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Kubernetes 1.24: Stargazer

Authors: Kubernetes 1.24 Release Team

We are excited to announce the release of Kubernetes 1.24, the first release of 2022!

This release consists of 46 enhancements: fourteen enhancements have graduated to stable, fifteen enhancements are moving to beta, and thirteen enhancements are entering alpha. Also, two features have been deprecated, and two features have been removed.

Major Themes

Dockershim Removed from kubelet

After its deprecation in v1.20, the dockershim component has been removed from the kubelet in Kubernetes v1.24. From v1.24 onwards, you will need to either use one of the other supported runtimes (such as containerd or CRI-O) or use cri-dockerd if you are relying on Docker Engine as your container runtime. For more information about ensuring your cluster is ready for this removal, please see this guide.

Beta APIs Off by Default

New beta APIs will not be enabled in clusters by default. Existing beta APIs and new versions of existing beta APIs will continue to be enabled by default.

Signing Release Artifacts

Release artifacts are signed using cosign signatures, and there is experimental support for verifying image signatures. Signing and verification of release artifacts is part of increasing software supply chain security for the Kubernetes release process.

OpenAPI v3

Kubernetes 1.24 offers beta support for publishing its APIs in the OpenAPI v3 format.

Storage Capacity and Volume Expansion Are Generally Available

Storage capacity tracking supports exposing currently available storage capacity via CSIStorageCapacity objects and enhances scheduling of pods that use CSI volumes with late binding.

Volume expansion adds support for resizing existing persistent volumes.

NonPreemptingPriority to Stable

This feature adds a new option to PriorityClasses, which can enable or disable pod preemption.

Storage Plugin Migration

Work is underway to migrate the internals of in-tree storage plugins to call out to CSI Plugins while maintaining the original API. The Azure Disk and OpenStack Cinder plugins have both been migrated.

gRPC Probes Graduate to Beta

With Kubernetes 1.24, the gRPC probes functionality has entered beta and is available by default. You can now configure startup, liveness, and readiness probes for your gRPC app natively within Kubernetes without exposing an HTTP endpoint or using an extra executable.

Kubelet Credential Provider Graduates to Beta

Originally released as Alpha in Kubernetes 1.20, the kubelet's support for image credential providers has now graduated to Beta. This allows the kubelet to dynamically retrieve credentials for a container image registry using exec plugins rather than storing credentials on the node's filesystem.

Contextual Logging in Alpha

Kubernetes 1.24 has introduced contextual logging that enables the caller of a function to control all aspects of logging (output formatting, verbosity, additional values, and names).

Avoiding Collisions in IP allocation to Services

Kubernetes 1.24 introduces a new opt-in feature that allows you to soft-reserve a range for static IP address assignments to Services. With the manual enablement of this feature, the cluster will prefer automatic assignment from the pool of Service IP addresses, thereby reducing the risk of collision.

A Service ClusterIP can be assigned:

  • dynamically, which means the cluster will automatically pick a free IP within the configured Service IP range.
  • statically, which means the user will set one IP within the configured Service IP range.

Service ClusterIP are unique; hence, trying to create a Service with a ClusterIP that has already been allocated will return an error.

Dynamic Kubelet Configuration is Removed from the Kubelet

After being deprecated in Kubernetes 1.22, Dynamic Kubelet Configuration has been removed from the kubelet. The feature will be removed from the API server in Kubernetes 1.26.

Before you upgrade to Kubernetes 1.24, please verify that you are using/upgrading to a container runtime that has been tested to work correctly with this release.

For example, the following container runtimes are being prepared, or have already been prepared, for Kubernetes:

  • containerd v1.6.4 and later, v1.5.11 and later
  • CRI-O 1.24 and later

Service issues exist for pod CNI network setup and tear down in containerd v1.6.0–v1.6.3 when the CNI plugins have not been upgraded and/or the CNI config version is not declared in the CNI config files. The containerd team reports, "these issues are resolved in containerd v1.6.4."

With containerd v1.6.0–v1.6.3, if you do not upgrade the CNI plugins and/or declare the CNI config version, you might encounter the following "Incompatible CNI versions" or "Failed to destroy network for sandbox" error conditions.

CSI Snapshot

This information was added after initial publication.

VolumeSnapshot v1beta1 CRD has been removed. Volume snapshot and restore functionality for Kubernetes and the Container Storage Interface (CSI), which provides standardized APIs design (CRDs) and adds PV snapshot/restore support for CSI volume drivers, moved to GA in v1.20. VolumeSnapshot v1beta1 was deprecated in v1.20 and is now unsupported. Refer to KEP-177: CSI Snapshot and Volume Snapshot GA blog for more information.

Other Updates

Graduations to Stable

This release saw fourteen enhancements promoted to stable:

Major Changes

This release saw two major changes:

Release Notes

Check out the full details of the Kubernetes 1.24 release in our release notes.


Kubernetes 1.24 is available for download on GitHub. To get started with Kubernetes, check out these interactive tutorials or run local Kubernetes clusters using containers as “nodes”, with kind. You can also easily install 1.24 using kubeadm.

Release Team

This release would not have been possible without the combined efforts of committed individuals comprising the Kubernetes 1.24 release team. This team came together to deliver all of the components that go into each Kubernetes release, including code, documentation, release notes, and more.

Special thanks to James Laverack, our release lead, for guiding us through a successful release cycle, and to all of the release team members for the time and effort they put in to deliver the v1.24 release for the Kubernetes community.

Kubernetes 1.24: Stargazer

The theme for Kubernetes 1.24 is Stargazer.

Generations of people have looked to the stars in awe and wonder, from ancient astronomers to the scientists who built the James Webb Space Telescope. The stars have inspired us, set our imagination alight, and guided us through long nights on difficult seas.

With this release we gaze upwards, to what is possible when our community comes together. Kubernetes is the work of hundreds of contributors across the globe and thousands of end-users supporting applications that serve millions. Every one is a star in our sky, helping us chart our course.

The release logo is made by Britnee Laverack, and depicts a telescope set upon starry skies and the Pleiades, often known in mythology as the “Seven Sisters”. The number seven is especially auspicious for the Kubernetes project, and is a reference back to our original “Project Seven” name.

This release of Kubernetes is named for those that would look towards the night sky and wonder — for all the stargazers out there. ✨

User Highlights

Ecosystem Updates

Project Velocity

The CNCF K8s DevStats project aggregates a number of interesting data points related to the velocity of Kubernetes and various sub-projects. This includes everything from individual contributions to the number of companies that are contributing, and is an illustration of the depth and breadth of effort that goes into evolving this ecosystem.

In the v1.24 release cycle, which ran for 17 weeks (January 10 to May 3), we saw contributions from 1029 companies and 1179 individuals.

Upcoming Release Webinar

Join members of the Kubernetes 1.24 release team on Tue May 24, 2022 9:45am – 11am PT to learn about the major features of this release, as well as deprecations and removals to help plan for upgrades. For more information and registration, visit the event page on the CNCF Online Programs site.

Get Involved

The simplest way to get involved with Kubernetes is by joining one of the many Special Interest Groups (SIGs) that align with your interests. Have something you’d like to broadcast to the Kubernetes community? Share your voice at our weekly community meeting, and through the channels below: