Kubernetes - IDE and Tools

Table of Contents

There are lots of Kubernetes dev solutions out there. The choices can be overwhelming. We’re here to help you figure out the right one for you.

  • Beginner Level:
    • Kind
    • Docker for Desktop
    • Microk8s
  • Intermediate Level:
    • Minikube
    • k3d
    • Rancher Desktop
  • Advanced Level:
    • Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service
    • Azure Kubernetes Service
    • Google Kubernetes Engine
    • Custom Clusters

Command line tools


A distributed version-control system for tracking changes in source code during software development:

$ git version
git version 2.21.0


A client to run the Linux containers:

$ docker --version
Docker version 19.03.5, build 633a0ea


Knative minimum requires Kubernetes v1.15+; however, we recommend using v1.15.0. To check your kubectl version run:

$ kubectl version --short
Client Version: v1.15.0
Server Version: v1.15.0


Helps you define, install, and upgrade even the most complex Kubernetes appli‐ cations:

$ helm version


Allows you to tail multiple pods on Kubernetes and multiple containers within the pod:

$ stern --version
stern version 1.11.0


A lightweight and portable command-line YAML processor:

$ yq --version
yq version 2.4.1


A command-line HTTP client that will make you smile:

$ http --version


A tiny program that sends some load to a web application. hey does not have a version option, so you can use hey --help to verify that it is in your $PATH.


Execute a program periodically, showing output in full screen:

$ watch --version
watch from procps-ng 3.3.15


Allows you to switch faster between clusters and namespaces. kubectx does not have a version option, so you can use kubectx --help to verify that it is in your $PATH. kubens is installed with kubectx, so you can use kubens --help to verify that it is in your $PATH.