Create an EKS Cluster

Create an EKS cluster before you deploy Kubeflow on AWS using Kustomize or Helm

Note : You do not need to create an EKS cluster if you are using Terraform

Create EKS Cluster using eksctl

Note: Be sure to check Amazon EKS and Kubeflow Compatibility when creating your cluster with specific EKS versions.

You can create a customized EKS cluster with the following steps.

Note: Various controllers use IAM roles for service accounts (IRSA). An OIDC provider must exist for your cluster to use IRSA.

Change the values for the CLUSTER_NAME and CLUSTER_REGION environment variables:


Run the following command to create an EKS cluster:

eksctl create cluster \
--name ${CLUSTER_NAME} \
--version 1.22 \
--region ${CLUSTER_REGION} \
--nodegroup-name linux-nodes \
--node-type m5.xlarge \
--nodes 5 \
--nodes-min 5 \
--nodes-max 10 \
--managed \

If you are using an existing EKS cluster, create an OIDC provider and associate it with for your EKS cluster with the following command:

eksctl utils associate-iam-oidc-provider --cluster ${CLUSTER_NAME} \
--region ${CLUSTER_REGION} --approve

Important: If you are using an EKS version >= 1.23 install the Amazon EBS CSI driver by following the instructions here.

More details about cluster creation via eksctl can be found in the Creating and managing clusters guide.

Last modified September 21, 2022: Minor doc changes (#428) (0048c022)