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Quick Started

Welcome to Nocalhost! In this guide, we'll walk you through how to install Nocalhost, and use Nocalhost to experience the convenient Cloud Native applications development on Kubernetes.


  • Configured Kubernetes Cluster (with 2 Core and 4G Memory) which can either be a cluster for local development, such as minikube or Docker Kubernetes cluster, or any public Kubernetes cluster, such as Tencent TKE.
  • RBAC must be enabled in above cluster
  • Configured kubeconfig file that has namespace admin privilege
  • Visual Studio Code (1.52+)
  • Kubernetes api-server can be accessed internal and external

Step 1: Install

Make sure you have finished the Nocalhost VSCode plugin following Client Installation

If you are using linux, you should increase your inotify limit otherwise file-synchronization may be slow.

Step 2: Configure and use Nocalhost extension in VSCode

Open Extension

Open the VSCode, click on the Nocalhost icon on the sidebar, open the Nocalhost plugin

Nocalhost VSCode Plugin

Add Kubernetes cluster

You can add a Kubernetes cluster by two methods:

- Select kubeconfig file to select the kubeconfig file from your local path.


Nocalhost will try to load kubeconfig from your local ~/.kube/config by default.

- Paste as text to paste the kubeconfig plain text.


You can check your kubeconfig by using kubectl config view --minify --raw --flatten

After the kubeconfig file successfully loaded, select the context that you want to access, then add the cluster.

Nocalhost will automatically show the cluster list once you successfully add cluster:


We will using the bookinfo application as an example here. You can use your own application that already deployed in your Kubernetes clusters, or you can follow Deploy Demo Application to deploy demo app in your Kubernetes clusters.

Step 3: Start DevMode

Select the application that you want to develop, we are using the bookinfo app as example.

Select the productpage service, click to start the DevMode, specify the source code directory (clone from Git repo or use existing local directory)


If you want to change the Git repo after url has set, you can click to modify the gitUrl option in the yaml file

After specify the source code directory (or successfully clone the code), Nocalhost will open a new VSCode window, then will automatically start the DevMode.

When DevMode completed, you should see the following message:

Starting DevMode...


Waiting pod to start...
Forwarding 39080:9080
Response: {"errInfo":""}
Port-forward 39080:9080 has been started

 ✓  Dev container has been updated



Nocalhost will automatically run port-forward to a pod in a Kubernetes cluster. In this case, local port 39080 forwards data to port 9080 on the defined pod. You can access this pod via after the main process started

Step 4: Change the code and check the result

Let's make some code change and see how Nocalhost works

Execute sh command in remote terminal to start the python process


Main process within container

In DevMode, the application main process will not automatically start by default in the DevContainer, thus the application will not response any request. You need to manually start the main process before you can access.

Open your web browser and check the result on

Change the code

Let's modify template/index.html or something else. Don't forget to Save your change.

Refresh the web browser and check the latest outcome

APP Changed

👍 Congratulations! You are all set to go

What's Next

Here are some recommended next steps: