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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 1.12.7Kubernetes version 1.11.9Kubernetes version 1.10.13
Kubernetes version 1.12.7
Region Amazon EKS-optimized AMI with GPU support
US West (Oregon) (us-west-2) ami-0923e4b35a30a5f53 ami-0bebf2322fd52a42e
US East (N. Virginia) (us-east-1) ami-0abcb9f9190e867ab ami-0cb7959f92429410a
US East (Ohio) (us-east-2) ami-04ea7cb66af82ae4a ami-0118b61dc2312dee2
EU (Frankfurt) (eu-central-1) ami-0d741ed58ca5b342e ami-0c57db5b204001099
EU (Stockholm) (eu-north-1) ami-0c65a309fc58f6907 ami-09354b076296f5946
EU (Ireland) (eu-west-1) ami-08716b70cac884aaa ami-0fbc930681258db86
EU (London) (eu-west-2) ami-0c7388116d474ee10 ami-0d832fced2cfe0f7b
EU (Paris) (eu-west-3) ami-0560aea042fec8b12 ami-0f8fa088b406ebba2
Asia Pacific (Tokyo) (ap-northeast-1) ami-0bfedee6a7845c26d ami-08e41cc84f4b3f27f
Asia Pacific (Seoul) (ap-northeast-2) ami-0a904348b703e620c ami-0c43b885e33fdc29e
Asia Pacific (Mumbai) (ap-south-1) ami-09c3eb35bb3be46a4 ami-0d3ecaf4f3318c714
Asia Pacific (Singapore) (ap-southeast-1) ami-07b922b9b94d9a6d2 ami-0655b4dbbe2d46703
Asia Pacific (Sydney) (ap-southeast-2) ami-0f0121e9e64ebd3dc ami-07079cd9ff1b312da
Kubernetes version 1.11.9
Region Amazon EKS-optimized AMI with GPU support
US West (Oregon) (us-west-2) ami-05ecac759c81e0b0c ami-08377056d89909b2a
US East (N. Virginia) (us-east-1) ami-02c1de421df89c58d ami-06ec2ea207616c078
US East (Ohio) (us-east-2) ami-03b1b6cc34c010f9c ami-0e6993a35aae3407b
EU (Frankfurt) (eu-central-1) ami-0c2709025eb548246 ami-0bf09c13f4204ce9d
EU (Stockholm) (eu-north-1) ami-084bd3569d08c6e67 ami-0a1714bb5be631b59
EU (Ireland) (eu-west-1) ami-0e82e73403dd69fa3 ami-0b4d0f56587640d5a
EU (London) (eu-west-2) ami-0da9aa88dd2ec8297 ami-00e98f9e6fd2319e5
EU (Paris) (eu-west-3) ami-099369bc73d1cc66f ami-0039e2556e6290828
Asia Pacific (Tokyo) (ap-northeast-1) ami-0d555d5f56c843803 ami-07fc636e8f6d3e18b
Asia Pacific (Seoul) (ap-northeast-2) ami-0144ae839b1111571 ami-002057772097fcef9
Asia Pacific (Mumbai) (ap-south-1) ami-02071c0110dc365ba ami-04fe7f4c75aac7196
Asia Pacific (Singapore) (ap-southeast-1) ami-00c91afdb73cf7f93 ami-08d5da0b12751a31f
Asia Pacific (Sydney) (ap-southeast-2) ami-05f4510fcfe56961c ami-04024dd8e0b9e36ff
Kubernetes version 1.10.13
Region Amazon EKS-optimized AMI with GPU support
US West (Oregon) (us-west-2) ami-05a71d034119ffc12 ami-0901518d7557125c8
US East (N. Virginia) (us-east-1) ami-03a1e71fb42fc37dd ami-00f74c3728d4ca27d
US East (Ohio) (us-east-2) ami-093d55c2ba99ab2c8 ami-0a788defb66cdfffb
EU (Frankfurt) (eu-central-1) ami-03bdf8079f6c013c5 ami-0a8536a894bd4ea06
EU (Stockholm) (eu-north-1) ami-0be77fe86d741fc81 ami-05baf7a6c293fe2ed
EU (Ireland) (eu-west-1) ami-06368da7f495b68e9 ami-0f6f3929a9d7a418e
EU (London) (eu-west-2) ami-0f1f2189b4741bc60 ami-0a12396b818bc2383
EU (Paris) (eu-west-3) ami-03a9acb0f6e0d424d ami-086d5edcaacd0ccfd
Asia Pacific (Tokyo) (ap-northeast-1) ami-0c9fb6a3fda95d373 ami-073f06a1edd22ae2e
Asia Pacific (Seoul) (ap-northeast-2) ami-00ea4ea959f28b4cf ami-0baff950f5217e54e
Asia Pacific (Mumbai) (ap-south-1) ami-0f07478f5c5eb9e20 ami-033bd2c2a3431923e
Asia Pacific (Singapore) (ap-southeast-1) ami-05dac5d0ada75e22f ami-09defa93988984fa1
Asia Pacific (Sydney) (ap-southeast-2) ami-00513f18e1900ce1e ami-00d9364d705e902c9


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 that allows them 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 Container Service for Kubernetes (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