k3s vs minikube: What are the differences?
Developers describe k3s as "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. On the other hand, minikube is detailed as "Local Kubernetes engine". It implements a local Kubernetes cluster on macOS, Linux, and Windows. Its goal is to be the tool for local Kubernetes application development and to support all Kubernetes features that fit.
k3s and minikube 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, minikube provides the following key features:
- Local Kubernetes
k3s and minikube are both open source tools. It seems that minikube with 15.2K GitHub stars and 2.39K forks on GitHub has more adoption than k3s with 8.18K GitHub stars and 524 GitHub forks.