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Component: eks/alb-controller

This component creates a Helm release for alb-controller on an EKS cluster.

alb-controller is a Kubernetes addon that, in the context of AWS, provisions and manages ALBs and NLBs based on Service and Ingress annotations. This module also can (and is recommended to) provision a default IngressClass.

Special note about upgrading

When upgrading the chart version, check to see if the IAM policy for the service account needs to be updated. If it does, update the policy in the file. Probably the easiest way to check if it needs updating is to simply download the policy from and compare it to the policy in


Stack Level: Regional

Once the catalog file is created, the file can be imported as follows.

- catalog/eks/alb-controller

The default catalog values e.g. stacks/catalog/eks/alb-controller.yaml

chart: aws-load-balancer-controller
# IMPORTANT: When updating the chart version, check to see if the IAM policy for the service account.
# needs to be updated, and if it does, update the policy in the `` file.
chart_version: "1.6.0"
create_namespace: true
kubernetes_namespace: alb-controller
# this feature causes inconsistent final plans
# see
helm_manifest_experiment_enabled: false

default_ingress_class_name: default
default_ingress_group: common
default_ingress_ip_address_type: ipv4
default_ingress_scheme: internet-facing
# You can use `chart_values` to set any other chart options. Treat `chart_values` as the root of the doc.
# # For example
# ---
# chart_values:
# enableShield: false
chart_values: {}


