Installing Kubernetes v1.15.0 cluster on Ubuntu 18.04

In this blog, I will be discussing about how to install Kubernetes on Ubuntu 18.04. Kubernetes is one of the highest trending technologies in Cloud Computing as of today. It is a portable, extensible, open-source platform for managing containerized workloads and services, that facilitates both declarative configuration and automation. It has a large, rapidly growing ecosystem.


  • Minimum 2 Ubuntu server (1 Master and 1 Worker node)
  • 2 GB of RAM and 2 Core of CPU

Preparing Ubuntu servers:

1. Edit the hosts file on both the nodes using vi or vim and add the hostname and ip-address

       sudo vim /etc/hosts

Make sure name resolution is working now between the kubernetes nodes

2. Disable swap space – We should disable swap as it can give issues during the installation of Kubernetes.

      sudo swapoff -a

You can disable the swap permanently by editing the fstab file

     sudo vim /etc/fstab

3. Reboot the server

     sudo reboot

4. Install docker by running the below commands

    sudo su
    apt-get update
    apt-get install -y

5. Run the below commands to start the docker service and enable it during every system boot.

   sudo systemctl start docker
   sudo systemctl enable docker

Install Kubeadm:

Kubeadm is a tool built to provide kubeadm init and kubeadm join as best practice “fast paths” for creating Kubernetes clusters. It performs the actions necessary to get a minimum viable cluster up and running.

1.  Install apt-transport-https

    apt-get update && apt-get install -y apt-transport-https curl

2. Adding Kubernetes key

 curl -s |       apt-key add - 

3.  Add the Kubernetes repository

cat <<EOF >/etc/apt/sources.list.d/kubernetes.list
> deb kubernetes-xenial main

You can also add the repository by manually editing using any of the text editor available.

 4.  Run APT update – (Do not miss this step, otherwise the next step will fail)

      apt-get update 

5.  Install kubeadm, kubelet and kubectl

     apt-get install -y kubelet kubeadm kubectl 

Initialize the Kubernetes master:

Note: Run the command on the master node only.

sudo kubeadm init --apiserver-advertise-address=MASTER_NODE_IP --pod-network-cidr=POD-Network_CIDR --kubernetes-version "KUBERNETES_VERSION"

For example: sudo kubeadm init --apiserver-advertise-address= --pod-network-cidr= --kubernetes-version "1.15.0"

Note: I am using as my pod CIDR

–apiserver-advertise-address  > The IP address the API Server will advertise it’s listening on. If not set the default network interface will be used

 –pod-network-cidr > Specify range of IP addresses for the pod network. If set, the control plane will automatically allocate CIDRs for every node.

 –-kubernetes-version > Choose a specific Kubernetes version for the control plane.

For more options refer :

Your Kubernetes control-plane has initialized successfully. Make a note of the below 3 commands mentioned in the output of kubeadm init. To start using your cluster, you need to run the following as a regular user from the master node

  mkdir -p $HOME/.kube
  sudo cp -i /etc/kubernetes/admin.conf $HOME/.kube/config
  sudo chown $(id -u):$(id -g) $HOME/.kube/config

If you do not run the above, kubectl commands will fail with the below error

root@master01:~# kubectl get nodes
The connection to the server localhost:8080 was refused – did you specify the right host or port?

You will also see kubeadm join command as below. This can be used to join worker nodes by running the following on each as root. Make sure you run this on the worker nodes.

 kubeadm join --token lbrw78.uvd3slp9awct4ng2 --discovery-token-ca-cert-hash sha256:ec091cf31a37156740e0d0a4d580a7a1a0145a1c34cb43309d22704f0815eef4 

Your Kubernetes cluster is now created. Go ahead and run kubectl commands to explore more.

If you run kubectl get nodes, you will notice that the node status is not ready and there are some pods in pending status? To fix this issue, we need to install any of the Cloud Network Interface(CNI) like Calico, Weave or Flannel. In this lab, I am using Calico as my CNI.

You can download the Calico networking manifest for the Kubernetes API datastore.

 curl -O 

Note: If you are using pod CIDR, skip to the apply manifest step. If you are using a different pod CIDR, use the below commands to set an environment variable called POD_CIDR containing your pod CIDR and replace in the manifest with your pod CIDR.

 sed -i -e "s?$POD_CIDR?g" calico.yaml

Apply the manifest using the following command.

 kubectl apply -f calico.yaml 

For more details :

Run kubectl commands and confirm that the nodes are ready and pods have picked up the network IP address.

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