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Here are the steps to set-up Pixie in a local K8s environment using minikube.

Install kubectl

Install v1.10.0+ as described here: install kubectl

Install minikube

Install v1.3.1+ with as decribed here: install minikube

For Mac users:

To run minikube, your mac will need a way to run a Linux VM. We recommend hyperkit as the most compatible and lightweight option: install hyperkit

Create Cluster

Run minikube start --cpus=4 --memory=6000 -p=<cluster-name>. To deploy a specific K8s version supported by Pixie, also add the following flag --kubernetes-version=v1.12.0.

Linux users: The docker driver is not supported, so also add --driver=kvm2 to the minikube start command.

Note: CPU and memory requirements are set to accommodate the included demo application.


Run minikube dashboard or kubectl get nodes to verify your cluster is up and running.

Deploy Pixie

Once your cluster is up, follow the quick-start guide to deploy Pixie.

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