Getting Started with YugabyteDB on Azure Kubernetes Service

Jimmy Guerrero

VP Developer Relations

Microsoft’s Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) offers a highly available, secure, and fully managed Kubernetes service for developers looking to host their applications on containers in the cloud. AKS features elastic provisioning, an integrated developer experience for rapid application development, enterprise security features, and the most available regions of any cloud provider.

Getting Started with Distributed SQL on Azure Kubernetes Service how to tutorial

YugabyteDB is a natural fit for AKS because it was designed to support cloud native environments since its initial design.

What’s YugabyteDB? It is an open source, high-performance distributed SQL database built on a scalable and fault-tolerant design inspired by Google Spanner. Yugabyte’s SQL API (YSQL) is PostgreSQL wire compatible.

If your organization is looking to build an application that requires Kubernetes support, geo distributed data, high performance and availability, plus the familiarity of SQL, then YugabyteDB should be in the top on your shortlist of databases to use as a backend.

In this blog post, we’ll show you how easy it is to get started with YugabyteDB on AKS in just a few minutes. As a bonus, we’ll also show you how to deploy the familiar Northwind sample database.


Below is a list of the various components we’ll be installing and configuring for the purposes of this post:

To get YugabyteDB up and running on an Azure Kubernetes cluster we’ll need to perform the following steps:

  • Step 1: Install the Azure CLI
  • Step 2: Create a resource group
  • Step 3: Create a Kubernetes cluster
  • Step 4: Install YugabyteDB
  • Bonus: Install the Northwind sample database

Step 1: Install the Azure CLI

Before we create our Kubernetes cluster, let’s first install the Azure CLI on our local machine. To install the Azure CLI on your operating system follow the instructions in the link here.

On Mac, you can install the CLI via Homebrew with:

$ brew update && brew install azure-cli

Once installed, login at the command line with:

$ az login

…or open up a browser page at and enter the authorization code displayed in your terminal. You should now be able to access the Azure Portal UI by going to

Step 2: Create a Resource Group

To create a resource group, we’ll need to first choose the location where it will be hosted. Run the following command to retrieve a list of the available locations:

$ az account list-locations

For the purposes of this demo we are going to choose the “West US” location.

    "displayName": "West US",
    "id": "/subscriptions/53f36dd9-85d8-4690-b45b-92733d97e6c3/locations/westus",
    "latitude": "37.783",
    "longitude": "-122.417",
    "name": "westus",
    "subscriptionId": null

Next, create the resource group by running the following command using whatever location you decided on:

$ az group create --name yugabytedbRG --location westus

  "id": "/subscriptions/53f36dd9-85d8-4690-b45b-92733d97e6c3/resourceGroups/yugabytedbRG",
  "location": "westus",
  "managedBy": null,
  "name": "yugabytedbRG",
  "properties": {
    "provisioningState": "Succeeded"
  "tags": null,
  "type": "Microsoft.Resources/resourceGroups"

You should now be able to view the “yugabytedbRG” resource group in the Azure Portal by clicking on Resource Groups.

distributed sql how to yugabytedb on aks kubernetes service azure

Step 3: Create the Kubernetes Cluster

We can now create our Kubernetes cluster by running the following command. Note that we have not specified any zones in the command below which means the AKS control plane components for the cluster will essentially be deployed in a single zone.

$ az aks create \
--resource-group yugabytedbRG \
--name yugabytedbAKSCluster \
--node-count 3 \
--node-vm-size Standard_D2s_v3 \
--enable-addons monitoring \

The --generate-ssh-keys argument auto-generates SSH public and private key files that will be stored in the ~/.ssh directory.

You should see the following output:

Finished service principal creation[###################]  100.0000%
 - Running ..

We should now see ”yugabytedbAKSCluster” in the UI.

create yugabytedb distributed sql Kubernetes cluster on AKS Azure

To create the cluster and use your own ssh keys, run the following command:

$ ssh-keygen -t rsa -b 2048

Follow the prompts to create the id_rsa and files and note the location where they are stored. Now, execute:

$ az aks create \
--resource-group yugabytedbRG \
--name yugabytedbAKSCluster \
--node-count 3 \
--node-vm-size Standard_D2s_v3 \
--enable-addons monitoring \
--ssh-key-value <path_to>

Once the cluster is installed, point kubectl to the cluster by running the following command:

$ az aks get-credentials --resource-group yugabytedbRG --name yugabytedbAKSCluster

You should see output similar to:

Merged "yugabytedbAKSCluster" as current context in /Users/jguerrero/.kube/config

If you generated your own ssh-keys, point kubectl to the cluster by running the following command instead:

