Announcing Kubectl EKS Plugin v0.1.0

Announcing Kubectl EKS Plugin v0.1.0

Hello everyone, It’s my pleasure to announce the v0.1.0 release of the Kubectl EKS Plugin. I had this of the kubectl plugin for EKS from the day I started using Amazon EKS. But I finally made it into reality and cut the first release.

The mission of the kubectl EKS plugin is to simplify operations and provide easy access to cluster-related information.

The first release of kubectl-eks has few but convenient functionalities. I am excited about this project and hope to see more features in the upcoming months.

Installing the plugin

  • Go to the release page here and download the respective binary. For example, On Linux,
$ wget
$ tar -xvf kubectl-eks_0.1.0_linux_amd64.tar.gz
$ mv kubectl-eks ~/.local/bin # you can move to any $PATH of your choice
  • Build it from the source
$ git clone
$ cd kubectl-eks
$ make
$ mv kubectl-eks ~/.local/bin # you can move to any $PATH of your choice

Let’s Explore

  • List EKS nodes but differently, and it shows more information.
$ kubectl eks nodes
NAME ARCH INSTANCE-TYPE OS CAPACITY-TYPE REGION AGE amd64 r5n.2xlarge linux SPOT eu-west-1a 14h amd64 r5.2xlarge linux ON_DEMAND eu-west-1a 2d5h
  • List all IRSA. It shows the list of all serviceaccount with their IAM Role and Token expiration time.
$ kubectl eks irsa -n cloud
cloud test-1 arn:aws:iam::111111111111:role/test-1 86400
cloud test-2 arn:aws:iam::222222222222:role/test-2 86400

Note: If you don’t pass the flag, it will list from all namespaces.

  • This feature is most exciting for me as I no longer need to install the AWS SSM plugin or search for instance id. I can use the following command for SSM access to EKS Node.
$ kubectl eks ssm
SSM into node i-022357dcxxxxx

We will see more exciting stuff in this kubectl eks plugin in upcoming releases.

Check out the GitHub repo here.

Please give it a go, and I hope you find it helpful. If you like the project, consider Starring it.

If you have any feature requests, Feel free to fill out a GitHub issue and contribute.

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