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Install AWS, kubectl & eksctl CLI's

Step-00: Introduction

  • Install AWS CLI
  • Install kubectl CLI
  • Install eksctl CLI

Step-01: Install AWS CLI

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Step-01-01: MAC - Install and configure AWS CLI

  • Download the binary and install via command line using below two commands.
    # Download Binary
    curl "" -o "AWSCLIV2.pkg"
    # Install the binary
    sudo installer -pkg ./AWSCLIV2.pkg -target /
  • Verify the installation
    aws --version
    aws-cli/2.0.7 Python/3.7.4 Darwin/19.4.0 botocore/2.0.0dev11
    which aws
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Step-01-02: Windows 10 - Install and configure AWS CLI

  • The AWS CLI version 2 is supported on Windows XP or later.
  • The AWS CLI version 2 supports only 64-bit versions of Windows.
  • Download Binary:
  • Install the downloaded binary (standard windows install)
    aws --version
    aws-cli/2.0.8 Python/3.7.5 Windows/10 botocore/2.0.0dev12
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Step-01-03: Configure AWS Command Line using Security Credentials

  • Go to AWS Management Console --> Services --> IAM
  • Select the IAM User: kalyan
  • Important Note: Use only IAM user to generate Security Credentials. Never ever use Root User. (Highly not recommended)
  • Click on Security credentials tab
  • Click on Create access key
  • Copy Access ID and Secret access key
  • Go to command line and provide the required details
    aws configure
    AWS Access Key ID [None]: ABCDEFGHIAZBERTUCNGG  (Replace your creds when prompted)
    AWS Secret Access Key [None]: uMe7fumK1IdDB094q2sGFhM5Bqt3HQRw3IHZzBDTm  (Replace your creds when prompted)
    Default region name [None]: us-east-1
    Default output format [None]: json
  • Test if AWS CLI is working after configuring the above
    aws ec2 describe-vpcs

AWS EKS - Elastic Kubernetes Service - Masterclass


Step-02: Install kubectl CLI

  • IMPORTANT NOTE: Kubectl binaries for EKS please prefer to use from Amazon (Amazon EKS-vended kubectl binary)
  • This will help us to get the exact Kubectl client version based on our EKS Cluster version. You can use the below documentation link to download the binary.
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Step-02-01: MAC - Install and configure kubectl

  • Kubectl version we are using here is 1.16.8 (It may vary based on Cluster version you are planning use in AWS EKS)
# Download the Package
mkdir kubectlbinary
cd kubectlbinary
curl -o kubectl

# Provide execute permissions
chmod +x ./kubectl

# Set the Path by copying to user Home Directory
mkdir -p $HOME/bin && cp ./kubectl $HOME/bin/kubectl && export PATH=$PATH:$HOME/bin
echo 'export PATH=$PATH:$HOME/bin' >> ~/.bash_profile

# Verify the kubectl version
kubectl version --short --client
Output: Client Version: v1.16.8-eks-e16311

Step-02-02: Windows 10 - Install and configure kubectl

  • Install kubectl on Windows 10
    mkdir kubectlbinary
    cd kubectlbinary
    curl -o kubectl.exe
  • Update the system Path environment variable
  • Verify the kubectl client version
    kubectl version --short --client
    kubectl version --client

Step-03: Install eksctl CLI

Step-03-01: eksctl on Mac

# Install Homebrew on MacOs
/bin/bash -c "$(curl -fsSL"

# Install the Weaveworks Homebrew tap.
brew tap weaveworks/tap

# Install the Weaveworks Homebrew tap.
brew install weaveworks/tap/eksctl

# Verify eksctl version
eksctl version

Step-03-02: eksctl on windows or linux

  • For windows and linux OS, you can refer below documentation link.
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