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Access EKS cluster

In order for kubectl to find and access an EKS cluster, it needs a kubeconfig file.

When you create a new EKS cluster, the kubeconfig file is created locally within the cloud-platform-eks/files/, named: files/kubeconfig_${WorkspaceName} This file is only available for the user who created the cluster.

Other authorized users can create their own kubeconfig file to access the cluster as follows:


  • AWS cli tool
  • An AWS Profile moj-cp with credential for the Cloud Platform AWS account

Set the AWS_PROFILE environment variable:

export AWS_PROFILE=moj-cp

Create kubeconfig using aws command

Run this command:

$ export KUBECONFIG=~/.kube/config
$ aws eks --region eu-west-2 update-kubeconfig --name <cluster-name>

You should see this message:

Added new context arn:aws:eks:eu-west-2:754256621582:cluster/<cluster-name> to .kube/config

Check that kubectl is properly configured by getting the cluster state

$ kubectl cluster-info

If kubectl is correctly configured to access the EKS cluster, you should see output similar to:

Kubernetes master is running at
CoreDNS is running at

You should now be able to run kubectl commands, such as kubectl get namespaces.

Create kubeconfig manually using a template

You can create a kubeconfig file manually, using the template below.

Login to the AWS console. In the EKS service, select the cluster you need to access. You will see all the information related to the EKS cluster.

Copy the values for API server endpoint, Certificate authority and Cluster name into this template:

apiVersion: v1
preferences: {}
kind: Config

- cluster:
    server: <API server endpoint>
    certificate-authority-data: <Certificate authority>
  name: eks_<Cluster name>

- context:
    cluster: eks_<Cluster name>
    user: eks_<Cluster name>
  name: eks_<Cluster name>

current-context: eks_<Cluster name>

- name: eks_<Cluster name>
      command: aws-iam-authenticator
        - "token"
        - "-i"
        - "<Cluster name>"

Save the kubeconfig with a filename (eg.: ~/.kube/config_eks) and use it to access the EKS cluster.

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