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Guidelines for community contribution

We work hard to provide a high-quality Kubernetes installer for EKS, and we greatly value feedback and contributions from our community. Please review the contribution guidelines before submitting any issues or pull requests to ensure we have all the necessary information to respond to your bug report or contribution effectively. If you have a concern with a security vulnerability, please review our reporting a vulnerability policy .

1 - Contributing Guidelines

How to best contribute to the project

Thank you for your interest in contributing to our project. Whether it’s a bug report, new feature, correction, or additional documentation, we greatly value feedback and contributions from our community.

Please read through this document before submitting any issues or pull requests to ensure we have all the necessary information to effectively respond to your bug report or contribution.

General Guidelines

Pull Requests

Make sure to keep Pull Requests small and functional to make them easier to review, understand, and look up in commit history. This repository uses “Squash and Commit” to keep our history clean and make it easier to revert changes based on PR.

Adding the appropriate documentation, unit tests and e2e tests as part of a feature is the responsibility of the feature owner, whether it is done in the same Pull Request or not.

Pull Requests should follow the “subject: message” format, where the subject describes what part of the code is being modified.

Refer to the template for more information on what goes into a PR description.

Design Docs

A contributor proposes a design with a PR on the repository to allow for revisions and discussions. If a design needs to be discussed before formulating a document for it, make use of GitHub Discussions to involve the community on the discussion.

GitHub Discussions

GitHub Discussions are used for feature requests (that don’t have actionable items/issues), questions, and anything else the community would like to share.


  • Q/A - Questions
  • Proposals - Feature requests and other suggestions
  • Show and tell - Anything that the community would like to share
  • General - Everything else (possibly announcements as well)

GitHub Issues

GitHub Issues are used to file bugs, work items, and feature requests with actionable items/issues (Please refer to the “Reporting Bugs/Feature Requests” section below for more information).


  • “<area>” - area of project that issue is related to (create, upgrade, flux, test, etc.)
  • “priority/p<n>” - priority of task based on following numbers
    • p0: need to do right away
    • p1: don’t have a set time but need to do
    • p2: not currently being tracked (backlog)
  • “status/<status>” - status of the issue (notstarted, implementation, etc.)
  • “kind/<kind>” - type of issue (bug, feature, enhancement, docs, etc.)

Refer to the template for more information on what goes into an issue description.

GitHub Milestones

GitHub Milestones are used to plan work that is currently being tracked.

  • next: changes for next release
  • next+1: won’t make next release but the following
  • techdebt: used to keep track of techdebt items, separate ongoing effort from release action items
  • oncall: used to keep track of issues needing active follow-up
  • backlog: items that don’t have a home in the others

GitHub Projects (or tasks within a GitHub Issue)

GitHub Projects are used to keep track of bigger features that are made up of a collection of issues. Certain features can also have a tracking issue that contains a checklist of tasks that link to other issues.

Reporting Bugs/Feature Requests

We welcome you to use the GitHub issue tracker to report bugs or suggest features that have actionable items/issues (as opposed to introducing a feature request on GitHub Discussions).

When filing an issue, please check existing open, or recently closed, issues to make sure somebody else hasn’t already reported the issue. Please try to include as much information as you can. Details like these are incredibly useful:

  • A reproducible test case or series of steps
  • The version of the code being used
  • Any modifications you’ve made relevant to the bug
  • Anything unusual about your environment or deployment

Contributing via Pull Requests

Contributions via pull requests are much appreciated. Before sending us a pull request, please ensure that:

  1. You are working against the latest source on the main branch.
  2. You check existing open, and recently merged, pull requests to make sure someone else hasn’t addressed the problem already.
  3. You open an issue to discuss any significant work - we would hate for your time to be wasted.

To send us a pull request, please:

  1. Fork the repository.
  2. Modify the source; please focus on the specific change you are contributing. If you also reformat all the code, it will be hard for us to focus on your change.
  3. Ensure local tests pass.
  4. Commit to your fork using clear commit messages.
  5. Send us a pull request, answering any default questions in the pull request interface.
  6. Pay attention to any automated CI failures reported in the pull request, and stay involved in the conversation.

GitHub provides additional document on forking a repository and creating a pull request .

Finding contributions to work on

Looking at the existing issues is a great way to find something to contribute on. As our projects, by default, use the default GitHub issue labels (enhancement/bug/duplicate/help wanted/invalid/question/wontfix), looking at any ‘help wanted’ and ‘good first issue’ issues are a great place to start.

Code of Conduct

This project has adopted the Amazon Open Source Code of Conduct . For more information see the Code of Conduct FAQ or contact with any additional questions or comments.

Security issue notifications

If you discover a potential security issue in this project we ask that you notify AWS/Amazon Security via our vulnerability reporting page . Please do not create a public GitHub issue.


See the LICENSE file for our project’s licensing. We will ask you to confirm the licensing of your contribution.

2 - Contributing to documentation

Guidelines for contributing to EKS Anywhere documentation

EKS Anywhere documentation uses the Hugo site generator and the Docsy theme. To get started contributing:

Style issues

  • EKS Anywhere: Always refer to EKS Anywhere as EKS Anywhere and NOT EKS-A or EKS-Anywhere.

  • Line breaks: Put each sentence on its own line and don’t do a line break in the middle of a sentence. We are using a modified Semantic Line Breaking in that we are requiring a break at the end of every sentence, but not at commas or other semantic boundaries.

