when needed

  • Request Sizing: Ensure your containers aren't over-provisioned

  • Namespace Turndown: Schedule unused workloads to spin down

  • Guided Sizing: Continuous container and node right-sizing (experimental)

  • Cluster Sizing: Configure your cluster in the most cost-effective way (experimental)

Selecting one of these Actions will take you off the Actions page to a Action-specific page which will allow to perform the action in moments.

If the Cluster Controller was not properly enabled, the Create New Action window will inform you and limit functionality until the Cluster Controller has been successfully enabled.

Cluster Turndown

Cluster Turndown is a scheduling feature that allows you to reduce costs for clusters when they are not actively being used, without spinning them down completely. This is done by temporarily removing all existing nodes except for master nodes. The Cluster Turndown page allows you to create a schedule for when to turn your cluster down and up again.

Selecting Cluster Turndown from the Create new action window will take you to the Cluster Turndown page. The page should display available clusters for turndown. Begin by selecting Create Schedule next to the cluster you wish to turn down. Select what date and time you wish to turn down the cluster, and what date and time you wish to turn it back up. Select Apply to finalize.

You can delete an existing turndown schedule by selecting the trash can icon.

Learn more about cluster turndown's advanced functionality here.

Automated Request Sizing

Kubecost offers a condensed version of Automatic Request Right-Sizing via Actions, which allows to right-size your deployments on a recurring schedule.

Selecting Request Sizing from the 'Create New Action' window will open the Automated Request Sizing page. Here, you can immediately begin configuring your plan for right-sizing using a schedule and a filtering plan to determine the affected deployments.


For 'Cadence', select your desired schedule (how often you want Kubecost to right-size your selected deployments), Daily, Weekly, Monthly, or Quarterly. Then, select the start date for when you wish your desired cadence to begin occurring.

Deployments to right size

Kubecost supports custom filtering for you to specify which deployments you wish to right-size.

Select Preview to view a list of all requests that will be right-sized, and their estimated monthly costs. This list is configurable; you can manually remove individual requests you don't wish to right-size.

Configuring recommendations

Finally, you can provide Kubecost with more details about your ideal environment so Kubecost can estimate average resources needed to be allocated:

  • Window: Time duration of activity of your deployments to sample. Default is Last 48h.

  • Profile: Environment profile with preset CPU/RAM recommendations and target utilizations. Includes Development, Production, and High Availability with preset options, or Custom which will allow you configure subsequent fields manually.

  • CPU/RAM recommendation algorithm: Set to Max unless Profile is set to Custom. Allows CPU/RAM recommendation algorithms to be separately formatted as a percentile when set to Percentile.

  • CPU/RAM target utilization: Percentage utilization written as a decimal (for 60% utilization, value should be 0.6). Will keep resource utilization below the provided value. Can only be manually configured when Profile is set to Custom.

  • CPU/RAM percentile: Only configurable when Profile is set to Custom and their corresponding CPU/RAM recommendation algorithm is configured as Percentile.

Select Save to confirm your configuration.

After making changes, the table of deployments should update to show which will be affected. Select Create Action to finalize.

Cluster Sizing

Cluster Sizing is a beta feature.

Cluster Sizing will provide right-sizing recommendations for your cluster by determining the cluster's needs based on the type of work running, and the resource requirements. You will receive a simple (uses one node type) and a complex (uses two or more node types) recommendation.

Kubecost may hide the complex recommendation when it is more expensive than the simple recommendation, and present a single recommendation instead.

Visiting the Cluster Sizing Recommendations page from the Create New Action window will immediately prompt you with a suggested recommendation that will replace your current node pools with the displayed node pools. You can select Adopt to immediately resize, or select Cancel if you want to continue exploring.

Learn more about cluster right-sizing functionality here.

Namespace Turndown

Namespace turndown allows you to take action to delete your abandoned workloads. Instead of requiring the user to manually size down or delete their unused workloads, Kubecost can delete namespaces full of idle pods in one moment or on a continual basis. This can be helpful for routine cleanup of neglected resources. Namespace turndown is supported on all cluster types.

When turning down namespaces, Kubecost will perform a helm uninstall command to remove the release(s) from the namespace before it is deleted. Take precaution when using this feature to avoid irreversible changes being made to your environment.

Selecting Namespace Turndown from the 'Create New Action' window will open the Namespace Turndown page.

