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Deploy TiDB in Kubernetes Using kind

This tutorial shows how to deploy TiDB Operator and a TiDB cluster in Kubernetes on your laptop (Linux or macOS) using kind.

kind is a tool for running local Kubernetes clusters using Docker containers as cluster nodes. It is developed for testing local Kubernetes clusters, initially targeting the conformance tests. The Kubernetes cluster version depends on the node image that your kind uses, and you can specify the image to be used for the nodes and choose any other published version. Refer to Docker hub to see available tags.


This deployment is for testing only. DO NOT USE in production!


Before deployment, make sure the following requirements are satisfied:

  • Resources requirement: 2 CPU cores+, Memory 4G+


    For macOS, you need to allocate at least 2 CPU cores and 4G Memory to Docker. For details, see Docker configuration for Mac.

  • Docker: version >= 17.03

  • Helm Client: version >= 2.11.0 and < 2.16.4

  • Kubectl: version >= 1.10 (1.13 or later recommended)


    The output might vary slightly among different versions of kubectl.

  • kind: version >= 0.4.0

  • The value of net.ipv4.ip_forward should be set to 1

Step 1: Create a Kubernetes cluster using kind

First, make sure that Docker is running. Then, you can create a local Kubernetes cluster with a script in our repository. Follow the steps below:

  1. Clone the code:

    git clone --depth=1 && \
    cd tidb-operator
  2. Run the script and create a local Kubernetes cluster:



    By default, this script starts a Kubernetes cluster of the 1.12.8 version, with six nodes in the cluster and for each node the number of mount points is 9. You can configure these items by startup options.

    hack/ --nodeNum 2 --k8sVersion v1.14.6 --volumeNum 3
  3. To connect the local Kubernetes cluster, set the default configuration file path of kubectl to kube-config.

    export KUBECONFIG="$(kind get kubeconfig-path)"
  4. Verify whether the Kubernetes cluster is on and running:

    kubectl cluster-info

    The output is like this:

    Kubernetes master is running at
    KubeDNS is running at
  5. Check the storageClass of the cluster:

    kubectl get storageClass

    The output is like this:

    NAME                 PROVISIONER                    AGE
    local-storage   7m50s
    standard (default)        8m29s

Step 2: Deploy TiDB Operator in the Kubernetes cluster

  1. Install Helm and add the official PingCAP chart repository to it. Refer to the steps in Use Helm.

  2. Deploy TiDB Operator. Refer to the steps in Deploy TiDB Operator

Step 3: Deploy a TiDB cluster in the Kubernetes cluster

Refer to the steps in Deploy TiDB on General Kubernetes.

Access the database and monitoring dashboards

To access the TiDB cluster, use the kubectl port-forward command to expose services to the host. The ports in the command are in <host machine port>:<k8s service port> format.

  • Access TiDB using the MySQL client

    Before you start testing your TiDB cluster, make sure you have installed a MySQL client.

    1. Use kubectl to forward the host machine port to the TiDB service port:

      kubectl port-forward svc/<release-name>-tidb 4000:4000 --namespace=<namespace>

      If the output is similar to Forwarding from -> 4000, then the proxy is set up.

    2. To access TiDB using the MySQL client, open a new terminal tab or window and run the following command:

      mysql -h -P 4000 -u root

      When the testing finishes, press Ctrl+C to stop the proxy and exit.

  • View the monitoring dashboard

    1. Use kubectl to forward the host machine port to the Grafana service port:

      kubectl port-forward svc/<release-name>-grafana 3000:3000 --namespace=<namespace>

      If the output is similar to Forwarding from -> 4000, then the proxy is set up.

    2. Open your web browser at http://localhost:3000 to access the Grafana monitoring dashboard.

      - default username: admin
      - default password: admin
      When the testing finishes, press <kbd>Ctrl</kbd>+<kbd>C</kbd> to stop the proxy and exit.


      If you are deploying kind on a remote machine rather than a local PC, there might be problems accessing the monitoring dashboard of the remote system through "localhost".

      When you use kubectl 1.13 or later versions, you can expose the port on instead of the default by adding --address to the kubectl port-forward command.

      kubectl port-forward --address -n tidb svc/<release-name>-grafana 3000:3000

      Then, open your browser at http://<VM's IP address>:3000 to access the Grafana monitoring dashboard.

Destroy the TiDB and Kubernetes cluster

To destroy the local TiDB cluster, refer to the steps in Destroy TiDB Clusters in Kubernetes.

To destroy the Kubernetes cluster, execute the following command:

kind delete cluster