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(19 Jul 2021)
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(16 Feb 2021)
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(13 Oct 2020)
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(10 Jul 2020)
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(02 Nov 2021)
1.16 1 year and 7 months ago
(30 Apr 2020)
Ended 2 months ago
(27 Sep 2021)

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.

Amazon EKS guarantess support for at least four production-ready versions of Kubernetes at any given time. A Kubernetes version is fully supported on EKS for 14 months after first being available on Amazon EKS. This is true even if upstream Kubernetes is no longer supporting a version available on Amazon EKS.

You can subscribe to upgrade notices (sent approximately 12 months after the Kubernetes version was released on Amazon EKS) 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.


Amazon EKS will automatically upgrade existing control planes (not nodes) to the oldest supported version through a gradual deployment process after the end of support date. After the automatic control plane update, you must manually update 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.

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

You can submit an improvement to this page by visiting GitHub. You will need to fork the website and submit a Pull Request. A JSON version of this page is available at /api/amazon-eks.json. See the API Documentation for more.