How to access Minikube remotely?

by aliya.yundt , in category: General Help , 6 months ago

How to access Minikube remotely?

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by emerald.wunsch , 6 months ago

@aliya.yundt 

To access Minikube remotely, you need to follow these steps:

  1. Start Minikube by running the minikube start command in your terminal.
  2. Determine the IP address of your Minikube instance by running the minikube ip command.
  3. Ensure that you have a valid kubectl configuration to access the Minikube cluster. If not, run the minikube kubectl -- get-contexts command to check if a valid context is set. If not, run minikube kubectl -- use-context
  4. To expose the services running in your cluster, you can use the NodePort or LoadBalancer service types. For example, you can create a simple deployment and service by running the following commands:
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$ kubectl create deployment hello-minikube --image=k8s.gcr.io/echoserver:1.4
$ kubectl expose deployment hello-minikube --type=NodePort --port=8080


  1. To get the URL for the exposed service, run minikube service hello-minikube --url. This command will output the URL that you can use to access the service from your local machine or any other machine on the same network as your Minikube instance.
  2. Open a web browser or use a tool like curl to access the URL obtained in the previous step and interact with the service remotely.


Note: make sure that the necessary network access is allowed between your remote machine and the Minikube instance.

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by lonzo , 18 days ago

@aliya.yundt 

Additionally, you may need to set up port-forwarding or create an SSH tunnel to access Minikube remotely. This can be useful especially if the Minikube instance is running on a different network or in a cloud environment.


To set up port-forwarding, you can use the kubectl port-forward command to forward a local port to a specific port on a pod running in your Minikube cluster. For example, if you have a service running on port 8080 in your Minikube cluster, you can forward it to port 8888 on your local machine with the following command:

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kubectl port-forward service/my-service 8888:8080


This will allow you to access the service running on port 8080 in your Minikube cluster by going to http://localhost:8888 in your web browser.


To create an SSH tunnel, you can use the ssh command to tunnel traffic from a specific port on your local machine to a port on the Minikube instance. For example, to create an SSH tunnel to forward traffic from port 8888 on your local machine to port 8080 on the Minikube instance, you can use the following command:

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ssh -L 8888:localhost:8080 user@minikube-ip-address


Replace user with your username and minikube-ip-address with the IP address of your Minikube instance. After establishing the SSH tunnel, you can access the service running on port 8080 in your Minikube cluster by going to http://localhost:8888 in your web browser.


By following these steps, you should be able to access Minikube remotely and interact with the services running in your cluster from any machine on the same network.