Setup Kubernetes Cluster with K3s


In this tutorial, How to setup Kubernetes Cluster with K3s. It is a lightweight Kubernetes distribution developed by Rancher. K3s consume fewer resources than traditional distributions. It’s easy to set up and manage Kubernetes Cluster.

To set up a Kubernetes cluster using K3s, you can follow these steps:

Setup Kubernetes Cluster with K3s

First, You need to get a Linux machine.

Start by provisioning the servers that will be part of your Kubernetes cluster.

You can use virtual machines or bare-metal servers. Ensure that the servers have a compatible operating system (such as Ubuntu, CentOS, or RHEL).

Download the Rancher binary

Link download here. or you use the wget command or curl command to get download it.


make the binary executable.

chmod +x k3s

The output terminal is as below:

vagrant@controller:~$ wget
--2022-06-05 08:49:28--
Resolving (
Connecting to (||:443... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 302 Found
Location: [following]
--2022-06-05 08:49:28--
Resolving (,,, ...
Connecting to (||:443... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 62468096 (60M) [application/octet-stream]
Saving to: ‘k3s’

k3s                                100%[==============================================================>]  59.57M  4.95MB/s    in 24s

2022-06-05 08:49:53 (2.46 MB/s) - ‘k3s’ saved [62468096/62468096]

vagrant@controller:~$ ls -l
total 61004
-rw-rw-r-- 1 vagrant vagrant 62468096 Mar 31 01:05 k3s
vagrant@controller:~$ chmod +x k3s

Start the K3s Server.

sudo ./k3s server

Check your Kubernetes cluster

sudo ./k3s kubectl get nodes

The output terminal is as below:

Setup Kubernetes Cluster with K3s

How to manage your cluster

You can run kubectl commands through the k3s binary. K3s provides a built-in kubectl utility.

For example, To drain the node you created.

sudo ./k3s kubectl drain your-hostname

Or use kubectl cordon a node with the command below:

sudo ./k3s kubectl cordon your-hostname

Add nodes to a K3s cluster

We created a cluster with just one node with the step above. If you want add 1 node to your cluster.

On Master:

first, you determine the node token value of your server. get the token value with the command below:

sudo cat /var/lib/rancher/k3s/server/node-token

For example, the Token values the output as below:


On Worker

Install k3s agent

export K3S_NODE_NAME=node1
export K3S_URL=""
export K3S_TOKEN=K10c94d11d4970c4ac58973c98ee32c9c1c4cb4fc30d81adfaf3ddf405ba1c48b49::server:7b1dcfc180415f105af019717027e77c
curl -sfL | sh -s -

Then, the Additional node run command below:

sudo k3s agent --server https://myserver:6443 --token K3S_TOKEN

Repeat this process to add as many nodes as you want to your cluster.

The result, of the Master

Setup Kubernetes Cluster with K3s nodes


You have setup Kubernetes cluster using K3s. You can now use kubectl it to deploy and manage your applications on the cluster.

Further, you can do with k8s k3s such as customize networking or logging, change the container runtime, and set up certificates. I hope will this your helpful. Thank you for reading the DevopsRoles page!


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