# Kubernetes

To install and run Kuma on Kubernetes execute the following steps:

Finally you can follow the Quickstart to take it from here and continue your Kuma journey.

# 1. Download Kuma

To run Kuma on Kubernetes, you need to download a compatible version of Kuma for the machine from which you will be executing the commands.

    # 2. Run Kuma

    Once downloaded, you will find the contents of Kuma in the kuma-0.6.0 folder. In this folder, you will find - among other files - the bin directory that stores the executables for Kuma, including the CLI client kumactl.

    Note: On Kubernetes - of all the Kuma binaries in the bin folder - we only need kumactl.

    So we enter the bin folder by executing:

    $ cd kuma-0.6.0/bin
    
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    And we can then proceed to install Kuma on Kubernetes with:

    $ ./kumactl install control-plane | kubectl apply -f -
    
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    This example will run Kuma in standalone mode for a "flat" deployment, but there are more advanced deployment modes.

    We suggest adding the kumactl executable to your PATH so that it's always available in every working directory. Or - alternatively - you can also create link in /usr/local/bin/ by executing:

    ln -s ./kumactl /usr/local/bin/kumactl
    
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    It may take a while for Kubernetes to start the Kuma resources, you can check the status by executing:

    $ kubectl get pod -n kuma-system
    
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    # 3. Use Kuma

    Kuma (kuma-cp) will be installed in the newly created kuma-system namespace! Now that Kuma has been installed, you can access the control-plane via either the GUI, kubectl, the HTTP API, or the CLI:

      You will notice that Kuma automatically creates a Mesh entity with name default.

      # 4. Quickstart

      Congratulations! You have successfully installed Kuma on Kubernetes 🚀.

      In order to start using Kuma, it's time to check out the quickstart guide for Kubernetes deployments.