Create a GitOps enabled cluster using eksctl

eksctl makes it simple to provision Kubernetes clusters in EKS and enable GitOps in the cluster by automating the deployment of Flux v2.

For this workshop, we will create a default three node EKS cluster and automatically enable GitOps for it. eksctl automated installation of Flux v2 will create a repository and synchronize the cluster state with the manifests pushed to it.

Start by creating a configuration file that defines the specifications for your new cluster as well as the details of your GitHub account and repository. Make sure to replace <your GitHub Username> in the manifest below with your GitHub username.

kind: ClusterConfig
  name: aws-workshop-cluster
  region: us-west-1
  - name: aws-workshop-ng
    instanceType: m5.large
    desiredCapacity: 3
    gitProvider: "github"
      owner: "<your GitHub Username>"
      repository: "aws-workshop-module1"
      private: "false"
      personal: "true"
      branch: "main"
      namespace: "flux-system"
      path: "clusters/aws-workshop"
      read-write-key: "true"

Save this file in your home directory and name it ~/workshop-cluster.yaml.

In the section Enable Git Access, you had created and stored a GitHub personal access token in a file named ~/github.env, load that file into the environment:

source ~/github.env

To validate you are ready to proceed, run the following two commands. You should see the contents of the cluster config file, and your GitHub Personal access token.

cat ~/workshop-cluster.yaml
env | grep GITHUB_TOKEN

Now, you are ready to run eksctl and create your GitOps Enabled Cluster:

eksctl create cluster -f ~/workshop-cluster.yaml

You will see a number of messages scroll, ending with the Flux v2 installed successfully message

2021-06-02 15:45:46 [ℹ]  eksctl version 0.53.0
2021-06-02 15:45:46 [ℹ]  using region us-west-1
2021-06-02 16:11:05 [✔]  all EKS cluster resources for "aws-workshop-cluster" have been created
2021-06-02 16:13:41 [ℹ]  gitops configuration detected, setting installer to Flux v2
2021-06-02 16:13:41 [ℹ]  ensuring v1 repo components not installed
2021-06-02 16:13:42 [ℹ]  running pre-flight checks
► checking prerequisites
2021-06-02 16:13:43 [ℹ]  bootstrapping Flux v2 into cluster
► connecting to
✔ all components are healthy
2021-06-02 16:14:53 [✔]  Flux v2 installed successfully
2021-06-02 16:14:53 [✔]  see for usage instructions

You should now be able to view your cluster with kubectl

kubectl get nodes