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. Inclusive and community-driven
  2. User-friendly
  3. Support all Kubernetes features
  4. Cross-platform
  5. Reliable
  6. High Performance
  7. Developer Focused

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.