How can I get an install of KubeApps running on K3s? What are the minimal required steps?

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Installing k3s and kubeapps

  1. Install k3s, (official instructions)

    curl -sfL https://get.k3s.io | sh -
  2. Add KUBECONFIG for user. (Devops.StackExchange)

    export KUBECONFIG=~/.kube/config
    mkdir ~/.kube 2> /dev/null
    sudo k3s kubectl config view --raw > "$KUBECONFIG"
    chmod 600 "$KUBECONFIG"
  3. Install Helm, (offical instructions)

    curl https://raw.githubusercontent.com/helm/helm/main/scripts/get-helm-3 | bash
  4. Setup Kubeapps, (official instructions)

    1. Install Kubeapps

      helm repo add bitnami https://charts.bitnami.com/bitnami
      helm repo update
      helm install -n kubeapps --create-namespace kubeapps bitnami/kubeapps
    2. Configure Kubeapps

      kubectl create --namespace default serviceaccount kubeapps-operator
      kubectl create clusterrolebinding kubeapps-operator --clusterrole=cluster-admin --serviceaccount=default:kubeapps-operator
      cat <<EOF | kubectl apply -f -
      apiVersion: v1
      kind: Secret
        name: kubeapps-operator-token
        namespace: default
          kubernetes.io/service-account.name: kubeapps-operator
      type: kubernetes.io/service-account-token
      kubectl get --namespace default secret kubeapps-operator-token -o jsonpath='{.data.token}' -o go-template='{{.data.token | base64decode}}' && echo
    3. Play (note we have a slight modification with --address

      kubectl port-forward -n kubeapps --address svc/kubeapps 8080:80


sudo k3s-uninstall.sh

# Remove helm, and caches
sudo rm -rf /usr/local/bin/helm ~/.cache/helm /root/.cache/helm

# Remove logs
sudo rm -rf /var/log/pods/

# Your own cluster config/keys/kubeconfig
sudo rm -rf ~/.kube

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