How to get started, and achieve tasks, using Kubernetes

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Downloading Kubernetes

You can either build a release from sources or download a pre-built release. If you do not plan on developing Kubernetes itself, we suggest a pre-built release.

Prebuilt Binary Release

The list of binary releases is available for download from the GitHub Kubernetes repo release page.

Download the latest release and unpack this tar file on Linux or OS X, cd to the created kubernetes/ directory, and then follow the getting started guide for your cloud.

On OS X you can also use the homebrew package manager: brew install kubernetes-cli

Building from source

Get the Kubernetes source. If you are simply building a release from source there is no need to set up a full golang environment as all building happens in a Docker container.

Building a release is simple.

git clone
cd kubernetes
make release

For more details on the release process see the build/ directory

Download Kubernetes and automatically set up a default cluster

The bash script at, which can be run with wget or curl, automatically downloads Kubernetes, and provisions a cluster based on your desired cloud provider.

# wget version

# curl version

Possible values for YOUR_PROVIDER include:

For the complete, up-to-date list of providers supported by this script, see the /cluster folder in the main Kubernetes repo, where each folder represents a possible value for YOUR_PROVIDER. If you don’t see your desired provider, try looking at our getting started guides; there’s a good chance we have docs for them.