AWS Elastic Kubernetes Service

This guide demonstrates how to create an Amazon EKS cluster using either the AWS Command Line Interface (CLI) or with Terraform. The resulting cluster generated from this guide will be ready to install Kalm.


Before following either guide below

  • Install kubectl
  • Install the the AWS CLI.
  • Configure the AWS CLI with:
    $ aws configure
    AWS Access Key ID [None]: AKIAxxxxxxxxxEXAMPLE
    AWS Secret Access Key [None]: wJalrXUtxxxxxxxxxxxxxxXAMPLEKEY
    Default region name [None]: us-west-2
    Default output format [None]: json
    Access key ID and secret need to be entered in the prompt, find the access key information at your aws page, create an access key if no one exists yet.

Creating an EKS Cluster using The AWS CLI

In addition to the AWS CLI, this guide uses eksctl - a simple CLI tool for creating clusters on EKS.

To install eksctl, follow Amazon's detailed eksctl installation instructions for linux, mac, and windows.

# create key
aws ec2 create-key-pair --region us-east-2 --key-name keypair-for-kalm # <--- key-name can be updated according to your needs
# create eks cluster, for details, see:
eksctl create cluster \
--name kalm-on-eks \ # <--- cluster name can be updated according to your needs
--region us-east-2 \ # <--- region can be updated according to your needs
--with-oidc \
--ssh-access \
--ssh-public-key keypair-for-kalm \ # <--- key can be updated according to your needs, make sure the key exist though

The creation process typically takes between 15 and 30 minutes. Once it completes, the kubectl config file will automatically update to use the newly created cluster as the current cluster. To double-check this, run kubectl config get-context. The new cluster should be marked with a * in the output.

Creating an EKS Cluster with Terraform

Alternatively, the EKS Cluster can be created using Terraform. To use Terraform, first:

Next, clone the git repository below and cd into the eks directory (script included below for convenience):

git clone
cd terraform/eks

Create the cluster by running the following commands:

terraform init
terraform apply

Type yes to confirm.

This process should take around 15-30 minutes.

Once it finishes, view the newly created cluster with:

aws eks list-clusters

The following command configures kubectl to use the new cluster.

aws eks --region us-west-2 update-kubeconfig --name NAME_OF_YOUR_CLUSTER

Verify the cluster is properly setup and accessible.

kubectl get nodes

Next Step

To install Kalm onto the cluster, see Install Kalm Cloud.

Last updated on by Liu Mingmin