How to Install Kubernetes on Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa) part 2

Ahamad Mohammad
6 min readAug 26, 2020

In this blog post we will focus on installing Docker and Kubernetes. This is part 2 of two part series, before proceeding further please ensure you read and followed steps mentioned in Part 1 of the series (

Installing Docker

Docker is a software containerization platform to build and run applications based on containers .Containers provide lightweight execution environment which make use of host kernal resources. Containers are self sufficient , portable and scalable. You can read more about Docker in their website

Step 1 : update your existing list of packages by running below command.
$sudo apt update

Step 2: Install few prerequisite packages which let apt use packages over HTTPS.
$sudo apt install apt-transport-https ca-certificates curl software-properties-common

Step 3: Add the key for the official Docker repository
$curl -fsSL | sudo apt-key add -

Step 4: Add the Docker repository to APT sources
if you are using Ubantu focal you use this command directly ,other wise use “$(lsb_release –cs)” which scans and returns the code name of your Ubuntu installation — in this case, focal. Also, the final word of the command — stable– is the type of Docker release.

$sudo add-apt-repository “deb [arch=amd64] focal stable”
$sudo add-apt-repository “deb [arch=amd64] $(lsb_release -cs) stable”

Step 5 : update the package database with the Docker packages from the newly added repository.
$sudo apt update

Step 6: Update policy to ensure you are installing from the Docker repository instead of the default Ubuntu repository.
$apt-cache policy docker-ce

Step 7: install Docker.
$sudo apt install docker-ce

Step 8 :Grant permissions to k8suser.
$sudo usermod -aG docker $(whoami)

Step 9:Verify docker is running…
$docker — version

Step 10 : if above step gives error , that means docker didn’t start automatically,run below command to start manually.
$sudo systemctl start docker

Step 11 : Enable docker to automatically run during boot.

$sudo systemctl enable docker

perform all these steps on rest of virtual machines.

Install Kubernetes

Kubernetes is a portable, extensible, open-source platform for managing containerized workloads and services. Kubernetes provides a framework to scale and run distributed systems resiliently and provides fail-over capabilities.
Kubernetes has lot more capabilities than this definition, you can read more about k8s from

The Kubernetes scheduler determines the best available node on which to deploy newly created pods. If memory swapping is allowed on a host system, this can lead to performance and stability issues within Kubernetes. For this reason, Kubernetes requires that you disable swap in the host system

Step 1 : To disable swap, edit /etc/fstab file and comment out the line which includes entry either swap partition or swap file.To disable swap, edit /etc/fstab file and comment out the line which includes entry either swap partition or swap file.
$ sudo vi /etc/fstab

Step 2 : Run swapoff command to disable the swap on the fly

$sudo swapoff -a

Step 3 : set vm swapiness to zero ,Where 0 is the percent of swapiness. In this case swap can be used only if you are out of RAM (by default swap is used when more that 60% of RAM is full).
$sudo echo “vm.swappiness=0” | sudo tee — append /etc/sysctl.conf

Step 4: To enable the ip forwarding permanently, edit the file “/etc/sysctl.conf” and look for line “net.ipv4.ip_forward=1” and uncomment it.

$sudo vi /etc/sysctl.conf

Step 5: Apply configuration changes without reboot.

$sudo sysctl -p

Step 6 : Run below commands to add key and repository and finally install Kubelet,Kubeadm and Kubectl.
At time of writing this article , Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus ) k8s repository was available but in future, when the k8s repository is available for Ubuntu 20.04 then replace xenial with focal word in ‘apt-add-repository’ command.

$ curl -s | sudo apt-key add

$ sudo apt-add-repository “deb kubernetes-xenial main”

$ sudo apt update

$ sudo apt install -y kubelet kubeadm kubectl

Step 7 : On k8s Master node run below steps , once these steps are executed kubernetes master is initialized. Also output prints a kubeadm join command ,make a note of this join command .You will use this join command to join cluster nodes.

$sudo kubeadm init — pod-network.cidr= —

$sudo cp -i /etc/kubernetes/admin.conf $HOME/.kube/config

$sudo chown $(id -u):$(id -g) $HOME/.kube/config

Step 8 : Join cluster

on cluster nodes run join command generated during Kubeadm initialization.

$sudo kubeadm join — token uf5pnv.shxaty3x1jr9nyda — discovery-token-ca-cert-hash sha256:4818d0d1f34c3179f366e92091b81cd19562bd83be4a25ed631c897d437f25e5

upon completion of above step run kubectl get nodes will show newly joined node

$kubectl get nodes

you will see nodes in Not Ready status.This is because you need to install POD net work for communication.

Step 8 : Deploy Calico Pod Network Add-on (Master Node).

POD network is used for communication between hosts and is necessary for k8s cluster to function properly.There are several choices for POD network, Calico and Flannel are easy to use. You can explore more options here

From the master node, run the following command to download Calico pod network add-on.
curl -O

Look for below configuration in calico.yaml that was downloaded and update them to use correct Network Interface, in my case “enp0s8” is the name of host network . You can find this information by running “ifconfig” on
Kubernetes master node.

value: “interface=enp0s8”

    value: “interface=enp0s8”

Step 9 : Install calico POD network (Master node)
$kubectl apply -f calico.yaml

Step 10 : Once it has been deployed successfully then nodes status will become ready, let’s re-run kubectl command to verify nodes status

$kubectl get nodes

Step 10 : Run get pods for all namespaces , you should see all of them in running status ( this may take a while depending on your network connection)
kubectl get pods — all-namespaces

Step 11 : Deploy nginx webserver (Master Node)

$kubectl create deployment nginx-web — image=nginx

Step 12 : Verify nginx deployment

$kubectl get deployment.apps
$kubectl get pods

Step 12 : Scale nginx

Run below command to scale 4 instance of nginx
$kubectl scale — replicas=4 deployment nginx-web

You have successfully configured Kubernetes cluster and able to deploy nginx and scale it.