Chart version: 1.1.2
Api version: v1
App version: v2.1.1
AWS Load Balancer Controller Helm chart for Kubernetes
Chart Type
Set me up:
helm repo add center
Install Chart:
helm install aws-load-balancer-controller center/aws/aws-load-balancer-controller
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AWS Load Balancer Controller

AWS Load Balancer controller Helm chart for Kubernetes


helm repo add eks
kubectl apply -k ""
helm install eks/aws-load-balancer-controller


AWS Load Balancer controller manages the following AWS resources - Application Load Balancers to satisfy Kubernetes ingress objects - Network Load Balancers in IP mode to satisfy Kubernetes service objects of type LoadBalancer with NLB IP mode annotation

Security updates

Note: Deployed chart does not receive security updates automatically. You need to manually upgrade to a newer chart.


  • Kubernetes 1.9+ for ALB, 1.20+ for NLB IP mode, or EKS 1.18
  • IAM permissions

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.

Setup IAM for ServiceAccount

  1. Create IAM OIDC provider eksctl utils associate-iam-oidc-provider \ --region <aws-region> \ --cluster <your-cluster-name> \ --approve

  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 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 \

    Setup IAM manually

    If not setting up IAM for ServiceAccount, apply the IAM policies from the following URL at minimum.

Upgrading from ALB ingress controller

If migrating from ALB ingress controller, grant additional IAM permissions.

Installing the Chart

Note: You need to uninstall aws-alb-ingress-controller. Please refer to the upgrade section below before you proceed.

Add the EKS repository to Helm:

helm repo add eks

Install the TargetGroupBinding CRDs:

kubectl apply -k ""

Install the AWS Load Balancer controller, if using iamserviceaccount

# NOTE: The clusterName value must be set either via the values.yaml or the Helm command line. The <k8s-cluster-name> in the command
# below should be replaced with name of your k8s cluster before running it.
helm upgrade -i aws-load-balancer-controller eks/aws-load-balancer-controller -n kube-system --set clusterName=<k8s-cluster-name> --set serviceAccount.create=false --set

Install the AWS Load Balancer controller, if not using iamserviceaccount

helm upgrade -i aws-load-balancer-controller eks/aws-load-balancer-controller -n kube-system --set clusterName=<k8s-cluster-name>


The new controller is backwards compatible with the existing ingress objects. However, it will not coexist with the older aws-alb-ingress-controller. The old controller must be uninstalled completely before installing the new version.

Kubectl installation

If you had installed the previous version via kubectl, uninstall as follows

$ kubectl delete deployment -n kube-system alb-ingress-controller
# Find the version of the current controller
$ kubectl describe deployment  -n kube-system  alb-ingress-controller |grep Image
# In this case, the version is v1.1.8, the rbac roles can be removed as follows
$ kubectl delete -f

Helm installation

If you had installed the incubator/aws-alb-ingress-controller Helm chart, uninstall as follows

# NOTE: If installed under a different chart name and namespace, please specify as appropriate
$ helm delete aws-alb-ingress-controller -n kube-system

If you had installed the 0.1.x version of eks-charts/aws-load-balancer-controller chart earlier, the upgrade to chart version 1.0.0 will not work due to incompatibility of the webhook api version, uninstall as follows

$ helm delete aws-load-balancer-controller -n kube-system

Uninstalling the Chart

helm delete aws-load-balancer-controller -n kube-system


The following tables lists the configurable parameters of the chart and their default values. The default values set by the application itself can be confirmed here.

Parameter Description Default
image.repository image repository
image.tag image tag <VERSION>
image.pullPolicy image pull policy IfNotPresent
clusterName Kubernetes cluster name None
securityContext Set to security context for pod {}
resources Controller pod resource requests & limits {}
priorityClassName Controller pod priority class None
nodeSelector Node labels for controller pod assignment {}
tolerations Controller pod toleration for taints {}
affinity Affinity for pod assignment {}
podAnnotations Annotations to add to each pod {}
podLabels Labels to add to each pod {}
rbac.create if true, create and use RBAC resources true
serviceAccount.annotations optional annotations to add to service account None
serviceAccount.create If true, create a new service account true Service account to be used None
terminationGracePeriodSeconds Time period for controller pod to do a graceful shutdown 10
ingressClass The ingress class to satisfy alb
region The AWS region for the kubernetes cluster None
vpcId The VPC ID for the Kubernetes cluster None
awsMaxRetries Maximum retries for AWS APIs None
enablePodReadinessGateInject If enabled, targetHealth readiness gate will get injected to the pod spec for the matching endpoint pods None
enableShield Enable Shield addon for ALB None
enableWaf Enable WAF addon for ALB None
enableWafv2 Enable WAF V2 addon for ALB None
ingressMaxConcurrentReconciles Maximum number of concurrently running reconcile loops for ingress None
logLevel Set the controller log level - info, debug None
metricsBindAddr The address the metric endpoint binds to ””
webhookBindPort The TCP port the Webhook server binds to None
serviceMaxConcurrentReconciles Maximum number of concurrently running reconcile loops for service None
targetgroupbindingMaxConcurrentReconciles Maximum number of concurrently running reconcile loops for targetGroupBinding None
syncPeriod Period at which the controller forces the repopulation of its local object stores None
watchNamespace Namespace the controller watches for updates to Kubernetes objects, If empty, all namespaces are watche None
livenessProbe Liveness probe settings for the controller (see values.yaml)
env Environment variables to set for aws-load-balancer-controller pod None
hostNetwork If true, use hostNetwork false
extraVolumeMounts Extra volume mounts for the pod []
extraVolumes Extra volumes for the pod []
defaultTags Default tags to apply to all AWS resources managed by this controller {}