Pro Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS)

LocalStack Pro allows you to use the EKS API to create Kubernetes clusters and easily deploy containerized apps locally.

Please note that EKS requires an existing local Kubernetes installation. In recent versions of Docker, you can simply enable Kubernetes as an embedded service running inside Docker. See below for a screenshot of the Docker settings for Kubernetes in MacOS (similar configurations apply for Linux/Windows). By default, it is asssumed that Kubernetes API runs on the local TCP port 6443.

Kubernetes in Docker

The example below illustrates how to create an EKS cluster configuration (assuming you have awslocal installed):

$ awslocal eks create-cluster --name cluster1 --role-arn r1 --resources-vpc-config '{}'
    "cluster": {
        "name": "cluster1",
        "arn": "arn:aws:eks:eu-central-1:000000000000:cluster/cluster1",
        "createdAt": "Sat, 05 Oct 2019 12:29:26 GMT",
        "endpoint": "",
        "status": "ACTIVE",
$ awslocal eks list-clusters
    "clusters": [

Simply configure your Kubernetes client (e.g., kubectl or other SDK) to point to the endpoint specified in the create-cluster output above. Depending on whether you’re calling the Kubernetes API from the local machine or from within a Lambda, you may have to use different endpoint URLs (https://localhost:6443 vs