Setting up Minikube using docker driver on ubuntu

Minikube is a tool that lets you run Kubernetes clusters locally, which can be especially useful for learning and development purposes. Minikube runs a single-node Kubernetes cluster on your personal computer so that you can try out Kubernetes, or test your cloud-native applications.

This article will guide you through installing Minikube on Ubuntu, using Docker as the driver. Docker allows you to run your Kubernetes cluster in containers.


  • A system running Ubuntu.
  • User with sudo privileges.
  • Stable Internet connection.

Step 1: Update the System

First, ensure your system package index is up-to-date:

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade -y

Step 2: Install Docker

If you haven’t installed Docker, you can install it by running:

sudo apt install -y

Start Docker and enable it to run at system startup:

sudo systemctl start docker
sudo systemctl enable docker

Step 3: Install Minikube

To install Minikube, first, download the latest binary using wget:


Make the downloaded file executable:

chmod +x minikube-linux-amd64

Move the executable file to the /usr/local/bin directory:

sudo mv minikube-linux-amd64 /usr/local/bin/minikube

Step 4: Start Minikube with Docker Driver

Now, you are ready to start Minikube with the Docker driver. Run the below command:

minikube start --driver=docker

This will create a Minikube cluster using Docker. It will download the necessary Docker images and start the single-node cluster.

Step 5: Verify the Installation

Once the setup is complete, you can check the status of your Minikube cluster:

minikube status

The command above should show the host, kubelet, and apiserver components as running if the installation is correct.

Step 6: Interact with Your Cluster

You can now interact with your cluster using the kubectl command-line tool. For example, to get the details of your cluster nodes, run:

kubectl get nodes

This command will enable the dashboard addon and open the proxy in the default web browser.

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