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Quickstart Guide

This guide covers how you can quickly get started using Draft


The following prerequisites are required for successful use of Draft.

  1. A Kubernetes cluster and the kubectl CLI tool
  2. Installation of Helm on your Kubernetes cluster
  3. Installing and configuring Draft on your laptop

Install Kubernetes or have access to a cluster

  • If you don't already have a running Kubernetes cluster, consider downloading and installing Minikube which can help you get a Kubernetes cluster running on your local machine
  • You can download and configure the kubectl binary using the directions here

Install and configure Helm

  • Helm is a package manager for Kubernetes. It allows you to install and manage packages of Kubernetes manifests, more commonly known as "charts", on your Kubernetes cluster.
  • Download the Helm binary using Homebrew via brew install kubernetes-helm or the official releases page.
  • Once you have Helm on your machine and a running Kubernetes cluster, run the following command:
$ helm init

Install and configure Draft

Standalone Binary

Download the latest release of Draft from the latest releases page, unpack the binary and place it somewhere on your $PATH.

For example, for the v0.14.1 release, this can be done via

$ wget
$ wget

Make sure to verify the contents have not been tampered with:

$ cat draft-v0.14.1-linux-amd64.tar.gz.sha256
$ shasum -a 256 draft-v0.14.1-linux-amd64.tar.gz

Then unpack it and place it on your $PATH:

$ tar -xzvf draft-v0.14.1-linux-amd64.tar.gz
$ sudo mv linux-amd64/draft /usr/local/bin/draft

Test it's working with

$ draft version


To install Draft on MacOS using Homebrew:

$ brew install azure/draft/draft


To install Draft on Windows using Chocolatey:

$ choco install draft

IMPORTANT: this package is currently being maintained by the community and not by any of the core maintainers. Always make sure to verify the security and contents of any untrusted package from the internet you are not familiar with.


To install Draft on Windows/MacOS/Linux using GoFish:

$ gofish install draft

Configure Draft

Once you've installed Draft, set it up on your machine by running:

$ draft init
$ eval $(minikube docker-env)

The eval $(minikube docker-env) command allows Draft to build images directly using Minikube's Docker daemon which lets you skip having to set up a remote/external container registry.

Congratulations! You're all set! Check out the Getting Started page to see how to use Draft with a sample application.