How to setup kubernetes on CentOS 8 and CentOS 7

This tutorial is for the ones who want to try out the Kubernetes installation on CentOS

(This blog post has been updated and kubernetes installation instructions can be used for CentOS 7 as well as CentOS 8).

In this article, I have simplified the installation into 15 steps for installing Kubernetes on CentOS bento/centos-7 and centos/stream8

Before you begin with installation here are prerequisites for installing Kubernetes on CentOS.


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  • Vagrant 2.2.7 or latest – For installation instruction click here
  • VM VirtualBox – For installation instruction click here

Step 1: Start your vagrant box

Here is the Vagrantfile to spin up your vagrant box.

Use the following image name for CentOS 7 and CentOS 8 -

  1. CentOS 7 : - bento/centos-7
  2. CentOS 8 : - centos/stream8

Based on your need you need to update the following vagrantfile.

We are going with two VMs here -

  1. Master Node - 2 cpus, 2 GB Memory (Assinged IP - )
  2. Worker Node - 1 cpu, 1 GB Memory (Assinged IP - )
 1Vagrant.configure("2") do |config|
 2  config.vm.define "master" do |master|
 3    master.vm.box_download_insecure = true    
 4 = "centos/stream8"
 5 "private_network", ip: ""
 6    master.vm.hostname = "master"
 7    master.vm.provider "virtualbox" do |v|
 8 = "master"
 9      v.memory = 2048
10      v.cpus = 2
11    end
12  end
14  config.vm.define "worker" do |worker|
15    worker.vm.box_download_insecure = true 
16 = "centos/stream8"
17 "private_network", ip: ""
18    worker.vm.hostname = "worker"
19    worker.vm.provider "virtualbox" do |v|
20 = "worker"
21      v.memory = 1024
22      v.cpus = 1
23    end
24  end

Step 2: Update /etc/hosts on both nodes(master, worker)

master node - SSH into the master node

1vagrant ssh master
1sudo vi /etc/hosts
1100.0.0.1 master
2100.0.0.2 worker

worker node- SSH into the worker node

1vagrant ssh worker
1vagrant@worker:~$sudo vi /etc/hosts
3100.0.0.1 master
4100.0.0.2 worker

Test the worker node by sending ping from master

1ping worker
1PING ( 56(84) bytes of data.
264 bytes from ( icmp_seq=1 ttl=64 time=0.462 ms
364 bytes from ( icmp_seq=2 ttl=64 time=0.686 ms

Test the master node by sending ping from worker

1ping master
1PING ( 56(84) bytes of data.
264 bytes from ( icmp_seq=1 ttl=64 time=0.238 ms
364 bytes from ( icmp_seq=2 ttl=64 time=0.510 ms

Step 3: Install Docker on both nodes (master, worker)

You need to install Docker on both the node. But before that we need to update the yum repos -

1sudo yum install -y yum-utils

Add the following docker repo to CentOS -

1sudo yum-config-manager \
2    --add-repo \

Run the following docker installation command on both the nodes

1sudo yum install docker-ce docker-ce-cli

Enable docker: on both master and worker node

1sudo systemctl enable docker
1Created symlink from /etc/systemd/system/ to /usr/lib/systemd/system/docker.service.

Start docker: on both master and worker node

1sudo systemctl start  docker

Check the docker service status

1sudo systemctl status docker

Docker service should be up and running and you should get following output on the terminal

1● docker.service - Docker Application Container Engine
2   Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/system/docker.service; enabled; vendor preset: disabled)
3   Active: active (running) since Thu 2020-04-23 18:00:12 UTC; 26s ago
4     Docs:
5 Main PID: 11892 (dockerd-current)

Step 4: Disable SELinux on both nodes(master, worker)

You need to disable the SELinux using following command

1sudo setenforce 0
1sudo sed -i 's/^SELINUX=enforcing$/SELINUX=permissive/' /etc/selinux/config

Step 5: Disable CentOS firewall on both nodes(master, worker)

Master Node

1sudo systemctl disable firewalld
1sudo systemctl stop firewalld

Worker Node

1sudo systemctl disable firewalld
1sudo systemctl stop firewall

Step 6: Disable swapping on both nodes(master, worker)

Disable the swapping on master as well as a worker node. Because to install Kubernetes we need to disable the swapping on both the nodes

Run following command on both master as well as worker node

1sudo swapoff -a

Step 7: Enable the usage of "iptables" on both nodes(master, worker)

Enable the usage of iptables which will prevent the routing errors happening. As the following runtime parameters:

1sudo bash -c 'echo "net.bridge.bridge-nf-call-ip6tables = 1" > /etc/sysctl.d/k8s.conf'


1sudo bash -c 'echo "net.bridge.bridge-nf-call-iptables = 1" >> /etc/sysctl.d/k8s.conf'
1sudo sysctl --system

Step 8: Add the Kubernetes repo to rum.repos.d on both nodes(master, worker)

1sudo vi /etc/yum.repos.d/kubernetes.repo

Add following repo details -


Step 9: Install Kubernetes on both nodes(master, worker)

1sudo yum install -y kubeadm kubelet kubectl

Step 10: Enable and Start Kubelet on both nodes(master, worker)

Run the following command both on master and worker nodes.

