How to install Minikube on Mac

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This blog shows you how to install Minikube, a tool that runs a single-node Kubernetes cluster in a virtual machine on your personal computer.


To check if virtualization is supported on macOS, run the following command on your terminal.

sysctl -a | grep machdep.cpu.features

If you see VMX in the output, the VT-x feature is supported on your OS.

Installing minikube on Mac

Install kubectl

Make sure that you kubectl is installed on your machine. Kubectl installation steps.

Install a Hypervisor

You must have one of following hypervisor installed on you machine.

  1. HyperKit
  2. Virtualbox
  3. VMware Fusion

Install Minikube

There are 2 ways to install Minikube on macOS.

Using Homebrew

The easiest way to install Minikube on macOS is using Homebrew:

brew cask install minikube

Using a stand-alone binary

You can also install it on macOS by downloading a stand-alone binary:

curl -Lo minikube \
    && chmod +x minikube

Add the Minikube executable to your path:

sudo mv minikube /usr/local/bin

Start minikube

Following is the command to start minikube.

minikube start