Install CRI-O on Ubuntu For Kubernetes

How to Install CRI-O on Ubuntu For Kubernetes?

A step-by-step guide to installing cri-o container runtime on Ubuntu for kubeadm kubernetes setup.

Here is what you should know about crio

  1. cri-o is an open-source container runtime created by the open-source community to replace the Docker engine on Kubernetes.
  2. cri-o is a stable container engine that runs OCI-compliant runtimes.
  3. cri-o is very stable because it is developed along with Kubernetes.

Install CRI-O on Ubuntu

You can install cri-o runtime easily on Ubuntu using the following four steps.

Step 1: Add the cri-o repository from OpenSUSE.

First, we need to add the cri-o repository from the openSUSE repo. The version we are using is 1.28


echo "deb$OS/ /" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/devel:kubic:libcontainers:stable.list
echo "deb$VERSION/$OS/ /" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/devel:kubic:libcontainers:stable:cri-o:$VERSION.list

Step 2: Add the cri-o gpg keys

Add the cri-o gpg release key to verify the downloaded package.

curl -L$VERSION/$OS/Release.key | sudo apt-key --keyring /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/libcontainers.gpg add -
curl -L$OS/Release.key | sudo apt-key --keyring /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/libcontainers.gpg add -

Step 3: Update and install cri-o

Run an update and install. crio and crio-runc packages.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install cri-o cri-o-runc cri-tools -y

Step 4: Reload and enable cri-o

Reload the systemd confirmations and enable crio utility to start on re-boots.

sudo systemctl daemon-reload
sudo systemctl enable crio --now

Step 5: Verify cri-o installation using crictl.

crictl utility is part of the cri-tools package. It is the CLI to interact with cri-o

sudo crictl info

You should see a JSON output as shown below.

  "status": {
    "conditions": [
        "type": "RuntimeReady",
        "status": true,
        "reason": "",
        "message": ""
        "type": "NetworkReady",
        "status": false,
        "reason": "NetworkPluginNotReady",
        "message": "Network plugin returns error: No CNI configuration file in /etc/cni/net.d/. Has your network provider started?"


When it comes to kubeadm Kubernetes setup, you need a container runtime like cri-o. Also, it is an important concept in Kubernetes certification exams. In the CKS certification exam, you will have to use the crictl command line utility for troubleshooting.

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