Zero to JupyterHub with Kubernetes

JupyterHub allows users to interact with a computing environment through a webpage. As most devices have access to a web browser, JupyterHub makes it is easy to provide and standardize the computing environment for a group of people (e.g., for a class of students or an analytics team).

This project will help you set up your own JupyterHub on a cloud/on-prem k8s environment and leverage its scalable nature to support a large group of users. Thanks to Kubernetes, we are not tied to a specific cloud provider.


This project is under active development so information and tools may change. You can be a part of this change! If you see anything that is incorrect or have any questions, feel free to post on the community Discourse forum or reach out in the Gitter chat or create an issue at the issues page. If you have tips or deployments that you would like to share, see Resources.

This documentation is for JupyterHub chart version, which deploys JupyterHub 1.2.2.

This version of the chart requires kubernetes ≥1.11 and helm ≥2.11.


Helm 2 is deprecated since of November 2019, and will receive bugfixes until August 13, 2020. So, the Helm references in this documentation are Helm v3.

What To Expect

This guide will help you deploy and customize your own JupyterHub on a cloud. While doing this, you will gain valuable experience with:

  • A cloud provider such as Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure, Amazon EC2, IBM Cloud…

  • Kubernetes to manage resources on the cloud

  • Helm v3 to configure and control the packaged JupyterHub installation

  • JupyterHub to give users access to a Jupyter computing environment

  • A terminal interface on some operating system

It’s also possible you end up getting some experience with:


For a more elaborate introduction to the tools and services that JupyterHub depends upon, see our Utilized Tools page.

Setup Kubernetes

This section describes a how to setup a Kubernetes cluster on a selection of cloud providers and environments, as well as initialize Helm, a Kubernetes package manager, to work with it.

Setup JupyterHub

This tutorial starts from Step Zero: Your Kubernetes cluster and describes the steps needed for you to create a complete initial JupyterHub deployment. Please ensure you have a working installation of Kubernetes and Helm before proceeding with this section.

JupyterHub can be configured and customized to fit a variety of deployment requirements. If you would like to expand JupyterHub, customize its setup, increase the computational resources available for users, or change authentication services, this guide will walk you through the steps. See the Configuration Reference for a list of frequently used configurable helm chart fields.

Administrator Guide

This section provides information on managing and maintaining a staging or production deployment of JupyterHub. It has considerations for managing cloud-based deployments and tips for maintaining your deployment.


This section holds all the references and resources that helped make this project what it is today.

Community Resources

This section gives the community a space to provide information on setting up, managing, and maintaining JupyterHub.


We recognize that Kubernetes has many deployment options. As a project team with limited resources to provide end user support, we rely on community members to share their collective Kubernetes knowledge and JupyterHub experiences.


Contributing to Z2JH. If you would like to help improve the Zero to JupyterHub guide, please see the issues page as well as the contributor guide.

We hope that you will use this section to share deployments with on a variety of infrastructure and for different use cases. There is also a community maintained list of users of this Guide and the JupyterHub Helm Chart.

Institutional support

This guide and the associated helm chart would not be possible without the amazing institutional support from the following organizations (and the organizations that support them!)