Minikube is a tool that makes it easy to run a single-node Kubernetes cluster locally on your computer. It allows developers to test and experiment with Kubernetes without the need for a remote cluster. Minikube runs a virtual machine on your local machine and then deploys a cluster inside that virtual machine.

It uses virtualization software such as Docker, QEMU, KVM2, VirtualBox, VMware, Podman, or Hyper-V to run a single-node Kubernetes cluster inside a virtual machine. This makes it easy to set up and run a cluster on your local machine for development and testing purposes. Minikube also provides a command line interface that allows you to interact with the cluster, such as deploying and scaling applications and managing the cluster’s resources.

In this article, we are going to use Docker as the driver type for Minikube.

First, let’s set up Docker.

Step 1. Adding the Docker repository

sudo dnf config-manager --add-repo https:<em>//download.docker.com/linux/centos/docker-ce.repo</em>
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Step 2. In this step, we install Docker and its dependencies.

sudo dnf -y install docker-ce docker-ce-cli containerd.io
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Step 4. Starting Docker

sudo systemctl start docker

Step 5. Let’s test if Docker works.

sudo docker run hello-world

Step 6. Adding the current user to the docker user group.

sudo usermod -aG docker $USER && newgrp docker
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Step 7. Download Minikube package.

curl -LO https://storage.googleapis.com/minikube/releases/latest/minikube-latest.x86_64.rpm
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Step 8. Install Minikube

sudo dnf install ./minikube-latest.x86_64.rpm

Step 9. Install and setup Kubectl

curl -LO "https://dl.k8s.io/release/$(curl -L -s https://dl.k8s.io/release/stable.txt)/bin/linux/amd64/kubectl"
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Step 10. Start Minikube with Docker as the driver type.

minikube start --driver=docker

You can also set the driver type to Docker

minikube config set driver docker
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Additional steps (optional)

You can check the status of the Minikube environment by running minikube status.

minikube status

The output should be similar to

minikube type: Control Plane host: Running kubelet: Running apiserver: Running kubeconfig: Configured

Darryl Dias

I’m Darryl. I’m a 3D Artist, Programmer and Linux enthusiast. On this site I share my insights, tips and tricks, tutorials, methods and best practices.

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