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  • Posted on February 27, 2017

    Minikube is a tool that makes it easy to run Kubernetes locally. Minikube runs a single-node Kubernetes cluster inside a VM on your laptop for users looking to try out Kubernetes or develop with it day-to-day.


    Minikube packages and configures a Linux VM, the container runtime, and all Kubernetes components, optimized for local development.

    Minikube supports Kubernetes features such as:

    • DNS
    • NodePorts
    • ConfigMaps and Secrets
    • Dashboards
    • Container Runtime: Docker, and rkt
    • Enabling CNI (Container Network Interface)



    Install the minikube commandline.

    $ curl -Lo minikube https://storage.googleapis.com/minikube/releases/v0.16.0/minikube-darwin-amd64 && chmod +x minikube && sudo mv minikube /usr/local/bin/

    Using minikube

    Start minkube with specific driver:

    $ minikube start --vm-driver [virtualbox xhyve vmwarefusion] (default "virtualbox")
    Starting local Kubernetes cluster...
    Running pre-create checks...
    Creating machine...
    Starting local Kubernetes cluster...

    Start kubernetes POD’s

    $ kubectl run hello-minikube --image=gcr.io/google_containers/echoserver:1.4 --port=8080

    Stop minikube

    $ $ minikube stop
    Stopping local Kubernetes cluster...
    Stopping "minikube"...