Getting started with the Civo platform

Kunal Kushwaha avatar
By Kunal Kushwaha
DevRel Manager


In this Civo Academy session, you'll learn about the Civo platform and its key features. You'll also look at where to locate all of the necessary information to build a cluster and an instance with Civo.

Getting Started with Civo Platform Features

The Civo platform is a powerful tool for developers looking to leverage the power of Kubernetes. With Civo, you can spin up a Kubernetes cluster in under 90 seconds, making it an incredibly efficient solution for your development needs. This lesson will walk you through the basics of the Civo platform, its features, and how to get started.

Understanding the Basics of Civo Platform

Civo is a platform designed to overcome the limitations of resources and testing that Kubernetes can provide. It offers a fast, simplified, and developer-focused environment with a marketplace full of apps to enhance your Kubernetes experience. Civo also provides high availability as a standard feature, multi-region support, and simplified node management.

To get started, log in to your Civo account. Once logged in, you'll see the Civo dashboard. This dashboard allows you to create your Kubernetes cluster and manage all your resources in one place. The user interface is simple and intuitive, making it easy to navigate and use.

Civo dashboard index

Exploring the Civo Marketplace

The Civo Marketplace is an open-source platform that offers a variety of apps. You can explore the marketplace to find apps for databases, monitoring, CI/CD, management, architecture, and security. If there's a particular app you need, you can raise an issue for it or even contribute to the marketplace. You can access the marketplace at

Civo dashboard index

Creating an Instance with Civo

In addition to creating a Kubernetes cluster, you can also create instances with Civo. You can do this either through the Civo dashboard, using the Civo CLI too, or Terraform. To create an instance, select the number of instances, choose a size, and select a base image. Once you've made your selections, click on "Create" to create your instance.

Wrapping Up

Civo makes it simple to run a Kubernetes cluster. With its user-friendly interface and robust marketplace, you can get started with Kubernetes in just a matter of seconds. Once you've set up your cluster, you can join the Civo community on Slack to ask questions and learn more about using Civo.

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