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How to install Kubernetes on Ubuntu

Nuno Facha

Step 1: Install docker

curl -fsSL -o

Step 2: Make sure the containerd doesn’t have CRI disabled

Edit the file /etc/containerd/config.toml and make sure that the disabled_plugins setting is blank.

nano /etc/containerd/config.toml

Then restart the containerd service:

service containerd restart

Step 3: Install Kubernetes

We'll start by installing the apt-transport-https package which enables working with http and https in Ubuntu’s repositories. Also, install curl as it will be necessary for the next steps. Execute the following command:

sudo apt install apt-transport-https curl

Then, add the Kubernetes signing key to both nodes by executing the command:

echo "deb kubernetes-xenial main" >> ~/kubernetes.list
sudo mv ~/kubernetes.list /etc/apt/sources.list.d
curl | apt-key add -

After that, update the nodes:

sudo apt update

Once the update completes, we will install Kubernetes. This involves installing the various tools that make up Kubernetes: kubeadm, kubelet, kubectl, and kubernetes-cni.

sudo apt-get install -y kubelet kubeadm kubectl kubernetes-cni

Step 4: Disable swap memory

Our nodes must have a unique hostname for easier identification. If we are deploying a cluster with many nodes, we can set it to identify names for our worker nodes such as node-1, node-2, etc. As we had mentioned earlier, we have named our nodes kubernetes-master and kubernetes-worker. We have set them at the time of creating the server. However, you can adjust or set yours if you had not already done so from the command line. To adjust the hostname on the master node, run the following command:

sudo hostnamectl set-hostname kubernetes-master

Step 5: Change the Docker Cgroup driver

On both master and worker nodes, update the cgroupdriver with the following commands:

sudo mkdir /etc/docker
cat <<EOF | sudo tee /etc/docker/daemon.json
{ "exec-opts": ["native.cgroupdriver=systemd"],
"log-driver": "json-file",
{ "max-size": "100m" },
"storage-driver": "overlay2"

Then, execute the following commands to restart and enable Docker on system boot-up:

sudo systemctl enable docker
sudo systemctl daemon-reload
sudo systemctl restart docker

Step 6: Initialize the Kubernetes master node

The first step in deploying a Kubernetes cluster is to fire up the master node. While on the terminal of your master node, execute the following command to initialize the kubernetes-master:

kubeadm init --pod-network-cidr= --control-plane-endpoint <EXTERNAL-IP>

In the output, Kubernetes also displays some additional commands that you should run as a regular user on the master node before you start to use the cluster. Let’s run these commands:

mkdir -p $HOME/.kube
sudo cp -i /etc/kubernetes/admin.conf $HOME/.kube/config
sudo chown $(id -u):$(id -g) $HOME/.kube/config

We have now initialized the master node. However, we also have to set up the pod network on the master node before we join the worker nodes.

Step 7: Deploy a pod network

A pod network facilitates communication between servers and is necessary for the proper functioning of the Kubernetes cluster. You can read more about Kubernetes Cluster Networking from the official docs. We will be using the Flannel pod network for this tutorial. Flannel is a simple overlay network that satisfies the Kubernetes requirements.

kubectl apply -f
kubectl apply -f

Step 8: Join worker nodes to the Kubernetes cluster

First, log into the worker node on a separate terminal session. Use the kubeadm join command that was shown in the terminal when we initialized the master node in Step 7, execute the command indicated there, it will look something like the following:

kubeadm join XXXX:6443 --token XXX \
	--discovery-token-ca-cert-hash sha256:XXXX

Once the joining process completes, switch the master node terminal and execute the following command to confirm that your worker node has joined the cluster:

kubectl get nodes



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