Using Helm with Amazon EKS - Amazon EKS

Using Helm with Amazon EKS

The Helm package manager for Kubernetes helps you install and manage applications on your Kubernetes cluster. For more information, see the Helm documentation. This topic helps you install and run the Helm binaries so that you can install and manage charts using the Helm CLI on your local system.


Before you can install Helm charts on your Amazon EKS cluster, you must configure kubectl to work for Amazon EKS. If you have not already done this, see Creating or updating a kubeconfig file for an Amazon EKS cluster before proceeding. If the following command succeeds for your cluster, you're properly configured.

kubectl get svc
To install the Helm binaries on your local system
  1. Run the appropriate command for your client operating system.

    • If you're using macOS with Homebrew, install the binaries with the following command.

      brew install helm
    • If you're using Windows with Chocolatey, install the binaries with the following command.

      choco install kubernetes-helm
    • If you're using Linux, install the binaries with the following commands.

      curl > chmod 700 ./

      If you get a message that openssl must first be installed, you can install it with the following command.

      sudo yum install openssl
  2. To pick up the new binary in your PATH, Close your current terminal window and open a new one.

  3. See the version of Helm that you installed.

    helm version | cut -d + -f 1

    An example output is as follows.

  4. At this point, you can run any Helm commands (such as helm install chart-name) to install, modify, delete, or query Helm charts in your cluster. If you're new to Helm and don't have a specific chart to install, you can: