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Enabling IAM Roles for Service Accounts on your Cluster

  • The IAM roles for service accounts feature is available on new Amazon EKS Kubernetes version 1.16 or higher, and clusters that were updated to versions 1.14 or 1.13 on or after September 3rd, 2019.

If your EKS cluster version is older than 1.16 your outputs may very. Please consider reading the updating an Amazon EKS Cluster section in the User Guide.

kubectl version --short


Client Version: v1.20.4-eks-6b7464
Server Version: v1.20.4-eks-6b7464

If your aws cli version is lower than 1.19.122, use Installing the AWS CLI in the User Guide

aws --version


aws-cli/1.19.112 Python/2.7.18 Linux/4.14.232-177.418.amzn2.x86_64 botocore/1.20.112

Retrieve OpenID Connect issuer URL

Your EKS cluster has an OpenID Connect issuer URL associated with it, and this will be used when configuring the IAM OIDC Provider. You can check it with:

aws eks describe-cluster --name eksworkshop-eksctl --query cluster.identity.oidc.issuer --output text