Setting up ChromeOS Minikube

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Recently while playing with some development tools, I was surprised to see Minikube now runs on ChromeOS.
Minikube allows for a scaled down Kubernetes cluster running directly on your host machine. Kubernetes is a container orchestrator. Put simply it enables the "simplified" running of containers.
In this blog post learn how to set up ChromeOS to run minikube using KVM without Developer Mode.

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Before getting started, verify that your device has virtualisation support.

1egrep -q 'vmx|svm' /proc/cpuinfo && echo yes || echo no

If the answer is yes, you are good to go!

  • Install kvm
  • Install minikube
  • Install kubectl

Install kvm

  1. Install packages
1sudo apt install -y qemu-system libvirt-clients libvirt-daemon-system
  1. Add the user account to the libvirt group
1sudo adduser $USER libvirt

Install Minikube

Note: Minikube will be used with the KVM driver


  • OS - Linux
  • Arch - x86-64
  • Release - Stable
  • Installer - Binary
  1. Install the binary
1curl -LO
2sudo install minikube-linux-amd64 /usr/local/bin/minikube
  1. Edit /etc/libvirt/qemu.conf

  2. Display user account

1echo $USER
  1. Amend the entries to these settings

NOTE: The user account can be used rather than root.

1user = "root"
2group = "root"
3remember_owner = 0

Install kubectl

  • Minikube also includes kubectl, so installation step is now optional!
  1. Install kubectl

Test Minikube

  1. Run Minikube with Kvm2
1minikube start --driver=kvm2
  1. Validate nodes are operating
1kubectl get nodes


1NAME       STATUS   ROLES                  AGE     VERSION
2minikube   Ready    control-plane          15m   v1.24.3
  1. Run a test k8s deployment
1kubectl create deployment hello-node
  1. Check the pod is running
1kubectl get pods


1NAME                          READY   STATUS              RESTARTS   AGE
2hello-node-7567d9fdc9-zr44j   1/1     Running             0          22s
  1. Delete the deployment
1kubectl delete deployment hello-node
  1. Stop Minikube
1minikube stop