HTTP Proxies

How to use an HTTP/HTTPS proxy with minikube

minikube requires access to the internet via HTTP, HTTPS, and DNS protocols. If a HTTP proxy is required to access the internet, you may need to pass the proxy connection information to both minikube and Docker using environment variables:

  • HTTP_PROXY - The URL to your HTTP proxy
  • HTTPS_PROXY - The URL to your HTTPS proxy
  • NO_PROXY - A comma-separated list of hosts which should not go through the proxy.

The NO_PROXY variable here is important: Without setting it, minikube may not be able to access resources within the VM. minikube uses two IP ranges, which should not go through the proxy:

  • Used by the minikube VM. Configurable for some hypervisors via --host-only-cidr
  • Used by the minikube kvm2 driver.
  • Used by service cluster IP’s. Configurable via --service-cluster-ip-range

One important note: If NO_PROXY is required by non-Kubernetes applications, such as Firefox or Chrome, you may want to specifically add the minikube IP to the comma-separated list, as they may not understand IP ranges (#3827).

Example Usage

macOS and Linux

export HTTP_PROXY=http://<proxy hostname:port>
export HTTPS_PROXY=https://<proxy hostname:port>
export NO_PROXY=localhost,,,,

minikube start

To make the exported variables permanent, consider adding the declarations to ~/.bashrc or wherever your user-set environment variables are stored.


set HTTP_PROXY=http://<proxy hostname:port>
set HTTPS_PROXY=https://<proxy hostname:port>
set NO_PROXY=localhost,,,,

minikube start

To set these environment variables permanently, consider adding these to your system settings or using setx

Configuring Docker to use a proxy

As of v1.0, minikube automatically configures the Docker instance inside of the VM to use the proxy environment variables, unless you have specified a --docker-env override. If you need to manually configure Docker for a set of proxies, use:

minikube start \
  --docker-env=HTTP_PROXY=$HTTP_PROXY \
  --docker-env HTTPS_PROXY=$HTTPS_PROXY \
  --docker-env NO_PROXY=$NO_PROXY


unable to cache ISO… connection refused

Unable to start VM: unable to cache ISO:
failed to download: failed to download to temp file: download failed: 5 error(s) occurred:

* Temporary download error: Get
proxyconnect tcp: dial tcp <host>:<port>: connect: connection refused

This error indicates that the host:port combination defined by HTTPS_PROXY or HTTP_PROXY is incorrect, or that the proxy is unavailable.

Unable to pull images..Client.Timeout exceeded while awaiting headers

Unable to pull images, which may be OK:

failed to pull image "": output: Error response from daemon:
Get net/http: request canceled while waiting for connection
(Client.Timeout exceeded while awaiting headers)

This error indicates that the container runtime running within the VM does not have access to the internet. Verify that you are passing the appropriate value to --docker-env HTTPS_PROXY.

x509: certificate signed by unknown authority

[ERROR ImagePull]: failed to pull image
output: Error response from daemon:
Get x509: certificate signed by unknown authority

This is because minikube VM is stuck behind a proxy that rewrites HTTPS responses to contain its own TLS certificate. The solution is to install the proxy certificate into a location that is copied to the VM at startup, so that it can be validated.

Ask your IT department for the appropriate PEM file, and add it to:


Then run minikube delete and minikube start.

downloading binaries: proxyconnect tcp: tls: oversized record received with length 20527

The supplied value of HTTPS_PROXY is probably incorrect. Verify that this value is not pointing to an HTTP proxy rather than an HTTPS proxy.

Additional Information

Last modified September 11, 2019: Update NO_PROXY example for Windows (56551cee2)