Start ArangoDB on Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE)

In this guide you’ll learn how to run ArangoDB on Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE).

Create a Kubernetes cluster

In order to run ArangoDB on GKE you first need to create a Kubernetes cluster.

To do so, go to the GKE console. You’ll find a list of existing clusters (initially empty).



In the form that follows, enter information as seen in the screenshot below.

create a cluster

We have successfully ran clusters with 4 1 vCPU nodes or 3 2 vCPU nodes. Smaller node configurations will likely lead to unschedulable Pods.

Once you click Create, you’ll return to the list of clusters and your new cluster will be listed there.

with new cluster

It will take a few minutes for the cluster to be created.

Once you’re cluster is ready, a Connect button will appear in the list.

cluster is ready

Getting access to your Kubernetes cluster

Once your cluster is ready you must get access to it. The standard Connect button provided by GKE will give you access with only limited permissions. Since the Kubernetes operator also requires some cluster wide permissions, you need “administrator” permissions.

To get these permissions, do the following.

Click on Connect next to your cluster. The following popup will appear.

connect to cluster

Click on Run in Cloud Shell.

It will take some time to launch a shell (in your browser).

Once ready, run the gcloud command that is already prepare in your commandline.

You should now be able to access your cluster using kubectl.

To verify try a command like:

kubectl get pods --all-namespaces

Installing kube-arangodb

You can now install the ArangoDB Kubernetes operator in your Kubernetes cluster on GKE.

To do so, follow the Installing kube-arangodb instructions.

Deploying your first ArangoDB database

Once the ArangoDB Kubernetes operator has been installed and its Pods are in the Ready state, you can launch your first ArangoDB deployment in your Kubernetes cluster on GKE.

To do so, follow the Deploying your first ArangoDB database instructions.

Note that GKE supports Services of type LoadBalancer.