Kubernetes vs minikube: What are the differences?
Developers describe Kubernetes as "Manage a cluster of Linux containers as a single system to accelerate Dev and simplify Ops". Kubernetes is an open source orchestration system for Docker containers. It handles scheduling onto nodes in a compute cluster and actively manages workloads to ensure that their state matches the users declared intentions. 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.
Kubernetes and minikube can be primarily classified as "Container" tools.
Some of the features offered by Kubernetes are:
- Lightweight, simple and accessible
- Built for a multi-cloud world, public, private or hybrid
- Highly modular, designed so that all of its components are easily swappable
On the other hand, minikube provides the following key features:
- Local Kubernetes
Kubernetes and minikube are both open source tools. Kubernetes with 56.2K GitHub stars and 19.6K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than minikube with 15.2K GitHub stars and 2.39K GitHub forks.
Google, Slack, and Shopify are some of the popular companies that use Kubernetes, whereas minikube is used by Kalibrr, CommonBond, and Fivestars. Kubernetes has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1440 company stacks & 5226 developers stacks; compared to minikube, which is listed in 3 company stacks and 5 developer stacks.
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