Chart version: 8.0.0
Api version: v1
App version: 1.17.1
Scales worker nodes within autoscaling groups.
Chart Type
Set me up:
helm repo add center
Install Chart:
helm install cluster-autoscaler center/stable/cluster-autoscaler
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This Helm chart has been moved to the kubernetes/autoscaler repository.


The cluster autoscaler scales worker nodes within an AWS autoscaling group (ASG) or Spotinst Elastigroup.

Cluster Autoscaler version: v1.17.1


$ helm install stable/cluster-autoscaler --name my-release --set "autoscalingGroups[0].name=your-asg-name,autoscalingGroups[0].maxSize=10,autoscalingGroups[0].minSize=1"


This chart bootstraps a cluster-autoscaler deployment on a Kubernetes cluster using the Helm package manager.


  • Kubernetes 1.8+ > older versions may work by overriding the image. Cluster-autoscaler internally simulates the scheduler and bugs between mismatched versions may be subtle.
  • Azure AKS specific Prerequisites:
    • Kubernetes 1.10+ with RBAC-enabled

Upgrading from

In order to upgrade to chart version to 2.X from 1.X or 0.X, deleting the old helm release first is required.

$ helm del --purge my-release

Once the old release is deleted, the new 2.X release can be installed using the standard instructions. Note that autoscaling will not occur during the time between deletion and installation.

Upgrading from 4.X to 5.X

In order to upgrade to chart version 5.X from <=4.X, deleting the old helm release first is required.

$ helm del --purge my-release

Once the old release is deleted, the new 5.X release can be installed using the standard instructions. Note that autoscaling will not occur during the time between deletion and installation.

Installing the Chart

By default, no deployment is created and nothing will autoscale.

You must provide some minimal configuration, either to specify instance groups or enable auto-discovery. It is not recommended to do both.

Either: - set autoDiscovery.clusterName and tag your autoscaling groups appropriately (--cloud-provider=aws only) or - set at least one ASG as an element in the autoscalingGroups array with its three values: name, minSize and maxSize.

To install the chart with the release name my-release:

Using auto-discovery of tagged instance groups


Auto-discovery finds ASGs tags as below and automatically manages them based on the min and max size specified in the ASG. cloudProvider=aws only.

1) tag the ASGs with keys to match .Values.autoDiscovery.tags, by default: and<YOUR CLUSTER NAME> 2) verify the IAM Permissions 3) set autoDiscovery.clusterName=<YOUR CLUSTER NAME> 4) set awsRegion=<YOUR AWS REGION> 5) set awsAccessKeyID=<YOUR AWS KEY ID> and awsSecretAccessKey=<YOUR AWS SECRET KEY> if you want to use AWS credentials directly instead of an instance role

$ helm install stable/cluster-autoscaler --name my-release --set autoDiscovery.clusterName=<CLUSTER NAME>

The auto-discovery section provides more details and examples


Required parameters
  • autoDiscovery.clusterName=any-name
  • --cloud-provider=gce
  • autoscalingGroupsnamePrefix[0].name=your-ig-prefix,autoscalingGroupsnamePrefix[0].maxSize=10,autoscalingGroupsnamePrefix[0].minSize=1

To use Managed Instance Group (MIG) auto-discovery, provide a YAML file setting autoscalingGroupsnamePrefix (see values.yaml) or use --set when installing the Chart - e.g.

$ helm install stable/cluster-autoscaler \
--name my-release \
--set autoDiscovery.clusterName=<CLUSTER NAME> \
--set cloudProvider=gce \
--set "autoscalingGroupsnamePrefix[0].name=your-ig-prefix,autoscalingGroupsnamePrefix[0].maxSize=10,autoscalingGroupsnamePrefix[0].minSize=1"

Note that your-ig-prefix should be a prefix matching one or more MIGs, and not the full name of the MIG. For example, to match multiple instance groups - k8s-node-group-a-standard, k8s-node-group-b-gpu, you would use a prefix of k8s-node-group-.

In the event you want to explicitly specify MIGs instead of using auto-discovery, set members of the autoscalingGroups array directly - e.g.

