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CloudWatch logging

Enabling CloudWatch logging

CloudWatch logging for EKS control plane is not enabled by default due to data ingestion and storage costs.

To enable control plane logging when cluster is created, you will need to define cloudWatch.clusterLogging.enableTypes setting in your ClusterConfig (see below for examples).

So if you have a config file with correct cloudWatch.clusterLogging.enableTypes setting, you can create a cluster with eksctl create cluster --config-file=<path>.

If you have created a cluster already, you can use eksctl utils update-cluster-logging.


this command runs in plan mode by default, you will need to specify --approve flag to apply the changes to your cluster.

If you are using a config file, run:

eksctl utils update-cluster-logging --config-file=<path>

Alternatively, you can use CLI flags.

To enable all types of logs, run:

eksctl utils update-cluster-logging --enable-types all

To enable audit logs, run:

eksctl utils update-cluster-logging --enable-types audit

To enable all but controllerManager logs, run:

eksctl utils update-cluster-logging --enable-types=all --disable-types=controllerManager

If the api and scheduler log types were already enabled, to disable scheduler and enable controllerManager at the same time, run:

eksctl utils update-cluster-logging --enable-types=controllerManager --disable-types=scheduler

This will leave api and controllerManager as the only log types enabled.

To disable all types of logs, run:

eksctl utils update-cluster-logging --disable-types all

ClusterConfig Examples

In an EKS cluster, the enableTypes field under clusterLogging can take a list of possible values to enable the different types of logs for the control plane components.

The following are the possible values:

  • api: Enables the Kubernetes API server logs.
  • audit: Enables the Kubernetes audit logs.
  • authenticator: Enables the authenticator logs.
  • controllerManager: Enables the Kubernetes controller manager logs.
  • scheduler: Enables the Kubernetes scheduler logs.

To learn more, see EKS documentation.

Disable all logs

To disable all types, use [] or remove the cloudWatch section completely.

Enable all logs

You can enable all types with "*" or "all". For example:

    enableTypes: ["*"]

Enable one or more logs

You can enable a subset of types by listing the types you want to enable. For example:

      - "audit"
      - "authenticator"

Log retention period

By default, logs are stored in CloudWatch Logs, indefinitely. You can specify the number of days for which the control plane logs should be retained in CloudWatch Logs. The following example retains logs for 7 days:

    logRetentionInDays: 7

Complete example

kind: ClusterConfig

  name: cluster-11
  region: eu-west-2

  - name: ng-1
    instanceType: m5.large
    desiredCapacity: 1

    enableTypes: ["audit", "authenticator"]
    logRetentionInDays: 7