Installing DKube on Amazon EKS


DKube is a portable, end-to-end, Kubeflow-based MLOps platform that enables data scientists to develop, tune, and deploy complex models. It is based on Kubernetes, and will run on-premises and on the most popular cloud providers. It has the same look, feel, and workflow on all of them, and migrating back and forth between providers is fast and simple.

This page provides step-by-step instructions of how to install DKube on an existing Amazon EKS system.

Cluster Configuration

These instructions assume that an EKS cluster has already been installed, and DKube is being installed on that cluster. The cluster should consist of one or more master nodes, and optional worker nodes.

  • The Master nodes coordinate the cluster, and can optionally contain GPUs

  • Each Worker node provides more resources, and is a way to expand the capability of the cluster

Installation Configuration

The overall flow of installation is as follows:

  • Copy the Docker installation scripts and associated files to the installation node

  • Ensure that the installation node has passwordless access to all of the DKube cluster nodes

  • Edit the installation ini files with the appropriate options

  • Install DKube and its required software components

  • Access DKube through a browser


Supported Platforms

The DKube installation scripts handle most of the work required to get DKube installed, including the installation of the software packages on the cluster. There are some prerequisites for each node, described below.

Node Requirements

Installation Node Requirements

The installation node has the following requirements:

  • Ubuntu 18.04

  • Docker CE

Docker Installation on Ubuntu

The following commands can be used to install Docker on Ubuntu:

sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install apt-transport-https ca-certificates curl gnupg-agent software-properties-common -y curl -fsSL | sudo apt-key add - sudo add-apt-repository "deb [arch=amd64] $(lsb_release -cs) stable" sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install docker-ce -y

DKube Cluster Node Requirements

The DKube Cluster nodes have the following requirements:

  • Ubuntu 18.04

  • Nodes should all have static IP addresses

  • Node names must be lower case

  • All nodes must be on the same subnet

  • All nodes must have the same user name and ssh key

Each node on the cluster should have the following minimum resources:

  • 16 CPU cores

  • 64GB RAM

  • 200GB Storage

Access to the Cluster

In order to run DKube both during and after installation, a minimum level of security access must be provided from any system that needs to use the node. This includes access to the url in order to open DKube from a browser.


Port Range




Access IP



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Private Subnet



Access IP

The source IP access range is in CIDR format. It consists of an IP address and mask combination. For example:

  • would allow IP addresses in the range 192.168.100.x

  • would allow IP addresses in the range 192.168.x.x


The source IP address can be used to allow access from any browser client. If this is used, then a firewall can be used to enable appropriate access.

Getting the DKube Files

The files necessary for installation, including the scripts, the .ini files, and any other associated files are pulled from Docker, using the following commands:

sudo docker login -u <Docker username> Password: <Docker password> sudo docker pull ocdr/dkubeadm:<DKube version> sudo docker run --rm -it -v $HOME/.dkube:/root/.dkube ocdr/dkubeadm:<DKube version> init


The docker credentials and DKube version number (x.y.z) are provided separately

This will copy the necessary files to the folder $HOME/.dkube


Tool used to install DKube on the cluster


Configuration file for Kubernetes cluster setup


Configuration file for DKube installation

Installation Setup

EKS Cluster Installation Files

When installing DKube on an existing EKS cluster, there are files required to set up the installation node and provide access to the EKS cluster.

The EKS preinstallation files are cloned from a GitHub repository.

git clone

Running the EKS Preinstallation Script

Navigate to the dkube-eks folder. Before running the preinstall script:

  • The [AWS] section of the terraform-eks.ini file needs to be completed to provide access to the EKS cluster

The following information needs to be completed in the terraform-eks.ini file:

  • aws_access_key_id

  • aws_secret_access_key

The rest of the fields are not used by the preinstall script, and can be left in their default state.

After running the preinstall script, the config file can be copied by including:

  • The region where the EKS cluster is running (e.g. us-west-2)

  • The EKS cluster name

The following commands will accomplish these steps:

bash source ~/.bashrc aws eks --region <EKS Region> update-kubeconfig --name <EKS Cluster Name> kubectl get nodes -o wide

The output from the “kubectl get nodes” command will provide the list of IP addresses and node names to use in the k8s.ini and dkube.ini files later in the installation procedure.

EKS Cluster Access

The section Getting the DKube Files provides instructions on getting the DKube installation files. The installation is performed from the $HOME/.dkube folder.

In order to set up the cluster access, all of the nodes in the EKS cluster must be identified in the k8s.ini file, as shown below. The following fields must be completed. The rest of the fields can stay at their default value.








IP addresses for EKS cluster


Username on EKS cluster


The IP addresses were obtained in the previous step with the “kubectl get nodes” command


In order to access the EKS cluster, the pem file from the AWS cluster is used. In order to use that file, the following steps should be followed:

  • Copy the .pem key to the $HOME/.dkube folder

  • Use the following commands to set up cluster access and install the necessary packages

sudo chmod 400 <pem file> sudo ./ --key=<pem file>

DKube Installation

Editing the DKube ini File

Before installing DKube, the dkube.ini configuration file must be completed.







User-chosen initial login username


User-chosen initial login password

Username and Password

This provides the credentials for initial DKube local login. The initial login user has both Operator and Data Scientist access.

The Username has the following restrictions:

Do not use the following names:

  • dkube

  • monitoring

  • kubeflow

Storage Options

The storage options are configured in the [STORAGE] section of the dkube.ini file.






EKS host name

The “EKS Host Name” for each node in the cluster can be identified using the “kubectl get nodes” command. For this field, choose the node that will be used for DKube storage.


Cluster Access Options

Cluster access is configured in the [EXTERNAL] section of the dkube.ini file. The fields should be configured as follows:








Node Setup

Before installing DKube, the appropriate software packages are required to be installed on each node on the DKube cluster. This is accomplished through the following command.

sudo ./dkubeadm node setup

Completion of the Installation

This section describes the final installation procedure.

Installing DKube
sudo ./dkubeadm dkube install
Accessing the Installer UI

The installation progress can be viewed at the following url:

Accessing DKube

The DKube UI can be accessed from the installation dashboard, or accessed at the following url:


Initial Login

The initial login after installation is accomplished with the username and password entered in the dkube.ini file.

DKube Installation Failure

If the DKube install procedure detects that some of the prerequisites are not correct, the first troubleshooting step is to uninstall and cleanup the system. The command to uninstall and cleanup is:

sudo ./dkubeadm dkube uninstall sudo ./dkubeadm node cleanup sudo ./dkubeadm node setup

After this successfully completes, run the DKube install command again at Installing DKube . If it still fails, contact your IT manager.

Uninstalling DKube

DKube can be uninstalled by following the steps in this section from the $HOME/.dkube directory:

sudo ./dkubeadm dkube uninstall sudo ./dkubeadm node cleanup