Create MongoDB server on Kubernetes with PersistentVolume

This is a simple TL;DR tutorial on how to create a simple MongoDB server with PersistentVolume

For this tutorial, it's assumed you already have a Kubernetes (or Minikube) cluster.

If you need to understand how PersistentVolume and PersistentVolumeClaim work on Kubernetes, please, refer to the official documentation or watch this great video.

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1 — Create a PersistentVolume

kubectl apply -f

2 — Create a PersistentVolumeClain to your MongoDB

kubectl apply -f

3 — Create the MongoDB server deployment

kubectl apply -f

4 — Verify if the PersistentVolumeClaim is bounded to your Persistent Volume

kubectl get pvc

You should receive something like:

mo-data-pvc Bound mo-data-pv 1000Mi RWO

5 — Check name of the MongoDB pod created

kubectl get pods

7 — Connect using port-forward your MongoDB pod to your local machine, replace <NAME_OF_YOUR_MONGODB_POD> with the name of your MongoDB pod.

kubectl port-forward <NAME_OF_YOUR_MONGODB_POD>

8 — Use Mongo client (it can be the shell or Compass GUI) to create some data to test the persistent volume. The connection string is:mongodb://admin:admin@localhost:27017

9 — Delete pod to test the PersistentVolume:

kubectl delete pod <NAME_OF_YOUR_MONGODB_POD>

10 — After a new pod is created, get it’s name again

kubectl get pods 

11 — Then, connect, again, to your local machine using port-forward

kubectl port-forward <NAME_OF_YOUR_MONGODB_POD>

12 — Connect to the MongoDB and verify if the inserted data still there. If it’s there, congratulations! The PersistentVolume worked.

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