# where 'n' is the index, starting at 0
-- set autoscalingGroups[n].name=$PROJECTID/zones/$ZONENAME/instanceGroupManagers/$FULL-MIG-NAME,autoscalingGroups[n].maxSize=$MAXSIZE,autoscalingGroups[n].minSize=$MINSIZE

Azure AKS

Required Parameters
  • cloudProvider=azure
  • autoscalingGroups[0].name=your-agent-pool,autoscalingGroups[0].maxSize=10,autoscalingGroups[0].minSize=1
  • azureClientID: "your-service-principal-app-id"
  • azureClientSecret: "your-service-principal-client-secret"
  • azureSubscriptionID: "your-azure-subscription-id"
  • azureTenantID: "your-azure-tenant-id"
  • azureClusterName: "your-aks-cluster-name"
  • azureResourceGroup: "your-aks-cluster-resource-group-name"
  • azureVMType: "AKS"
  • azureNodeResourceGroup: "your-aks-cluster-node-resource-group"

Specifying groups manually (only aws)

Without autodiscovery, specify an array of elements each containing ASG name, min size, max size. The sizes specified here will be applied to the ASG, assuming IAM permissions are correctly configured.

1) verify the IAM Permissions 2) Either provide a yaml file setting autoscalingGroups (see values.yaml) or use --set e.g.:

$ helm install stable/cluster-autoscaler --name my-release --set "autoscalingGroups[0].name=your-asg-name,autoscalingGroups[0].maxSize=10,autoscalingGroups[0].minSize=1"

Uninstalling the Chart

To uninstall my-release:

$ helm delete my-release

The command removes all the Kubernetes components associated with the chart and deletes the release.

Tip: List all releases using helm list or start clean with helm delete --purge my-release


The following table lists the configurable parameters of the cluster-autoscaler chart and their default values.

Parameter Description Default
affinity node/pod affinities None
autoDiscovery.clusterName enable autodiscovery for name in ASG tag (only cloudProvider=aws). Must be set for cloudProvider=gce, but no MIG tagging required. "" required unless autoscalingGroups[] provided
autoDiscovery.tags ASG tags to match, run through tpl [ "", "{{ .Values.autoDiscovery.clusterName }}" ]
autoscalingGroups[].name autoscaling group name None. Required unless autoDiscovery.enabled=true
autoscalingGroups[].maxSize maximum autoscaling group size None. Required unless autoDiscovery.enabled=true
autoscalingGroups[].minSize minimum autoscaling group size None. Required unless autoDiscovery.enabled=true
awsRegion AWS region (required if cloudProvider=aws) us-east-1
awsAccessKeyID AWS access key ID (if AWS user keys used) ""
awsSecretAccessKey AWS access secret key (if AWS user keys used) ""
autoscalingGroupsnamePrefix[].name GCE MIG name prefix (the full name is invalid) None. Required for cloudProvider=gce
autoscalingGroupsnamePrefix[].maxSize maximum MIG size None. Required for cloudProvider=gce
autoscalingGroupsnamePrefix[].minSize minimum MIG size None. Required for cloudProvider=gce
cloudProvider aws or spotinst are currently supported for AWS. gce for GCE. azure for Azure AKS aws
image.repository Image
image.tag Image tag v1.17.1
image.pullPolicy Image pull policy IfNotPresent
image.pullSecrets Image pull secrets []
extraArgs additional container arguments {}
podDisruptionBudget Pod disruption budget maxUnavailable: 1
extraEnv additional container environment variables {}
envFromConfigMap additional container environment variables from a configmap {}
envFromSecret secret name containing keys that will be exposed as envs nil
extraEnvSecrets additional container environment variables from a secret {}
fullnameOverride String to fully override cluster-autoscaler.fullname template ""
nameOverride String to partially override cluster-autoscaler.fullname template (will maintain the release name) ""
nodeSelector node labels for pod assignment {}
podAnnotations annotations to add to each pod {}
rbac.create If true, create & use RBAC resources true
rbac.serviceAccount.create If true and rbac.create is also true, a service account will be created true The name of the ServiceAccount to use. If not set and create is true, a name is generated using the fullname template nil
rbac.serviceAccountAnnotations Additional Service Account annotations {}
rbac.pspEnabled Must be used with rbac.create true. If true, creates & uses RBAC resources required in the cluster with Pod Security Policies enabled. false
replicaCount desired number of pods 1
priorityClassName priorityClassName nil
dnsPolicy dnsPolicy nil
securityContext Security context for pod nil
containerSecurityContext Security context for container nil
resources pod resource requests & limits {}
updateStrategy Deployment update strategy nil
service.annotations annotations to add to service none
service.externalIPs service external IP addresses []
service.loadBalancerIP IP address to assign to load balancer (if supported) ""
service.loadBalancerSourceRanges list of IP CIDRs allowed access to load balancer (if supported) []
service.servicePort service port to expose 8085
service.portName name for service port http
service.type type of service to create ClusterIP
spotinst.account Spotinst Account ID (required if cloudprovider=spotinst) ""
spotinst.token Spotinst API token (required if cloudprovider=spotinst) ""
spotinst.image.repository Image (used if cloudProvider=spotinst) spotinst/kubernetes-cluster-autoscaler
spotinst.image.tag Image tag (used if cloudProvider=spotinst) v0.6.0
spotinst.image.pullPolicy Image pull policy (used if cloudProvider=spotinst) IfNotPresent
tolerations List of node taints to tolerate (requires Kubernetes >= 1.6) []
serviceMonitor.enabled if true, creates a Prometheus Operator ServiceMonitor false
serviceMonitor.interval Interval that Prometheus scrapes Cluster Autoscaler metrics 10s
serviceMonitor.namespace Namespace which Prometheus is running in monitoring
serviceMonitor.path The path to scrape for metrics /metrics
serviceMonitor.selector Default to kube-prometheus install (CoreOS recommended), but should be set according to Prometheus install { prometheus: kube-prometheus }
azureClientID Service Principal ClientID with contributor permission to Cluster and Node ResourceGroup none
azureClientSecret Service Principal ClientSecret with contributor permission to Cluster and Node ResourceGroup none
azureSubscriptionID Azure subscription where the resources are located none
azureTenantID Azure tenant where the resources are located none
azureClusterName Azure AKS cluster name none
azureResourceGroup Azure resource group that the cluster is located none
azureVMType: "AKS" Azure VM type AKS
azureNodeResourceGroup azure resource group where the clusters Nodes are located, typically set as MC_<cluster-resource-group-name>_<cluster-name>_<location> none
azureUseManagedIdentityExtension Whether to use Azure’s managed identity extension for credentials false
kubeTargetVersionOverride Override the .Capabilities.KubeVersion.GitVersion ""
expanderPriorities The expanderPriorities is used if extraArgs.expander is set to priority and expanderPriorities is also set with the priorities.

