Amazon EKS
User Guide

The AWS Documentation website is getting a new look!
Try it now and let us know what you think. Switch to the new look >>

You can return to the original look by selecting English in the language selector above.

Amazon EKS-Optimized AMI

The Amazon EKS-optimized AMI is built on top of Amazon Linux 2, and is configured to serve as the base image for Amazon EKS worker nodes. The AMI is configured to work with Amazon EKS out of the box, and it includes Docker, kubelet, and the AWS IAM Authenticator.


You can track security or privacy events for Amazon Linux 2 at the Amazon Linux Security Center or subscribe to the associated RSS feed. Security and privacy events include an overview of the issue, what packages are affected, and how to update your instances to correct the issue.

The AMI IDs for the latest Amazon EKS-optimized AMI (with and without GPU support) are shown in the following table.


The Amazon EKS-optimized AMI with GPU support only supports P2 and P3 instance types. Be sure to specify these instance types in your worker node AWS CloudFormation template. By using the Amazon EKS-optimized AMI with GPU support, you agree to NVIDIA's end user license agreement (EULA).

Kubernetes version 1.14.6Kubernetes version 1.13.10Kubernetes version 1.12.10Kubernetes version 1.11.10
Kubernetes version 1.14.6
Region Amazon EKS-optimized AMI with GPU support
US East (Ohio) (us-east-2) ami-0f841722be384ed96 ami-02ed30745089113eb
US East (N. Virginia) (us-east-1) ami-08739803f18dcc019 ami-0d5628765ec5d0c5a
US West (Oregon) (us-west-2) ami-038a987c6425a84ad ami-02ce33febfee0b888
Asia Pacific (Hong Kong) (ap-east-1) ami-0fc4b0a16426993b5 ami-0c23d82cc7e2b0f53
Asia Pacific (Mumbai) (ap-south-1) ami-0e9f7f3edab94472d ami-0981d2926d2260939
Asia Pacific (Tokyo) (ap-northeast-1) ami-055d09694b6e5591a ami-0515f3ce5064036dc
Asia Pacific (Seoul) (ap-northeast-2) ami-023bb403131889300 ami-0cba72a7e9b560b06
Asia Pacific (Singapore) (ap-southeast-1) ami-0d26e45a1e5422b8e ami-0503f4de442edeef2
Asia Pacific (Sydney) (ap-southeast-2) ami-0d8e3da32bd74f39b ami-09a0ec306d79ed058
EU (Frankfurt) (eu-central-1) ami-0f64557dd6506a4aa ami-0698f87b093bbcdda
EU (Ireland) (eu-west-1) ami-0497f6feb9d494baf ami-04cef31a7c7bf1169
EU (London) (eu-west-2) ami-010d34c5744286662 ami-04f1bbad31585405d
EU (Paris) (eu-west-3) ami-04fada31d8c50b7a8 ami-0ebcd2fd2eb614793
EU (Stockholm) (eu-north-1) ami-0a4a5386eb62c775e ami-04e7d365014dee49c
Middle East (Bahrain) (me-south-1) ami-0b7e753bbd3a0ae24 ami-07ca0892ebe2c442e
Kubernetes version 1.13.10
Region Amazon EKS-optimized AMI with GPU support
US East (Ohio) (us-east-2) ami-0355b5edf93d47112 ami-080eaa48408e4cce8
US East (N. Virginia) (us-east-1) ami-08198f90fe8bc57f0 ami-0b2f191b2ddb13526
US West (Oregon) (us-west-2) ami-0dc5bf48daa40eb35 ami-0842679a8337cad05
Asia Pacific (Hong Kong) (ap-east-1) ami-056314bd2d2acbdc1 ami-0a63a7853310f3111
Asia Pacific (Mumbai) (ap-south-1) ami-00f4cff050d28ee2d ami-0e80f1d31941f6010
Asia Pacific (Tokyo) (ap-northeast-1) ami-0262013b4d50142a2 ami-0a443fa8decd2df67
Asia Pacific (Seoul) (ap-northeast-2) ami-0d9a543e7c4279c11 ami-019966f3e72baba33
Asia Pacific (Singapore) (ap-southeast-1) ami-0013f4890e2ce167b ami-07f34d09a8d7fe5a4
Asia Pacific (Sydney) (ap-southeast-2) ami-01cd15b342b7edf5e ami-03563e56d0af30647
EU (Frankfurt) (eu-central-1) ami-01ffee931e45bb6bf ami-0e262bd06b1cbc1d6
EU (Ireland) (eu-west-1) ami-00ea6211202297fe8 ami-05cded29b25d50f91
EU (London) (eu-west-2) ami-0ef7099142dae7023 ami-0163f3b1681613866
EU (Paris) (eu-west-3) ami-00cc28b5bcb9dc724 ami-0bc7f58961988d81e
EU (Stockholm) (eu-north-1) ami-01d7a7c38f882ef68 ami-0b219ca1c6aa2f7fb
Middle East (Bahrain) (me-south-1) ami-0ae4a6a2950a3546e ami-0dd405f6294e0414d
Kubernetes version 1.12.10
Region Amazon EKS-optimized AMI with GPU support
US East (Ohio) (us-east-2) ami-0d60b7264ed85e022 ami-043355c6f9c7b980c
US East (N. Virginia) (us-east-1) ami-0259ce67309f76e0b ami-0585963de7ab8b964
US West (Oregon) (us-west-2) ami-0315dd35bf204311d ami-04f40a6dd1cd12b3c
Asia Pacific (Hong Kong) (ap-east-1) ami-0fafd65fe31195cb5 ami-0f6b904acd6b3add8
Asia Pacific (Mumbai) (ap-south-1) ami-0d9c7adc50f0c3f04 ami-008ab31273984feb4
Asia Pacific (Tokyo) (ap-northeast-1) ami-08b2cecec9f2d5964 ami-0364b5f7211f80363
Asia Pacific (Seoul) (ap-northeast-2) ami-0bbe543cd7fc2acd1 ami-08704c644f2f284bb
Asia Pacific (Singapore) (ap-southeast-1) ami-07696966feacc8e7b ami-044d6be5df6aa258e
Asia Pacific (Sydney) (ap-southeast-2) ami-07621fc1a7675f06c ami-002dcfad1b6044f1d
EU (Frankfurt) (eu-central-1) ami-0fe22fc725c19301f ami-0a697401e7cfa02bd
EU (Ireland) (eu-west-1) ami-0a6be9528ebb8999d ami-049574de1981b69dc
EU (London) (eu-west-2) ami-0a8dc5b3290842d3e ami-009594e276ffd81b0
EU (Paris) (eu-west-3) ami-01dbd2d713c939649 ami-06cb6ffbba9a766eb
EU (Stockholm) (eu-north-1) ami-0586fb63f5c466e3c ami-0051b31561a86c5fb
Middle East (Bahrain) (me-south-1) ami-08eab8b7cd9f43bd0 ami-0d4ec4bd32daaae1c
Kubernetes version 1.11.10
Region Amazon EKS-optimized AMI with GPU support
US East (Ohio) (us-east-2) ami-0f01aa60d08b56b51 ami-06352290702ae9aa4
US East (N. Virginia) (us-east-1) ami-0277d42c17d2fd9f6 ami-06dbf81822c5d802d
US West (Oregon) (us-west-2) ami-0e024bc930f00f7a2 ami-01ccb69d4e42d3098
Asia Pacific (Hong Kong) (ap-east-1) ami-01efe02a8386b4448 ami-0bf87f2c6a31cf83c
Asia Pacific (Mumbai) (ap-south-1) ami-0fee6e6300019359b ami-067c840a5dce7fe27
Asia Pacific (Tokyo) (ap-northeast-1) ami-0acea8b886f0e3f8f ami-0dc2541c99f0623e1
Asia Pacific (Seoul) (ap-northeast-2) ami-01e754bb06dedfd13 ami-013299f00c1c965d4
Asia Pacific (Singapore) (ap-southeast-1) ami-04aff8301e51a47e4 ami-07e5bc491d2ec43e1
Asia Pacific (Sydney) (ap-southeast-2) ami-0cb611c369549e9c9 ami-04b5a2ebc54d30b11
EU (Frankfurt) (eu-central-1) ami-0157324517811932f ami-0147c8fcfea398609
EU (Ireland) (eu-west-1) ami-0ed6bcde59efbec8a ami-01f0f9e4092c0f784
EU (London) (eu-west-2) ami-0b2d004b35f3153c4 ami-024af210119b7a9f8
EU (Paris) (eu-west-3) ami-0c592c8c15d5a2824 ami-00d28dcaaa9b1010a
EU (Stockholm) (eu-north-1) ami-019c885c71264830f ami-0a2aefc5b3775e1da
Middle East (Bahrain) (me-south-1) ami-0f19239ec6bfc1fd4 ami-03ba561b225de5fc7


