Development Environment Setup

In a development environment, Kubernetes runs as a tool called MiniKube and works in conjunction with a VM provider(?). My choice is VirtualBox.


  • VirtualBox of course

  • kubectl, the Kubernetes CLI, check out the docs here. It's as simple as brew install kubectl. You could also download it via curl. This also sticks the binary in /usr/local/bin:

curl -LO https://storage.googleapis.com/kubernetes-release/release/$(curl -s https://storage.googleapis.com/kubernetes-release/release/stable.txt)/bin/darwin/amd64/kubectl  


  • Use the curl command found in the docs. It will also move the binary to /usr/local/bin:
curl -Lo minikube https://storage.googleapis.com/minikube/releases/v0.18.0/minikube-darwin-amd64 && chmod +x minikube && sudo mv minikube /usr/local/bin/  

Check if successful - run minikube start to kick things off. There should be messages indicating progress + completion. There's also a simple hello world type exercise that can be done, take a look at the README for more information.

Much more detailed usage information can be found on the getting started page here.


Creating a Deployment - See here for more info.

Create a Deployment from an image, no YAML file necessary :

$ kubectl run <name of deployment> --image=<image name>:<version tag>
# verify with kubectl get pods

Or alternatively with a YAML file:


Creating a Pod

A YAML file is the format used to specify the characteristics of a Pod.

$ kubectl create -f <PATH TO YAML FILE>