$ az aks get-credentials --resource-group yugabytedbRG --name yugabytedbAKSCluster -ssh-key-file <path_to>id_rsa

Verify that the cluster nodes are running using the following command:

$ kubectl get nodes

You should see output similar to:

output to verify yugabytedb distributed sql kubernetes cluster is running on aks

You can also view the details of the cluster in the Kubernetes Dashboard by running the following commands:

$ kubectl create clusterrolebinding kubernetes-dashboard --clusterrole=cluster-admin --serviceaccount=kube-system:kubernetes-dashboard

$ az aks browse --resource-group yugabytedbRG --name yugabytedbAKSCluster

Running the command above will open a browser window where you can view the Kubernetes dashboard:

K8s dashboard yugabytedb kubernetes cluster on azure aks

Step 4: Install YugabyteDB Using Helm Chart

Now that we have our Kubernetes cluster up and running, we’ll need to perform the following steps to get YugabyteDB deployed:

  • Add the YugabyteDB Helm repo
  • Create a namespace
  • Install YugabyteDB using Helm

Let’s first add the YugabyteDB repo by running the following commands:

$ helm repo add yugabytedb

"yugabytedb" has been added to your repositories

$ helm repo update

Hang tight while we grab the latest from your chart repositories...
...Successfully got an update from the "yugabytedb" chart repository

$ helm search repo yugabytedb/yugabyte

NAME               	CHART VERSION	APP VERSION	DESCRIPTION                                       
yugabytedb/yugabyte	2.1.4 	YugabyteDB is the high-performance distributed ...

Create the yb-demo namespace.

$ kubectl create namespace yb-demo

namespace/yb-demo created

Next we’ll install YugabyteDB in the yb-demo namespace by executing the following commands to specify settings for resource constrained environments.

$ helm install yb-demo -n yb-demo yugabytedb/yugabyte \
--set storage.master.count=1 \
--set storage.tserver.count=1 \
--set resource.master.requests.cpu=0.5 \
--set resource.master.requests.memory=1Gi \
--set resource.tserver.requests.cpu=0.5 \
--set resource.tserver.requests.memory=1Gi \
--set resource.master.limits.cpu=0.8 \
--set resource.master.limits.memory=1Gi \
--set resource.tserver.limits.cpu=0.8 \
--set resource.tserver.limits.memory=1Gi \

Depending on your resources, it may take some time to get everything installed, deployed, and configured. Once the command prompt returns with success, let’s verify that the YugabyteDB pods are running using the following command:

$ kubectl get pods --namespace yb-demo

verify YugabyteDB pods are running kubernetes azure aks

To access the Yugabyte Admin UI run the following command to locate the External IP entry associated with yb-master-ui and port 7000.

$ kubectl get services --namespace yb-demo

Now, go to https://EXTERNAL_IP:7000. Replace EXTERNAL_IP with your own. You should see the following:

Yugabyte Admin UI Azure Kubernetes Service distributed sql example

Bonus: Installing the Northwind Sample Database

If you’d like to install a sample database and you are coming from the Microsoft or SQL Server world, the Northwind database is a familiar one to install and get started with.

Northwind database example yugabytedb on azure kubernetes service

The following files that will be used to create and populate the example tables are already present on the YugabyteDB pods:

  • Northwind_ddl: Contains DDL statements to create tables and other database objects.
  • Northwind_data: Contains DML statements to load the sample data.

Connect to the YSQL shell by running the following commands:

$ kubectl exec -n yb-demo -it yb-tserver-0 /bin/bash

[root@yb-tserver-0 yugabyte]# /home/yugabyte/bin/ysqlsh -h yb-tserver-0.yb-tservers.yb-demo

Create the Northwind database and the tables by running the following commands from within the YSQL shell:

yugabyte=# CREATE DATABASE northwind;
yugabyte=# \c northwind
You are now connected to database "northwind" as user "yugabyte".
northwind=# \i share/northwind_ddl.sql
northwind=# \i share/northwind_data.sql

We can do a simple verification that the data has been inserted into the tables by running the following command:

northwind=# SELECT customer_id, company_name, contact_name FROM customers LIMIT 2;

Verify data insert how to northwind yugabytedb distributed sql azure kubernetes service


That’s it, you now have YugabyteDB and the Northwind sample database running on an Azure Kubernetes cluster! At this point you are ready to start exploring YSQL’s capabilities. We recommend starting with the YSQL docs and then reading up on the YugabyteDB’s architecture and design goals.

Jimmy Guerrero

VP Developer Relations

Related Posts

Explore Distributed SQL and YugabyteDB in Depth

Discover the future of data management.
Learn at Yugabyte University
Learn More
Browse Yugabyte Docs
Read More
Distributed SQL for Dummies
Read for Free