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Version: 1.6.0

Creating a K3d Kubernetes Cluster

This how-to was written using the following versions:

Get K3d Kubernetes Cluster

Install K3d

Follow the instructions to install k3d on your system.

Create a K3d kubernetes cluster

$ k3d cluster create epinio

Create a K3d kubernetes cluster when it is inside a VM

Epinio has to connect to pods inside the cluster. The default installation uses the internal docker IP for this. If docker is running in a VM, e.g. with Docker Desktop for Mac, that IP will not be reachable.

As a workaround the IP of the host can be used instead, together with port-forwardings:

k3d cluster create epinio -p '80:80@loadbalancer' -p '443:443@loadbalancer'

After the command returns, kubectl should already be talking to your new cluster:

$ kubectl get nodes
k3d-epinio-server-0 Ready control-plane,master 38s v1.22.6+k3s1

Install Epinio on the Cluster

Follow "magic" DNS setup to define the domain name you will use for Epinio.

Then, continue with the Epinio installation process.



To get the kube config to access the cluster:

k3d kubeconfig get epinio


In case of trouble with Epinio's Traefik component or Ingress controllers, the Traefik section in the Advanced Topics document shall be your friend.