Using Helm with Amazon EKS - Amazon EKS
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Using Helm with Amazon EKS

The Helm package manager for Kubernetes helps you install and manage applications on your Kubernetes cluster. For more information, see the Helm documentation. This topic helps you install and run the Helm binaries so that you can install and manage charts using the Helm CLI on your local system.


Before you can install Helm charts on your Amazon EKS cluster, you must configure kubectl to work for Amazon EKS. If you have not already done this, see Create a kubeconfig for Amazon EKS before proceeding. If the following command succeeds for your cluster, you're properly configured.

kubectl get svc

To install the Helm binaries on your local system

  1. Run the appropriate command for your client operating system.

    • If you're using macOS with Homebrew, install the binaries with the following command.

      brew install helm
    • If you're using Windows with Chocolatey, install the binaries with the following command.

      choco install kubernetes-helm
    • If you're using Linux, install the binaries with the following commands.

      curl > chmod 700 ./

      If you get a message that openssl must first be installed, one method to install it would be:

      sudo yum install openssl
  2. To pick up the new binary in your PATH, Close your current terminal window and open a new one.

  3. Confirm that Helm is running with the following command.

    helm help
  4. At this point, you can run any Helm commands (such as helm install chart-name) to install, modify, delete, or query Helm charts in your cluster. If you're new to Helm and don't have a specific chart to install, you can: