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Part 1 — Setting up

Before you can start using Kubernetes, you’ll need to install a tool to use it. There’s various command-line tools and graphical interfaces to choose from. We’ll use the default: kubectl.

Haven’t used a CLI before?

If you don’t have experience using a CLI, you’ll probably want to start out with Nerd rather than kubectl. Nerd is easier to get started with and we cover the basics of using a CLI in the Nerd getting started guide.

Alternatively you can set up your payment details in the portal to get access to a multicloud Kubernetes dashboard. This provides most of the functionality of kubectl.

Installing kubectl

The kubectl installation instructions are available on the Kubernetes website.

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Configuring kubectl

To use kubectl with your Nerdalize cluster, you’ll have to add the cluster’s configuration to your kubeconfig file. You can easily do that through our portal:

  1. Go to the portal.

    If you don’t have a Nerdalize account yet, you’ll be asked to set it up there.

  2. Click your preferred cluster.
  3. Run the command under the “Configure manually” option.