OpenShift - List CPU Memory Limits using the oc get limits command

If you are not familiar with the oc command, refer to OpenShift - Getting Started with the oc command.

  • Limits can be used to set the minimum and maxiumum amount of CPU and memory for all of the containers or pods in a project / namespace, or for a specific container in a project / namespace
  • Quotas can be used to:
    • set the maximum amount of CPU and memory that can be used in a project / namespace
    • set the the maximum number of running resources (e.g. persistent volume claims, pods, replication controllers, routes, secrets, services, et cetera) in a project / namespace
  • Cluster Resource Quotas is the same as Quotas except the maximum are associated with:
    • A user
    • One or more projects / namespaces

The oc get limits command can be used to list the limits that have been created in the currently selected project / namespace.


The -A or --all-namespaces flag can be used to list the limits in every project / namespace.

The -n or --namespace flag can be used to list the limits in a certain project / namespace.

~]$ oc get limits
my-limits     2022-07-26T12:25:53Z


The oc describe limits command can be used to display more details about a limit.

  • requests - the minimum of CPU/memory that is reserved or allocated for the container
  • limits - the maximum amount of CPU/memory that can be used by the container
~]$ oc describe limits my-limits
Name:       my-limits
Namespace:  foo
Type        Resource  Min   Max  Default Request  Default Limit  Max Limit/Request Ratio
----        --------  ---   ---  ---------------  -------------  -----------------------
Pod         cpu       200m  2    -                -              -
Pod         memory    6Mi   1Gi  -                -              -
Container   cpu       100m  2    200m             300m           10
Container   memory    4Mi   1Gi  100Mi            200Mi          -


Or, the oc get limits command with the --output json‚Äč or --output yaml option can be used.

~]$ oc get limits my-limits --output json
    "apiVersion": "v1",
    "kind": "LimitRange",
    "metadata": {
        "creationTimestamp": "2022-07-28T01:34:20Z",
        "name": "my-limits",
        "namespace": "foo",
        "resourceVersion": "446036011",
        "uid": "3c6a5bb0-1f1b-490c-84ab-1621d48fb3df"
    "spec": {
        "limits": [
                "max": {
                    "cpu": "2",
                    "memory": "1Gi"
                "min": {
                    "cpu": "200m",
                    "memory": "6Mi"
                "type": "Pod"
                "default": {
                    "cpu": "300m",
                    "memory": "200Mi"
                "defaultRequest": {
                    "cpu": "200m",
                    "memory": "100Mi"
                "max": {
                    "cpu": "2",
                    "memory": "1Gi"
                "maxLimitRequestRatio": {
                    "cpu": "10"
                "min": {
                    "cpu": "100m",
                    "memory": "4Mi"
                "type": "Container"


The --output jsonpath option can be used to print the value of a specific JSON key.

~]$ oc get limits my-limits --output jsonpath={.spec.limits[0].max.memory}


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