Minikube is an awesome tool that allows you to run a single-node Kubernetes cluster inside a virtual machine, on your own computer.
To help you get started, I have recorded a video to guide you through the Minikube installation process. In the video I explain and introduce a couple of essential Minikube commands you can use to work with the Kubernetes cluster and show you how to access applications inside the cluster when using Minikube.
Managing Your Minikube Cluster
Creating a new cluster is as simple as running
minikube start. By default, the start command creates a virtual machine with 2 CPUs and 2000 MB of memory. Often, that might not be enough, so you can use
--memory flags to set the desired amount of CPUs and memory like this:
minikube start --cpus=4 --memory 8192.
To stop a virtual machine running your cluster, use the
minikube stop command. This will stop the virtual machine, but it leaves all the files around, so you can use the start command to start up the cluster again. I usually stop my cluster if I am not using it, so it's not eating up all the CPUs and memory.
Troubleshooting Minikube Issues
Hopefully you won't run into any issues with Minikube, however, in case you do, use the
minikube status command to quickly get the status of your cluster. If you need to dig deeper and get more information on what's happening, use the
minikube logs command. The logs command will output all logs from the running Kubernetes instance.
Interacting With Your Kubernetes Cluster
In most cases you will use the Kubernetes CLI (
kubectl) to interact with your cluster. However, if you're more visual, you can also use the Kubernetes dashboard. Minikube automatically installs Kubernetes dashboards and it has a convenience command called
minikube dashboard that creates a proxy to the dashboard and opens the dashboard UI in the browser.
To access your cluster and services running within the cluster you will use the clusters IP. To get the clusters IP address, run
minikube ip command. This command outputs the clusters IP to the standard out. You can use the combination of the IP address and your service ports to access the services.
Minikube also offers two commands that allow you to quickly access the services. One command is called
minikube service. If your service is of a NodePort type, you can use this command to quickly access the service. Minikube will use the clusters IP and the port, and open your service in the browser.
Alternatively, if you have services using the LoadBalancer type, you can use the
minikube tunnel command. This command exposes all services with LoadBalancer type on the
Check out the video here.