Specify each parameter you’d like to override using a YAML file as described above in the installation section or by using the --set key=value[,key=value] argument to helm install. For example, to change the region and expander:

$ helm install stable/cluster-autoscaler --name my-release \
    --set extraArgs.expander=most-pods \
    --set awsRegion=us-west-1


The worker running the cluster autoscaler will need access to certain resources and actions:

    "Version": "2012-10-17",
    "Statement": [
            "Effect": "Allow",
            "Action": [
            "Resource": "*"
  • DescribeTags is required for autodiscovery.
  • DescribeLaunchconfigurations is required to scale up an ASG from 0

Unfortunately AWS does not support ARNs for autoscaling groups yet so you must use “*” as the resource. More information here.

IAM Roles for Service Accounts (IRSA)

For Kubernetes clusters that use Amazon EKS, the service account can be configured with an IAM role using IAM Roles for Service Accounts to avoid needing to grant access to the worker nodes for AWS resources.

In order to accomplish this, you will first need to create a new IAM role with the above mentions policies. Take care in configuring the trust relationship to restrict access just to the service account used by cluster autoscaler.

Once you have the IAM role configured, you would then need to --set rbac.serviceAccountAnnotations."eks\.amazonaws\.com/role-arn"=arn:aws:iam::123456789012:role/MyRoleName when installing.


For auto-discovery of instances to work, they must be tagged with the keys in .Values.autoDiscovery.tags, which by default are and<ClusterName>

The value of the tag does not matter, only the key.

An example kops spec excerpt:

apiVersion: kops/v1alpha2
kind: Cluster
  name: my.cluster.internal
    node: |
apiVersion: kops/v1alpha2
kind: InstanceGroup
  labels: my.cluster.internal
  name: my-instances
  cloudLabels: "" ""
  machineType: r4.large
  maxSize: 4
  minSize: 0

In this example you would need to --set autoDiscovery.clusterName=my.cluster.internal when installing.

It is not recommended to try to mix this with setting autoscalingGroups

See autoscaler AWS documentation for a more discussion of the setup


The chart will succeed even if the container arguments are incorrect. A few minutes after starting kubectl logs -l "app=aws-cluster-autoscaler" --tail=50 should loop through something like

polling_autoscaler.go:111] Poll finished
static_autoscaler.go:97] Starting main loop
utils.go:435] No pod using affinity / antiaffinity found in cluster, disabling affinity predicate for this loop
static_autoscaler.go:230] Filtering out schedulables

If not, find a pod that the deployment created and describe it, paying close attention to the arguments under Command. e.g.:

# if specifying ASGs manually
# if using autodiscovery,<ClusterName>


Though enough for the majority of installations, the default PodSecurityPolicy could be too restrictive depending on the specifics of your release. Please make sure to check that the template fits with any customizations made or disable it by setting rbac.pspEnabled to false.