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Install Tools

Set up Kubernetes tools on your computer.


The Kubernetes command-line tool, kubectl, allows you to run commands against Kubernetes clusters. You can use kubectl to deploy applications, inspect and manage cluster resources, and view logs.

See Install and Set Up kubectl for information about how to download and install kubectl and set it up for accessing your cluster.

You can also read the kubectl reference documentation.


Minikube is a tool that lets you run Kubernetes locally. Minikube runs a single-node Kubernetes cluster on your personal computer (including Windows, macOS and Linux PCs) so that you can try out Kubernetes, or for daily development work.

You can follow the official Get Started! guide, or read Install Minikube if your focus is on getting the tool installed.

Once you have Minikube working, you can use it to run a sample application.


Like Minikube, kind lets you run Kubernetes on your local computer. Unlike Minikube, kind only works with a single container runtime: it requires that you have Docker installed and configured.

Quick Start shows you what you need to do to get up and running with kind.