k3s vs Kind: What are the differences?
k3s: Lightweight Kubernetes. 5 less than k8s (by Rancher Labs). Certified Kubernetes distribution designed for production workloads in unattended, resource-constrained, remote locations or inside IoT appliances. Supports something as small as a Raspberry Pi or as large as an AWS a1.4xlarge 32GiB server; Kind: Run local Kubernetes clusters using Docker. It is a tool for running local Kubernetes clusters using Docker container “nodes” It was primarily designed for testing Kubernetes itself, but may be used for local development or CI..
k3s and Kind belong to "Container Tools" category of the tech stack.
Some of the features offered by k3s are:
- ARM64 and ARMv7 support
- Simplified installation
- SQLite3 support
On the other hand, Kind provides the following key features:
- Supports multi-node (including HA) clusters
- Supports building Kubernetes release builds from source
- Support for make / bash / docker, or bazel, in addition to pre-published builds
k3s is an open source tool with 12.1K GitHub stars and 870 GitHub forks. Here's a link to k3s's open source repository on GitHub.