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Deploy Pachyderm on a Microsoft Windows machine

You can deploy Pachyderm locally on your Microsoft Windows computer to try out Pachyderm. However, currently Pachyderm has limited support for Windows. This document provides guidelines that enable you to run Pachyderm on a Windows machine for preview. You might need to troubleshoot these instructions further to make this work. To test full functionality, we encourage you to run Pachyderm in a UNIX environment.


You need to have the following components installed on your Microsoft Windows computer to deploy Pachyderm:

  • Microsoft Windows 10 or later
  • Microsoft PowerShell™
  • Ubuntu™ Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL)
  • Hyper-V™
  • Minikube
  • kubectl

While PowerShell is included with your standard Windows tools, other components might not be included or enabled. Pachyderm recommends that you install Ubuntu WSL because it was tested and verified by our team.

Install Ubuntu WSL

pachctl is a Pachyderm command-line interface that enables you to interact with Pachyderm. It requires a UNIX environment to run correctly. Therefore, you need a WSL to run pachctl commands. We recommend that you install an Ubuntu WSL. To install WSL, follow the steps in the Microsoft documentation.

Enable Hyper-V

You need to install Hyper-V on your host Windows machine so that Minikube can use it to create a virtual machine on which your Pachyderm containerized cluster will run. You also need to adjust the amount of CPU and memory allocated to Hyper-V so that your Minikube machines do not crash with an out-of-memory error.

To enable Hyper-V, complete the following steps:

  1. Run PowerShell as Administrator.
  2. Enable Hyper-V by running the following command:
Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName Microsoft-Hyper-V -All
  1. Adjust resource utilization by opening the Hyper-V manager. Typically, setting memory to 3072 MB should be sufficient for most testing deployments.

Install Minikube

Minikube is a tool that enables you to run a single-node Kubernetes cluster that is typically used for testing locally on your computer. You need to install Minikube on your host machine from PowerShell and not from the Ubuntu WSL. In this section, Minikube is installed by using the Chocolatey package manager, which is a popular tool for installing programs on Windows. But if you prefer another installation method, it should work too.

To install Minikube, complete the following steps:

  1. Install Chocolatey as described in the Chocolatey documentation.
  2. Install Minikube:
choco install minikube

Install kubectl

You need to install kubectl on your Ubuntu WSL and then copy the kubectl configuration file from MInikube that is installed on your host Windows machine to the ~/.kube directory in your Ubuntu WSL machine.

To install and configure kubectl

  1. Install kubectl on WSL as described in the Kubernetes documentation.
  2. Create a ~/.kube directory.
  3. Copy the Minikube config file from the Windows host system to the Ubuntu WSL /.kube/ directory:
cp /mnt/c/Users/Svetlana/.kube/config ~/.kube/config
  1. Change the following lines in the configuration file:
 - name: minikube
      client-certificate: C:\Users\User\.minikube\client.crt
      client-key: C:\Users\User\.minikube\client.key

You need to change the path to the client key and certificate to point them to the location on your Windows host.

  1. Verify that kubectl is configured correctly:
kubectl version

System Response:

Client Version: version.Info{Major:"1", Minor:"17", GitVersion:"v1.17.0", GitCommit:"70132b0f130acc0bed193d9ba59dd186f0e634cf", GitTreeState:"clean", BuildDate:"2019-12-07T21:20:10Z", GoVersion:"go1.13.4", Compiler:"gc", Platform:"linux/amd64"}
Server Version: version.Info{Major:"1", Minor:"17", GitVersion:"v1.17.0", GitCommit:"70132b0f130acc0bed193d9ba59dd186f0e634cf", GitTreeState:"clean", BuildDate:"2019-12-07T21:12:17Z", GoVersion:"go1.13.4", Compiler:"gc", Platform:"linux/amd64"}

Install pachctl

Get the latest version of pachctl by directly downloading it to your computer as described in Install pachctl.


curl -o /tmp/pachctl.deb -L && sudo dpkg -i /tmp/pachctl.deb

System Response:

% Total    % Received % Xferd  Average Speed   Time    Time     Time  Current
                                 Dload  Upload   Total   Spent    Left  Speed
100   613    0   613    0     0   2043      0 --:--:-- --:--:-- --:--:--  2043
100 25.9M  100 25.9M    0     0  10.0M      0  0:00:02  0:00:02 --:--:-- 13.0M

Deploy Pachyderm

After you complete all the steps above, start your Minikube VM by running minikube start and follow the steps in our Local Deployment page.

Last update: July 23, 2022
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