These AMIs require the latest AWS CloudFormation worker node template. You can't use these AMIs with a previous version of the worker node template; they will fail to join your cluster. Be sure to upgrade any existing AWS CloudFormation worker stacks with the latest template (URL shown below) before you attempt to use these AMIs.

The AWS CloudFormation worker node template launches your worker nodes with Amazon EC2 user data that triggers a specialized bootstrap script. This script allows your worker nodes to discover and connect to your cluster's control plane automatically. For more information, see Launching Amazon EKS Worker Nodes.

Amazon EKS-Optimized AMI Build Scripts

Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (Amazon EKS) has open-sourced the build scripts that are used to build the Amazon EKS-optimized AMI. These build scripts are now available on GitHub.

The Amazon EKS-optimized AMI is built on top of Amazon Linux 2, specifically for use as a worker node in Amazon EKS clusters. You can use this repository to view the specifics of how the Amazon EKS team configures kubelet, Docker, the AWS IAM Authenticator for Kubernetes, and more.

The build scripts repository includes a HashiCorp Packer template and build scripts to generate an AMI. These scripts are the source of truth for Amazon EKS-optimized AMI builds, so you can follow the GitHub repository to monitor changes to our AMIs. For example, perhaps you want your own AMI to use the same version of Docker that the EKS team uses for the official AMI.

The GitHub repository also contains the specialized bootstrap script that runs at boot time to configure your instance's certificate data, control plane endpoint, cluster name, and more.

Additionally, the GitHub repository contains our Amazon EKS worker node AWS CloudFormation templates. These templates make it easier to spin up an instance running the Amazon EKS-optimized AMI and register it with a cluster.

For more information, see the repositories on GitHub at