Enable the kubelet

1sudo systemctl enable kubelet
1Created symlink from /etc/systemd/system/ to /usr/lib/systemd/system/kubelet.service.

Start the kubelet

1sudo systemctl start kubelet

Step 11: Initialize Kubernetes cluster only on master node

Initialize the Kubernetes cluster (-apiserver-advertise-address= this is the IP address we have assigned in the /etc/hosts)

1sudo kubeadm init --apiserver-advertise-address= --pod-network-cidr=

Note down the kubeadm join command

1kubeadm join --token cfvd1x.8h8kzx0u9vcn4trf \
2    --discovery-token-ca-cert-hash sha256:cc9687b47f3a9bfa5b880dcf409eeaef05d25505f4c099732b65376b0e14458c

Step 12: Move kube config file to current user (only run on master)

To interact with the Kubernetes cluster and to use kubectl command, we need to have the Kube config file with us.

Use the following command to get the kube config file and put it under the working directory.

1mkdir -p $HOME/.kube
2sudo cp -i /etc/kubernetes/admin.conf $HOME/.kube/config
3sudo chown $(id -u):$(id -g) $HOME/.kube/config

Step 13: Apply CNI from kube-flannel.yml(only run on master)

After the master of the cluster is ready to handle jobs and the services are running, for the purpose of making containers accessible to each other through networking, we need to set up the network for container communication.

Get the CNI(container network interface) configuration from flannel

But before downloading the flannel you should make sure that you have installed wget

1sudo yum install wget

Note – But since we are working on the VMs so we need to check our Ethernet interfaces first.

Look out for the Ethernet i.e. eth1 which has a ip address is the ip address which we used in vagrant file)

1 ip a s
22: eth0: <BROADCAST,MULTICAST,UP,LOWER_UP> mtu 1500 qdisc fq_codel state UP group default qlen 1000
3    link/ether 08:00:27:bb:14:75 brd ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff
4    inet
53: eth1: <BROADCAST,MULTICAST,UP,LOWER_UP> mtu 1500 qdisc fq_codel state UP group default qlen 1000
6    link/ether 08:00:27:fb:48:77 brd ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff
7    inet

Now we need to add the extra args for eth1 in kube-flannel.yml

1vi kube-flannel.yml

Searche for – “flanneld”

In the args section add : – –iface=eth1

1- --iface=eth1
2        args:
3        - --ip-masq
4        - --kube-subnet-mgr
5        - --iface=eth1

Apply the flannel configuration

1kubectl apply -f kube-flannel.yml
 1podsecuritypolicy.policy/psp.flannel.unprivileged created created created
 4serviceaccount/flannel created
 5configmap/kube-flannel-cfg created
 6daemonset.apps/kube-flannel-ds-amd64 created
 7daemonset.apps/kube-flannel-ds-arm64 created
 8daemonset.apps/kube-flannel-ds-arm created
 9daemonset.apps/kube-flannel-ds-ppc64le created
10daemonset.apps/kube-flannel-ds-s390x created

Step 14: Join master node run only on worker node

In the Step 11 we generated the token and kubeadm join command.

Now we need to use that join command from our worker node

1sudo kubeadm join --token cfvd1x.8h8kzx0u9vcn4trf --discovery-token-ca-cert-hash sha256:cc9687b47f3a9bfa5b880dcf409eeaef05d25505f4c099732b65376b0e14458c
 1W0423 18:50:54.480382    8100 join.go:346] preflight] WARNING: JoinControlPane.controlPlane settings will be ignored when control-plane flag is not set.
 2preflight] Running pre-flight checks
 3preflight] Reading configuration from the cluster...
 4preflight] FYI: You can look at this config file with 'kubectl -n kube-system get cm kubeadm-config -oyaml'
 5kubelet-start] Downloading configuration for the kubelet from the "kubelet-config-1.18" ConfigMap in the kube-system namespace
 6kubelet-start] Writing kubelet configuration to file "/var/lib/kubelet/config.yaml"
 7kubelet-start] Writing kubelet environment file with flags to file "/var/lib/kubelet/kubeadm-flags.env"
 8kubelet-start] Starting the kubelet
 9kubelet-start] Waiting for the kubelet to perform the TLS Bootstrap...
11This node has joined the cluster:
12* Certificate signing request was sent to apiserver and a response was received.
13* The Kubelet was informed of the new secure connection details.
15Run 'kubectl get nodes' on the control-plane to see this node join the cluster.

Step 15: Check the nodes status(only run on master)

Check the nodes status in the master

1 kubectl get nodes
3master   Ready    master   26m   v1.18.2
4worker   Ready    <none>   63s   v1.18.2

So that concludes "15 Steps: Install Kubernetes on CentOS “bento/centos-7”"

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