Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (Amazon EKS) is a managed service that you can use to run Kubernetes on AWS without needing to install, operate, and maintain your own Kubernetes control plane or nodes. EKS runs upstream Kubernetes and is certified Kubernetes conformant for a predictable experience.

Release Released End of Support Extended Support Latest
1.29 4 months ago
(23 Jan 2024)
Ends in 10 months
(23 Mar 2025)
Ends in 1 year and 10 months
(23 Mar 2026)
(16 May 2024)
1.28 8 months ago
(26 Sep 2023)
Ends in 6 months
(26 Nov 2024)
Ends in 1 year and 6 months
(26 Nov 2025)
(16 May 2024)
1.27 12 months ago
(24 May 2023)
Ends in 2 months
(24 Jul 2024)
Ends in 1 year and 2 months
(24 Jul 2025)
(16 May 2024)
1.26 1 year and 1 month ago
(11 Apr 2023)
Ends in 2 weeks and 5 days
(11 Jun 2024)
Ends in 1 year
(11 Jun 2025)
(16 May 2024)
1.25 1 year and 3 months ago
(21 Feb 2023)
Ended 3 weeks ago
(01 May 2024)
Ends in 11 months
(01 May 2025)
(16 May 2024)
1.24 1 year and 6 months ago
(15 Nov 2022)
Ended 3 months and 3 weeks ago
(31 Jan 2024)
Ends in 8 months
(31 Jan 2025)
(16 May 2024)
1.23 1 year and 9 months ago
(11 Aug 2022)
Ended 7 months ago
(11 Oct 2023)
Ends in 4 months and 3 weeks
(11 Oct 2024)
(16 May 2024)
1.22 2 years ago
(04 Apr 2022)
Ended 11 months ago
(04 Jun 2023)
Ends in 3 months and 1 week
(01 Sep 2024)
(30 Jun 2023)
1.21 2 years and 10 months ago
(19 Jul 2021)
Ended 1 year and 3 months ago
(16 Feb 2023)
Ends in 1 month and 3 weeks
(15 Jul 2024)
(09 Jun 2023)
1.20 3 years ago
(18 May 2021)
Ended 1 year and 6 months ago
(01 Nov 2022)
Unavailable 1.20-eks-14
(05 May 2023)
1.19 3 years ago
(16 Feb 2021)
Ended 1 year and 9 months ago
(01 Aug 2022)
Unavailable 1.19-eks-11
(15 Aug 2022)
1.18 3 years and 7 months ago
(13 Oct 2020)
Ended 1 year and 9 months ago
(15 Aug 2022)
Unavailable 1.18-eks-13
(15 Aug 2022)

Amazon EKS guarantees support for at least four production-ready versions of Kubernetes at any given time. Standard support is provided by Amazon for as long as the upstream Kubernetes release is supported (14 months from the Kubernetes GA date). Following the standard support period, Amazon provides extended support for up to 12 months.

You can subscribe to upgrade notices on your Personal Health Dashboard. The notice includes the end of support date, which is at least 60 days from the date of the notice.

Starting from version 1.23, Amazon EKS clusters running on EOL version will automatically enter extended support at the end of the of standard support and Amazon will apply an additional charge per cluster hour for all those clusters. Users that don’t want to be automatically enrolled in extended support must upgrade their cluster before the end of the standard support phase.


Amazon EKS will automatically upgrade existing control planes (not nodes) to the oldest supported version through a gradual deployment process after the end of extended support date. After the automatic control plane update, users must manually update their cluster add-ons and Amazon EC2 nodes. Amazon EKS does not allow control planes to stay on a version that has reached end of support.

Because Amazon EKS runs a highly available control plane, you can update only one minor version at a time. Therefore, if your current version is 1.19, and you want to update to 1.21, then you must first update your cluster to 1.20 and then update it from 1.20 to 1.21. Similarly, your node version can be at most 2 minor version behind the control plane version.

Clusters are always created with the latest available Amazon EKS platform version (eks.n) for the specified Kubernetes version. If you update your cluster to a new Kubernetes minor version, your cluster receives the current Amazon EKS platform version for the Kubernetes minor version that you updated to.

New Amazon EKS platform versions don’t introduce breaking changes or cause service interruptions.

Platform Versions

Not every Kubernetes patch release is published on EKS. EKS releases follow a “platform versioning”, which starts at eks.1 for each Kubernetes minor version. The Platform Versions page lists the underlying Kubernetes version used in each EKS platform version. Note that the latest EKS Distro version is not always available on the EKS platform.

More information is available on the Amazon EKS website.

You should be running one of the supported release numbers listed above in the rightmost column.

You can check the version that you are currently using by running:
eksctl get cluster --name=cluster-name

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