Minikube is a tool that makes it easy to run Kubernetes locally. Minikube runs a single-node Kubernetes cluster inside a Virtual Machine (VM) on your laptop for users looking to try out Kubernetes or develop with it day-to-day.

Set up Minikube

minikube start

Minikube VM Login

  • On VM console:
    username: root no password

  • from host terminal:
    minikube ssh

username+IP on host:
username: docker
password: tcuser

ssh docker@


ssh docker@$(minikube ip)


Exit the login: exit

Setting a VM driver by default

minikube config set vm-driver virtualbox

Use local images by re-using the Docker daemon

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Use local images by re-using the Docker daemon

eval $(minikube docker-env)

Commands for using minikube

minikube start
minikube delete
minikube status

minikube start -p test
minikube delete -p test

minikube ssh
minikube ssh -p test
minikube ip
minikube dashboard
minikube addons list

kubectl get pods -A

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Minikube command auto completion

sudo apt install bash-completion
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