The podman driver is an alternative container runtime to the Docker driver.
This is an experimental driver. Please use it only for experimental reasons until it has reached maturity. For a more reliable minikube experience, use a non-experimental driver, like Docker.
It’s recommended to run minikube with the podman driver and CRI-O container runtime (except when using Rootless Podman):
minikube start --driver=podman --container-runtime=cri-o
Alternatively, start minikube with the podman driver only:
minikube start --driver=podman
To make podman the default driver:
minikube config set driver podman
By default, minikube executes Podman with
To use Podman without
sudo (i.e., Rootless Podman), set the
rootless property to
minikube config set rootless true
For Rootless Podman, it is recommended to set
minikube start --driver=podman --container-runtime=containerd
See the Rootless Docker section for the requirements and the restrictions.
- On Linux, Podman requires passwordless running of sudo. If you run into an error about sudo, do the following:
$ sudo visudo
Then append the following to the section at the very bottom of the file where
username is your user account.
username ALL=(ALL) NOPASSWD: /usr/bin/podman
Be sure this text is after
#includedir /etc/sudoers.d. To confirm it worked, try:
sudo -k -n podman version
- On all other operating systems, make sure to create and start the virtual machine that is needed for Podman.
podman machine init --cpus 2 --memory 2048 --disk-size 20
podman machine start
podman system connection default podman-machine-default-root
Also see co/podman-driver open issues.
minikube start --alsologtostderr -v=7to debug errors and crashes
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