Kubernetes Camp

Learn Kubernetes on your Coffee Break

Running Kubernetes - KIND

Kubernetes IN Docker (KIND) is part of the new wave of easy to use Kubernetes installers focused at people looking to learn, or use as a local development environment.

It’s great for just running a few applications, but is lacking support for some of the networking etc to handle some of our use cases.

For now we recommend using minikube to install Kubernetes locally.

However if you do want to use KIND you can follow these instructions.


  1. docker
  2. kubectl

Getting started on Mac OSX

curl -Lo ./kind-darwin-amd64 https://github.com/kubernetes-sigs/kind/releases/download/v0.4.0/kind-darwin-amd64
chmod +x ./kind-darwin-amd64
mv ./kind-darwin-amd64 /some-dir-in-your-PATH/kind

Getting started on Linux

wget -O /tmp/kind https://github.com/kubernetes-sigs/kind/releases/download/v0.4.0/kind-linux-amd64
chmod +x /tmp/kind
sudo mv /tmp/kind /usr/local/bin/kind

Creating a cluster once KIND is installed is even easier

Note: this may take a few minutes the first time you run it as it needs to download a bunch of docker images.

$ kind create cluster
Creating cluster "kind" ...
 βœ“ Ensuring node image (kindest/node:v1.15.0) πŸ–Ό
 βœ“ Preparing nodes πŸ“¦
 βœ“ Creating kubeadm config πŸ“œ
 βœ“ Starting control-plane πŸ•ΉοΈ
 βœ“ Installing CNI πŸ”Œ
 βœ“ Installing StorageClass πŸ’Ύ
Cluster creation complete. You can now use the cluster with:

export KUBECONFIG="$(kind get kubeconfig-path --name="kind")"
kubectl cluster-info

Follow the instructions it provides to gain access to your cluster

Note: you need kubectl installed to continue.

$ export KUBECONFIG="$(kind get kubeconfig-path --name="kind")"
$ kubectl cluster-info
Kubernetes master is running at
KubeDNS is running at

To further debug and diagnose cluster problems, use 'kubectl cluster-info dump'.

$ docker ps
CONTAINER ID        IMAGE                  COMMAND                  CREATED             STATUS              PORTS                                  NAMES
a25107ff8863        kindest/node:v1.15.0   "/usr/local/bin/entr…"   33 seconds ago      Up 28 seconds       44075/tcp,>6443/tcp   kind-control-plane

Congratulations, you’re now running a simple single node Kubernetes cluster on your laptop. Check out the other guides to see what to do next.

Next learn how to run your first application.