Get Started with CoreWeave

Learn how to configure your CoreWeave Kubernetes setup to access the Cloud

Create an account

To generate access credentials for CoreWeave Cloud, first sign up for an account.
After providing payment information, you will receive a verification email to the account provided. After verifying your address, your information will be submitted to our team to verify your account request. You will also be redirected to a page that confirms the request was received.
For a higher chance of admission, it is strongly recommended to fill out the inbound sales form after submitting your account request. Please note, account approval may take up to three business days.

Obtain CoreWeave access credentials

On CoreWeave, Kubeconfig files are used to interact with our Kubernetes cluster via clients such as kubectl. API Access Tokens are used for programmatic access to CoreWeave Cloud applications, such as Prometheus.
Once your account has been approved and is activated, log in to the CoreWeave Cloud UI, then navigate to API Access on the left-hand menu. New Kubeconfig files and credentials as well as new API tokens are generated from this page.
Screenshot of The API & Kubeconfig page on the Cloud UI
The API & Kubeconfig page on the Cloud UI, accessed via the "API Access" link on the left-hand menu

Generate the Kubeconfig file

The Kubeconfig and Access Token are shown only once! Be sure to save this file and the token in a secure location. If you lose your Access Token, it can be found inside your Kubeconfig file.
From the API Access page on the Cloud UI, click the API & KUBECONFIG tab at the top right of the page, then click the Create a New Token button to the right.
When prompted, give the token a recognizable name, then click the Generate button. Generating the new token will also create a Kubeconfig file with the name cw-kubeconfig, which will embed your token. This file will download automatically.
If you would like to prevent the Kubeconfig file from downloading automatically, un-check the Automatically download Kubeconfig checkbox.
The "New Access Token" modal
The "New Access Token" modal

Install the Kubernetes command line tools

Once you have obtained your Access Credentials, download the Kubernetes command line tools.
Additional Resources
For more information on Kubernetes installation and configuration, please reference the official Kubernetes documentation.

Installing kubectl on a Linux system

Downloading and installing the binary
The following command is a simple way to install kubectl on your Linux system by downloading the binary.
curl -LO "$(curl -L -s"
Once you have the kubectl binary downloaded, install it by first making the binary executable:
$ chmod +x ./kubectl
Then, move the file into the system bin directory:
$ sudo mv ./kubectl /usr/local/bin/kubectl
If you would prefer to install Kubernetes using a Native Package Manager, please view the Kubernetes guide on Installing using Native Package Manager.
Verifying the kubectl binary
If you'd like to verify kubectl, you can verify it by running a checksum operation on the downloaded file prior to installing it, such as:
curl -LO "$(curl -L -s"
echo "$(<kubectl.sha256) kubectl" | sha256sum --check
This should return kubectl: OK to confirm the file is indeed valid. If this returns an error, please review the official kubectl installation guide.

Installing kubectl on a macOS system

Installing using Homebrew
Most Mac users use Homebrew to install packages.
If you do not already have Homebrew installed, follow the Brew Installation guide to do so, then install kubectl using Homebrew by running the following command:
$ brew install kubectl

Installing kubectl on a Windows system

Installing using PowerShell
Using PowerShell, kubectl can be installed by using the following the command:
& $([scriptblock]::Create((New-Object Net.WebClient).DownloadString('')))
Add the -Silent flag to the end of this string for a non-interactive setup.
Installing using a Package Manager
You can also install kubectl on Windows using a package manager such as Chocolatey or Scoop.
Using Chocolatey:
$ choco install kubernetes-cli
Using Scoop:
$ scoop install kubectl
If you would prefer to download the kubectl executable directly, follow the official Kubernetes instructions to download the latest version.

Configure Kubernetes

Finally, once you have kubectl installed, and the cw-kubeconfig file has been generated and downloaded, the next step is to move this config file to the right location.
By default, kubectl looks for a file named config (also referred to as a Kubeconfig file) in the $HOME/.kube directory.
I do not have a ~/.kube/config file
If this is your first time using Kubernetes, or you're using a system that has never had Kubernetes configured before, you probably don't have a Kubeconfig file. You can check to see if you do by inspecting the Kubeconfig default path:
ls ~/.kube/config
If you do not have a Kubeconfig file, all you need to do is create the ~/.kube directory if it does not already exist, and then move the downloaded cw-kubeconfig to the ~/.kube/config path:
mkdir ~/.kube && mv ~/Downloads/cw-kubeconfig ~/.kube/config
If for some reason you would like to use a different path for the config file for your cluster, you can export the $KUBECONFIG environment variable. For example:
export KUBECONFIG=~/.kube/cw-kubeconfig
Or, you can specify a path using the --kubeconfig option with kubectl.
I have an existing Kubeconfig file
If you already have an existing Kubeconfig file, you can install the CoreWeave Kubernetes credentials by merging the cw-kubeconfig file into ~/.kube/config.
To do this, first create a backup copy of the original Kubeconfig file:
$ cp ~/.kube/config ~/.kube/config.bak
Next, merge the downloaded cw-kubeconfig file into the file at the default path using kubectl:
$ KUBECONFIG=~/.kube/config:~/Downloads/cw-kubeconfig \
kubectl config view --merge --flatten > ~/.kube/config

Paths for Windows and macOS

If you are working on a system other than a Linux system, replace ~/.kube/config path with one of the corresponding paths below. Be sure to replace the ~/Downloads path in this example with the actual location of your downloaded Kubeconfig file, and the default path with the one that is applicable to your system.

Default Kubernetes configuration directories by OS

Operating System
Default path
macOS X

Verify Kubernetes credentials

Since your new account will not yet have any resources, listing your cluster secrets is a good way to test that proper communication with the cluster is in place. To verify your CoreWeave Kubernetes configuration using kubectl, invoke the following commands.
First, set the Kubernetes context to coreweave:
$ kubectl config set-context coreweave
Next, request the secret objects:
$ kubectl get secret
This should return your default secrets, such as:
default-token-frqgm 3 3h


You are now ready to use CoreWeave Cloud to deploy all types of services on CoreWeave's Kubernetes infrastructure!