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A Kubernetes cluster’s functionality is extended by registering additional APIs to the API Server. Custom APIs usually bring their own set of custom resources which can be specified. If your cluster has been expanded to include custom resource definitions, there are two primary ways to identify them.

First is to see the list of APIs that have been registered, which you can see with kubectl api-versions:

$ kubectl api-versions

admissionregistration.k8s.io/v1
apiextensions.k8s.io/v1
apiregistration.k8s.io/v1
apps/v1
authentication.k8s.io/v1
authorization.k8s.io/v1
autoscaling/v1
autoscaling/v2
autoscaling/v2beta1
autoscaling/v2beta2
batch/v1
batch/v1beta1
certificates.k8s.io/v1
coordination.k8s.io/v1
discovery.k8s.io/v1
discovery.k8s.io/v1beta1
events.k8s.io/v1
events.k8s.io/v1beta1
flowcontrol.apiserver.k8s.io/v1beta1
flowcontrol.apiserver.k8s.io/v1beta2
networking.k8s.io/v1
node.k8s.io/v1
node.k8s.io/v1beta1
policy/v1
policy/v1beta1
rbac.authorization.k8s.io/v1
scheduling.k8s.io/v1
storage.k8s.io/v1
storage.k8s.io/v1beta1
v1

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Any additional APIs you have installed as part of various cluster extensions, like operators,

The resources available to your cluster are viewable with kubectl api-resources, which shows the kinds of
resources you can create in a cluster:

$ kubectl api-resources
NAME                              SHORTNAMES   APIVERSION                             NAMESPACED   KIND
bindings                                       v1                                     true         Binding
componentstatuses                 cs           v1                                     false        ComponentStatus
configmaps                        cm           v1                                     true         ConfigMap
endpoints                         ep           v1                                     true         Endpoints
events                            ev           v1                                     true         Event
limitranges                       limits       v1                                     true         LimitRange
namespaces                        ns           v1                                     false        Namespace
nodes                             no           v1                                     false        Node
persistentvolumeclaims            pvc          v1                                     true         PersistentVolumeClaim
persistentvolumes                 pv           v1                                     false        PersistentVolume
pods                              po           v1                                     true         Pod
podtemplates                                   v1                                     true         PodTemplate
replicationcontrollers            rc           v1                                     true         ReplicationController
resourcequotas                    quota        v1                                     true         ResourceQuota
secrets                                        v1                                     true         Secret
serviceaccounts                   sa           v1                                     true         ServiceAccount
services                          svc          v1                                     true         Service

...

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Learn more about custom resource definitions.