The primary goal of minikube is to make it simple to run Kubernetes locally, for day-to-day development workflows and learning purposes. Here are the guiding principles for minikube, in rough priority order:

  1. User-friendly and accessible
  2. Inclusive and community-driven
  3. Cross-platform
  4. Support all Kubernetes features
  5. High-fidelity
  6. Compatible with all supported Kubernetes releases
  7. Support for all Kubernetes-friendly container runtimes
  8. Stable and easy to debug

Here are some specific minikube features that align with our goal:

  • Single command setup and teardown UX
  • Support for local storage, networking, auto-scaling, load balancing, etc.
  • Unified UX across operating systems
  • Minimal dependencies on third party software
  • Minimal resource overhead


  • Simplifying Kubernetes production deployment experience
  • Supporting all possible deployment configurations of Kubernetes like various types of storage, networking, etc.
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