You can either build a release from sources or download a pre-built release. If you do not plan on developing Kubernetes itself, we suggest a pre-built release.
If you just want to run Kubernetes locally for development, we recommend using Minikube. You can download Minikube here. Minikube sets up a local VM that runs a Kubernetes cluster securely, and makes it easy to work with that cluster.
The list of binary releases is available for download from the GitHub Kubernetes repo release page.
Download the latest release and unpack this tar file on Linux or OS X, cd to the created
kubernetes/ directory, and then follow the getting started guide for your cloud.
On OS X you can also use the homebrew package manager:
brew install kubernetes-cli
Get the Kubernetes source. If you are simply building a release from source there is no need to set up a full golang environment as all building happens in a Docker container.
Building a release is simple.
git clone https://github.com/kubernetes/kubernetes.git cd kubernetes make release
For more details on the release process see the
The bash script at
https://get.k8s.io, which can be run with
curl, automatically downloads Kubernetes, and provisions a cluster based on your desired cloud provider.
# wget version export KUBERNETES_PROVIDER=YOUR_PROVIDER; wget -q -O - https://get.k8s.io | bash # curl version export KUBERNETES_PROVIDER=YOUR_PROVIDER; curl -sS https://get.k8s.io | bash
Possible values for
gce- Google Compute Engine [default]
gke- Google Kubernetes Engine
aws- Amazon EC2
azure- Microsoft Azure
vagrant- Vagrant (on local virtual machines)
vsphere- VMWare VSphere
For the complete, up-to-date list of providers supported by this script, see the
/cluster folder in the main Kubernetes repo, where each folder represents a possible value for
YOUR_PROVIDER. If you don’t see your desired provider, try looking at our getting started guides; there’s a good chance we have docs for them.