In December 2020, we launched Lens 4.0 — a release that allows extensions to plug in directly to the Lens UI, add visualizations, functionality and integrate with technologies and services around Kubernetes.
Since our launch, we’ve seen amazing traction around Lens. As the Lens community continues to grow, so does the number of community-built extensions. The community includes well known brands from the cloud native ecosystem, as well as individual contributors. By today, 100+ extensions have been created. Our users are leveraging these extensions to improve productivity and efficiency when working with cloud native technologies.
The features that Lens includes out-of-the-box are just the start. Lens extensions allow users to add new features to support their workflows. A rich extensibility model lets extension authors plug directly into the Lens UI and contribute functionality through the same APIs used by Lens itself.
Organizations may leverage the extensions API to develop their own proprietary features that enrich the Lens UI with information and functionality for their specific use cases. While private extensions remain exclusive to the organization that built them, public extensions may be easily consumed via Lens IDE.