terraform>= 1.0.0
aws>= 4.9.0
helm>= 2.0
kubernetes>= 2.14.0, != 2.21.0


aws>= 4.9.0




aws_eks_cluster_auth.eksdata source


additional_tag_mapAdditional key-value pairs to add to each map in tags_as_list_of_maps. Not added to tags or id.
This is for some rare cases where resources want additional configuration of tags
and therefore take a list of maps with tag key, value, and additional configuration.
atomicIf set, installation process purges chart on fail. The wait flag will be set automatically if atomic is used.booltrueno
attributesID element. Additional attributes (e.g. workers or cluster) to add to id,
in the order they appear in the list. New attributes are appended to the
end of the list. The elements of the list are joined by the delimiter
and treated as a single ID element.
chartChart name to be installed. The chart name can be local path, a URL to a chart, or the name of the chart if repository is specified. It is also possible to use the <repository>/<chart> format here if you are running Terraform on a system that the repository has been added to with helm repo add but this is not recommended.stringn/ayes
chart_descriptionSet release description attribute (visible in the history).stringnullno
chart_repositoryRepository URL where to locate the requested chart.stringn/ayes
chart_valuesAdditional values to yamlencode as helm_release values.any{}no
chart_versionSpecify the exact chart version to install. If this is not specified, the latest version is installed.stringnullno
cleanup_on_failAllow deletion of new resources created in this upgrade when upgrade fails.booltrueno
contextSingle object for setting entire context at once.
See description of individual variables for details.
Leave string and numeric variables as null to use default value.
Individual variable settings (non-null) override settings in context object,
except for attributes, tags, and additional_tag_map, which are merged.
"additional_tag_map": {},
"attributes": [],
"delimiter": null,
"descriptor_formats": {},
"enabled": true,
"environment": null,
"id_length_limit": null,
"label_key_case": null,
"label_order": [],
"label_value_case": null,
"labels_as_tags": [
"name": null,
"namespace": null,
"regex_replace_chars": null,
"stage": null,
"tags": {},
"tenant": null
create_namespaceCreate the namespace if it does not yet exist. Defaults to false.boolnullno
default_ingress_additional_tagsAdditional tags to apply to the ingress load{}no
default_ingress_class_nameClass name for default ingressstring"default"no
default_ingress_enabledSet true to deploy a default IngressClass. There should only be one default per cluster.booltrueno
default_ingress_groupGroup name for default ingressstring"common"no
default_ingress_ip_address_typeIP address type for default ingress, one of ipv4 or dualstack.string"dualstack"no
default_ingress_load_balancer_attributesA list of load balancer attributes to apply to the default ingress load balancer.
See Load Balancer Attributes.
list(object({ key = string, value = string }))[]no
default_ingress_schemeScheme for default ingress, one of internet-facing or internal.string"internet-facing"no
delimiterDelimiter to be used between ID elements.
Defaults to - (hyphen). Set to "" to use no delimiter at all.
descriptor_formatsDescribe additional descriptors to be output in the descriptors output map.
Map of maps. Keys are names of descriptors. Values are maps of the form
{<br/> format = string<br/> labels = list(string)<br/>}
(Type is any so the map values can later be enhanced to provide additional options.)
format is a Terraform format string to be passed to the format() function.
labels is a list of labels, in order, to pass to format() function.
Label values will be normalized before being passed to format() so they will be
identical to how they appear in id.
Default is {} (descriptors output will be empty).
eks_component_nameThe name of the eks componentstring"eks/cluster"no
enabledSet to false to prevent the module from creating any resourcesboolnullno
environmentID element. Usually used for region e.g. 'uw2', 'us-west-2', OR role 'prod', 'staging', 'dev', 'UAT'stringnullno
helm_manifest_experiment_enabledEnable storing of the rendered manifest for helm_release so the full diff of what is changing can been seen in the planboolfalseno
id_length_limitLimit id to this many characters (minimum 6).
Set to 0 for unlimited length.
Set to null for keep the existing setting, which defaults to 0.
Does not affect id_full.
kube_data_auth_enabledIf true, use an aws_eks_cluster_auth data source to authenticate to the EKS cluster.
Disabled by kubeconfig_file_enabled or kube_exec_auth_enabled.
kube_exec_auth_aws_profileThe AWS config profile for aws eks get-token to usestring""no
kube_exec_auth_aws_profile_enabledIf true, pass kube_exec_auth_aws_profile as the profile to aws eks get-tokenboolfalseno
kube_exec_auth_enabledIf true, use the Kubernetes provider exec feature to execute aws eks get-token to authenticate to the EKS cluster.
Disabled by kubeconfig_file_enabled, overrides kube_data_auth_enabled.
kube_exec_auth_role_arnThe role ARN for aws eks get-token to usestring""no
kube_exec_auth_role_arn_enabledIf true, pass kube_exec_auth_role_arn as the role ARN to aws eks get-tokenbooltrueno
kubeconfig_contextContext to choose from the Kubernetes kube config filestring""no
kubeconfig_exec_auth_api_versionThe Kubernetes API version of the credentials returned by the exec auth pluginstring""no
kubeconfig_fileThe Kubernetes provider config_path setting to use when kubeconfig_file_enabled is truestring""no
kubeconfig_file_enabledIf true, configure the Kubernetes provider with kubeconfig_file and use that kubeconfig file for authenticating to the EKS clusterboolfalseno
kubernetes_namespaceThe namespace to install the release into.stringn/ayes
label_key_caseControls the letter case of the tags keys (label names) for tags generated by this module.
Does not affect keys of tags passed in via the tags input.
Possible values: lower, title, upper.
Default value: title.
label_orderThe order in which the labels (ID elements) appear in the id.
Defaults to ["namespace", "environment", "stage", "name", "attributes"].
You can omit any of the 6 labels ("tenant" is the 6th), but at least one must be present.
label_value_caseControls the letter case of ID elements (labels) as included in id,
set as tag values, and output by this module individually.
Does not affect values of tags passed in via the tags input.
Possible values: lower, title, upper and none (no transformation).
Set this to title and set delimiter to "" to yield Pascal Case IDs.
Default value: lower.
labels_as_tagsSet of labels (ID elements) to include as tags in the tags output.
Default is to include all labels.
Tags with empty values will not be included in the tags output.
Set to [] to suppress all generated tags.
The value of the name tag, if included, will be the id, not the name.
Unlike other null-label inputs, the initial setting of labels_as_tags cannot be
changed in later chained modules. Attempts to change it will be silently ignored.
nameID element. Usually the component or solution name, e.g. 'app' or 'jenkins'.
This is the only ID element not also included as a tag.
The "name" tag is set to the full id string. There is no tag with the value of the name input.
namespaceID element. Usually an abbreviation of your organization name, e.g. 'eg' or 'cp', to help ensure generated IDs are globally uniquestringnullno
rbac_enabledService Account for pods.booltrueno
regex_replace_charsTerraform regular expression (regex) string.
Characters matching the regex will be removed from the ID elements.
If not set, "/[^a-zA-Z0-9-]/" is used to remove all characters other than hyphens, letters and digits.
regionAWS Region.stringn/ayes
resourcesThe cpu and memory of the deployment's limits and requests.
limits = object({
cpu = string
memory = string
requests = object({
cpu = string
memory = string
stageID element. Usually used to indicate role, e.g. 'prod', 'staging', 'source', 'build', 'test', 'deploy', 'release'stringnullno
tagsAdditional tags (e.g. {'BusinessUnit': 'XYZ'}).
Neither the tag keys nor the tag values will be modified by this module.
tenantID element _(Rarely used, not included by default)_. A customer identifier, indicating who this instance of a resource is forstringnullno
timeoutTime in seconds to wait for any individual kubernetes operation (like Jobs for hooks). Defaults to 300 secondsnumbernullno


metadataBlock status of the deployed release



PR #821

Update IAM Policy and Change How it is Managed

The ALB controller needs a lot of permissions and has a complex IAM policy. For this reason, the project releases a complete JSON policy document that is updated as needed.

In this release:

  1. We have updated the policy to the one distributed with version 2.6.0 of the ALB controller. This fixes an issue where the controller was not able to create the service-linked role for the Elastic Load Balancing service.
  2. To ease maintenance, we have moved the policy document to a separate file, and made it easy to update or override.
Gov Cloud and China Regions

Actually, the project releases 3 policy documents, one for each of the three AWS partitions: aws, aws-cn, and aws-us-gov. For simplicity, this module only uses the aws partition policy. If you are in another partition, you can create a file in your directory and override the overridable_distributed_iam_policy local variable with the policy document for your partition.