Minikube is easiest way to run single-node Kubernetes cluster locally. Setup is completely automated so it is just matter of installation and starting the cluster.

Installing Minikube

In order to install Minikube you need to:

  • Enable Intel Virtualization Technology or AMD virtualization in your computer’s BIOS

  • Install VirtualBox or alternatively you can install other hypervisors: VMware Fusion, HyperKit, KVM or Hyper-V depending on your OS

  • Install kubectl according to the instructions

  • Install latest Minikube

Starting Minukube

To start cluster you can just run:

minikube start

Depending on the hypervisor you want to use you can specifiy it by –vm-driver option and choose amount of memory you want Minikube to use:

minikube start --memory 4096 --vm-driver virtualbox

Minikube also supports a –vm-driver=none option that runs the Kubernetes components on the host and not in a VM. In this case you should have Docker installed.

Iteract with your cluster

Now you can access your cluster with kubectl proxy:

kubectl proxy --port=8001 &

And you can get the API with curl or any browser:

curl http://localhost:8001/api/


Minikube automaticly have Kubernetes Dashboard - web-based UI for Kubernetes clusters. It allows you to monitor and manage aplications on your cluster.

To access dashboard you can just type in console:

minikube dashboard

And it will open in your default browser.

Or to get url you can run:

minikube dashboard --url

Stopping Minikube

To stop your cluster just run:

minikube stop