Skip to content

New: GitOps with Flux v2

Flux v2 eksctl integration is experimental

Partial experimental support for Flux v2 (part of the GitOps Toolkit) was made available in eksctl version 0.38.0.

Complete, but still experimental, support for Flux v2 is available in eksctl from version 0.53.0. There are significant API changes from the 0.38.0-0.52.0 support with this release, please refer to this documentation.

Disruptions are still likely until development has stabilised. All changes will be noted in releases.

Gitops is a way to do Kubernetes application delivery. It works by using Git as a single source of truth for Kubernetes resources and everything else. With Git at the center of your delivery pipelines, you and your team can make pull requests to accelerate and simplify application deployments and operations tasks to Kubernetes.

Installing Flux v2 (GitOps Toolkit)

Initial Flux v2 support was released in 0.38.0, but the API has undergone significant changes. An older example can be found here.

From version 0.53.0, eksctl provides an option to alternatively bootstrap Flux v2 components into an EKS cluster, with the enable flux subcommand.

eksctl enable flux --config-file <config-file>

The enable flux command will shell out to the flux binary and run the flux bootstrap command against the cluster.

In order to allow users to specify whichever bootstrap flags they like, the eksctl API exposes an arbitrary map[string]string of flags. To find out which flags you need to bootstrap your cluster, refer to the Flux docs, or run flux bootstrap --help.


kind: ClusterConfig

  name: cluster-12
  region: eu-north-1

# other cluster config ...

    gitProvider: github      # required. options are github, gitlab or git
    flags:                   # required. arbitrary map[string]string for all flux args.
    # these args are not controlled by eksctl. see for all available flags
      owner: "dr-who"
      repository: "our-org-gitops-repo"
      private: "true"
      branch: "main"
      namespace: "flux-system"
      path: "clusters/cluster-12"
      team: "team1,team2"

This example configuration can be found here.


Flux v2 configuration can only be provided via configuration file; no flags are exposed on this subcommand other than --config-file.

Flux will install default toolkit components to the cluster, unless told otherwise by your configuration:

kubectl get pods --namespace flux-system
NAME                                       READY   STATUS    RESTARTS   AGE
helm-controller-7cfb98d895-zmmfc           1/1     Running   0          3m30s
kustomize-controller-557986cf44-2jwjh      1/1     Running   0          3m35s
notification-controller-65694dc94d-rhbxk   1/1     Running   0          3m20s
source-controller-7f856877cf-jgwdk         1/1     Running   0          3m39s

For instructions on how to use your newly installed Gitops Toolkit, refer to the official docs.

Bootstrap after cluster create

You can have your cluster bootstrapped immediately following a cluster create by including your Flux configuration in your config file and running:

eksctl create cluster --config-file <config-file>


Environment variables

Before running eksctl enable flux, ensure that you have read the Flux bootstrap docs. If you are using Github or Gitlab as your git provider, either GITHUB_TOKEN or GITLAB_TOKEN must be exported with your Personal Access Token in your session. Please refer to the Flux docs for any other requirements.

Flux version

Eksctl requires a minimum Flux version of 0.13.3.

Quickstart profiles

Quickstart profiles will not be supported with Flux v2.

Further reading

To learn more about gitops and Flux, check the Flux documentation.