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Install & configure Minikube on Ubuntu

Step-by-step instructions to install & configure minikube on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Official docs @

Step 1: Install Virtualbox

Use the commands below, or find step-by-step instructions at

sudo apt update sudo apt install virtualbox virtualbox-ext-pack

Step 2: Install Kubectl (using native package mgmt)

snap install kubectl --classic

Step 3: Install minikube (using native package mgmt)

This will take a few minutes, but is largely hands-free.

curl -Lo minikube && chmod +x minikube && sudo cp minikube /usr/local/bin/ && rm minikube

Step 4: Launch Minikube It's a good idea to launch Minikube with verbose logging enabled, so if it fails to start, you will have some detail as to how. After you install Minikube, the statement below will download the Minikube .iso, setup the VM, and establish the profile directory at "c:\users\your username.minikube"

minikube start --vm-driver virtualbox --v=7 --alsologtostderr

Step 5: Make sure addons are enabled

Sometimes the Heapster addon (which includes Grafana) is not enabled by default, and you will need this.

First, list the available addons. minikube addons list

If heapster(includes grafana & influx) and metrics-server show as disabled, enable them as follows: More on metrics-server and metrics API at

minikube addons enable heapster

minikube addons enable metrics-server

View the pods you just created.

Step 6: Verify the dashboards are available

Open the kubernetes dashboard, simply type the command below and it will open in your default browser.

Minikube dashboard

Open the grafana dashboard, simply type the command below and it will open in your default browser.

Minikube addons open heapster

Step 7: Test with hello-minikube

If all the above are successful, proceed to hello-minikube workload and attempt to run your first workload.