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.

View kubectl Install and Set Up Guide

You can also read the kubectl reference documentation.


kind lets you run Kubernetes on your local computer. This tool requires that you have Docker installed and configured.

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

View kind Quick Start Guide


Like kind, 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 if your focus is on getting the tool installed.

View minikube Get Started! Guide

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


You can use the kubeadm tool to create and manage Kubernetes clusters. It performs the actions necessary to get a minimum viable, secure cluster up and running in a user friendly way.

Installing kubeadm shows you how to install kubeadm. Once installed, you can use it to create a cluster.

View kubeadm Install Guide

Last modified November 23, 2020 at 9:50 AM PST: Update kind doc (815832f03)