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I wrote about how much I like the lens app K8s dashboard capability without needing to deploy K8s dashboard. Sadly recently, there has been some divergence from K8sLens being a pure open source to a licensed tool with an upstream open-source version called Open Lens (article here). It has fallen to individual contributors to maintain the open-lens binary (here) and made it available via Chocolatey and Brew. The downside is that one of the nice features of K8sLens has been removed – the ability to look at container logs. If you read the Git repo issue on this matter – you’ll see that a lot of people are not very happy about this.

If you read through all the commentary on the ticket, you’ll eventually find the following part of the post that describes how the feature can be reintroduced.

In short, if you use the extensions feature and provide the URL of the extension as @alebcay/openlens-node-pod-menu then the option will be reintroduced. The access to the extension is here:

The details …

The extension identified is detailed here.

I’m not sure why, but I did find the installation a little unstable, and needed to reinstall the plugin, restart OpenLens and reenable the plugin. But once we got past that, as you can see below the plugin delivered on its promise.

The problem with the licensing is that it doesn’t distinguish between me as an individual and using Lens for my own personal use vs. using Lens for commercial activities. The condition sets out:

ELIGIBILITY:You or your company have less than $10M in annual revenue or funding.


Given this wording, I can’t use the licensed version, even if I was working on an open-source project and in a personal capacity, as the company I’m employed by has more than $10 million in revenue. For me, the issue is $200 per year is a lot for something I only need to use intermittently. While I get k8slens includes additional features such as Lens Security which performs vulnerability management, and Lens Teamwork, along with support, are features and services that are oriented to commercial use – these are features I don’t actually want or need. Lens Kubernetes sounds like an interesting proposition (a built-in distribution of K8s), but when many others already provide this freely – from Docker Desktop to Kind it seems rather limited in value.

We did try installing Komodor, given its claims for an always free edition. But on my Windows 11 Pro (developer early access) installation, it failed to install, as you can see: