How to install Minikube on Ubuntu 20.04

In his tutorial, we are going to learn how to install Minikube on Ubuntu 20.04. I am going to use Docker as a containerization platform. You can either VirtualBox, Podman, KVM, etc.

Minikube is a tool that makes it easy to run Kubernetes locally. Minikube runs a single-node Kubernetes cluster inside a VM on your local machine. Kubernetes quickly set up a local Kubernetes cluster on Linux, Windows, and macOS.

It is always advisable before diving into Kubernetes, you will need a minimal Kubernetes setup. Such a setup should spin up fast and integrate well with other tools.

Minikube is the best fit because of the following:

  • It runs on Windows, Linux and MacOS.
  • It supports the latest Kubernetes release
  • It supports multiple container runtimes i.e Containerd, KVM, Docker, Podman etc
  • It has supports for adbvanced features such as Load balancing, Featuregates and filesystems mounts.
  • It has support for Addons. Addons being a marketplace for developers to share configurations for running services on Minikube.
  • It supports CI environments


To run Kubernetes effectively you need to allocate the following to Minikube on your system.

  • 2 CPUs or more
  • 2 GB of memory
  • 20 GB or more of free disk space
  • Reliable internet connections.
  • Conatiner or virtual machine manager such as Docker, KVM, Podman, Virtual Box etc.

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Install Minikube on Ubuntu 20.04

1. Update system repositories

The first thing we need to do is to update our system repositories in order to make them up to date. Run the following command on your terminal to update our system.

$ sudo apt update && apt upgrade -y

2. Install Docker on Ubuntu 20.04

As I said from the beginning, we are going to use Docker. Check this article on how to install Docker CE on Ubuntu 20.04.

You can install Docker using the following command on your terminal.

$ sudo apt install

You need to enable and start docker so that it will start every time you boot your system.

# Enable docker
$ sudo systemctl enable docker
# Start docker
$sudo systemctl start docker 
# Check docker status
$ sudo systemctl status docker  
# Docker Status 
● docker.service - Docker Application Container Engine
     Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/docker.service; enabled; vendor preset: enabled)
     Active: active (running) since Sun 2022-01-23 15:32:26 UTC; 5min ago
TriggeredBy: ● docker.socket
   Main PID: 8858 (dockerd)
      Tasks: 10
     Memory: 41.8M
     CGroup: /system.slice/docker.service
             └─8858 /usr/bin/dockerd -H fd:// --containerd=/run/containerd/containerd.sock

Once Docker is installed, we need to add a user into our system because Docker runs in rootless mode.

Add a user to Docker with the following command.

# add user
$ useradd --create-home nextgentips
# give permission
$ sudo usermod -aG docker nextgentips

When Docker installation is complete then it’s time to install Kubectl.

3. Install Kubectl on Ubuntu 20.04

Lets install kubectl using binary install. We are going to use the curl command.

$ curl -LO "$(curl -L -s"

Download the following checksum to validate our install

$ curl -LO "$(curl -L -s"

Then when installation is complete validate with the following command.

$ echo "$(<kubectl.sha256)  kubectl" | sha256sum --check

If valid you will get kubectl ok as the output.

Install Kubectl

$ sudo install -o root -g root -m 0755 kubectl /usr/local/bin/kubectl

If you ls you will notice that kubectl changes color meaning it’s now executable.

Check if t=Kubectl is installed properly.

$ kubectl version --client
Client Version: version.Info{Major:"1", Minor:"23", GitVersion:"v1.23.2", GitCommit:"9d142434e3af351a628bffee3939e64c681afa4d", GitTreeState:"clean", BuildDate:"2022-01-19T17:35:46Z", GoVersion:"go1.17.5", Compiler:"gc", Platform:"linux/amd64"}

4. Install Minikube on Ubuntu 20.04

In order to install the latest version release of Minikube, we are going to download it using the curl command.

$ curl -LO

Then we need to install using the following command.

$ sudo dpkg -i minikube_latest_amd64.deb
# output
Selecting previously unselected package minikube.
(Reading database ... 95004 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to unpack minikube_latest_amd64.deb ...
Unpacking minikube (1.25.1-0) ...
Setting up minikube (1.25.1-0) ...

Check the Minikube version with the following command

$ minikube version
minikube version: v1.25.1
commit: 3e64b11ed75e56e4898ea85f96b2e4af0301f43d

5. Start Minikube

To start using Minikube we need to start it first with the following command:

$ minikube start

You will see the following output

# output
* minikube v1.25.1 on Ubuntu 20.04 (kvm/amd64)
* Automatically selected the docker driver

X The requested memory allocation of 1983MiB does not leave room for system overhead (total system memory: 1983MiB). You may face stability issues.
* Suggestion: Start minikube with less memory allocated: 'minikube start --memory=1983mb'

* Starting control plane node minikube in cluster minikube
* Pulling base image ...
* Downloading Kubernetes v1.23.1 preload ...
    > preloaded-images-k8s-v16-v1...: 504.42 MiB / 504.42 MiB  100.00% 231.43 M
    > 378.98 MiB / 378.98 MiB  100.00% 32.06 MiB p
* Creating docker container (CPUs=2, Memory=1983MB) ...
* Preparing Kubernetes v1.23.1 on Docker 20.10.12 ...
  - kubelet.housekeeping-interval=5m
  - Generating certificates and keys ...
  - Booting up control plane ...
  - Configuring RBAC rules ...
* Verifying Kubernetes components...
  - Using image
* Enabled addons: default-storageclass, storage-provisioner
* Done! kubectl is now configured to use "minikube" cluster and "default" namespace by default

Check kubectl cluster information with the following command;

$ kubectl cluster-info

If its working correctly then we will see a URL being shown

# output
Kubernetes control plane is running at
CoreDNS is running at

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

To check configuration use kubectl config view

$ kubectl config view 

You will get a very nice json file like the one shown below.

# output
apiVersion: v1
- cluster:
    certificate-authority: /home/nextgentips/.minikube/ca.crt
    - extension:
        last-update: Sun, 23 Jan 2022 16:16:06 UTC
        version: v1.25.1
      name: cluster_info
  name: minikube
- context:
    cluster: minikube
    - extension:
        last-update: Sun, 23 Jan 2022 16:16:06 UTC
        version: v1.25.1
      name: context_info
    namespace: default
    user: minikube
  name: minikube
current-context: minikube
kind: Config
preferences: {}
- name: minikube
    client-certificate: /home/nextgentips/.minikube/profiles/minikube/client.crt
    client-key: /home/nextgentips/.minikube/profiles/minikube/client.key

6. Enable Kubernetes Dashboard

Kubernetes comes with a dashboard where you will manage your clusters. To enable dashboard, use the following command:

$ minikube dashboard

Running the following command will get us the following output.

* Enabling dashboard ...
  - Using image kubernetesui/dashboard:v2.3.1
  - Using image kubernetesui/metrics-scraper:v1.0.7
* Verifying dashboard health ...
* Launching proxy ...
* Verifying proxy health ...
* Opening in your default browser...


We have successfully installed Minikube on Ubuntu 20.04. If you face any challenge do give us a comment and we will be happy to assist.

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About Kipkoech Sang

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