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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.


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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 1.13.7Kubernetes version 1.12.7Kubernetes version 1.11.9Kubernetes version 1.10.13
Kubernetes version 1.13.7
Region Amazon EKS-optimized AMI with GPU support
US East (Ohio) (us-east-2) ami-0485258c2d1c3608f ami-0ccac9d9b57864000
US East (N. Virginia) (us-east-1) ami-0f2e8e5663e16b436 ami-0017d945a10387606
US West (Oregon) (us-west-2) ami-03a55127c613349a7 ami-08335952e837d087b
Asia Pacific (Mumbai) (ap-south-1) ami-0a9b1c1807b1a40ab ami-005b754faac73f0cc
Asia Pacific (Tokyo) (ap-northeast-1) ami-0fde798d17145fae1 ami-04cf69bbd6c0fae0b
Asia Pacific (Seoul) (ap-northeast-2) ami-07fd7609df6c8e39b ami-0730e699ed0118737
Asia Pacific (Singapore) (ap-southeast-1) ami-0361e14efd56a71c7 ami-07be5e97a529cd146
Asia Pacific (Sydney) (ap-southeast-2) ami-0237d87bc27daba65 ami-0a2f4c3aeb596aa7e
EU (Frankfurt) (eu-central-1) ami-0b7127e7a2a38802a ami-0fbbd205f797ecccd
EU (Ireland) (eu-west-1) ami-00ac2e6b3cb38a9b9 ami-0f9571a3e65dc4e20
EU (London) (eu-west-2) ami-0147919d2ff9a6ad5 ami-032348bd69c5dd665
EU (Paris) (eu-west-3) ami-0537ee9329c1628a2 ami-053962359d6859fec
EU (Stockholm) (eu-north-1) ami-0fd05922165907b85 ami-0641def7f02a4cac5
Kubernetes version 1.12.7
Region Amazon EKS-optimized AMI with GPU support
US East (Ohio) (us-east-2) ami-0fe61ae4c397e710d ami-067d88fb64d3d7990
US East (N. Virginia) (us-east-1) ami-0e380e0a62d368837 ami-06e46a15650294dfa
US West (Oregon) (us-west-2) ami-0355c210cb3f58aa2 ami-084e8e620163aa50e
Asia Pacific (Mumbai) (ap-south-1) ami-01b6a163133c31994 ami-09ad3a49fb13389a0
Asia Pacific (Tokyo) (ap-northeast-1) ami-0a9b3f8b4b65b402b ami-0cd09d7293f31df8a
Asia Pacific (Seoul) (ap-northeast-2) ami-069f6a654a8795f72 ami-006549812c03748cb
Asia Pacific (Singapore) (ap-southeast-1) ami-03737a1ac334a5767 ami-01be8fddd9b16320c
Asia Pacific (Sydney) (ap-southeast-2) ami-07580768e8538626f ami-0a1bf783357dd8492
EU (Frankfurt) (eu-central-1) ami-0ee5ca4231511cafc ami-0ae5976723472b6d4
EU (Ireland) (eu-west-1) ami-0404d23c7e8188740 ami-042f9abf2f96a0097
EU (London) (eu-west-2) ami-07346d8553f83f9d6 ami-0b87e9246afd42760
EU (Paris) (eu-west-3) ami-038cb36289174bac4 ami-0d9405868a6e9ee11
EU (Stockholm) (eu-north-1) ami-03e60b5a990893129 ami-0122b7e2a6736e3c5
Kubernetes version 1.11.9
Region Amazon EKS-optimized AMI with GPU support
US East (Ohio) (us-east-2) ami-03c6648b74285020f ami-0b87186dda80931ee
US East (N. Virginia) (us-east-1) ami-0a5f5d5b0f6f58199 ami-07207754196c1a8fc
US West (Oregon) (us-west-2) ami-057d1c0dcb254a878 ami-052da6a4e0ae156ad
Asia Pacific (Mumbai) (ap-south-1) ami-00f1adebe5ab9a431 ami-04645af6384529c5d
Asia Pacific (Tokyo) (ap-northeast-1) ami-0a0b6606652f9b3b9 ami-0a8f4e1f9bf09a81f
Asia Pacific (Seoul) (ap-northeast-2) ami-0c84b3f055cda1afb ami-01db6bb089f6adfcf
Asia Pacific (Singapore) (ap-southeast-1) ami-05e92412054db3f87 ami-0e001196bd450aa0c
Asia Pacific (Sydney) (ap-southeast-2) ami-07eb76498b1ba6cd6 ami-0c7132a332aa55aa6
EU (Frankfurt) (eu-central-1) ami-0234bc9c2b341aa02 ami-05cb4f6e8be8b83f1
EU (Ireland) (eu-west-1) ami-06902949103360023 ami-02f337476a5c33f1b
EU (London) (eu-west-2) ami-0db100ad46c7966d2 ami-0aa2208dbb9bb7cc5
EU (Paris) (eu-west-3) ami-052046d313576d0ba ami-0f6ea479cb4e7a4d2
EU (Stockholm) (eu-north-1) ami-02ebf24da505128f9 ami-078c260b9a737fc35
Kubernetes version 1.10.13
Region Amazon EKS-optimized AMI with GPU support
US East (Ohio) (us-east-2) ami-0523ec257fff1261d ami-006382264ad5fc773
US East (N. Virginia) (us-east-1) ami-01c1c96b9aa69de37 ami-0f1b9925c9ace2043
US West (Oregon) (us-west-2) ami-021dd1fb7ba7e6e51 ami-0c3c59a4a7bea5678
Asia Pacific (Mumbai) (ap-south-1) ami-04c2ed5ff15a580f4 ami-0ea42cc96a8375851
Asia Pacific (Tokyo) (ap-northeast-1) ami-02ffa4511b4baa5fa ami-00f64026212ad62c0
Asia Pacific (Seoul) (ap-northeast-2) ami-06295f3e6390dae00 ami-060b7aed71dfaa5f5
Asia Pacific (Singapore) (ap-southeast-1) ami-07f8ccb046b3ce697 ami-029b65710f075da3d
Asia Pacific (Sydney) (ap-southeast-2) ami-03ebcd449b224e0a3 ami-0f13220d49a34e787
EU (Frankfurt) (eu-central-1) ami-0c40973ffcf8bca40 ami-08d32cef88aa48343
EU (Ireland) (eu-west-1) ami-06a96b4cfd627430b ami-058a8eec818dc3910
EU (London) (eu-west-2) ami-03356e704fb004162 ami-0cd6f7f1f7ceedc27
EU (Paris) (eu-west-3) ami-0eb77a4ca7135122b ami-01e3c54f23b6b02b3
EU (Stockholm) (eu-north-1) ami-028df8ba9b8603bdd ami-0d1ee923abbb8cf6c


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