System Commands

If you need to interact with Kubernetes or Containerd directly, direct access to their CLIs are available through system-control system sub-commands.

These are low-level interfaces and you should generally rely on more specialized system-control commands.

NOTE “system-control” is in /path/to/install/bin, but named based on your project config. For simplicity, this doc will refer to it as “system-control” even though your actual command name will be different.


Kubectl is the Kubernetes CLI, and can be ran as system-control system kubectl passing whatever arguments you need to kubectl.

Common commands:

  • system-control system kubectl get pods
  • system-control system kubectl get nodes

Crictl and Ctl

The crictl and ctl sub-commands are used for interacting with the Containerd system.

They are generally used even less often than kubectl.