Minikube VPN access

Install Telepresence with Homebrew/apt/dnf

Transparently connecting to Minikube

In this tutorial you'll see how Telepresence allows you to get transparent access to Minikube networking from a local process outside of Minikube. This allows you to use your local tools on your laptop to communicate with processes inside Minikube.

You should start by running a service in the cluster:

$ kubectl config use-context minikube
$ kubectl run myservice --image=datawire/hello-world --port=8000 --expose
$ kubectl get service myservice
NAME        CLUSTER-IP   EXTERNAL-IP   PORT(S)    AGE
myservice   10.0.0.12    <none>        8000/TCP   1m

It may take a minute or two for the pod running the server to be up and running, depending on how fast your cluster is.

You can now run a local shell using Telepresence that can access that service, even though the process is local but the service is running inside Minikube:

$ telepresence --run-shell
@minikube|$ curl http://myservice:8000/
Hello, world!

You also have access to the same environment variables a pod in the minikube cluster would have:

@minikube|$ env | grep MYSERVICE_
MYSERVICE_SERVICE_HOST=10.0.0.12
MYSERVICE_SERVICE_PORT=8000

(This will not work if the hello world pod hasn't started yet... if so, try again.)

Telepresence will also allow services within minikube to access a process running your host machine.

Install Telepresence with Homebrew/apt/dnf

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