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Kubernetes Addons Module

The kubernetes-addons module within EKS Blueprints allows you to configure the add-ons you would like deployed into you EKS cluster with simple true/false flags.

The framework currently provides support for the following add-ons:

Add-on Description
☑️ Agones Deploys Agones into an EKS cluster.
ArgoCD Deploys ArgoCD into an EKS cluster.
AWS EFS CSI driver Deploys the AWS EFS CSI driver into an EKS cluster.
☑️ AWS for Fluent Bit Deploys Fluent Bit into an EKS cluster.
AWS CloudWatch Metrics Deploys AWS CloudWatch Metrics Agent into an EKS cluster.
AWS Load Balancer Controller Deploys the AWS Load Balancer Controller into an EKS cluster.
AWS Node Termination Handler Deploys the AWS Node Termination Handler into an EKS cluster.
☑️ cert-manager Deploys cert-manager into an EKS cluster.
Cluster Autoscaler Deploys the standard cluster autoscaler into an EKS cluster.
☑️ Crossplane Deploys Crossplane into an EKS cluster.
ExternalDNS Deploys External DNS into an EKS cluster.
☑️ Fargate Fluent Bit Adds Fluent Bit support for EKS Fargate
☑️ Karpenter Deploys Karpenter into an EKS cluster.
☑️ Keda Deploys Keda into an EKS cluster.
☑️ Kube State Metrics Deploys Kube State Metrics into an EKS cluster.
Kubernetes Dashboard Deploys Kubernetes Dashboard into an EKS cluster.
Metrics Server Deploys the Kubernetes Metrics Server into an EKS cluster.
Ingress Nginx Deploys the NGINX Ingress Controller into an EKS cluster.
☑️ Prometheus Deploys Prometheus into an EKS cluster.
☑️ Spark K8S Operator Deploys the Kubernetes Operator for Apache Spark into an EKS cluster.
☑️ Tetrate Istio Deploys Tetrate Istio Distro into an EKS cluster.
☑️ Traefik Deploys Traefik Proxy into an EKS cluster.
☑️ HashiCorp Vault Deploys HashiCorp Vault into an EKS cluster.
☑️ VPA Deploys the Vertical Pod Autoscaler into an EKS cluster.
☑️ YuniKorn Deploys Apache YuniKorn into an EKS cluster.

Add-on Management

The framework provides two approaches to managing add-on configuration for your EKS clusters. They are:

  1. Via Terraform by leveraging the Terraform Helm provider.
  2. Via GitOps with ArgoCD.


The default method for managing add-on configuration is via Terraform. By default, each individual add-on module will do the following:

  1. Create any AWS resources needed to support add-on functionality.
  2. Deploy a Helm chart into your EKS cluster by leveraging the Terraform Helm provider.

In order to deploy an add-on with default configuration, simply enable the add-on via Terraform properties.

module "eks_blueprints_kubernetes_addons" {
  source = ""

  cluster_id                    = <EKS-CLUSTER-ID>

  # EKS Addons

  enable_amazon_eks_aws_ebs_csi_driver  = true
  enable_amazon_eks_coredns             = true
  enable_amazon_eks_kube_proxy          = true
  enable_amazon_eks_vpc_cni             = true

  #K8s Add-ons
  enable_argocd                        = true
  enable_aws_for_fluentbit             = true
  enable_aws_load_balancer_controller  = true
  enable_cluster_autoscaler            = true
  enable_metrics_server                = true

To customize the behavior of the Helm charts that are ultimately deployed, you can supply custom Helm configuration. The following demonstrates how you can supply this configuration, including a dedicated values.yaml file.

enable_metrics_server      = true
metrics_server_helm_config = {
  name           = "metrics-server"
  repository     = ""
  chart          = "metrics-server"
  version        = "3.8.1"
  namespace      = "kube-system"
  timeout        = "1200"

  # (Optional) Example to pass values.yaml from your local repo
  values = [templatefile("${path.module}/values.yaml", {
   operating_system = "linux"

Each add-on module is configured to fetch Helm Charts from Open Source, public Helm repositories and Docker images from Docker Hub/Public ECR repositories. This requires outbound Internet connection from your EKS Cluster.

If you would like to use private repositories, you can download Docker images for each add-on and push them to an AWS ECR repository. ECR can be accessed from within a private existing VPC using an ECR VPC endpoint. For instructions on how to download existing images and push them to ECR, see ECR instructions.

GitOps with ArgoCD

To indicate that you would like to manage add-ons via ArgoCD, you must do the following:

  1. Enable the ArgoCD add-on by setting argocd_enable to true.
  2. Specify you would like ArgoCD to be responsible for deploying your add-ons by setting argocd_manage_add_ons to true. This will prevent the individual Terraform add-on modules from deploying Helm charts.
  3. Pass Application configuration for your add-ons repository via the argocd_applications property.

Note, that the add_on_application flag in your Application configuration must be set to true.

enable_argocd           = true
argocd_manage_add_ons   = true
argocd_applications     = {
  infra = {
    namespace             = "argocd"
    path                  = "<path>"
    repo_url              = "<repo_url>"
    values                = {}
    add_on_application    = true # Indicates the root add-on application.

GitOps Bridge

When managing add-ons via ArgoCD, certain AWS resources may still need to be created via Terraform in order to support add-on functionality (e.g. IAM Roles and Services Account). Certain resource values will also need to passed from Terraform to ArgoCD via the ArgoCD Application resource's values map. We refer to this concept as the GitOps Bridge

To ensure that AWS resources needed for add-on functionality are created, you still need to indicate in Terraform configuration which add-ons will be managed via ArgoCD. To do so, simply enable the add-ons via their boolean properties.

enable_metrics_server       = true # Deploys Metrics Server Addon
enable_cluster_autoscaler   = true # Deploys Cluster Autoscaler Addon
enable_prometheus           = true # Deploys Prometheus Addon

This will indicate to each add-on module that it should create the necessary AWS resources and pass the relevant values to the ArgoCD Application resource via the Application's values map.