Amazon EKS Distro Documentation

Amazon EKS Distro is a Kubernetes distribution used by Amazon EKS to help create clusters. EKS Distro includes binaries and containers of open source Kubernetes, etcd (cluster configuration database), networking, and storage plugins, tested for compatibility. 

Each EKS Distro is designed to evaluate new Kubernetes versions for compatibility. The source code, open source tools, and settings are provided for reproducible builds. EKS Distro is available as open source on GitHub.


Get consistent Kubernetes builds

EKS Distro provides the same installable builds and code of open source Kubernetes that are used by Amazon EKS. You can perform reproducible builds with the provided source code, tooling, and documentation.

Run Kubernetes on your infrastructure

You can deploy EKS Distro on your own self-provisioned hardware infrastructure, or on Amazon EC2 instances.

Additional Information

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