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Prepare MacOS for interacting with AWS EKS

· One min read
Mohammed Yahya

Amazon EKS clusters require kubectl and kubelet binaries and the aws-iam-authenticator binary to allow IAM authentication for your Kubernetes cluster.

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If you do not already have Homebrew installed on your Mac, install it with the following command.

/usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL"


  • kubectl
brew install kubectl
  • aws-iam-authenticator
brew install aws-iam-authenticator
  • jq
brew install jq
  • envsubst
brew install gettext
brew link --force gettext


for command in kubectl aws-iam-authenticator jq envsubst
which $command &>/dev/null && echo "$command in path" || echo "$command NOT FOUND"

eksctl - a CLI for Amazon EKS

Instead of using AWS console to create EKS cluster, you can use a more simpler but powerfull tool.

eksctl is a simple CLI tool for creating clusters on EKS - Amazon’s new managed Kubernetes service for EC2. It is written in Go, and uses CloudFormation.

brew tap weaveworks/tap
brew install weaveworks/tap/eksctl