Kubeflow on MicroK8s

Run Kubeflow locally on built-in hypervisors with MicroK8s


This guide describes how to deploy and run Kubeflow using MicroK8s - a small enterprise Kubernetes cluster — locally on built-in hypervisors.

MicroK8s is available on Windows, macOS and any Linux distribution that supports Snaps. You can download and install MicroK8s by following the installation steps on the official website.

Alternatively, you can install MicroK8s on a Linux appliance with Multipass, which gives you a disposable Ubuntu command line on Windows, macOS or Linux. Refer to the official documentation for more details.

Installing and enabling Kubeflow using MicroK8s

To get Kubeflow running using MicroK8s, you’ll need to install MicroK8s, enable basic services, and then enable Kubeflow.

Note: You need MicroK8s version 1.18 and above to enable and run Kubeflow.

  1. Install MicroK8s with Snap by running the following command:

    sudo snap install microk8s --classic
  2. Verify that MicroK8s is running:

    microk8s status --wait-ready
  3. Having installed MicroK8s, you can now enable common services on your MicroK8s deployment. To do that, run the following command:

    microk8s enable dns dashboard storage

    Optional: To enable NVIDIA GPU hardware support, also run microk8s enable gpu.

  4. Deploy Kubeflow by running this command:

    microk8s enable kubeflow

    The deployment process may take a few minutes. Once it is complete, the script will print out the port number and credentials to access the Kubeflow dashboard.

Accessing the Kubeflow dashboard

On your Linux machine

If you installed MicroK8s directly on your Linux machine, you can view the Kubeflow dashboard as follows:

  1. Open a web browser window.
  2. Access the link provided after you have enabled Kubeflow (for example,

On Windows, macOS, Multipass or a virtual machine

When running MicroK8s on Windows, macOS, Multipass or a virtual machine, you need to create a SOCKS proxy to access the Kubeflow dashboard:

  1. Logout from the current session in your terminal using the exit command.

  2. Re-establish connection to the machine using SSH, enabling SOCKS proxy with the -D9999 parameter.

    In the VM case, run the following command, where <machine_public_ip> is your machine’s public IP:

    ssh -D9999 ubuntu@<machine_public_ip>

    On Windows, macOS or Multipass, you can check for the IP first with:

    multipass list`

    and then, run this command, replacing <multipass_public_ip> with that IP:

    ssh -D9999 multipass@<multipass_public_ip>
  3. In your host operating system, go to Settings > Network > Network Proxy, and enable SOCKS proxy pointing to:

  4. Finally, access the Kubeflow dashboard by:

    1. Opening a new web browser window.
    2. Accessing the link provided after you have enabled Kubeflow (for example,

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