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MongoDB Deployment Demo for Kubernetes on Minikube (i.e. running on local workstation)

An example project demonstrating the deployment of a MongoDB Replica Set via Kubernetes on Minikube (Kubernetes running locally on a workstation). Contains example Kubernetes YAML resource files (in the 'resource' folder) and associated Kubernetes based Bash scripts (in the 'scripts' folder) to configure the environment and deploy a MongoDB Replica Set.

For further background information on what these scripts and resource files do, plus general information about running MongoDB with Kubernetes, see:

1 How To Run

1.1 Prerequisites

Ensure the following dependencies are already fulfilled on your host Linux/Windows/Mac Workstation/Laptop:

  1. The VirtualBox hypervisor has been installed.

  2. The kubectl command-line tool for Kubernetes has been installed.

  3. The Minikube tool for running Kubernetes locally has been installed.

  4. The Minikube cluster has been started, inside a local Virtual Machine, using the following command (also includes commands to check that kubectl is configured correctly to see the running minikube pod):

    $ minikube start
    $ kubectl get nodes
    $ kubectl describe nodes
    $ kubectl get services

1.2 Main Deployment Steps

  1. To deploy the MongoDB Service (including the StatefulSet running "mongod" containers), via a command-line terminal/shell, execute the following:

    $ cd scripts
    $ ./
  2. Re-run the following command, until all 3 “mongod” pods (and their containers) have been successfully started (“Status=Running”; usually takes a minute or two).

    $ kubectl get all
  3. Execute the following script which connects to the first Mongod instance running in a container of the Kubernetes StatefulSet, via the Mongo Shell, to (1) initialise the MongoDB Replica Set, and (2) create a MongoDB admin user (specify the password you want as the argument to the script, replacing 'abc123').

    $ ./ abc123

You should now have a MongoDB Replica Set initialised, secured and running in a Kubernetes StatefulSet.

You can also view the the state of the deployed environment, via the Kubernetes dashboard, which can be launched in a browser with the following command: $ minikube dashboard

1.3 Example Tests To Run To Check Things Are Working

Use this section to prove:

  1. Data is being replicated between members of the containerised replica set.
  2. Data is retained even when the MongoDB Service/StatefulSet is removed and then re-created (by virtue of re-using the same Persistent Volume Claims).

1.3.1 Replication Test

Connect to the container running the first "mongod" replica, then use the Mongo Shell to authenticate and add some test data to a database:

$ kubectl exec -it mongod-0 -c mongod-container bash
$ mongo
> db.getSiblingDB('admin').auth("main_admin", "abc123");
> use test;
> db.testcoll.insert({a:1});
> db.testcoll.insert({b:2});
> db.testcoll.find();

Exit out of the shell and exit out of the first container (“mongod-0”). Then connect to the second container (“mongod-1”), run the Mongo Shell again and see if the previously inserted data is visible to the second "mongod" replica:

$ kubectl exec -it mongod-1 -c mongod-container bash
$ mongo
> db.getSiblingDB('admin').auth("main_admin", "abc123");
> db.setSlaveOk(1);
> use test;
> db.testcoll.find();

You should see that the two records inserted via the first replica, are visible to the second replica.

1.3.2 Redeployment Without Data Loss Test

To see if Persistent Volume Claims really are working, run a script to drop the Service & StatefulSet (thus stopping the pods and their “mongod” containers) and then a script to re-create them again:

$ ./
$ ./
$ kubectl get all

As before, keep re-running the last command above, until you can see that all 3 “mongod” pods and their containers have been successfully started again. Then connect to the first container, run the Mongo Shell and query to see if the data we’d inserted into the old containerised replica-set is still present in the re-instantiated replica set:

$ kubectl exec -it mongod-0 -c mongod-container bash
$ mongo
> db.getSiblingDB('admin').auth("main_admin", "abc123");
> use test;
> db.testcoll.find();

You should see that the two records inserted earlier, are still present.

1.4 Undeploying & Cleaning Down the Kubernetes Environment

Run the following script to undeploy the MongoDB Service & StatefulSet.

$ ./

If you want, you can shutdown the Minikube virtual machine with the following command.

$ minikube stop

2 Project Details

2.1 Factors Addressed By This Project

  • Deployment of a MongoDB on a local Minikube Kubernetes platform
  • Use of Kubernetes StatefulSets and PersistentVolumeClaims to ensure data is not lost when containers are recycled
  • Proper configuration of a MongoDB Replica Set for full resiliency
  • Securing MongoDB by default for new deployments
  • Disabling Transparent Huge Pages to improve performance (this is disabled by default in the Minikube host nodes)
  • Disabling NUMA to improve performance
  • Controlling CPU & RAM Resource Allocation
  • Correctly configuring WiredTiger Cache Size in containers
  • Controlling Anti-Affinity for Mongod Replicas to avoid a Single Point of Failure (although in Minikube there is only one host node, so in reality all Mongod Replicas will land on the same host)

2.2 Factors To Be Potentially Addressed In The Future By This Project

  • Leveraging XFS filesystem for data file storage to improve performance (not worth attempting to implement any hacks here to get this working in Minikube, as Minikube is just a demo/development environment, so raw performance gains from using XFS are not a priority)


Demo project showing how to deploy MongoDB in a local Minikube Kubernetes environment




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