Microk8s for Kubeflow

Quickly get Kubeflow running locally on built-in hypervisors

This document outlines the steps that you can take to get your local installation of Kubeflow running on top of Microk8s, a small enterprise Kubernetes cluster. Microk8s requires Linux; if you are not on a Linux system, you can use Multipass to create a Linux VM (virtual machine) on your built-in hypervisor.


If you already have Ubuntu or Linux that supports snaps, you can easily install Kubernetes using Microk8s. You can jump to the Install Kubeflow using Microk8s section below.

If you don’t have a Linux system already, or you would like to confine your Kubeflow to a disposable machine, then Create a VM with Multipass first and then follow the instructions below. That will get you an Ubuntu machine that can be used to install Kubernetes and Kubeflow.

Install Kubeflow using Microk8s

Here’s a summary of the steps involved:

  1. Set up Microk8s
  2. Enable Kubeflow

Note: the minimum version of Microk8s needed to enable Kubeflow is 1.18.

1. Install Microk8s

  • Install MicroK8s with Snap by running the following command:

    sudo snap install microk8s --classic
  • Verify that MicroK8s is running with the command:

    microk8s.status --wait-ready

2. Enable Microk8s services

  • Enable common services on your Microk8s deployment:

    microk8s.enable dns dashboard storage
  • Optional: to enable GPU support (available only for NVIDIA GPU hardware), run: microk8s.enable gpu

3. Enable Kubeflow

  • Deploy Kubeflow with the command:

    microk8s.enable kubeflow
  • The deployment process may take a few minutes. Once completed, the script will print out the port number and credentials to access the Kubeflow dashboard.

Access Kubeflow dashboard

On your Linux machine

If you installed Microk8s directly on your Linux machine, (1) open a web browser window and (2) access the link provided after you enable Kubeflow, e.g. (see previous step).

On Multipass or a virtual machine

When running Microk8s on Multipass or a virtual machine, create a SOCKS proxy to access the Kubeflow dashboard, as follows:

  • Logout from the current session using the exit command.

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

    ssh -D9999 ubuntu@<machine_public_ip>

    or find multipass IP with multipass list and connect with:

    ssh -D9999 multipass@<multipass_public_ip>
  • On your computer, go to Settings > Network > Network Proxy, and enable SOCKS proxy pointing to:

  • Finally, (1) open a new web browser window and (2) access the link provided after you enable Kubeflow, e.g. (see previous step).

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