Running on AWS

This quickstart guide helps you get started running Pinot on Amazon Web Services (AWS).

In this quickstart guide, you will set up a Kubernetes Cluster on Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (Amazon EKS)

1. Tooling Installation

1.1 Install Kubectl

To install kubectl, see Install kubectl.

For Mac users

brew install kubernetes-cli

Check kubectl version after installation.

kubectl version

Quickstart scripts are tested under kubectl client version v1.16.3 and server version v1.13.12

1.2 Install Helm

Follow this link ( to install helm.

For Mac users

brew install kubernetes-helm

Check helm version after installation.

helm version

This quickstart provides helm supports for helm v3.0.0 and v2.12.1. Pick the script based on your helm version.

1.3 Install AWS CLI

Follow this link ( to install AWS CLI.

For Mac users

curl "" -o ""
sudo ./aws/install

1.4 Install Eksctl

Follow this link ( to install AWS CLI.

For Mac users

brew tap weaveworks/tap
brew install weaveworks/tap/eksctl

2. (Optional) Log in to your AWS account

For first-time AWS users, register your account at

Once you have created the account, go to AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) to create a user and create access keys under Security Credential tab.

aws configure

Environment variables AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID and AWS_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY will override the AWS configuration stored in file ~/.aws/credentials

3. (Optional) Create a Kubernetes cluster(EKS) in AWS

The script below will create a 1 node cluster named pinot-quickstart in us-west-2 with a t3.xlarge machine for demo purposes:

eksctl create cluster \
--name ${EKS_CLUSTER_NAME} \
--version 1.16 \
--region us-west-2 \
--nodegroup-name standard-workers \
--node-type t3.xlarge \
--nodes 1 \
--nodes-min 1 \
--nodes-max 1

For k8s 1.23+, run the following commands to allow the containers to provision their storage:

eksctl utils associate-iam-oidc-provider --region=us-east-2 --cluster=pinot-quickstart --approve

eksctl create iamserviceaccount \
  --name ebs-csi-controller-sa \
  --namespace kube-system \
  --cluster pinot-quickstart \
  --attach-policy-arn arn:aws:iam::aws:policy/service-role/AmazonEBSCSIDriverPolicy \
  --approve \
  --role-only \
  --role-name AmazonEKS_EBS_CSI_DriverRole

eksctl create addon --name aws-ebs-csi-driver --cluster pinot-quickstart --service-account-role-arn arn:aws:iam::$(aws sts get-caller-identity --query Account --output text):role/AmazonEKS_EBS_CSI_DriverRole --force

Use the following command to monitor the cluster status:

aws eks describe-cluster --name ${EKS_CLUSTER_NAME} --region us-west-2

Once the cluster is in ACTIVE status, it's ready to be used.

4. Connect to an existing cluster

Run the following command to get the credential for the cluster pinot-quickstart that you just created:

aws eks update-kubeconfig --name ${EKS_CLUSTER_NAME}

To verify the connection, run the following:

kubectl get nodes

5. Pinot quickstart

Follow this Kubernetes quickstart to deploy your Pinot demo.

6. Delete a Kubernetes Cluster

aws eks delete-cluster --name ${EKS_CLUSTER_NAME}

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