Tagging your Amazon EKS resources - Amazon EKS

Tagging your Amazon EKS resources

To help you manage your Amazon EKS resources, you can assign your own metadata to each resource using tags. This topic provides an overview of the tags function and shows how you can create tags.


Tags are a type of metadata that's separate from Kubernetes labels and annotations. For more information about these other metadata types, see the following sections in the Kubernetes documentation:

Tag basics

A tag is a label that you assign to an AWS resource. Each tag consists of a key and an optional value, both of which you define.

Tags enable you to categorize your AWS resources. For example, you can categorize resources by purpose, owner, or environment. When you have many resources of the same type, you can quickly identify a specific resource based on the tags you've assigned to it. For example, you can define a set of tags for your Amazon EKS clusters to help you track each cluster's owner and stack level. We recommend that you devise a consistent set of tag keys for each resource type. You can then search and filter the resources based on the tags that you add.

After you add a tag, you can edit tag keys and values or remove tags from a resource at any time. If you delete a resource, any tags for the resource are also deleted.

Tags don't have any semantic meaning to Amazon EKS and are interpreted strictly as a string of characters. You can set the value of a tag to an empty string, but you can't set the value of a tag to null. If you add a tag that has the same key as an existing tag on that resource, the new value overwrites the earlier value.

If you use AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM), you can control which users in your AWS account have permission to manage tags.

Tagging your resources

The following Amazon EKS resources support tags:

  • clusters

  • managed node groups

  • Fargate profiles

You can tag these resources using the following:

  • If you're using the Amazon EKS console, then you can apply tags to new or existing resources at any time. You can do this by using the Tags tab on the relevant resource page. For more information, see Working with tags using the console.

  • If you're using eksctl, then you can apply tags to resources when they are created using the --tags option.

  • If you're using the AWS CLI, the Amazon EKS API, or an AWS SDK, you can apply tags to new resources using the tags parameter on the relevant API action. You can apply tags to existing resources using the TagResource API action. For more information, see TagResource.

Some resource-creating actions enable you to specify tags for a resource when the resource is created. If tags can't be applied while a resource is being created, the resource fails to be created. This mechanism ensures that resources you intended to tag on creation are either created with specified tags or not created at all. If you tag resources at the time of creation, you don't need to run custom tagging scripts after creating a resource.

Tags don't propagate to any other resources associated with the created resource. For example, Fargate profile tags don't propagate to any other resources associated with the Fargate profile, such as the pods that are scheduled with it.

Tag restrictions

The following basic restrictions apply to tags:

  • Maximum number of tags per resource – 50

  • For each resource, each tag key must be unique, and each tag key can have only one value.

  • Maximum key length – 128 Unicode characters in UTF-8

  • Maximum value length – 256 Unicode characters in UTF-8

  • If your tagging schema is used across multiple AWS services and resources, remember that other services may have restrictions on allowed characters. Generally allowed characters are letters, numbers, spaces, and the following characters: + - = . _ : / @.

  • Tag keys and values are case sensitive.

  • Don't use aws:, AWS:, or any upper or lowercase combination of such as a prefix for either keys or values. These are reserved only for AWS use. You can't edit or delete tag keys or values with this prefix. Tags with this prefix do not count against your tags-per-resource limit.

Working with tags using the console

Using the Amazon EKS console, you can manage the tags associated with new or existing clusters and managed node groups.

When you select a resource-specific page in the Amazon EKS console, it displays a list of those resources. For example, if you select Clusters from the left navigation pane, the console displays a list of Amazon EKS clusters. When you select a resource from one of these lists (for example, a specific cluster) that supports tags, you can view and manage its tags on the Tags tab.

You can also use Tag Editor in the AWS Management Console, which provides a unified way to manage your tags. For more information, see Working with Tag Editor in the AWS Resource Groups and Tags User Guide.

Adding tags on an individual resource on creation

You can add tags to Amazon EKS clusters, managed node groups, and Fargate profiles when you create them. For more information, see Creating an Amazon EKS cluster.

Adding and deleting tags on an individual resource

Amazon EKS allows you to add or delete tags associated with your clusters directly from the resource's page.

To add or delete a tag on an individual resource

  1. Open the Amazon EKS console at https://console.aws.amazon.com/eks/home#/clusters.

  2. From the navigation bar, select the AWS Region to use.

  3. In the left navigation pane, choose Clusters.

  4. Choose a specific cluster. Choose the Tags tab and choose Manage tags.

  5. On the Manage tags page, add or delete your tags as necessary.

    • To add a tag – choose Add tag and then specify the key and value for each tag.

    • To delete a tag – choose Remove tag.

  6. Repeat this process for each tag you want to add or delete, and then choose Update to finish.

Working with tags using the CLI, API, or eksctl

Use the following AWS CLI commands or Amazon EKS API operations to add, update, list, and delete the tags for your resources. You can only use eksctl to add tags while simultaneously creating the new resources with one command.

Tagging support for Amazon EKS resources
Task AWS CLI AWS Tools for Windows PowerShell API action

Add or overwrite one or more tags.




Delete one or more tags.




The following examples show how to tag or untag resources using the AWS CLI.

Example 1: Tag an existing cluster

The following command tags an existing cluster.

aws eks tag-resource --resource-arn resource_ARN --tags team=devs

Example 2: Untag an existing cluster

The following command deletes a tag from an existing cluster.

aws eks untag-resource --resource-arn resource_ARN --tag-keys tag_key

Example 3: List tags for a resource

The following command lists the tags associated with an existing resource.

aws eks list-tags-for-resource --resource-arn resource_ARN

Some resource-creating actions enable you to specify tags when you create the resource. The following actions support tagging when creating a resource.

Task AWS CLI AWS Tools for Windows PowerShell API action eksctl

Create a cluster




create cluster

Create a managed node group*




create nodegroup

Create a Fargate profile




create fargateprofile

* If you want to also tag the Amazon EC2 instances when creating a managed node group, create the managed node group using a launch template. For more information, see Tagging Amazon EC2 instances. If your instances already exist, you can manually tag the instances. For more information, see Tagging your resources in the Amazon EC2 User Guide for Linux Instances.