How to Add Resource Requests and Limits to Pods

In Kubernetes, managing resource allocation for pods is essential for optimizing performance, ensuring stability, and preventing resource contention. By setting resource requests and limits, you can specify the amount of CPU and memory resources that a pod requires and restrict how much it can consume.

This article will guide you through the process of adding resource requests and limits to pods in Kubernetes, enabling efficient resource utilization within your cluster.

1. Understanding Resource Requests and Limits:

Resource requests and limits are two key parameters that define the resource allocation for a pod in Kubernetes:

  • Resource Requests: A resource request specifies the minimum amount of CPU and memory that a pod needs to function properly. It informs the Kubernetes scheduler about the resources required to schedule the pod onto a suitable node.
  • Resource Limits: A resource limit sets an upper boundary on the amount of CPU and memory that a pod can consume. It prevents the pod from monopolizing resources and helps maintain the stability of the cluster.

By configuring resource requests and limits, you provide Kubernetes with important information for efficient scheduling and resource management.

2. Adding Resource Requests and Limits to Pods:

To add resource requests and limits to a pod, you need to define them within the pod’s configuration manifest. Here’s an example of a pod manifest with resource requests and limits specified:

apiVersion: v1
kind: Pod
  name: my-pod
  - name: my-container
    image: my-image
        cpu: "0.5"
        memory: "512Mi"
        cpu: "1"
        memory: "1Gi"

In this example, we define a pod named “my-pod” with a single container named “my-container.” The resources section is where we set the resource requests and limits. In this case, we request a minimum of 0.5 CPU units and 512Mi of memory, while setting the maximum limits to 1 CPU unit and 1Gi of memory.

Adjust the values according to your application’s requirements. Note that you can use different units, such as milliCPU (m) or gigabyte (G), based on your needs.

3. Applying the Pod Configuration:

To apply the pod configuration and create the pod with the specified resource requests and limits, use the following command:

kubectl apply -f pod.yaml

Replace “pod.yaml” with the filename of your pod configuration manifest.

4. Verifying Resource Requests and Limits:

After applying the pod configuration, you can verify the resource requests and limits using the following command:

kubectl describe pod my-pod

Replace “my-pod” with the name of your pod. The command will display detailed information about the pod, including the resource requests and limits defined.

Additionally, you can use the kubectl get pod command with the -o yaml flag to retrieve the pod’s YAML representation and inspect the resource requests and limits directly from the output.


Setting resource requests and limits for pods in Kubernetes is crucial for effective resource management within your cluster. By specifying the minimum requirements and maximum boundaries, you enable the Kubernetes scheduler to make informed decisions about pod placement and prevent resource contention. By following the steps outlined in this article, you can add resource requests and limits to your pods, ensuring optimal performance and stability in your Kubernetes environment.