Quick Start with EKS

Manage your EKS clusters with Meshery. Deploy Meshery in EKS in-cluster or outside of EKS out-of-cluster. Note: It is advisable to Install Meshery in your EKS clusters


  1. Install the Meshery command line client, mesheryctl.
  2. Install kubectl on your local machine.
  3. Install AWS CLI, configured for your environment.
  4. Access to an active EKS cluster in AWS Account.

Also see: Install Meshery on Kubernetes

Available Deployment Methods

In-cluster Installation

Follow the steps below to install Meshery in your EKS cluster.

Preflight Checks

Read through the following considerations prior to deploying Meshery on EKS.

Preflight: Cluster Connectivity

  1. Verfiy you connection to an Elastic Kubernetes Services Cluster using AWS CLI.
  2. Login to AWS account using aws configure, if you are using a different method of authentication in AWS, please refer to AWS documentation.
  3. After successful login, set the cluster context.
aws eks update-kubeconfig --name [YOUR_CLUSTER_NAME] --region [YOUR_REGION]
  1. Optional: If you are using eksctl, follow the AWS documentation steps.
  2. Verify your kubeconfig’s current context.
kubectl config current-context

Preflight: Plan your access to Meshery UI

  1. If you are using port-forwarding, please refer to the port-forwarding guide for detailed instructions.
  2. If you are using a LoadBalancer, please refer to the LoadBalancer guide for detailed instructions.
  3. Customize your Meshery Provider Callback URL. Meshery Server supports customizing authentication flow callback URL, which can be configured in the following way:
$ MESHERY_SERVER_CALLBACK_URL=https://custom-host mesheryctl system start

Meshery should now be running in your EKS cluster and Meshery UI should be accessible at the EXTERNAL IP of meshery service.

Installation: Using mesheryctl

Use Meshery’s CLI to streamline your connection to your EKS cluster. Configure Meshery to connect to your EKS cluster by executing:

$ mesheryctl system config eks

Once configured, execute the following command to start Meshery.

$ mesheryctl system start

If you encounter any authentication issues, you can use mesheryctl system login. For more information, click here to learn more.

Installation: Using Helm

For detailed instructions on installing Meshery using Helm V3, please refer to the Helm Installation guide.

Post-Installation Steps

Optionally, you can verify the health of your Meshery deployment, using mesheryctl system check.

You’re ready to use Meshery! Open your browser and navigate to the Meshery UI.

Accessing Meshery UI

After successfully deploying Meshery, you can access Meshery’s web-based user interface. Your default browser will be automatically opened and directed to Meshery UI (default location is http://localhost:9081).

If you are unable to access Meshery UI, you can use the following command to open Meshery UI in your default browser:

mesheryctl system dashboard

If you have installed Meshery on Kubernetes or a remote host, you can access Meshery UI by exposing it as a Kubernetes service or by port forwarding to Meshery UI.

mesheryctl system dashboard --port-forward

Alternatively, you can use kubectl to port forward to Meshery UI. Example

kubectl port-forward svc/meshery 9081:9081 --namespace meshery

Log into the Provider of your choice.

Out-of-cluster Installation

Out-of-cluster EKS deployments not currently supported

Install Meshery on Docker (out-of-cluster) and connect it to your EKS cluster.

Install Meshery on Docker

$ mesheryctl system start -p docker

Configure Meshery to connect to your cluster by executing:

$ mesheryctl system config eks

Once you have verified that all the services are up and running, Meshery UI will be accessible on your local machine on port 9081. Open your browser and access Meshery at http://localhost:9081.

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