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This is a brief tutorial on how to use Kubespray workspace to create kubernetes cluster with Kubespray and manage it with Octant, kubectl, k9s, and other tools included in the workspace.

All of the required tools, applications and dependencies are already set up and configured inside the Workspace, so you don't need to make any additional configuration, apart of configuring SSH access to your servers.


Upload to the workspace SSH keys for your servers, on which you want to install K8s. For this you can use Filebrowser, VS-Code or paste the contains of the key in a Terminal. If you want to use terminal, open it from the Quickstart page, and execute

nano ~/.ssh/id_rsa
# paste ssh key, save  and exeit(Ctrl+x) 
# change permission of your ssh key:
chmod 400 ~/.ssh/id_rsa

In order to make the next preparation steps, execute the following commands in the workspace terminal.

cd to the Kubespray project folder

cd /home/project/kubespray

Update ansible config to use the ssh key you copied.

nano /home/project/kubespray/ansible.cfg

Copy inventory/sample as inventory/mycluster

cp -rfp inventory/sample inventory/mycluster

Update Ansible inventory file with inventory builder. Set your servers IPS instead!

declare -a IPS=(
CONFIG_FILE=inventory/mycluster/hosts.yaml python3 contrib/inventory_builder/ ${IPS[@]}

Test you can connect to all the servers

ansible -m ping -i inventory/mycluster/hosts.yaml all --user=root


If all the preparation steps are done properly, the installation of k8s cluster is a single step.
Cd to the Kubespray folder and execute

ansible-playbook -i inventory/mycluster/hosts.yaml --user=root  --become --become-user=root cluster.yml


It remains to copy kubeconfig and configure kubectl.

SSH to k8s master node and show the entire kubeconfig

cat ~/.kube/config

Copy the content, and change server IP from to your master node IP.

Go back to the Workspace terminal, and paste this to the '~/.kube/config' file

mkdir -p  ~/.kube/
nano ~/.kube/config

Test kubectl

kubectl get nodes

You should be able to see your kubernetes nodes. Now you can interact with your kubernetes cluster from the workspace using any of these tools

  • CLI tools

    • kubectl
    • helm
    • k9s
    • kube-shell
  • UI tools

    • Octant

Ansible features

Visit this tutorial to get familiar with the Ansible toolset included in the workspace.

Terraform features

Visit this tutorial to get familiar with the Terraform toolset included in the workspace.