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Amazon EKS AMI Build Specification

This repository contains resources and configuration scripts for building a custom Amazon EKS AMI with HashiCorp Packer. This is the same configuration that Amazon EKS uses to create the official Amazon EKS-optimized AMI.

Check out the 📖 documentation to learn more.

🚀 Getting started

If you are new to Amazon EKS, we recommend that you follow our Getting Started chapter in the Amazon EKS User Guide. If you already have a cluster, and you want to launch a node group with your new AMI, see Launching Amazon EKS Worker Nodes.

🔢 Pre-requisites

You must have Packer version 1.8.0 or later installed on your local system. For more information, see Installing Packer in the Packer documentation. You must also have AWS account credentials configured so that Packer can make calls to AWS API operations on your behalf. For more information, see Authentication in the Packer documentation.

👷 Building the AMI

A Makefile is provided to build the Amazon EKS Worker AMI, but it is just a small wrapper around invoking Packer directly. You can initiate the build process by running the following command in the root of this repository:

# build an AMI with the latest Kubernetes version and the default OS distro

# build an AMI with a specific Kubernetes version and the default OS distro
make k8s=1.29

# build an AMI with a specific Kubernetes version and a specific OS distro
make k8s=1.29 os_distro=al2023

# check default value and options in help doc
make help

The Makefile chooses a particular kubelet binary to use per Kubernetes version which you can view here.

Note The default instance type to build this AMI does not qualify for the AWS free tier. You are charged for any instances created when building this AMI.

🔒 Security

For security issues or concerns, please do not open an issue or pull request on GitHub. Please report any suspected or confirmed security issues to AWS Security

⚖️ License Summary

This sample code is made available under a modified MIT license. See the LICENSE file.