Database as a Service for MinIO

Managed MinIO

MinIO is a highly-available, S3 compatible object storage solution. It can handle and store unstructured data such as photos, videos, log files, backups, and container images.

Serverless MinIO cluster

Easily spin up a MinIO cluster and only pay for the resources you consume. Benefit from automatic patching and upgrading of your MinIO clusters. Effortlessly scale replicas and compute when demand requires. Northflank completely automates your database management including logs, metrics, backups and restores in a container based deployment.

As things start to scale, select from a range of plans starting at $2.21 per month.

MinIO versions supported: 2021.6.17

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MinIO on Northflank

Ready for scale

Horizontal and vertical scaling with replicas and increased compute capacity.

Backups and restores

Create, import, and delete backups, as well as restore your database from an existing backup.

Observe and Monitor

Observe your database in real-time with log tailing and performance metrics.

Pause and resume

Pause and restart your running MinIO database at any time enabling experiments and dev databases.

Advanced networking

Secure private network, enable public load-balancing and connect locally with Northflank CLI proxy.

TLS and secure connection

Connect your workloads to MinIO securely with TLS and generated connection details.

MinIO on Northflank dashboard

MinIO use cases

  • S3 Replacement
  • Static files and file storage
  • Log and metric storage
  • Machine learning and analytics
  • Secondary back-up storage
  • Disaster recovery
  • Archiving

Supported MinIO versions

  • 2021.6.17

MinIO Docker Images

minio/minio:latest

minio/mc:latest

Pull MinIO Docker Image locally

docker pull minio/minio

docker pull minio/mc:latest

Connect to MinIO locally with Northflank CLI

sudo northflank forward addon --projectId --addonId

MinIO Ports for API/SDK, CLI and dashboard

9000, 9001 and 443

Using mc client to connect to remote MinIO instance

mc ls play

Platform Teams

Northflank makes it easier for infrastructure and platform teams to focus on levelling up the developer experience for their teams building great apps.

Common MinIO questions among developers and platform teams:

How to securely connect to a MinIO database from developer workstations?

You can access a MinIO database from your machine using the Northflank CLI. To forward a specific database or storage: <code>sudo northflank forward addon --projectId [project-name] --addonId [addon-name]</code> You can now access the database or storage locally.

How to set up an external connection outside of the cluster?

When creating an addon, under Networking you can choose “Publicly accessible”. Once the addon is created, you can make the addon publicly accessible from the Settings page. If “Publicly accessible” is selected, your addon will be given a public URL and will be accessible from the internet.

How to provision SSL and TLS for a database?

When creating an addon, under Networking you can choose “Deploy with TLS”. Once the addon is created, you can provision SSL and TLS from the Settings page by choosing “Deploy with TLS”. If “Deploy with TLS” is selected, a Let’s Encrypt TLS certificate will be provisioned for your addon, allowing secure communication between the addon and your services/jobs within this project.

How to scale a MinIO deployment with more replicas or resources?

When creating an addon, under resources you can choose the compute plan (memory and virtual CPU), storage and replicas. Once the addon is created, under resources you will always be able to change these to adapt to your needs.

How to backup a MinIO cluster?

On the backups page you can create, import, and delete backups of your MinIO cluster.

How to restore a MinIO cluster?

You can restore your database from an existing backup from the backups page. This page will display a list of backups and each entry will have a Restore button you can use to restore from that selected backup. The backup will be scheduled and executed shortly.

How to import from another MinIO cluster?

You can import a backup from multiple sources: URL, file upload, and connection string. When importing from a URL or file upload, Northflank will treat it as clear text, unless the file ends in.gz, then Northflank will attempt to unzip it. When importing from a connection string, it should contain the relevant credentials and parameters. Northflank will create a dump from the source database which you can then restore from.

How to fork a MinIO cluster?

To fork a MinIO cluster, you can create a backup of an existing MinIO addon from the backups page and create a new addon using this backup.

MinIO on Kubernetes with Northflank

Deploying MinIO onto Kubernetes can be difficult to bootstrap, operate and scale. Your current options may involve manually rolling MinIO Helm charts, YAML, statefulsets, replicasets, services, persistent volumes, ingress, Horizontal Pod Autoscaling (HPAs), Pod Disruption Budgets (PDBs), prometheus metrics, certificates and logging.


Northflank offers a comprehensive stateful workload solution. Run a highly scalable and performant MinIO database in your AWS, GCP and Azure accounts using Kubernetes and Northflank’s platform.

MinIO DBaaS or MinIO in your cloud

Automate your MinIO hosting and management using a real-time UI and developer friendly CLI & API. Deploy, monitor, backup, and scale with Northflank cloud or on your cloud account.