Begin by providing a name for your Action in the 'Action Name' field.

For 'Namespace turndown type', select Scheduled or Smart from the dropdown.

  • Scheduled turndown will delete all non-ignored namespaces.

  • Smart turndown will confirm that all workloads in the namespace are idle before deleting.

'Schedule' determines how often Kubecost will check for unused workloads. It supports Daily, Weekly, or Custom, which will require you to provide a cron string that determines when the turndown occurs (leave this field as 0 0 * * * by default to perform turndown every night at midnight). Namespaces can have multiple schedules applied to them (but will require separate Actions to be created for them).

Then you can provide optional values for the following fields:

  • 'Namespaces to ignore': Filter out namespaces you don't want turned down. Namespace turndown will ignore namespaces named kube-*, the default namespace, and the namespace the Cluster Controller is enabled on. Allows multiple namespaces to be ignored in one Action. Note that there are, almost certainly, other critical namespaces that should be ignored.

  • 'Namespace labels to ignore': Filter out key-value labels that you don't want turned down.

Select Preview to view a list of all namespaces that will be turned down. This list is configurable; you can manually check individual namespaces you wish to be ignored.

Select Create Action to finalize.

Guided Sizing

Guided Sizing is a beta feature.

Guided Kubernetes Sizing provides a one-click or continuous right-sizing solution in two steps, request sizing and then cluster sizing. These implementations function exactly like Kubecost's existing container and cluster right-sizing features.

1. Request Sizing

In the first collapsible tab, you can configure your container request sizing.

  • The Auto resizing toggle switch will determine whether you want to perform a one-time resize, or a continuous auto-resize. Default is one-time (off).

  • Frequency: Only available when Auto resizing is toggled on. Determines how frequently right-sizing will occur. Options are Day, Week, Monthly, or Quarterly.

  • Start Time: Only available when Auto resizing is toggled on. Determines the day, and time of day, that auto-resizing will begin occurring. Will default to the current date and time if left blank.

Select Start One-Time Resize/Start Auto-Resizing Now to finalize.

2. Cluster Sizing

In the second collapsible tab, you can configure continuous cluster sizing.

  • Architecture: Supports x86 or ARM.

  • Target Utilization: How much excess resource nodes should be configured with to account for variable or increasing resource consumption. Default is 0.8.

  • Frequency: Determines how frequently right-sizing will occur. Options are Day, Week, Monthly, or Quarterly.

  • Start Time: Determines the day, and time of day, that auto-resizing will begin occurring. Will default to the current date and time if left blank.

Select Enable Auto-Resizing Now to finalize.

Creating an action via values.yaml

You can also optionally configure Actions (except for Guided Sizing) via your Kubecost values.yaml file. Configure the following section as needed for any actions you wish to set up (leave unconfigured actions as is). For more information of any action-specific field, see the individual UI configuration sections above for more information.


       - name: my-schedule
         start: "2024-02-09T00:00:00Z"
         end: "2024-02-09T12:00:00Z"
         repeat: daily
       - name: my-schedule2
         start: "2024-02-09T00:00:00Z"
         end: "2024-02-09T01:00:00Z"
         repeat: weekly
       - name: my-ns-turndown-action
         dryRun: false
         schedule: "0 0 * * *"
         type: Scheduled
           - namespace
           - ignorednamespace
           turndown: ignore
           minNamespaceAge: 4h
         startTime: '2024-01-02T15:04:05Z'
         frequencyMinutes: 1440
         lastCompleted: ''
           window: 48h
           architecture: ''
           targetUtilization: 0.8
           minNodeCount: 1
           allowSharedCore: false
         allowCostIncrease: false
         recommendationType: ''
         - clusterID: cluster-one
           namespace: my-namespace
           controllerKind: deployment
           controllerName: my-controller
         start: "2024-01-30T15:04:05Z"
         frequencyMinutes: 5
         recommendationQueryWindow: "48h"
         lastModified: ''
         targetUtilizationCPU: 0.8
         targetUtilizationMemory: 0.8

Managing Actions

Once you have successfully created an Action, you will see it on the Actions page under Scheduled Actions. Here you will be able to view a Schedule, the Next Run, Affected Workloads, and the Status. You can select Details to view more information about a specific Action, or delete the scheduled Action by selecting the trash can icon.

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