Best way to install and use kubernetes for learning

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  • kubernetes-the-hard-way

    Bootstrap Kubernetes the hard way on Google Cloud Platform. No scripts.

    If you want to go more deeper, than you go this way:

  • cloud-nuke

    A tool for cleaning up your cloud accounts by nuking (deleting) all resources within it

    Most people hesitate to use cloud hosted offerings for development. First of all, most providers have a generous free tier for devs, which can get you started. Secondly I recommend using tools like cloudnuke to avoid paying for cloud resources you're not using.

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  • kompose

    Go from Docker Compose to Kubernetes

    Lastly if you're already using Docker Compose, then use Kompose to help transition to the Kubernetes way of doing things. I would also recommend investigating some of the emerging dev support tools like Devspace, Skaffold or Tilt.

  • kubefirst

    The Kubefirst Open Source Platform

    check us out if it sounds neat ⭐

  • k3sup

    bootstrap K3s over SSH in < 60s 🚀

    Best way to install it is ketchup:

  • colima

    Container runtimes on macOS (and Linux) with minimal setup

    If you're on a mac, I recommend Colima:

  • smallab-k8s-pve-guide

    A guide series explaining how to setup a personal small homelab running a Kubernetes cluster with VMs on a Proxmox VE standalone server node.

    In my case, I had a spare low-end computer that I could use, so I did and I explained the whole process in a complete guide which I published on GitHub: Small homelab K8s cluster on Proxmox VE

  • InfluxDB

    Build time-series-based applications quickly and at scale.. InfluxDB is the Time Series Platform where developers build real-time applications for analytics, IoT and cloud-native services. Easy to start, it is available in the cloud or on-premises.

  • minikube

    Run Kubernetes locally

    minikube ( - based off of docker machine, uses driver for backend, so can use KVM, Vagrant, or Docker itself to bootstrap K8S cluster.

  • microk8s

    MicroK8s is a small, fast, single-package Kubernetes for developers, IoT and edge.

    microk8s ( from Ubuntu folks

  • kubespray

    Deploy a Production Ready Kubernetes Cluster

    KubeSpray ( - uses Ansible to stand up a Kubernetes cluster

  • kubicorn

    Simple, cloud native infrastructure for Kubernetes.

    Kubicorn (

  • aks-engine

    AKS Engine: legacy tool for Kubernetes on Azure (see status)

    AKS Engine (

  • kind

    Kubernetes IN Docker - local clusters for testing Kubernetes

    KinD ( - is k8s in docker

  • jx

    Jenkins X provides automated CI+CD for Kubernetes with Preview Environments on Pull Requests using Cloud Native pipelines from Tekton

    Jenkins X ( - standup k8s w gitops ci/cd around jenkins

  • rke2

    RKE ( and RKE2 ( from Rancher folks

  • k3d

    Little helper to run CNCF's k3s in Docker

  • talos

    Talos Linux is a modern Linux distribution built for Kubernetes.

    Talos, super easy.

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