Skaffold can be easily configured to deploy against a cluster hosted locally, most commonly with
The advantage of this setup is that no images need to be pushed, since the local cluster
uses images straight from your local docker daemon.
For non-standard local setups, such as a custom
minikube profile or kind,
some extra configuration is necessary. The essential steps are:
- Ensure that Skaffold builds the images with the docker daemon, which also runs the containers.
Tell Skaffold to skip pushing images either by configuring
build: local: push: false
or by marking a Kubernetes context as local (see the following example).
For example, when running
minikube with a custom profile (e.g.
minikube start -p my-profile):
Set up the docker environment for Skaffold with
source <(minikube docker-env -p my-profile). This should set some environment variables for docker (check with
env | grep DOCKER). It is important to do this in the same shell where Skaffold is executed.
Tell Skaffold that the Kubernetes context
my-profilerefers to a local cluster with
skaffold config set --kube-context my-profile local-cluster true