Ingress / Helm on Kubernetes

Im looking to install the ingress controller on a DO managed K8 cluster. Im following :

Currently at the stage of installing Tiller (via However, when I try to run the following, I get an error about it trying to hit the loopback. Like so,

root@abc123:/tmp# helm init --service-account tiller
$HELM_HOME has been configured at /root/.helm.
Error: error installing: Post http://localhost:8080/apis/extensions/v1beta1/namespaces/kube-system/deployments: dial tcp connect: connection refused


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Hi there!

Do you currently have a working kubectl binary configured? Helm should use your currently configured kubectl:

From the helm docs ( The easiest way to install tiller into the cluster is simply to run helm init. This will validate that helm’s local environment is set up correctly (and set it up if necessary). Then it will connect to whatever cluster kubectl connects to by default (kubectl config view).

I would check that kubectl is configured properly.


John Kwiatkoski Senior Developer Support Engineer