March 19, 2023

Minikube with ingress controller on the mac


Update and install minikube

  1. make sure that you have the most up-to-date version installed: minikube update-check. At the time of writing it’s v1.29.0
  2. delete any previous minikube config: minikube delete
  3. install minikube in docker on the stable version: minikube start --driver=docker --kubernetes-version=v1.26.1. Note after the initial install you only need to run minikube start since the config is sticky
  4. check that minikube is up-and-running: kubectl get nodes

The output should look like this:

minikube   Ready    control-plane   29s   v1.26.1

Enable the ingress controller addon

Run minikube addons enable ingress. Note the following mention:

After the addon is enabled, please run "minikube tunnel" and your ingress resources would be available at ""

This is the main difference between running minikube on linux and on the mac: on linux the ingress controller gets expose under its own IP (minikube ip). Since the docker bridge behaves differently on the mac the ingress controller listens on localhost and needs to be tunneled to, by running minikube tunnel in a separate terminal.

Deploy a simple app

  1. Edit your /etc/hosts file and add status.asksven.local (or any other URL you go for)

  2. Download this gist, to let’s say ~/statuspage

  3. Change the hostname in ingress.yaml depending on your choice in 1, and deploy: kubectl create ns statuspage && kubectl -n statuspage apply -f <directory-where-you-unzipped-the-gist>

  4. Point your browser at `https://


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