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Kubernetes Quick Start Guide

Redpanda is a modern streaming platform for mission critical workloads. Redpanda is also fully API compatible Kafka allowing you to make full use of the Kafka ecosystem.

This quick start guide to intended to help you get started with Redpanda for development and testing purposes. For production deployments or performance testing please see our Production Deployment for more information.

Using Helm is the fastest way to get started with Redpanda on Kubernetes. First, we need to create a cluster. There are a number of different ways to create a cluster, either locally or with a hosting provider.

Using Helm to Install Redpanda

Helm provides a quick and easy way to deploy Redpanda on Kubernetes. To get started please use the Helm Quickstart Guide to install Helm. Once installed you will want to add the Redpanda chart repo.

helm repo add redpanda

After the repo has been added, run the Helm repo update command to retrieve the latest version of the Helm chart.

helm repo update

Now you can install Redpanda on your Kubernetes cluster using Helm.

helm install --namespace redpanda --create-namespace redpanda redpanda/redpanda

Note: In order to communicate with the Redpanda cluster you will have to run a container inside the Kubernetes cluster. Currently a Load Balancer is not automatically created during deployment by default.


Kind is an easy to use tool for creating local Kubernetes clusters using Docker. Once you have Kind installed, setting up a cluster is a simple as:

kind create cluster

Once the cluster is created please follow the Helm install instructions.


First complete all the steps describe in EKS Getting Started guide. This includes installing eksctl which is used to create and delete clusters in EKS.

Once eksctl is installed, you can then use it to create an EKS cluster:

eksctl create cluster \
--name redpanda \
--nodegroup-name standard-workers \
--node-type m5.xlarge \
--nodes 3 \
--nodes-min 1 \
--nodes-max 4 \
--node-ami auto

This command will take 10-15 minutes to complete. Once it is completed then follow the Helm install instructions.

Google GKE

First complete the “Before You Begin” steps describe in Google Kubernetes Engine Quickstart. Once complete you can create a cluster using the following command:

gcloud container clusters create redpanda --machine-type n1-standard-4

Once the command completes then follow the Helm install instructions