Kubernetes Installation with Minikube 101: Hello World

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Update: December 1, 2020.

This is a quick guide to getting Kubernetes Installation with Minikube for macOS users. I will not explain what is docker or what is Kubernetes. There are tons of articles in Medium.

I didn’t have a plan to learn Kubernetes. Therefore, the DevOps team taught us Kubernetes, created their own NAMESPACE, and could continue to work with our environment.

This article is going to explain what I learned about Minikube and Kubernetes. How to use and create minikube in a local macOS machine. Thank you so much, guys.


The word of Kubernetes is in Greek. Meaning is the helmsman or pilot. In most sources, you can see Kubernetes written in k8s. This is because there are exactly 8 letters between the letters k and s. Kubernetes is a Container clustering tool that allows us to automatically deploy our existing containerized applications, manage and reduce their numbers with operations. The Kubernetes current version is 1.12. You can reach Github from the link below. https://github.com/kubernetes/kubernetes


  • First and foremost let’s install Docker. You can reach docker store from the link below. Don't forget run docker.
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  • For Minikube we need to have a virtualization software on our macOS machine. I am using VirtualBox because of free.
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Check our installation Success for Docker

$ docker version

You should see Docker version 18.06.1. Your version might me different but it is ok.

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Installation Kubernetes

The first tool we need to install is called kubectl.

$ brew install kubernetes-cli

After the installation has finished you are ready to work with Kubernetes from you local macOS CLI.

Check our installation Success for Kubernetes

$ kubectl versionClient Version: version.Info{Major:"1", Minor:"12", GitVersion:"v1.12.0", GitCommit:"0ed33881dc4355495f623c6f22e7dd0b7632b7c0", GitTreeState:"clean", BuildDate:"2018-09-28T15:18:13Z", GoVersion:"go1.11", Compiler:"gc", Platform:"darwin/amd64"}Server Version: version.Info{Major:"1", Minor:"10", GitVersion:"v1.10.0", GitCommit:"fc32d2f3698e36b93322a3465f63a14e9f0eaead", GitTreeState:"clean", BuildDate:"2018-03-26T16:44:10Z", GoVersion:"go1.9.3", Compiler:"gc", Platform:"linux/amd64"}


Minikube has a very similar user-experience to docker-machine and also relies on boot2docker. Its primary purpose is to create a single-node Kubernetes cluster which also includes a Docker host that can be used for development.

Installation Minikube

To perform the installation, you can download the latest version of Minikube by following the link. or You can copy and paste links below on the terminal.

$ curl -Lo minikube https://storage.googleapis.com/minikube/releases/v0.30.0/minikube-darwin-amd64 && chmod +x minikube && sudo cp minikube /usr/local/bin/ && rm minikube

We want to set up our first Kubernetes HelloWorld application and run the application in the Minikube. Finally expose the application via a load balancer.

$ minikube start 
Starting local Kubernetes cluster…
Starting VM...

Check out installation Success for Minikube

$ minikube version && virtualbox
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We can check out the nodes in the cluster and can verify Minikube and Virtualbox talk to each other.

$ kubectl get nodesNAME       STATUS   ROLES    AGE   VERSIONminikube   Ready    master   3h    v1.10.0

We can get some information about our Minikube.

$ kubectl cluster-infoKubernetes master is running at is running at

If you experience any problem please run minikube dashboard, it brings up the localhost ( and shows the kubernetes dashboard successfully!

Next Step, we will run Hello World application. First, we are going to type

$ kubectl run hw —image=karthequian/helloworld — port=80

This creates a HelloWorld deployment and we can investigate into the Pod that gets created, which will run the container:

$ kubectl get podsNAME                  READY   STATUS    RESTARTS   AGEhw-596b578c58-6wzwl   1/1     Running   0          3h

We can see that the pod is still being created from the ContainerCreating status insted of Running. Also, we can check current image in the output.

$ kubectl get deploymentNAME   DESIRED   CURRENT   UP-TO-DATE   AVAILABLE   AGEhw     1         1         1            1           3h

Next thing we are creating service to access deployment from outside.

$ kubectl expose deployment hw — type=NodePort

For checking our service run this command

$ kubectl get services

One more things, we need to tell Minikube to pull this up in the browser. This command will open your app automatically on your browser.

$ minikube service hw

Now we can check all details about HelloWorld deployment. First check details

$ kubectl get all
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Scaling the Service

When we created the deployment, we did not mention about the number of instances for our service. We have single DESIRED replica set, Single CURRENT. Single UP-TO-DATE vs.. If some reason the pod crashes, we will not have any instance for up and running our application. We can scale our deployment. This command is changed from whatever their existing value is to 2.

$ kubectl scale --replicas=2 deployment/hwNAME   DESIRED   CURRENT   UP-TO-DATE   AVAILABLE   AGEhw     2         2         2            2           3h

Now, we have two replicas. That means, we will have two pod running.

$ kubectl get rsNAME            DESIRED   CURRENT   READY   AGEhw-596b578c58   2         2         2       4h


We can troubleshooting our Minikube with two commands. First command bring us all details about Minikube. But there is not any event information.

$ kubectl describe deployment hw

For getting event information first run pods command. You should have two pods because we have already scale 2 pods previous section.

$ kubectl get podsNAME                  READY   STATUS    RESTARTS   AGEhw-596b578c58-6wzwl   1/1     Running   0          4hhw-596b578c58-mld9d   1/1     Running   0          34m

Now, let’s check specific event for each pod

$ kubectl describe po/hw-596b578c58-6wzwl

If there is a problem, check event section.


Labels are the mechanism that we use for filtering Kubernetes object.

$ kubectl get pods --show-labelsNAME                  READY   STATUS    RESTARTS   AGE   LABELShw-596b578c58-6wzwl   1/1     Running   0          4h    pod-template-hash=1526134714,run=hwhw-596b578c58-mld9d   1/1     Running   0          46m   pod-template-hash=1526134714,run=hw

You can find more details in this article.

Install the Kubernetes Dashboard

The next step we are going to install the Kubernetes Dashboard. First we need to check status

$ minikube addons list

If you see — dashboard: enabled just run this command below

$ minikube dashboard
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if you want to delete the service and deployment for hw, and shut down the minikube cluster once finished:

$ kubectl delete service,deployment hw$ minikube stop
Stopping local Kubernetes cluster...
Machine stopped.

That’s it. 😃😃😃 Thanks for reading. I hope all these tools will help you to improve your productivity.

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