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Version: 0.6

Amazon Web Services Installation

This tutorial shows how to set up a private Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (Amazon EKS) cluster with full Capact installation using Terraform.



NOTE: For now the worker nodes are deployed only in a single availability zone.


  • S3 bucket for the remote Terraform state file
  • AWS account with AdministratorAccess permissions on it
  • A domain name for the Capact installation
  • Terraform 0.15 or newer
  • AWS CLI v2

To configure the AWS CLI follow this guide. If you use AWS SSO on your account, then you can also configure SSO for AWS CLI instead of creating an IAM user. This page shows how to configure AWS CLI with AWS SSO.


  1. Set the required environment variables by running:

    export CAPACT_NAME={name_of_the_environment}
    export CAPACT_REGION={aws_region_in_which_to_deploy_capact}
    export CAPACT_DOMAIN_NAME={domain_name_used_for_the_capact_environment}
    export TERRAFORM_STATE_BUCKET={s3_bucket_for_the_remote_statefile} # bucket needs to exist
  2. Configure optional parameters.

    • To select a specific Capact version set the following environment variable:

      export CAPACT_VERSION={capact_version} # possible values: @local, @latest, x.y.z e.g. 0.4.0
    • By default, the cluster worker nodes are created in a single availability zone. To increase the number of availability zones, where the cluster worker nodes are created, run:

      export EKS_AZ_COUNT={number_of_availability_zones}
    • To enable Amazon Elastic File System configuration for the EKS cluster, run:

      export EKS_EFS_ENABLED=true

      If this option is enabled, after following this tutorial, the efs-sc StorageClass will be available to use in your Kubernetes cluster.

    • To add custom flags for terraform apply command, set the CAPACT_TERRAFORM_OPTS environmental variable. For example, run:

      export CAPACT_TERRAFORM_OPTS="-var worker_group_max_size=4"` 
  3. Clone the capact repository:

    git clone
    cd capact
  4. Run the ./hack/eks/ script.

    When you see the "Do you want to perform these actions?" question, provide yes value in the command line and press enter.

    NOTE: This operation can take around to 20 minutes to finish.

  5. Configure the name servers for the Capact Route53 Hosted Zone in your DNS provider. To get the name server for the hosted zone check the generated hack/eks/config/route53_zone_name_servers file.

    cat hack/eks/config/route53_zone_name_servers
    "": [
  6. Wait for the DNS propagation.

  7. Export the KUBECONFIG environment variable pointing to the newly created EKS cluster:

    export KUBECONFIG=$PWD/hack/eks/config/eks_kubeconfig
  8. Verify if the Cert Manager issued a certificate for Gateway.


    kubectl get secret -n capact-system gateway-tls

    If there is no such Secret resource, see the logs of Cert Manager controller:

    kubectl logs -l=app=cert-manager -n capact-system

    Cert Manager may have difficulties to detect the updated nameservers. To solve this, kill the pod:

    kubectl delete pod -l=app=cert-manager -n capact-system

Access API server from the bastion host

The bastion hosts has kubectl preinstalled and kubeconfig configured to the EKS cluster API server. SSH to the bastion using the following command from:

ssh -i hack/eks/config/bastion_ssh_private_key [email protected]$(cat hack/eks/config/bastion_public_ip)

Now you should be able to query the API server:

kubectl get nodes

Use Capact CLI from the bastion host

The bastion host can access the Capact gateway and has Capact CLI preinstalled, along with kubectl, Argo and Helm binaries.

  1. SSH to the bastion host:

    ssh -i hack/eks/config/bastion_ssh_private_key [email protected]$(cat hack/eks/config/bastion_public_ip)
  2. Setup Capact CLI

  3. Verify, if you can query the Capact Gateway and list all Interfaces in the Hub:

    capact hub interfaces search

Connect to Capact Gateway from local machine

Only the bastion host can access the Capact Gateway. To be able to connect to the Gateway, you need to proxy your traffic.

  1. Open SSH tunnel:

    ssh -f -M -N -S /tmp/gateway.${CAPACT_DOMAIN_NAME}.sock -i hack/eks/config/bastion_ssh_private_key [email protected]$(cat hack/eks/config/bastion_public_ip) -L${CAPACT_DOMAIN_NAME}:443
  2. Add new entry to /etc/hosts:

    export LINE_TO_APPEND=" gateway.${CAPACT_DOMAIN_NAME}"
    export HOSTS_FILE="/etc/hosts"

    grep -qxF -- "$LINE_TO_APPEND" "${HOSTS_FILE}" || (echo "$LINE_TO_APPEND" | sudo tee -a "${HOSTS_FILE}" > /dev/null)
  3. Test connection:

    1. Using Capact CLI
    capact login https://gateway.${CAPACT_DOMAIN_NAME}:8081 -u {user} -p {password}
    1. Using Browser. Navigate to Gateway GraphQL Playground https://gateway.${CAPACT_DOMAIN_NAME}:8081/graphql.
  4. When you are done, close the connection:

    ssh -S /tmp/gateway.${CAPACT_DOMAIN_NAME}.sock -O exit $(cat hack/eks/config/bastion_public_ip)


  1. Remove the ingress-nginx and public-ingress-nginx Helm releases. This is required to deprovision the AWS ELBs. Run:

    helm delete -n capact-system ingress-nginx
    helm delete -n capact-system public-ingress-nginx
  2. Remove the records from the Route53 Hosted Zone from the AWS Console. Only the entries for apex SOA and NS should be left.

  3. Deprovision the EKS cluster and VPC.

    cd hack/eks/terraform
    # This command might fail. See "Limitations and bugs" section.
    terraform destroy -var domain_name=$CAPACT_DOMAIN_NAME

    If the previous command failed execute the following commands:

    terraform state rm 'module.eks.kubernetes_config_map.aws_auth[0]'
    terraform state rm 'kubernetes_storage_class.efs_storage_class'
    terraform state rm 'kubernetes_service_account.efs_csi_driver_ctrl_sa'
    terraform destroy -var domain_name=$CAPACT_DOMAIN_NAME

Limitations and bugs

  • There is an issue, with the EKS module, where terraform destroy fails on the resource module.eks.kubernetes_config_map.aws_auth[0]. You don't have to worry about this, just remove the resource manually from the state file using terraform state rm 'module.eks.kubernetes_config_map.aws_auth[0]' and run terraform destroy again