Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (Amazon EKS) is a managed service that you can use to run Kubernetes on AWS without needing to install, operate, and maintain your own Kubernetes control plane or nodes. EKS runs upstream Kubernetes and is certified Kubernetes conformant for a predictable experience.

Release Released End of Support Latest
1.28 8 months ago
(26 Sep 2023)
Ends in 4 months and 3 weeks
(01 Nov 2024)
(16 Oct 2023)
1.27 1 year ago
(24 May 2023)
Ends in 3 weeks
(01 Jul 2024)
(16 Oct 2023)
1.26 1 year and 2 months ago
(11 Apr 2023)
Ended 1 week and 1 day ago
(01 Jun 2024)
(16 Oct 2023)
1.25 1 year and 3 months ago
(21 Feb 2023)
Ended 1 month and 1 week ago
(01 May 2024)
(16 Oct 2023)
1.24 1 year and 6 months ago
(15 Nov 2022)
Ended 4 months ago
(31 Jan 2024)
(16 Oct 2023)
1.23 1 year and 10 months ago
(11 Aug 2022)
Ended 8 months ago
(11 Oct 2023)
(16 Oct 2023)
1.22 2 years ago
(04 Apr 2022)
Ended 1 year ago
(04 Jun 2023)
(30 Jun 2023)
1.21 2 years and 10 months ago
(19 Jul 2021)
Ended 1 year and 3 months ago
(15 Feb 2023)
(09 Jun 2023)
1.20 3 years ago
(18 May 2021)
Ended 1 year and 7 months ago
(01 Nov 2022)
(05 May 2023)
1.19 3 years ago
(16 Feb 2021)
Ended 1 year and 10 months ago
(01 Aug 2022)
(15 Aug 2022)
1.18 3 years and 8 months ago
(13 Oct 2020)
Ended 1 year and 9 months ago
(15 Aug 2022)
(15 Aug 2022)

Amazon EKS guarantees support for at least four production-ready versions of Kubernetes at any given time. A Kubernetes version is fully supported on EKS for 14 months after first being available on Amazon EKS. This is true even if upstream Kubernetes is no longer supporting a version available on Amazon EKS.

You can subscribe to upgrade notices (sent approximately 12 months after the Kubernetes version was released on Amazon EKS) on your Personal Health Dashboard. The notice includes the end of support date, which is at least 60 days from the date of the notice.


Amazon EKS will automatically upgrade existing control planes (not nodes) to the oldest supported version through a gradual deployment process after the end of support date. After the automatic control plane update, you must manually update cluster add-ons and Amazon EC2 nodes. Amazon EKS does not allow control planes to stay on a version that has reached end of support.

Because Amazon EKS runs a highly available control plane, you can update only one minor version at a time. Therefore, if your current version is 1.19, and you want to update to 1.21, then you must first update your cluster to 1.20 and then update it from 1.20 to 1.21. Similarly, your node version can be at most 2 minor version behind the control plane version.

Clusters are always created with the latest available Amazon EKS platform version (eks.n) for the specified Kubernetes version. If you update your cluster to a new Kubernetes minor version, your cluster receives the current Amazon EKS platform version for the Kubernetes minor version that you updated to.

New Amazon EKS platform versions don’t introduce breaking changes or cause service interruptions.

Platform Versions

Not every Kubernetes patch release is published on EKS. EKS releases follow a “platform versioning”, which starts at eks.1 for each Kubernetes minor version. The Platform Versions page lists the underlying Kubernetes version used in each EKS platform version. Note that the latest EKS Distro version is not always available on the EKS platform.

More information is available on the Amazon EKS website.

You should be running one of the supported release numbers listed above in the rightmost column.

You can check the version that you are currently using by running:
eksctl get cluster --name=cluster-name

You can submit an improvement to this page on GitHub :octocat: . This page has a corresponding Talk Page.

A JSON version of this page is available at /api/amazon-eks.json. See the API Documentation for more information. You can subscribe to the iCalendar feed at /calendar/amazon-eks.ics.