minikube vs Kind: What are the differences?
Developers describe minikube 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. On the other hand, Kind is detailed as "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..
minikube and Kind belong to "Container Tools" category of the tech stack.
Some of the features offered by minikube are:
- Local Kubernetes
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
minikube is an open source tool with 17.8K GitHub stars and 2.85K GitHub forks. Here's a link to minikube's open source repository on GitHub.