Everything you need to get started with Kubeflow on AWS

Install the necessary tools

  • AWS CLI - A command line tool for interacting with AWS services.
  • eksctl - A command line tool for working with EKS clusters.
  • kubectl - A command line tool for working with Kubernetes clusters.
  • yq - A command line tool for YAML processing. (For Linux environments, use the wget plain binary installation)
  • jq - A command line tool for processing JSON.
  • kustomize version 3.2.0 - A command line tool to customize Kubernetes objects through a kustomization file.

Warning: Kubeflow is not compatible with the latest versions of of kustomize 4.x. This is due to changes in the order that resources are sorted and printed. Please see kubernetes-sigs/kustomize#3794 and kubeflow/manifests#1797. We know that this is not ideal and are working with the upstream kustomize team to add support for the latest versions of kustomize as soon as we can.

  • python 3.8+ - A programming language used for automated installation scripts.
  • pip - A package installer for python.

Create an EKS cluster

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

If you do not have an existing cluster, run the following command to create an EKS cluster.

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 1.21 \
--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

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

Clone the repository

Clone the awslabs/kubeflow-manifests and the kubeflow/manifests repositories and check out the release branches of your choosing.

Substitute the value for KUBEFLOW_RELEASE_VERSION(e.g. v1.5.1) and AWS_RELEASE_VERSION(e.g. v1.5.1-aws-b1.0.1) with the tag or branch you want to use below. Read more about releases and versioning if you are unsure about what these values should be.

export AWS_RELEASE_VERSION=v1.5.1-aws-b1.0.1
git clone && cd kubeflow-manifests
git checkout ${AWS_RELEASE_VERSION}
git clone --branch ${KUBEFLOW_RELEASE_VERSION} upstream