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Cloud Permissions for Cluster Access

For each environment cluster, you will want permissions for various members of your company to have access.


IAM users or roles need the following AWS permissions to interact with your EKS cluster: eks:DescribeCluster eks:AccessKubernetesApi
You can select these when creating the policy through the UI, or with this JSON version:
"Version": "2012-10-17",
"Statement": [
"Effect": "Allow",
"Action": [
"Resource": "<arn identifier>"
You will also need a Kubernetes role and service account in the EKS cluster. This can be achieved with the aws-auth configmap. The instructions are documented here. If you are interested in minimizing the permissions in the cluster, please take a look at our Kubernetes RBAC guide.


When using a GKE cluster with Garden, you can use the following predefined roles:
  • Kubernetes Engine Developer
  • Kubernetes Engine Cluster Viewer
These roles allow users to list all GKE clusters in a project and access the Kubernetes API and objects inside clusters.
To ensure that developers only have access to a single kubernetes cluster, create a separate project for that cluster.