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Load Balancer Controller Installation

Existing AWS ALB Ingress Controller users

AWS ALB Ingress controller must be uninstalled before installing AWS Load Balancer controller. Please follow our migration guide to do migration.

Security updates

The controller doesn't receive security updates automatically. You need to manually upgrade to a newer version when it becomes available.

IAM Permissions

Setup IAM role for service accounts

The controller runs on the worker nodes, so it needs access to the AWS ALB/NLB resources via IAM permissions. The IAM permissions can either be setup via IAM roles for ServiceAccount or can be attached directly to the worker node IAM roles.

  1. Create IAM OIDC provider

    eksctl utils associate-iam-oidc-provider \
        --region <region-code> \
        --cluster <your-cluster-name> \

  2. Download IAM policy for the AWS Load Balancer Controller

    curl -o iam-policy.json

  3. Create an IAM policy called AWSLoadBalancerControllerIAMPolicy

    aws iam create-policy \
        --policy-name AWSLoadBalancerControllerIAMPolicy \
        --policy-document file://iam-policy.json
    Take note of the policy ARN that is returned

  4. Create a IAM role and ServiceAccount for the AWS Load Balancer controller, use the ARN from the step above

    eksctl create iamserviceaccount \
    --cluster=<cluster-name> \
    --namespace=kube-system \
    --name=aws-load-balancer-controller \
    --attach-policy-arn=arn:aws:iam::<AWS_ACCOUNT_ID>:policy/AWSLoadBalancerControllerIAMPolicy \
    --override-existing-serviceaccounts \
    Setup IAM manually If not setting up IAM for ServiceAccount, apply the IAM policies from the following URL at minimum.
    curl -o iam-policy.json

Add Controller to Cluster

Use Fargate

If you want to run it in Fargate, use Helm that does not depend on cert-manager.

Detailed Instructions

Follow the instructions in aws-load-balancer-controller helm chart.


  1. Add the EKS chart repo to helm
    helm repo add eks
  2. Install the TargetGroupBinding CRDs
    kubectl apply -k ""
  3. Install the helm chart
    helm install aws-load-balancer-controller eks/aws-load-balancer-controller -n kube-system --set clusterName=<cluster-name>

Install cert-manager

  • For Kubernetes 1.16+:
    kubectl apply --validate=false -f
  • For Kubernetes <1.16:
    kubectl apply --validate=false -f

Apply YAML

  1. Download spec for load balancer controller.
  2. Edit the saved yaml file, go to the Deployment spec, and set the controller --cluster-name arg value to your EKS cluster name
    apiVersion: apps/v1
    kind: Deployment
    . . . 
    name: aws-load-balancer-controller
    namespace: kube-system
        . . . 
                    - args:
                        - --cluster-name=<INSERT_CLUSTER_NAME>
  3. If you use IAM roles for service accounts, we recommend that you delete the ServiceAccount from the yaml spec. This will preserve the eksctl created iamserviceaccount if you delete the installation section from the yaml spec.
    apiVersion: v1
    kind: ServiceAccount
  4. Apply the yaml file
    kubectl apply -f v2_1_2_full.yaml