kind VS vcluster

Compare kind vs vcluster and see what are their differences.


Kubernetes IN Docker - local clusters for testing Kubernetes (by kubernetes-sigs)


vcluster - Create fully functional virtual Kubernetes clusters - Each vcluster runs inside a namespace of the underlying k8s cluster. It's cheaper than creating separate full-blown clusters and it offers better multi-tenancy and isolation than regular namespaces. (by loft-sh)
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Posts with mentions or reviews of kind. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2022-05-18.
  • Automate All the Boring Kubernetes Operations with Python
    5 projects | | 18 May 2022
    # # kubectl apply -f # kubectl patch -n kube-system deployment metrics-server --type=json \ # -p '[{"op":"add","path":"/spec/template/spec/containers/0/args/-","value":"--kubelet-insecure-tls"}]' from kubernetes import client api_client = client.ApiClient(configuration) custom_api = client.CustomObjectsApi(api_client) response = custom_api.list_cluster_custom_object("", "v1beta1", "nodes") # also works with "pods" instead of "nodes" for node in response["items"]: print(f"{node['metadata']['name']: <30} CPU: {node['usage']['cpu']: <10} Memory: {node['usage']['memory']}") # api-playground-control-plane CPU: 148318488n Memory: 2363504Ki # api-playground-worker CPU: 91635913n Memory: 1858680Ki # api-playground-worker2 CPU: 75473747n Memory: 1880860Ki # api-playground-worker3 CPU: 105692650n Memory: 1881560Ki
    5 projects | | 18 May 2022
    # kind.yaml # apiVersion: kind: Cluster name: api-playground nodes: - role: control-plane - role: worker - role: worker - role: worker
  • Data streaming on MacOS: the easy way
    3 projects | | 11 May 2022
    If you prefer to use Kubernetes, you can find more information about K8s options for Redpanda here. For Linux, kind and minikube are the simplest ways to get running with Redpanda.
  • why was Compose on Kubernetes discontinued ! what to use instead !
    4 projects | | 3 May 2022
    You can use kind ( to run local kubernetes clusters and combine it with yaml manifests, helm charts, kustomize or carvel packages. Depending on your workflow and tooling.
  • to kube or not to kube?
    4 projects | | 23 Apr 2022
    I was using docker, too. Then start playing around with kind. Then started to use helm charts and create ones myself. Then I've built a k3s cluster with a Jetson nano as a master and 3x RPi 4 w/ 8GB RAM. Still using Kind on my workstation to test things.
  • Getting Started with minikube
    2 projects | | 23 Apr 2022
    If you ask me how to create a local Kubernetes cluster, I'll tell you Kind, minikube, and Kubeadm are all good choices. If you ask me which tool is the most recommended for beginners, my answer must be minikube or Kind. minikube is more powerful than Kind, and Kind is easier than minikube.
  • When, How and Where to use ClusterAPI (CAPI) and ClusterAPI for Azure (CAPZ)
    1 project | | 18 Apr 2022
    Similar to RepRap, CAPI uses a Kubernetes cluster to make more Kubernetes clusters. The easiest way is with Kubernetes IN Docker (KIND). As the name implies, it’s a Kubernetes cluster which runs as a Docker container. This is our starting point for what we call “Bootstrap Cluster”.
  • Is Docker + Kubernetes broken on windows?
    1 project | | 30 Mar 2022
    I haven't encountered too many issues here using Docker Desktop with WSL 2, but I don't use Docker Desktop's built in Kubernetes. Instead I use which runs Kubernetes in Docker.
  • Just joined a new team that works heavily with Kubernetes. Any advice on how to ramp up?
    2 projects | | 22 Mar 2022
    Download on your local machine, practice launching deployments, and create configmaps, secrets and services.
  • CNCF compliant solutions dashboard and a tip for newbies
    1 project | | 15 Mar 2022
    I found it while learning my way trough Kind. I really advise new comers to K8s to use Kind.


Posts with mentions or reviews of vcluster. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2022-05-02.
  • Happy Birthday vcluster!
    2 projects | | 2 May 2022
    Those are just a few of what I consider important changes in the project but there have been a lot more. One thing that many of the changes have in common is that they were inspired by user requests and feedback. We appreciate the community of vcluster users and your ideas. If you have suggestions, you can open a GitHub issue or join us in the #vlcuster channel of our community Slack.
    2 projects | | 2 May 2022
    We recently passed the one-year mark since vcluster was open sourced. If you’re not familiar with vcluster, it’s a tool for creating and managing virtual Kubernetes Clusters. A virtual cluster runs inside a namespace on a shared host cluster, but appears to the user as if it’s their own dedicated cluster.
  • Announcing vcluster Plugins and the vcluster SDK
    3 projects | | 4 Apr 2022
    vcluster is an open source project that allows users to create and run virtual Kubernetes clusters inside of a shared cluster. A virtual cluster runs inside a namespace of the shared host cluster, but it appears to the user as a standalone, dedicated cluster. The Loft Labs team released the initial version of vcluster almost one year ago. Since then, a lot of momentum has built around the project, and we’ve received a lot of helpful feedback from users.
    3 projects | | 4 Apr 2022
    Want to build your own plugin? Here’s a tutorial that will walk you through the process. If you have questions about vcluster plugins or using the SDK, you can open a GitHub issue on the GitHub repo or visit our community Slack to chat with the maintainers and other community members. We’d love to hear your feedback.
  • Looking for Devils Advocate: Reasons to NOT run k3s on prem
    1 project | | 23 Feb 2022
  • K8s ephemeral application environments
    2 projects | | 17 Feb 2022
  • What type of software do you write at your workplace?
    33 projects | | 17 Jan 2022
    Kubernetes controller (it's like an extension for Kubernetes) - . Most of the Kubernetes ecosystem is written in Go, so you have all the API definitions, libraries, etc. that you can just import, and as a result people rarely go with other programming languages. Most used libs would be kubernetes/client-go, kubernetes-sigs/controller-runtime, spf13/cobra
  • Theoretically for fun, what problems would need to be solved for a decentralized cluster(s)?
    1 project | | 29 Dec 2021
  • Multitenancy setups
    1 project | | 16 Dec 2021
  • Introduction to Multi-Tenancy in Kubernetes
    3 projects | | 9 Dec 2021
    Approach C This approach provides a way to implement hard isolation among Kubernetes tenants who have no trust between them. This provides segregated master plane components for each tenant by creating a mini virtual cluster on the super Kubernetes cluster. Admins can also create custom resources in those virtual clusters as well. This is provided by projects like VirtualCluster and vCluster.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing kind and vcluster you can also consider the following projects:

minikube - Run Kubernetes locally

lima - Linux virtual machines, typically on macOS, for running containerd

nerdctl - contaiNERD CTL - Docker-compatible CLI for containerd, with support for Compose, Rootless, eStargz, OCIcrypt, IPFS, ...

k3s - Lightweight Kubernetes

capsule - Multi-tenancy and policy-based framework for Kubernetes.

kubetest2 - Kubetest2 is the framework for launching and running end-to-end tests on Kubernetes.

k0s - k0s - The Zero Friction Kubernetes by Team Lens

k3d - Little helper to run CNCF's k3s in Docker

kiosk - kiosk 🏢 Multi-Tenancy Extension For Kubernetes - Secure Cluster Sharing & Self-Service Namespace Provisioning

eks-anywhere - Run Amazon EKS on your own infrastructure 🚀

terraform-provider-proxmox - Terraform provider plugin for proxmox

devspace - DevSpace - The Fastest Developer Tool for Kubernetes ⚡ Automate your deployment workflow with DevSpace and develop software directly inside Kubernetes.