  • Headings: Use sentence case in headings. So do “Cluster specification reference” and not “Cluster Specification Reference”

  • Cross references: To cross reference to another doc in the EKS Anywhere docs set, use relref in the link so that Hugo will test it and fail the build for links not found. Also, use relative paths to point to other content in the docs set. Here is an example of a cross reference (code and results):

      See the [troubleshooting section]({ {< relref "../troubleshooting" >} } ) page.

    See the troubleshooting section page.

  • Notes, Warnings, etc.: You can use this form for notes:

    {{% alert title=“Note” color=“primary” %}}

    <put note here, multiple paragraphs are allowed>

    {{% /alert %}}

  • Embedding content: If you want to read in content from a separate file, you can use the following format. Do this if you think the content might be useful in multiple pages:

    {{% content “./” %}}

  • General style issues: Unless otherwise instructed, follow the Kubernetes Documentation Style Guide for formatting and presentation guidance.

  • Creating images: Screen shots and other images should be published in PNG format. For complex diagrams, create them in SVG format, then export the image to PNG and store both in the EKS Anywhere GitHub site’s docs/static/images directory. To include an image in a docs page, use the following format:

    ![Create workload clusters](/images/eks-a_cluster_management.png)

You can use tools such as or image creation programs, such as inkscape, to create SVG diagrams. Use a white background for images and have cropping focus on the content you are highlighing (in other words, don’t show a whole web page if you are only interested in one field).

Where to put content

  • Yaml examples: Put full yaml file examples into the EKS Anywhere GitHub site’s docs/static/manifests directory. In kubectl examples, you can point to those files using:
  • Generic instructions for creating a cluster should go into the getting started documentation for the appropriate provider.
  • Instructions that are specific to an EKS Anywhere provider should go into the appropriate provider section.

Contributing docs for third-party solutions

To contribute documentation describing how to use third-party software products or projects with EKS Anywhere, follow these guidelines.

Docs for third-party software in EKS Anywhere

Documentation PRs for EKS Anywhere that describe third-party software that is included in EKS Anywhere are acceptable, provided they meet the quality standards described in the Tips described below. This includes:

  • Software bundled with EKS Anywhere (for example, Cilium docs )
  • Supported platforms on which EKS Anywhere runs (for example, VMware vSphere )
  • Curated software that is packaged by the EKS Anywhere project to run EKS Anywhere. This includes documentation for Harbor local registry, Ingress controller, and Prometheus, Grafana, and Fluentd monitoring and logging.

Docs for third-party software NOT in EKS Anywhere

Documentation for software that is not part of EKS Anywhere software can still be added to EKS Anywhere docs by meeting one of the following criteria:

  • Partners: Documentation PRs for software from vendors listed on the EKS Anywhere Partner page ) can be considered to add to the EKS Anywhere docs. Links point to partners from the Compare EKS Anywhere to EKS page and other content can be added to EKS Anywhere documentation for features from those partners. Contact the AWS container partner team if you are interested in becoming a partner:

Tips for contributing third-party docs

The Kubernetes docs project itself describes a similar approach to docs covering third-party software in the How Docs Handle Third Party and Dual Sourced Content blog. In line with these general guidelines, we recommend that even acceptable third-party docs contributions to EKS Anywhere:

  • Not be dual-sourced: The project does not allow content that is already published somewhere else. You can provide links to that content, if it is relevant. Heavily rewriting such content to be EKS Anywhere-specific might be acceptable.
  • Not be marketing oriented. The content shouldn’t sell a third-party products or make vague claims of quality.
  • Not outside the scope of EKS Anywhere: Just because some projects or products of a partner are appropriate for EKS Anywhere docs, it doesn’t mean that any project or product by that partner can be documented in EKS Anywhere.
  • Stick to the facts: So, for example, docs about third-party software could say: “To set up load balancer ABC, do XYZ” or “Make these modifications to improve speed and efficiency.” It should not make blanket statements like: “ABC load balancer is the best one in the industry.”
  • EKS features: Features that relate to EKS which runs in AWS or requires an AWS account should link to the official documentation as much as possible.

3 - Code of Conduct

Details on the project code of conduct

This project has adopted the Amazon Open Source Code of Conduct . For more information, see the Code of Conduct FAQ or contact with any additional questions or comments.

4 - Project governance

Roles and responsibilities of the project

This document lays out the guidelines under which the EKS Anywhere project will be governed. The goal is to make sure that the roles and responsibilities are well-defined and clarify how decisions are made.


In the context of EKS Anywhere, we consider the following roles:

  • Users … everyone using EKS Anywhere, typically willing to provide feedback on EKS Anywhere by proposing features and/or filing issues.
  • Contributors … everyone contributing code, documentation, examples, testing infra, and participating in feature proposals as well as design discussions.
  • Maintainers … are responsible for engaging with and assisting contributors to iterate on the contributions until it reaches acceptable quality. Maintainers can decide whether the contributions can be accepted into the project or rejected.


The primary mechanism for communication will be via the #eks channel on the Kubernetes Slack community. All features and bug fixes will be tracked as issues in GitHub. All decisions will be documented in GitHub issues.

In the future, we may consider using a public mailing list, which can be better archived.

Release Management

The release process will be governed by AWS and will coincide with the release of EKS.

Roadmap Planning

Maintainers will share roadmap and release versions as milestones in GitHub.