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Learn Kubernetes Basics

Shutdown of interactive tutorials

The interactive tutorials on this website are being shut down. The Kubernetes project hopes to reinstate a similar interactive learning option in the long term.

The shutdown follows O'Reilly Media's 2019 acquisition of Katacoda.

Kubernetes is grateful to O'Reilly and Katacoda for many years of helping people take their first steps in learning Kubernetes.

The tutorials will cease to function after the 31st of March, 2023. For more information, see "Free Katacoda Kubernetes Tutorials Are Shutting Down."

Kubernetes Basics

This tutorial provides a walkthrough of the basics of the Kubernetes cluster orchestration system. Each module contains some background information on major Kubernetes features and concepts, and includes an interactive online tutorial. These interactive tutorials let you manage a simple cluster and its containerized applications for yourself.

Using the interactive tutorials, you can learn to:

  • Deploy a containerized application on a cluster.
  • Scale the deployment.
  • Update the containerized application with a new software version.
  • Debug the containerized application.

The tutorials use Katacoda to run a virtual terminal in your web browser that runs Minikube, a small-scale local deployment of Kubernetes that can run anywhere. There's no need to install any software or configure anything; each interactive tutorial runs directly out of your web browser itself.

What can Kubernetes do for you?

With modern web services, users expect applications to be available 24/7, and developers expect to deploy new versions of those applications several times a day. Containerization helps package software to serve these goals, enabling applications to be released and updated without downtime. Kubernetes helps you make sure those containerized applications run where and when you want, and helps them find the resources and tools they need to work. Kubernetes is a production-ready, open source platform designed with Google's accumulated experience in container orchestration, combined with best-of-breed ideas from the community.