AWS EKS Specific details

This document includes details of installing FlowForge on AWS EKS



This is used to interact with the whole AWS environment

From here onwards this document assumes that you have configured the AWS CLI tools with a user that has permission to carry out the steps.

This document does not include details of how to configure such a user in AWS IAM. Please show this document to you AWS Account Admin if you need help.


This tool is used to create/modify AWS EKS Clusters, it uses the credentials from the AWS Cli.

Setup a new domain on Route53

Do this in the AWS Console/Your DNS provider

Create an AWS Certificate

Request a certificate for *.[DOMAIN] from Amazon Certificate Manager

Do this in AWS Console, with Route53 validation

Create AWS Container Repositories

(URL above assumes setting up in eu-west-1, change this to the region you intent to run)

To start with we need the following 2 repositories (more later when we have more templates)

  • flowforge/forge-k8s
  • flowforge/node-red

Record the host name it will look like [aws id].dkr.ecr.[aws region]

Create EKS Cluster

Edit the cluster.yml file in aws_eks to set your preferred instance type and count along with AWS Region

eksctl create cluster -f cluster.yml

Example cluster.yml (Please visit to be sure you understand what this does.)

kind: ClusterConfig

name: flowforge
region: us-east-1

- name: management
role: "management"
instanceType: t2.small
desiredCapacity: 1
volumeSize: 20
allow: false
efs: true
- name: instance
role: "projects"
tags: "true" "owned"
instanceType: t2.small
desiredCapacity: 2
allow: false

Add oidc provider for Loadbalance and IAM roles

eksctl utils associate-iam-oidc-provider --cluster flowforge-test --approve

Add AWS Load balancer (remember to update [aws id])

curl -o iam_policy.json

aws iam create-policy --policy-name AWSLoadBalancerControllerIAMPolicy --policy-document file://iam_policy.json
eksctl create iamserviceaccount --cluster=flowforge-test --namespace=kube-system --name=aws-load-balancer-controller --attach-policy-arn=arn:aws:iam::[aws id]:policy/AWSLoadBalancerControllerIAMPolicy --override-existing-serviceaccounts --approve

helm repo add eks
kubectl apply -k ""

K8S_VPC_ID=$(aws ec2 describe-vpcs --filters ",Values=flowforge-test" | jq -r '.Vpcs[].VpcId')
helm install aws-load-balancer-controller eks/aws-load-balancer-controller --set clusterName=flowforge-test --set serviceAccount.create=false --set region=eu-west-1 --set vpcId=$K8S_VPC_ID --set -n kube-system


Setup AWS SES for email

Setup identity to match sending domain (requires DNS entries) Setup email identity to send test emails to Request move to production from sandbox (need to include examples of emails being sent and why/when those emails will be sent should only need this for prod)

ses_policy.json (with suitable aws id, aws region and domain modifications):

"Version": "2012-10-17",
"Statement": [
"Sid": "VisualEditor0",
"Effect": "Allow",
"Action": [
"Resource": "arn:aws:ses:[aws region]:[aws id]:identity/[domain name]"
IAM_POLICY_ARN=$(aws iam create-policy --policy-name FlowForgeSendEmail --policy-document file://ses_policy.json | jq -r .Policy.Arn)
ACCOUNT_ID=$(aws sts get-caller-identity --query "Account" --output text)
OIDC_PROVIDER=$(aws eks describe-cluster --name flowforge --query "cluster.identity.oidc.issuer" --output text | sed -e "s/^https:\/\///")

"Version": "2012-10-17",
"Statement": [
"Effect": "Allow",
"Principal": {
"Federated": "arn:aws:iam::${ACCOUNT_ID}:oidc-provider/${OIDC_PROVIDER}"
"Action": "sts:AssumeRoleWithWebIdentity",
"Condition": {
"StringEquals": {
"${OIDC_PROVIDER}:sub": "system:serviceaccount:default:flowforge"

echo "${TRUST_RELATIONSHIP}" > trust.json

aws iam create-role --role-name flowforge_service_account_role --assume-role-policy-document file://trust.json --description "Role to bind to flowforge service account"

aws iam attach-role-policy --role-name flowforge_service_account_role --policy-arn=$IAM_POLICY_ARN

Make a note of the ARN for the IAM Role (flowforge_service_account_role) is needed in the helm chart values yaml file. aws iam get-role --role-name flowforge_service_account_role


Create a IAM Role to bind IAM Policies to the service account

Create IAM Policy to allow sending emails (example:

Use AWS RDS PostgreSQL instance

The following script creates a AWS RDS PostgreSQL instance, it also sets up some network access rules so only the FlowForge app can access it from inside the cluster (and not the Node-RED Projects).

Please read it carfully before running it to ensure you understand it.

A copy of this file can be found here

Run the following command


Make a note of the postgress hostname

aws rds describe-db-instances | jq .DBInstances[].Endpoint.Address